Recall Alert: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat

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Vehicles Affected: About 26,452 model-year 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible and Passat cars equipped with a 1.8-liter turbo engine and torque converter automatic transmission.

The Problem: The O-ring seals between the oil cooler and transmission may leak fluid, which could contact a hot surface and result in a fire. The automaker said it is not aware of any fires, injuries or accidents attributed to this issue.

The Fix: Volkswagen began notifying owners earlier this month, and dealers will replace the O-ring in the transmission oil cooler for free. On April 9, the automaker issued a mandatory stop-sale order on all of the affected models manufactured between Feb. 1, 2014, and now.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-822-8987, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Photo Gallery (28 Photos)

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Let's not get too technical here: What you really need to know about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible is that it's the latest even-higher-performance version of the beloved supercar — without a top. So unless you have to worry about your new 'do getting destroyed in the wind or your toupee flying off and sticking to the windshield of the car eating your dust, you'll likely think that's pretty sweet.

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The Z06 convertible is now making its debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. There, visitors can check out how Chevrolet moved some things around to accommodate the droptop, as well as admire the new chassis, which the automaker says is rigid enough to stand up to performance driving but light enough to keep weight in check.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | April 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 BMW M4 Convertible Photo Gallery (25 Photos)

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The curtain dropped on the droptop version of the 2015 BMW M4 this morning at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, and Cars.com was there to share airspace with the luxury sports car. We first saw the 2015 M4 – the M3 sedan's two-door sibling – back in January at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and knew then that a convertible could not be far behind.

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Like the coupe, the convertible uses a 425-horsepower, 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6; it scoots from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph. Also like the coupe, the spoiler-less convertible has a reworked bumper with larger air intakes and frontal air curtains to redirect airflow. Meanwhile, interior cues include M badging, sport seats and steering wheel, and carbon-fiber trim.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | April 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW M4 Convertible: More Photos

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The convertible counterpart to the BMW M3 sedan — the M4 — is back for 2015 and hitting showrooms this summer just in time for droptop weather. We'll be warming up to the M4 later this week at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, but what we already know is that the luxury two-door is substantially lighter thanks to extensive use of aluminum and carbon-fiber materials, and more powerful thanks to horsepower and torque increases for its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, despite shedding a couple of cylinders from the previous model.

2015 M4 Convertible Joins BMW Lineup

BMW says the power hardtop retracts in just 20 seconds, and with the automatic transmission the M4 gets to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, so buyers won’t have to wait long to feel some wind in their hair come summer. Until then, check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | April 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible: First Look

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Competes with: Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, Audi R8 Spyder, BMW M6 convertible

Looks like: A convertible ripe for a superhero movie appearance

Powertrains: 625-hp (est.), supercharged 6.2-liter V-8; seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Chevrolet's Z06 continues to appeal to a wider range of buyers with the introduction of a 2015 Corvette Z06 convertible at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Recent generations have only had a hardtop with a manual transmission until the 2015 Z06 coupe debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with a removable center roof and an automatic transmission.

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Chevrolet says the 2015 Z06 convertible is its most powerful ever made, producing an estimated 625 horsepower from the Z06's supercharged V-8.

By Joe Bruzek | April 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 M4 Convertible Joins BMW Lineup

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When BMW unveiled its updated M3 sedan and M4 coupe we knew it'd only be a matter of time before a droptop version joined the lineup. Today, BMW announced details of the 2015 M4 convertible, which will go on sale alongside the sedan and coupe this summer.

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BMW says the M4 convertible is around 90 pounds lighter than its predecessor, the M3 convertible, thanks to heavy use of lightweight aluminum in the front fenders, hood and chassis. Lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic components also help keep the weight down.

As in the M3 sedan and M4 coupe (the M4 replaced the prior-gen M3 coupe), the convertible uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine that BMW says is good for 425 horsepower and 406 pounds-feet of torque; that's more powerful than the outgoing V-8. Two transmissions are available: a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual. The M4 convertible's top speed is 155 mph, and BMW pegs its zero to 60 time at 4.4 seconds with the manual and 4.2 seconds with the automatic.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 4, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Ford Mustang Returns to Top of Empire State Building

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In 1957's "An Affair to Remember," Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr fall in love on an ocean liner to New York and agree to meet back up at the top of the Empire State Building to pick up where they left off. Well speaking of an affair to remember, America's romance with the Ford Mustang has never been forgotten, but the iconic muscle car's many admirers will still have the opportunity to fan their old flame next month atop the equally iconic skyscraper in Manhattan — right where they met a half-century earlier.

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From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 and 17, Ford will commemorate 50 years of continuous Mustang production by bringing the all-new 2015 Mustang convertible to the Empire State Building's 86th-floor observatory. Unlike a certain giant ape who climbed to the top of the 1,454-foot-tall edifice, this pony will take the elevator. The publicity stunt requires the car to be cut into multiple sections, transported up on wheeled carts and reassembled in the display area. That's also the way it was done the first time around with a prototype Mustang convertible, only now the 2015 version is 7 inches longer and 4 inches wider.

By Matt Schmitz | March 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Porsche Boxster, Cayman Get the GTS Treatment

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Porsche announced Wednesday that it is powering up the performance of its 2014 Boxster roadster and Cayman coupe. Both models will now be offered for the first time with the GTS package, increasing horsepower, torque and top speed, and adding some new standard equipment. Both new GTS models are set to arrive in the summer, with the Boxster starting at $74,495 and the Cayman at $76,195; both prices include a $995 destination charge. The prices of the S models of the Boxster and Cayman with destination are $63,095 and $64,750, so the GTS versions are an 18 percent increase for both.

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Both the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS have a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine, upping the horsepower of their S counterparts by 15, bringing the Boxster's total to 330 hp and the Cayman's to 340 hp. Likewise, torque is improved by 7 pounds-feet to 273 in the Boxster and 280 in the Cayman. The Sport Chrono package is now a standard feature with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed. With the latter transmission, Sport Plus mode enables a zero-to-60-mph sprint of 4.4 seconds for the Boxster and 4.3 seconds for the Cayman; top speeds are 174 mph and 177 mph, respectively. Both come standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management, offering sport and comfort ride settings.

By Matt Schmitz | March 20, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Prices Jump $2,000

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Have you already ordered your 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray or Stingray convertible? If you've been sitting on the fence, you'll be shelling out more cash for one.

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General Motors has raised the price on its hot-selling halo car, bumping the starting price of a Stingray coupe from $51,995, including destination, to $53,995. The convertible jumps a similar amount, from $56,995 to $58,995. The Z51 Performance Package is also more expensive by $1,200 to a total package price of $4,000. This means that a base coupe with the Z51 option will run you $57,995, while the same option in a convertible will cost $62,995.

By Aaron Bragman | March 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Review

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Relax. You won't have to think too hard about this one. You like the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray? (Cool, so do we.) Well then, Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman says you'll love the convertible version. After all, it's the exact same car as the coupe but with a droptop, which Chevy has managed to do without sacrificing body rigidity or adding weight. So you're assured of the same price-conscious performance but with infinitely greater headroom. "I don’t like convertibles," you say? You're dismissed. Everyone else read Bragman's review below.

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By Matt Schmitz | February 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

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