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Popularity of Convertibles in US Coming from Odd Places

Droptops comprise 11.2% of available models.

by on Aug.08, 2017

According to Cars.com, the Camaro convertible is the most popular droptop in the U.S. this year.

Car buyers looking to engage in a little sun worshipping as the they drive have plenty of options these days. In fact, there 30 vehicles to choose from despite the fact droptops comprise just a little more than 10% of all vehicles sold.

Convertible sales have been on the rise in recent years, as have the number of options for getting a ragtop. Perhaps the biggest driverin the sales increase is the improvement in materials and technology, have made these vehicles increasing popular in new places.

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“There are 30 models categorized as convertibles that are currently available, which is 11.2% of all new vehicles on the market, yet convertibles only capture 0.8 percent of sales at dealerships,” said David Greene, a data analyst with Cars.com. (more…)

Images of 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible Leak Out

Official debut of ragtop planned closer to pony car’s 50th anniversary.

by on Dec.05, 2013

A teaser image of the new Ford Mustang Convertible is leaked from Dearborn.

There was something notably absent from the wild, six-city media extravaganza Ford staged on Thursday for the preview of the 50th anniversary Mustang: a ragtop.

Long-time fans will recall that the convertible was launched right from the start when former Ford Pres. Lee Iacocca unveiled the original pony car at the New York Auto Show on April 13, 1964. And there’s been a ragtop version of every generation since then.  So, shouldn’t Mustang fans expect another one once the 2015 screeches into showrooms?

Absolutely, and Ford gave a first hint of what’s to come when it included this terse mention in its press release for the 2015 Mustang, noting, “Mustang convertible drivers will appreciate the standard multilayer insulated cloth top that gives the car a more upscale appearance and a quieter cabin. The new top lowers twice as fast as before, and has a sleeker profile when folded for open-air motoring.”

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We’re expecting to see the convertible in the sheet metal sometime early next year, perhaps during the New York Auto Show which comes a lot closer to the official Mustang 50th anniversary celebration.  But if that seems far too long in the future, don’t fret. Ford’s Scott Monty issued an unexpected tweet today, the Mustang Convertible briefly sitting in where the coupe model was later revealed to the world.

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