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Life’s a Breeze with VW T-Cross Cabrio Concept

VW surprises with Polo-sized SUV convertible.

by on Mar.01, 2016

VW was expected to show a small SUV at the Geneva Motor Show -- but not one with a ragtop.

Volkswagen got a jump on the Geneva Motor Show Monday night, giving a standing-room crowd of automotive journalists a special preview of a quirky little SUV/convertible concept it has dubbed the T-Cross Breeze.

It’s hard to tell just how serious the maker is about putting a ragtop ute on the road. But it’s all but certain to come up with a production model in more traditional form. The German automaker has made it very clear it intends to fill the gaps in its line-up at a time when buyers around the world are trading in their conventional sedans, coupes and hatchbacks for sport and crossover-utility vehicles.

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“The T-Cross Breeze reflects the new start for our brand,” suggested VW brand design chief Klaus Bischoff. The concept, he added, “is a teaser for the most compact sport utility vehicle that Volkswagen plans to make – and the nucleus of a new SUV and convertible design in the compact sector.”


“Bond Girl” Naomie Harris Helps Range Rover Go Topless with New Evoque Convertible

Ragtop SUV gets Tinseltown debut ahead of LA Auto Show.

by on Nov.17, 2015

Actress Naomie Harris, fresh from her role in the 007 film, SPECTRE, helps introduce the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

She’s helped Bond, James Bond, save the world. Now, Moneypenny – also known as actress Naomie Harris – is lending her support to British maker Land Rover as it rolls into Tinseltown for the annual L.A. Auto Show.

Harris was on hand for a sneak preview of the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible, the maker’s first true convertible and one of the few droptop SUVs ever offered. The new model will get its first public showing at the Los Angeles Convention Center later this week.

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The actress’s appearance was well timed considering the huge success of the new James Bond film, SPECTRE. The 24th in the long-running franchise’s history, has been holding onto the global box office lead since it debuted.


Land Rover Confirms Plans to Produce Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Set to go on sale in 2016.

by on Mar.02, 2015

Land Rover has been testing its new Range Rover Evoque Convertible in the tunnels of London's massive unfinished subway project.

Apparently, the folks working on London’s massive new subway program, the 26-mile Crossrail tunnels, know how to keep a secret. Even as they’ve been working away on Europe’s biggest infrastructure project, 130 feet underground, British maker Land Rover has been using the partially completed tunnels to test out its new Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

The maker today confirmed the unusual SUV convertible will go on sale in 2016, though it isn’t saying much more about the project beyond what one can pick out in a short film taken while the Evoque Convertible was being driven through the Crossrail tunnels.

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“The tunnels are still under construction, so we had a unique opportunity to explore the vehicle’s all-terrain ability in unchartered territory,” said Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover Programs. (more…)

Breaking News: Nissan Murano Convertible

Nissan reveals 5-year development program in November.

by on Aug.24, 2010

Nissan says it is going to do a convertible version of it's Murano crossover. What will it take to turn a fairly big crossover into a convertible?

Nissan has confirmed plans for the long-rumored — if seemingly unlikely Murano convertible.

The project, first conceived with the strong interest of Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn, five years ago, will make it’s formal debut at the upcoming Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Tops down!

Company officials said they will wait until the LA event to provide a first look and technical details on the Murano Convertible, but in a conversation with, Larry Dominique, planning chief for the Americas, repeatedly used the word, “innovate,” to describe the obvious challenge inherent in chopping the top off the big crossover-utility vehicle.