Ramping up: Production starts for AWD BMW 8 convertible

DINGOLFING, Germany – Four months after production of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé ramped up here comes the BMW 8 Series convertible. It will be assembled alongside BMW 5 and 7 Series on a single assembly line after a multi-million line upgrade at the plant in in Lower Bavaria. Driver and passengers will be…

It just gets better… Fiat goes autumnal with Collezione

Fiat 500 Collezione coming in UK with exclusive colours Two versions, convertible or hatchback-plus- sunroof ‘Striking new liveries, pinstripe fabric interiors’ LONDON, England – A Fiat 500 Collezione special edition has been launched in the UK in a suitably (northern)  Autumn guise with a new combination of colours, materials and details. ”The 500 Collezione,” its maker says,…

Through dusty Death Valley in a BMW soft-top prototype

Extreme heat and dust test the soft top Electronic circuits subjected to 50C air Long-distance drives from mountains to sea MUNICH, Germany –  BMW has put its 8 Series convertible through intensive trials and test drives involving Las Vegas and Death Valley in the USA. The results, the automaker says, provided important information about the functional…

First pics: Ferrari launches special 488 Pista Spider

50th drop-top from the Maranello marque Benchmark for Ferrari for spider performance 540kW and ‘constantly increasing torque’ MARANELLO, Italy – The Prancing Horse brand’s new Special Series model, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, has been unveiled at annual Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in California. The car is the 50th drop-top model from Ferrari and…

Giddy-up! Ford’s pony-car gallops to 10-million sales

Best-selling sports car of the last 50 years Featured in more movies than any other car 60 Mustang owners of all model years assembled DEARBORN, Michigan – Ford is celebrating the production of its 10-millionth Mustang, an iconic vehicle which has been America’s best-selling sport car for 50 years and the world’s best-selling sport car…

Porsche 911 Speedster concept marks 70 years of history

Meet another Speedster in the Porsche mould It’s ‘the essence’ of what the brand means No top – just a tonneau cover for the rain ATLANTA, Georgia – Porsche has unveiled a beautiful concept as part of the 70th anniversary of its sport cars: a 911 Speedster Concept as a drivable vision of a particularly…

Next BMW Z4: Green light for ‘pure driving pleasure’

‘Particularly important’ test stage at Miramas Next comes camouflage drives on autobahns Major focus is the new suspension system MUNICH, Germany – Long bonnet, short overhangs, low centre of gravity, soft top: despite the camouflage, the two-seater doing laps at the BMW test centre in Miramas in the south of France was instantly recognisable as…

New open-air member of the AMG GT family

AFFALTERBACH, Germany – Start putting a lot more bucks into your piggy bank today because later in 2018 Mercedes-AMG will extend its sport-car portfolio the new AMG GT S Roadster. Its inclusion will take the AMG GT family to 12: four two-door coupes, three Roadsters, two customer sport racing cars and three four-door coupes and…

Two decades on and Aston Martin to build 14 V600s classics

Spirit of 1998 V8 Aston Martin Vantage V600 breathes again  Seven coupes, seven roadsters, in limited run V12 engine – 450kW with seven-speed manual gearbox GAYDON, England – The legendary Aston Martin Vantage V600 has been reborn as a customer-commissioned and limited run of an all-new Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600s, inspired and influenced by the…

Happy 25th, Mini! Special ragtop for 2018 and costs…

Quarter-century down the lines come new Mini The first convertibles were the rarest models Each of 300 2018 special editions to cost… LONDON, England – Mini UK is celebrating a key milestone with the 25th anniversary of the Mini convertible, and another ground-breaking landmark as the best-selling convertible model in the UK. First there was……

Global hat trick in sport coupe sales for Ford Mustang

Female buyers have boosted global sales Third consecutive year as best-selling coupe Read on to find out totals – and how SA did DEARBORN, Michigan – Global demand through 2017 for the Ford Mustang has steered the car to a third consecutive year as the wold’s best-selling sport coupe. How many? 125 809 Mustang coupes…

You agree? UK show says this is the finest car yet made

1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker ‘Boat Tail’ for UK show Returning to the UK for first time in 60 years  Back to original car – right down to the paint job LONDON, England – It’s going back to UK for first time in 60 years after a monster restoration – meet the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance ‘Best…