Oh MAMA - Topless in Wisconsin By Larry Nutson
FIND YOUR: Perfect New Convertible Match
Topless in Wisconsin
By Larry Nutson
Senior Editor and Bureau Chief
The Auto Channel
Did that title get your attention? Well, this story is about cars. Convertible cars. Drop tops. Soft tops. Rag tops. Cabriolets, if you want to be a bit European. It’s about open-air driving.
My “Topless in Wisconsin” headline is borrowed from a similar drive event, “Topless in Miami.” I’ve taken part in the Miami open-air driving event that is hosted by the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA).
With spring in the air I took a look at the new drop tops we had on hand that make for interesting offerings in today’s car market. Here are a few, including some new models just hitting the market.
Convertibles are not what they once were. Today the tops are, for the most part, power operated for ease of lowering and raising. Multiple layers of material keep you warm in the winter and dampen outside noise. The Haartz Corporation is the world leader in highly engineered and uniquely designed convertible toppings, flexible exterior trim and interior surface materials. Haartz acoustic and crease resistant convertible topping material is very durable and easy to keep clean.
Market trends show open-air market growth of 39% (216,000 units) planned over the next 7 years. Roof systems are moving towards softtops and away from retractable hard tops. There is plenty of room in the market for affordable 2+2 cabrios so we may start to see more from other makers.
You may be surprised to know that there are many more convertibles to choose from right now in the market. For example, there’s the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, Mercedes-Benz SL, SLK & E-class, BMW 2-series, 4-series, 6-Series & Z4, Audi R8, TT, A3 & A5, Porsche Boxster & 911, Fiat 500c, Alfa-Romeo 4C Spyder, Jaguar F-type, VW Beetle, Nissan 370Z, 2015 Infiniti Q60 and the Jeep Wrangler.
Some of the more exotic include Aston-Martin, Maserati, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. They’ll even soon be a Range Rover Evoque convertible for off-roading in the sun
There are lots of choices for topless entertainment and driving fun. It might just be time for something a little more personal for you to drive.
I hope my topless in Wisconsin wasn’t too cheesy!
© 2016 Larry Nutson, the Chicago Car Guy