Audi S5 Cabriolet reviews the 2011 Audi S5 Cabriolet:

The combination of the brilliant red paint and black soft top on our test model 2011 Audi S5 quattro Auto S-Tronic Cabriolet gave a first impression of both class and sport. The 19-inch, double-spoke alloy wheels, high performance tires and dual exhaust with quad tailpipes set the tone for a fun drive. Although hardtop convertibles are all the rage, Audi chose to stick with a fabric roof. The ragtop has classic appeal and folds down in a segment-leading 15 seconds at speeds up to 30 miles per hour. The sharp lines, distinctive front end and sculpted body makes a statement of refinement and luxury. The single frame grille, large air intakes and memorable headlights make an unforgettable impression. Those Audi signature daytime running lights are just the beginning of an intelligently designed 2011 Audi S5 quattro Auto S-Tronic Cabriolet.

The interior of the 2011 Audi S5 quattro Auto S-Tronic Cabriolet is interesting enough to make this car feel special. Our test model was equipped with Audi navigation system with 3G MMI and color driver information system, rear view camera, rear park sensors, a high performance Bang & Olfsen premium sound system, carbon atlas interior inlays and 3-spoke leather wrapped multi function steering wheel. The sport seating in the S5 Convertible had silk nappa leather upholstery, split folding rear seats with full pass through to trunk, heated and cooled front seats, and power driver and passenger seat adjustment with lumbar support. The dash again was familiar from other Audi vehicles and included three-zone automatic climate control, in-dash CD player with SD card slot, Sirius satellite radio, Audi music interface (iPod integration), Bluetooth hands free phone interface and homelink remote transmitter. The convertible is remarkably quiet and wind noise was clearly addressed when engineering the 2011 Audi S5 quattro Auto S-Tronic Cabriolet. By going with the soft top, Audi was able to retain adequate trunk space that would have been lost to the trendier hard top convertibles.

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2011 Lincoln MKS Review reviews the 2011 Lincoln MKS! Read on to see what they had to see about this luxury ride.

We had the opportunity to drive the new 2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost and, with this car, first impressions went a long way. The MKS luxury sedan is the flagship vehicle for Lincoln so our expectations were high to say the least. The addition of the powerful and efficient Ecoboost engine offers a significant upgrade as Lincoln strives to reclaim its place at the top of the luxury car market. After driving the vehicle for a week, we can say with confidence that the MKS met our expectations and we expect Lincoln to make progress with its planned renaissance.

The MKS we tested was Tuxedo Black Metallic with 20″ cast aluminum polished wheels with tires measuring at 245/45R20 that, together with the chrome accents, really set this car off. The front fascia and HID headlamps joined the lower forward looking stance to give the impression that the Lincoln MKS was ready to go at the press of a button. The MKS is a large sedan but has an athletic and clean look that should satisfy those looking for the finer things that are available in the luxury car segment.

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Car review of the 2010 Infiniti G37 Convertible

The staff over at reviewed the 2010 Infiniti G37 Convertible! Read on to see what they had to say about this impressive ride.

There are so many ways to describe the 2010 Infiniti G37 Convertible Sport 6MT, and we heard all sorts of compliments as we were test-driving the vehicle. One common reaction involves the open mouth with the jaw dropping. Others just say “WOW.” We were just as impressed as the casual observers, so if you’re considering a luxury vehicle, we strongly recommend that you put the 2010 Infiniti G37 Convertible Sport 6MT on your list!

The 2010 Infiniti G37 Convertible Sport 6MT we tested was Vibrant Red, which really made the car look sleek and classy. The 3-piece power retractable hardtop was easy to use, as you just press one button and it takes all of 30 seconds to lift or drop the top. Watching it in action is reminiscent of a Transformer ready to change up for the next adventure. The 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels with P225/45R19 front and P245/40R 19 rear tires were in a league of their own as they gave the G37 both an elegant and muscular look that was right on the mark and what you would expect from Infiniti.

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J.D. Power study releases a few surprises

Find out which brands have the most customer-friendly dealerships and which brands bombed in this J.D. Power study. Each year they churn out what is known as the Customer Service Index. We were somewhat surprised with a few of the findings.


In extolling the wonders of new cars, we sometimes forget about the importance of the role the dealership can play after the sale. Getting a quick service appointment, having the work done right and on time, with as little stress and as few surprises as possible — all are the hallmarks of a dealer worth keeping.

Every year, J.D. Power and Associates surveys owners about how happy they are with their dealership, and the results become the Customer Service Index. And in the 2010 survey, which polled 114,000 owners between October and December of last year, some bad news for dealers was sandwiched into the usual reports for owners: The big drop in new-car sales almost surely means fewer service visits to dealers, and service operations are even more the lifeblood of such operations when sales go bad. J.D. Power projects that parts-and-service revenues at dealers will fall 20 percent, bottoming out in 2013.

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Abarth 500C, Punto Evo Set to Debut

If Fiat plans to bring the Punto Abarth 500C to the states, get ready for some real fun in the small car segment. We can only hope Sergio includes this little beast as part of his North American plan for Fiat/Chrysler.


Fiat’s performance-minded Abarth brand will unveil two new models, based off of Fiat products that were introduced last year. Up first is the Abarth 500C, an upgraded version of the Fiat 500C (the C, standing for convertible). The car isn’t technically a convertible, but rather features a retractable cloth top and retains the roof rails. Power comes from Fiat’s turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder with 140-hp, allowing for a 0-62 mph time of 7.9 seconds. Also included are upgraded wheels, brakes, a new suspension setup, aero kit and stylish two-tone paint scheme. There’s no official word, but we’re likely to see this model join Fiat’s lineup in North America in the next several years – after the standard 500 and 500C are introduced.

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