A 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet owned by Richard Mattei of Arizona was named Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance over the weekend. The car also was named the Most Elegant Convertible. “I was just happy to be an entrant at Pebble Beach,” said the winning owner. It is a graceful set of wheels to be sure.
The Robb Report has named the Rolls-Royce Dawn the “Best of the Best” and the top convertible offered to luxury car owners in 2016. “Inspired by the postwar Silver Dawn convertible, the car is more glamorous and more contemporary looking than other Rolls-Royce models,” the Robb Report said. The interior is said to offer “a cosseting private haven and uplifting spaciousness.” And it is not slow with a 6.6-liter V12 under the hood producing 563 very refined horsepower. Car and Driver’s test car listed for just $402,300.
Paul Simon said, “… just jump on the bus, Gus” but some Americans are saying “Board the boat, Bill.” AAA says river cruise bookings in the U.S. are up more than 16 percent in just the past year.
Volkswagen is involved in a dispute with some parts suppliers in Germany that has slowed production lines for the Golf and Passat and will result in a shorter work week for thousands of assembly line workers. The dispute appears to center around the cancellation of a contract with one of the parts firms that has halted delivery of its products to VW. The two sides are scheduled to resume talks today.
Opel is trimming work weeks for some as demand slows for its Insignia sedan and Corsa subcompact, tied to the Brexit vote. The two cars are popular in the U.K. but automakers are concerned over a drop in value of the British pound following the decision to leave the European Union. There have been rumblings that GM may have to close some U.K. plants.