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Total Car Score Names the Top 10 Convertible Cars for 2012

June 20, 2012

LOS ANGELES, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Just in time for the start of summer, Total Car Score (totalcarscore.com), the most comprehensive automotive ranking and comparison website, announced today its list of the Top Ten Convertible Cars for 2012.

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“There is nothing quite like that first drive of summer with the top down. In honor of that tradition, Total Car Score has put together a list showcasing seasonal vehicles that are synonymous with summer fun,” said Karl Brauer, editor in chief, founder and CEO of Total Car Score. “The best convertible car rankings are based on a validated Total Car Score for each vehicle, meaning the vehicle has at least five ratings from independent automotive authorities.”

Convertibles used to represent a tiny fraction of the automotive market, but in recent years the variety of drop-tops has increased dramatically with available soft and hard top convertibles, 4 door convertibles and coupes. They range in price from as low as $18,000 (Smart ForTwo) to as high as $450,000 (Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead), but eight of the Top 10 Convertibles of 2012 cost between $27,000 and $50,000.

Total Car Score allows car buyers and enthusiasts alike to compare vehicles quickly and easily across all automotive segments. The “Total Car Score” is one comprehensive number assigned to a vehicle that represents an overall industry assessment from major automotive authorities.

“European carmakers have mastered the art of the convertible, with eight of the top scoring models coming from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, and Volkswagen,” said Brauer.

The 2012 Ford Mustang is the only domestic vehicle to make Total Car Score’s list, placing third. There is also one Japanese convertible in the top 10; the Lexus IS 250/350 lands in ninth place.

The Top Ten Convertible Cars for 2012

    Rank Make          Model               TCS
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    1    Mercedes-Benz E-Class                 84.28
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    2    Infiniti      G                       80.99
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    3    Ford          Mustang                 80.96
    ---  ----          -------                 -----
    4    Audi          R8                      79.91
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    5    BMW           3 Series                79.44
    ---  ---           --------                -----
    6    Mini          Cooper                  79.02
    ---  ----          ------                  -----
    7    BMW           1 Series                78.46
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    8    Volkswagen    EOS                     78.41
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    9    Lexus                  IS 250/350     78.23
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    10   Audi          A5                      78.20
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About Total Car Score
Total Car Score is an automotive research and comparison website that establishes a new industry-wide standard for ranking every car, truck, van and crossover on the market. TotalCarScore.com evaluates and ranks cars according to an aggregate score based on the most trusted automotive authorities available. The site also features original content, reviews and insights from a veteran automotive journalism and data team. For more information, please go to www.totalcarscore.com.

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