The summers in the Phoenix Valley area have been predictably scorching since people have been able to feel heat. With temperatures sometimes creeping over 120 degrees fahrenheit, the younger set can turn to the water park, the ice-cream man, or the ever available front lawn sprinkler. For most adults the search for relief can be a bit more challenging. With this summer predicted to set global records in warmth, Phoenix Valley motorists are turning to the auto industry for help. This year the auto industry brings you, “The Year of the Convertible”.
Summer becomes a little more pleasant when it means that you can cruise down a warm street or highway with the top down, no concern needed for the elements. Still too hot for you? Try making a case for a day or weekend excursion to the higher elevations, with the cool naturally pine scented air, not being made exponentially more pleasant with the luxury of a convertible. Or how about a weekend getaway to the central California coast, with its long sandy beaches open to auto traffic, a leisurely drive through the surf on a warm summers day may be one of life’s more pleasant experiences.
For those in the market for a convertible with a bold masculine exterior, the new 2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible is the perfect solution. Like the hardtop, the Camaro Convertible will be available in both V6 and V8 trims starting at $30,000. Destination will cost you another $850. For that price, you get a row-your-own six-speed manual transmission, though a six-speed auto is also available. Something tells us that a manual-equipped Camaro Convertible is going to be a rare bird indeed.
For those veering away from raw muscle and more toward refinement and luxury, or perhaps for those who may prefer a European brand, the 2011 Audi A5 is just the ticket. The 2011 Audi A5 and S5 have been updated with a new 8-speed automatic transmission that replaces the previous 6-speed automatic. Premium Plus and Prestige models each get two new wheel designs as well as a new Titanium Sport Package. Birch wood trim has been replaced with Nutmeg Laurel wood and the navigation system now incorporates HD Radio. Prestige models also get an optional power rear window shade and standard back up camera and rear parking sensors. And with a starting price of 37,790, this is a luxury Euro brand that is remarkably affordable.
Audi North Scottsdale has a well deserved reputation of quality customer service, as do almost all of the many Chevy dealerships in the Phoenix Valley area. Stop in and test drive a 2011 convertible today.