Boxster takes top honors at annual Topless in Miami competition
immediate release June - 4 -2015.
The 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS earned top honors Thursday at the Topless
in Miami Presented by Haartz as members of the Southern Automotive Media
Association selected it as the Convertible of the Year in the fifth
annual convertible competition.
It is the second time a car from the legendary German automaker’s stable
has been selected for the honor. The Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet
was the Convertible of the Year for 2013. With a base price of $73,500,
the Boxster received more first-place votes than any of the other class
winners to win top honor.
The Boxster also beat out the Chevy Corvette Stingray, Ford Mustang, and
Nissan 370Z in the Performance Convertible competition. Other class
winners were the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible in the Luxury Class
that also featured the Mercedes-Benz SL400 Roadster and the BMW 650i.
The Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet was scored the winner in the Full-Size
Class over the Infiniti Q60 IPL, BMW 228i, Lexus IS350, and Volkswagen
EOS Final Edition.
The 2016 version of the Mazda MX-5 captured the Small Convertible Class
for a second straight year over the Volkswagen Beetle R-Line, Fiat 500c
Lounge Cabrio, and Jeep Renegade.
The 2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe was recognized as the winner
of the Super Luxury/Extoic Trophy as the only entrant in the Class.
More than 60 members of the organization spent the day scoring 17
vehicles from 14 manufacturers on various aspects of the world’s top
droptops at the event, which
was headquartered once again at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne Resort.
“This was an exceptionally fine field this year,” said Paul Borden, SAMA
vice president and chairman of the event. “It’s a difficult task to
distinguish between such great vehicles with each a winner in its own
right. But our members look forward to it each year.” In addition to the
two Porsche models, other Convertible of the Year honors have gone to
the Audi RS5 in 2014, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster in 2012 and the
Audi R8 Spyder in the inaugural event in 2011.
"As a longtime customer, we congratulate Porsche on earning top honors
this year. The Boxster features our high-performance acoustic topping
material, which enhances the sporty feel of the vehicle," said Matt
Williams, director of business development for the Haartz Corporation.
"There was a great selection of vehicles this year showcasing some of
the best technology is soft-top convertibles."
SAMA is an organization of automotive journalists, representatives of
media organizations, corporate communications specialists, marketing and
advertising representatives, and auto manufacturers related to South
Florida’s dynamic automotive industry. Based in Miami, it was formed in
March 2007 and has grown to include more than 140 members from around
the South and country.
The Haartz Corporation (Haartz) is a world leader in highly engineered
and uniquely designed convertible toppings and interior surface
materials. The company’s world headquarters and North American
manufacturing operations are located in Acton, Massachusetts, with
additional manufacturing in Mannheim, Germany and coming soon to Pune,
India. Beyond these manufacturing locations, Haartz
maintains offices in Detroit, Munich, Tokyo, Delhi, Irapuato, Mexico,
Shanghai and Chongqing, China. Employing over 400 people worldwide,
Haartz has been a trusted automotive supplier since 1907, and continues
to be privately owned and operated by the Haartz family. For more
information, visit www.haartz.com. Join the conversation on Twitter, @Haartz.
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