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Volkswagen makes the questionable decision to build a convertible SUV

The "SUV convertible" sounds great on paper - the robust capability of an SUV coupled with the playful, airy fun of a convertible. But outside of timeless staples like the open-air Jeep Wrangler, SUV convertibles rarely look so good from behind the wheel.
Volkswagen gives the go-ahead to a T-Roc convertible
Exhibit A: the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.

Exhibit B: the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

Will Volkswagen's new T-Roc cabriolet be Exhibit C, or will the people's automaker be the one to break through with a design that looks as good in reality as on paper? It's too early to know, but for better or worse, VW is preparing to throw some money at the project.

Volkswagen has announced that it will go down that particular road less travelled, peeling the roof off the new T-Roc to create a funky SUV convertible. The measure was green-lighted as part of a multi-model offensive and will include an €80m ($98.5m) investment in the Osnabrück plant...

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Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realising he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.

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