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Monday, February 14, 2011

What is the difference between a convertible and a cabriolet ?

Since the terminology what to use for this blog wasn't clear for me, I've searched a bit. There are many topics on this on the web and in some cases they differ from each other.

A convertible is a car, which can fold down or somehow hide the roof. It can convert itself to an open air vehicle. Encyclopedia Britannica confirms that as well as Wikipedia.

A cabriolet or cabrio (etymology French) is or was a light horse-drawn vehicle with two wheels and one horse(power). But many convertible cars were sold as cabriolets, because this french word was very often used for a coupe without roof or with foldable / hideable roof. Coupe is a 2-door vehicle.

So if a cabriolet is a 2-door car, does it mean only 2-seats or can it also be 4-seats ? Here are the differences in the explanations. But since 2-seat cars are called roadsters so a 2-door 4-seat car can be named a cabriolet as well.

The wikipedia explanation saying, that "A soft-top convertible may also be referred to as a cabriolet or cabrio" is wrong, because there are many hard-top cabriolets.

And than there are claims, that cabriolet and convertible are the same. However, the word convertible seems to be stronger and more often used. But the word cabriolet carries much more music and flow. And then you go to the U.S. as I did, want to rent a Ford Mustang Cabrio and nobody understands what you want :)

So here is the cool Saab 9-3 cabriolet at night :)


5 comments:

  1. So what is the difference?

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  2. Difference is 1 has soft roof the other has hard folding roof which is the convertible being a normal coupe and converts to a car without a roof. The cabriolet has the soft roof simple....

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    1. Thats Wrong Because There Are Hard Top Cabriolets Too

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  3. Difference is 1 has soft roof the other has hard folding roof which is the convertible being a normal coupe and converts to a car without a roof. The cabriolet has the soft roof simple....

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