SAMA Topless in Miami 2015

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SAMA Topless in Miami 2015 (English below)

Angelica Willard

La versión número 5 de “Topless in Miami”, la competencia de los descapotables que organiza SAMA (Southern Automotive Media Association) reunió a las marcas más relevantes en este tipo de auto. Una verdadera fiesta para los que disfrutamos conduciendo por las calles de Key Biscayne, bajo un sol esplendoroso y la belleza que ofrece el Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, quienes por otro año nos arroparon con la belleza de sus jardines y la elegancia de sus dependencias.

Y LOS GANADORES SON!

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2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé (willardpost.com)

Para completar este marco de impecable belleza automotriz, los modelos más relevantes en esta ocasión fueron el 2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé, con un sugerido precio de $479,000, obteniendo el galardón SAMA de Super Exótico de Lujo (Super Luxury Exotic Trophy).

Maserati Gran Turismo Convertible (willardpost.com)
Maserati Gran Turismo Convertible (willardpost.com)

El Maserati Gran Turismo Convertible recibe el Trofeo de Carro de Lujo (Luxury Car Trophy), el ganador de la version Topless in Miami fue por amplia mayoría el 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS nominado el Carro de Honor de el evento. El Mercedes Benz E400 Cabriolet resultó ganador de “Full Size Class Trophy” y en la categoría Tamaño Pequeño llega como ganador el Mazda MX-5 2016 por segundo año consecutivo.

The Winners
Topless in Miami 2015 Winners (photo by Prestige Autos)

Este “Topless in Miami” de SAMA no sería un evento perfecto sin la impecable labor del equipo de conductores de la empresa PRESTIGE Autos bajo la dirección de Marcello Serrato, y la asesoría de sus mano derecha Angelo Serrato con Tony Serrato, gestores de la presencia de los modelos y la organización de este evento que ya tiene un lugar en el Miami International Auto Show que se realiza en Miami Beach cada noviembre.11336902_846405225438791_7743376039959390668_oEl entusiasmo de el Gerente de Negocios de la Emresa Haartz, Matt Williams se hizo presente, satisfecho felicitó a Porsche uno de sus mejores clientes por el galardón.

Porsche Boxster takes top honors at SAMA’s annual Topless in Miami
Lee Stephens

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.

2015 Porsche Boxster GTS (willardpost.com)
2015 Porsche Boxster GTS (willardpost.com)

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.MASERATI_DSC_0697

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Maserati Gran Turismo Convertible (willardpost.com)

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.MB-SL400-Roadster_DSC_0688

2016 Mazda X5 (willardpost.com)
2016 Mazda X5 (willardpost.com)

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/Exotic Trophy as the only entrant in the Class.ROLLS-Royce_DSC_0677

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(willardpost.com)

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.TMweb_DSC_0717“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,” said Matt Williams, director of business development

for the Haartz Corporation. “The Boxster features our high-performance acoustic topping material, which enhances the sporty feel of the vehicle. There was a great selection of vehicles this year showcasing some of the best technology in soft-top convertibles.”

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HAARTZ member at Topless in Miami (photo by Prestige Autos)
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Marcello Serrato (photo by Prestige Autos)

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 across the United States and Latin and South America.

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.