Powered by the same 101-horsepower, 1.4-liter Multiair four-cylinder engine as the standard Fiat 500, the cloth-top convertible 500 Cabrio is nonetheless a special vehicle. The unique retractable cloth roof combines the open-air fun of a convertible with the space and convenience of a hatchback design.

Because the power-operated top isn't a traditional lid-type design, it can be operated at speed--up to 50 mph for a full opening with the top tucked behind the rear-passenger head rests, and up to 60 mph it will open to the rear spoiler.

For more on the 2012 500c, check out our preview here, and then catch the rest of our New York Auto Show coverage.