Jean Jennings’ Trip to Japan to Drive The 2009 Nissan Cube – Vile Gossip

Jean Jennings’ Trip to Japan to Drive The 2009 Nissan Cube – Vile Gossip
Jean Jennings' Trip to Japan to Drive The 2009 Nissan Cube - Nissan Cube Test Drive - Automobile Magazine
Trapped in blade runner world with my jet lag, I ponder the Nissan Cube.

Welcome to my jet lag, a monstrous, unshakable fog that feels as if I’ve left my soul behind, somewhere out over the Pacific. It’s nighttime here on Planet Japan, day one of a three-day trip to drive the 2009 Nissan Cube , and I can do nothing. I can’t think. I can’t read. I can’t write. The worst is knowing that, despite staying up for the entire thirteen-hour flight, despite the fact that it is now eight at night in Japan and six in the morning on the clock back in Michigan that is still regulating my brain and my sleep patterns, despite being exhausted to the point of death, I know that no matter when I lie down to sleep, I will be wide-awake at one in the morning. I might as well eat.

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Stories That Don’t Make It – Dyer Consequences

Stories That Don’t Make It – Dyer Consequences
Stories That Don't Make It - Failed Story Concepts - Automobile Magazine
Some stories turn out great. Some stories just aren’t meant to be told.

As a contributor to this august publication, I travel quite a bit. Perhaps you remember my insightful coverage of the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. If so, you really need to up your dose of ginkgo biloba, because I never made it to the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. For every story that makes it from concept to reality, there are several that crash and burn, and my confounded attempt to get to Tokyo was just one of many Stories That Don’t Make It.

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Hyundai Genesis Appeal – Noise, Vibration & Harshness

Hyundai Genesis Appeal – Noise, Vibration & Harshness
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Aside from the sweet price, what are the secrets of the Genesis’s appeal? It’s hard to put a finger on, but its virtues – chiefly substance, smoothness, and across-the-board competence – crept up on me.

They say timing is everything, but in the automotive world these days, the timing for everything seems bad. Except when it seems terrible.

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Wang Chuanfu, BYD F3DM Hybrid – China Is Electric

Wang Chuanfu, BYD F3DM Hybrid – China Is Electric
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In 2003, BYD chairman Wang Chuanfu, then 36, bought a car company, gave it the BYD name, set up an R&D team of 3000 engineers, and on December 15, 2008, put the world’s first plug-in electric car on the market.

At 28, he founded the world’s largest supplier of cell-phone batteries. His company also supplies low-cost batteries for One Laptop Per Child. In 2003, BYD chairman Wang Chuanfu, then 36, bought a car company, gave it the BYD name, set up an R&D team of 3000 engineers, and on December 15, 2008, put the world’s first plug-in electric car on the market.

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