Stories That Don’t Make It – Dyer Consequences

Stories That Don’t Make It – Dyer Consequences
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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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First Drive: 2009 Nissan Cube

First Drive: 2009 Nissan Cube
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Jean Jennings heads to Japan to prove our geek love for the box. Read all about her drive of Nissan’s updated Cube here.

“I’m a little surprised that you want this car in America,” said Nissan‘s bemused senior vice president and chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura. The worldly Nakamura made an international splash when he arrived from Isuzu in 1999, with vehicles like the artful Murano, the revived 350Z, and the FX45. But as anyone who has been to Japan (or seen Nissan’s Pivo 2 concept) knows, there are hometown conveyances that just don’t translate off the islands. “When we made the first Cube, we had no intention of selling it outside of Japan. We thought it was probably too different, too unique for American people. But we wanted to test it.”

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