Infiniti squashes human centipede

A disbelieving Jeff Kuhlman

A disbelieving Jeff Kuhlman

A few car blogs reported yesterday that the upcoming Infiniti Q80 will have an “innovative 1+1+1+1 seating where all four passengers sit single file behind one another.” At the blog where Ed and I worked before, they likened the alleged seating arrangement to the film “The Human Centipede,” where people were stitched together, mouth to anal orifice – probably not the association the upscale brand wants to trigger.

Today, I was at an exclusive little party, where we did bid Andy Palmer adieu before he assumes his post as CEO of Aston Martin. At Tokyo’s Foreign Correspondent’s Club, I was sitting beer glass to beer glass with Nissan’s chief spokesman Jeff Kuhlman, and the following discussion ensued. [Continue Reading]

Will Cadillac defect Detroit, and take Manhattan? GM says it’s “possible.”

New perspectives for Cadillac

New perspectives for Cadillac.

According to usually reliable contacts close to the upper echelons of GM management, the company is thinking very seriously about moving its premium brand Cadillac from grungy Detroit to swank Manhattan. [Continue Reading]

The Nissan Skyline isn’t dead at all, it lives on as a crossdresser

 

Hasn't been axed: The new Nissan Skyline

The new Nissan Skyline

Over the past months, American car bloggers bemoaned the demise of the Skyline,  a Japanese iconic car which they officially never could get, but which they knew plenty enough from Gran Turismo and Fast and Furious. In the blogs, we were told that Nissan would axe the Skyline, and replace it with an “obscure alphanumeric,” a.k.a. the Infiniti Q50. “Kusokurai!”  I heard today in Yokohama. Well, I did not really hear it, polite as they are, they wouldn’t utter a word that, in English, would be the same as my initials. However, the demise of the Skyline remains BS, as documented by a new Nissan Skyline that today was unveiled on the first floor of Nissan’s headquarters by the Yokohama waterfront.  THAT was the easy part. [Continue Reading]