I have many happy memories of driving in Japan, probably because I only ever did it at weekends. Driving into Tokyo very early on a Sunday morning is the only way to avoid the traffic, and it's quite spooky when you do. The streets look quite different when they're not clogged with traffic. » 7/18/14 8:37am Friday 8:37am

I read a different version of the end of the agreement between Nissan and Deltawing, but I can't remember where. It gave me the impression that Panoz decided they didn't need Nissan any more, or wanted to take the project in a direction that Nissan wasn't interested in. Panoz dropped Nissan, rather than the other way… » 7/16/14 11:02am Wednesday 11:02am

It's not just the US market. All Smart 4toos/Fortwos/Fortoose have had the automated manual since the very first ones back in party time (1999). Of course, back then they weren't called ForTwo, they were City Coupes, probably changing to the numerical nomenclature due to the similarity to a similarly-shaped Little… » 7/14/14 10:43am 7/14/14 10:43am

It's a rental company based in Maranello unconnected with Ferrari themselves, who rent out cars on short experience drives to any dumbass tourist with cash in their pockets. They have minders who accompany the renters and advise when to open up the taps (and to wave at the police, who don't appear to care too much).… » 7/14/14 9:29am 7/14/14 9:29am