In New York, for One Night Only, Nissan Drops Top on Murano

The one-bite steak au poivre and microburgers were circulated at Chelsea’s Skylight West Studios in Manhattan on Thursday evening, as Nissan North America showcased its 2011 Murano CrossCabriolet to a handful of journalists. Keeping company with the new crossover convertible were the 2011 Quest minivan and Ellure concept, all of which bowed at November’s Los Angeles auto show.

In fact, the Murano in New York was the same vehicle that was in Los Angeles, down to its Caribbean blue-metallic paint and cashmere-colored leather appointments — this color being one of the very few interior options available, at $550. Spotlit from the gallery rafters, the all-wheel-drive droptop sparkled like the slice of Marina-del-Rey-on-Hudson it was.
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Bid Live on Proxibid for #1 New York Times – Bestselling Author Patrica Cornwell’s 2005 Ferrari Superamerica

Proxibid, the world’s largest real auction marketplace, has been selected by auctioneer Bill Menish as the exclusive online provider of live online bidding as #1 New York Times – Bestselling Author Patrica Cornwell’s 2005 Ferrari Superamerica crosses the auction block on December 9.  The live auction will take place Thursday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern at Ferrari of New England in Norwood, MA, with live online bidding commencing at that time.Auction registration and pre-bidding are already available by visiting www.proxibid.com/menishauctions.

After watching a segment on the news show, “60 Minutes,” about the assistance Veterans Village of San Diego provides to homeless veterans, Ms. Cornwell determined that she wanted to become involved with the organization.  She decided to donate her extremely valuable 2005 Ferrari Superamerica to be auctioned off, with all proceeds from the auction benefitting the Veterans Village of San Diego.
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The Peninsula’s New Fleet: the Mini Cooper

The Peninsula Hotels are known for their upscale perks, like the fleet of Rolls-Royces that its Hong Kong flagship uses to ferry its guests to meetings and to the airport. In New York and Chicago, however, the hotel has opted for an amenity that’s more sporty than glam: chauffeur-driven Mini Coopers.

The cars are available for up to three hours a day to guests who book a suite at either hotel. Passengers can follow city tours that are stored on iPhones or iPads in the cars, or they can simply tell drivers where they want to go.
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A Panel Discussion on the New York Taxi of Tomorrow

On Tuesday night, the Design Trust for Public Space sponsored a panel discussion about the future of the New York taxi at the Museum of the City of New York. The trust was also the sponsor of  Taxi 07,which issued policy proposals about the taxi industry in New York and displayed eight concept vehicles at the New York auto show in 2007.

The panel focused on a little publicized project called Taxi of Tomorrow, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission’s effort to choose a single model of taxi for the next decade. Currently, about 16 different vehicle models are approved by the commission. The majority of taxis are still Ford Crown Victorias, but Ford plans to discontinue the model. The commission, according to its chief, David Yassky, wants a vehicle that is greener, more space efficient, more accessible and also iconic — serving as a visual symbol of the city. The new car would be established as the single approved model for a decade.
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Honda CR-Z Arrives in August

Squat, low to the ground and curved from its front snout to its wraparound rear end, Honda’s new hybrid CR-Z coupe looks for all the world as if it’s ready to chew up corners and attract open-mouth gapes from onlookers.

And onlookers are a given. Two stared at me with a sense of wonder as I drove a black CR-Z through Westchester County on Tuesday. One gaped out of the window of his BMW Z4.
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