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Nissan, Chevy and… Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

Press Preview Day is under way at the New York International Auto Show, where Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn delivered the keynoter breakfast speech. Not long after, Mark Reuss, President of GM North America, revealed the 2014 Impala. Here is a picture, courtesy of Barbara Pomerance, who is on site with The Washington Auto Show’s delegation.

Of course, the CEOs of major automakers and new model introductions always create buzz. But this year, New York presents a product that suits its larger-than-life persona and perhaps a solution to its famous gridlock: a flying car.

Just think what that could mean for the final scene all those Hollywood rom-coms, where the guy has to leap out of the traffic-jammed taxi and run through the mean streets of New York to track down his lady and tell her, in a near-miss finale, how he feels, at last. Now, the guy can just fly over the other cars and weave through air traffic.

Check out the gallery of the flying car, aptly named “the Transition®,” from personal aviation company Terrafugia.

Gadgets Galore

Gadget-lovers, brace yourselves.

The new e-century has arrived. The Chevy Volt will sync its OnStar in-vehicle communications with Google’s Android operating system. The linchpin: a 2.0 version of the Volt mobile app that uses Google know-how. Details will be revealed at the Google I/O conference that starts tomorrow in San Francisco, according to’s Josie Garthwaite.

“Our whole goal here is to put together a great vehicle for customers, not just a battery on wheels,” said Andrew Farah, the Volt’s chief engineer who is quoted by Garthwaite. She notes that the GM-Google arrangement follows Ford’s smart charging deal with Microsoft and hints at a future deal between GM and Google’s PowerMeter.

On a humbler scale, pedal pushers can re-cycle their own energy, so to speak. Fred Flintstone was on to something. You can now use your own feet to power your mobile devices while biking with the E-Werk.

Urban Daddy has the word:

These days, everything old is new again. Or it’s just new.