HAPPY HYBIRD | THE CUBE
It's a bit odd at the moment to give props to foreign autos... but, I've always been a VW girl at heart. Volkswagen's 2009 Jetta TDI Clean Diesel has just been awarded Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal. Hats-off to VW... but, once my Passat wagon hits the hay, I'm considering my first Japanese car - the Nissan CUBE. Besides being cute, it's great at carrying stuff while conserving on fuel consumption. The 5-passenger interior is full of soft raindrop-inspired curves and can certainly fit that fabulous flea-market find.
QUICK SPECS: 30+ mpg/122-hp 1.8 L 4-cylinder engine | manual or automatic | Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System | Rockford Fosgate subwoofer/iPod | 6 standard air bags | electric engine-driven generator | 50 cubic ft cargo space | loads of colors | Estimated base price under $14,000 | available in North America in early 2009.