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Holiday Wish List: Which Car Do You Want As A Gift?

Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 9:03 AM ET
2009 Nissan GT-R
Source: nissanusa.com
2009 Nissan GT-R

When I was walking around the Los Angeles Auto Show last week, I remarked to a friend of mine how impressed I am with Nissan's GT-R. I am usually not the type to geek out on the chance to drive a new car, but with the GT-R, I am.

My friend bluntly responded to my gushing by saying, "Who cares. I don't drive Nissans". He didn't give a legitimate reason why he's down on Nissan, he just is. Call this another example of "auto ignorance".

I hear this type of comment all the time: "I don't like BMW's" "Chevy's are boring" "Toyota makes bland cars". You name the brand, I've heard the armchair critic say why they would never get behind the wheel of one.

So I have a question for you. If someone were to buy you a car, but it could not be one from your favorite automaker, what would it be? In other words, if you can't drive your favorite Mercedes, Honda, Ford, Cadillac, etc., what car would you drive? And spare me the wish to drive a Rolls. I'm talking something within reason.

Call it your holiday wish. Only in this case, you have to pick a model from a brand you ordinarily dismiss. Think about this while you ponder Thanksgiving, and e-mail your thoughts to me.

I'll be curious what you pick, and share my "other car" with you. Email me with your choice! BehindTheWheel@cnbc.com

Questions? Comments? BehindTheWheel@cnbc.com

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  • Phil LeBeau is a CNBC auto and airline industry reporter based in the Chicago bureau and editor of the Behind the Wheel section on CNBC.com.

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