The Trend Report: Modes of Transport

James T. Murray

Down to Business

A few years ago, when the all-business-class flight phenom began, the leading names (Silverjet, Eos, Maxjet) were brand-new ventures. By this June, however, they’d gone bust. Now the new new business class has been taken under the wing of some very familiar names. Singapore Airlines recently launched all-business flights from New York and Los Angeles to Singapore, Lufthansa began transatlantic ones, and in 2009 Virgin Atlantic and British Airways will debut their own, one-class transatlantic routes.

The Solex is back on U.S. city streets. But is it a bicycle? A moped? It is, in fact, a pure hybrid invented by two French engineers in 1940 and recently reintroduced in America. The Solex looks like a basic two-wheeler, but it’s motorized and can move at up to 25 mph. Still, it’s registered as a bicycle, so you don’t need a license or insurance. $1,295; 800-393-7101

Piaggio, the Italian manufacturer that brought the Vespa to the world in 1946 has a new scooter in town: The MP3 maxi is the first three-wheeler on the market. It makes turns like a motorcycle, at up to 90 mph, but it also accommodates more practical concerns: The backseat comes with a power supply for a laptop or cell phone. From $7,200; piaggiousa.com

Tod’s driving moccasins are, despite the description, the best walking shoes around. These Gommini loafers hit the ground running in neon patent leather and suede. $395; 800-457-8637; tods.com

The Aston Martin One-77 is the international sports car of mystery. It was announced on a Web site with one picture, a link so interested parties could leave their names, and the bare basics of its construction: a built- to-order handcrafted aluminum body with a carbon-fiber base (similar to that of the DBR9 racecar) and a seven-liter V-12, the most powerful engine the company has ever made. And, oh, the price—more than $2 million. one-77.com; astonmartin.com