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Juszkiewicz's daily driver is a hybrid, the 2006 Lexus RX 400h, which he rates a 9.5 out of 10. "It's got a lot of power if you want it, which is interesting for a hybrid, but it's really quiet and smooth and drives well," he says. "The interior is very comfortable. Then on top of that, I'm really getting really great gas mileage for a larger vehicle." He figures he gets about 25 mpg.
But before the hybrid, Juszkiewicz was on the opposite side of the carbon-emission spectrum, with a Hummer H2. "I was considering the H1, the first big Hummer, but it had a lot of reliability problems in talking to people who had them. So I had one of the first H2s before they actually had dealer network and I really liked it. Of course, it wasn't very fuel efficient, but it had a lot of attitude and it was comfortable to drive."
Since he lives less than 10 minutes from work in Nashville, Tennessee, Juszkiewicz hardly drove the H2. "So I felt comfortable conscience-wise. I filled up once a month," he laughs. "But then it sort of became a symbol of evil to the conservation movement. Even though I don't feel bad about it, I can't be driving a symbol of excess."
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Juszkiewicz is on the board of the environmental group Rainforest Alliance. "So I say, 'I'll get a hybrid, which is a symbol of not-excess,' of doing the right thing. It doesn't have quite the attitude. When the H2s first came out, I would pull in a parking lot, people used to take pictures of it. They'd cluster around, it really gained a lot of attention. It was interesting to drive that for a while."
Other cars in his collection
As a busy executive, Juszkiewicz has two other cars he doesn't get to drive as much as he'd like. One is the South Carolina-made 1996 BMW Z3, with a manual transmission. "It's a really nice driving car and that's very efficient actually because it's a small car."
Juszkiewicz's other notable ride is a 1926 Rolls-Royce, which he rarely drives, and when he does, it's just around the streets of Nashville. "It's really a gas to drive, it's not something you want to drive a lot, but it's really spectacular looking."
Photo by Sandy Campbell
Favorite road trip
Although Juszkiewicz is too busy now to road trip, he does like driving cross-country. "Several times during college, I would just get in the car and drive to California and Florida," he says. "I did a lot of driving when I was young and I really enjoyed it. That's when you had time."
Worst car ever bought
Being part of GM had its perks, such as buying cars through the GM employee discount program. During one of his cross-country trips in the mid-1970s, he drove his worst car, which was GM's effort to compete in the subcompact market. "At one point I had a new Chevy Vega, and I took it on a cross-country trip. That was when GM was experimenting with aluminum blocks, and I totaled the engine -- just by driving it," Juszkiewicz contends. "Not a great car. They were only out for a few years."