This year's Detroit motor show was definitive proof, if any were needed, that the confidence of car buyers - and of car makers - has returned. The show revealed an intoxicating mix of concept cars, volume sellers, premium models and a range of stunning performance cars.
With so many models making their public debuts, here is our pick of the exhibits by Autocar's men on the ground.
Audi Allroad Shooting Brake, Mark Tisshaw
I could take or leave the evolutionary exterior styling of the Allroad concept, which previews the imminent Audi TT. But the interior was another story. The quality was outstanding, and the instrument display housing a large infotainment display that includes a sat-nav is a perhaps revolutionary step in freeing up space and de-cluttering the traditional dashboard and centre console.
BMW 2-series, Hilton Holloway
Don’t despair if you will never drive a true supercar. There’s really no need. The BMW M135i had the kind of deep-seated engineering excellence and the kind of aristocratic engine usually associated with mega cars. And the M235i will be even better.
Corvette Z06, Marc Noordeloos
A supercharged, 6.2-litre V8 with more than 625bhp and a rear-drive chassis, what’s not to like? As the Porsche 911 GT3 and Aston Martin V12 Vantage S switch to paddle-shift only, the Z06 blesses enthusiasts with a standard 7-speed manual. Bravo Chevrolet.
Ford F150, Steve Cropley
Ford's mighty 2015 F150, my Detroit star, not only makes the all-important jump to weight-saving aluminium body construction, but shows how a balanced styling approach can keep the best of the old while providing something new. It's not easy, designers say, to create a work vehicle with enthusiast appeal, but Ford's top team have hit the desirability target.
Mercedes C-class, Greg Kable
The new Mercedes-Benz C-class not only looks like a junior S-class, with its heavily structured flanks and all. It also offers much of its bigger sibling's technology, including air suspension and stereo camera-based safety systems. The BMW 3-series suddenly appears old hat.
Porsche 911 Targa, Jim Holder
The B-pillar hoop, with its contrasting colour, adds presence to the already good-looking 911. But the real star is the automatic roof panel, which stows with incredible theatre. Take a moment to marvel and watch it on video.
Toyota FT-1, Andrew Frankel