Everyone's been looking to the future this week, but they seem to have been looking in different places.
First Jaguar announced that it will call the radical replacement for the S-type the XF, then upstart electric-car firm Tesla revealed that it's planning an 'electric 5-series' by 2010. So far, so good.
Then we headed across the Pond to the Los Angeles motor show. It was a reassuringly celebratory show, but there was no denying that everyone was thinking about the environment.
Volkswagen and Mercedes announced their collaboration on the new cleaner Bluetec diesels – the new VW Tiguan 4x4 concept using just such a device. Ford showed its green credentials with the hybrid Escape SUV, while GM launched a barrage of hybrids, the technology from which will be coming over to Europe.
Mazda wanted to show us a whole new direction with its Nagare concept car, but our eyes were also diverted by Hyundai's slightly mad Hellion concept and the curvy Honda Remix. It could be the new CR-X.
Back in Europe, John McIlroy was driving the storming new Renault Megane 230 R26. It's much more than just a Megane 225 with a limited-slip diff, reckoned John, as he called it "An awesome B-road weapon that sets new standards for grip and tenacity."