You can tell we're getting closer to the French motor show – there's been a bevvy of concept cars unveiled this week, all of which will be in Paris when the 2006 Mondial de l'Automobile opens on 30th September.
Perhaps the most important is the new Ford Mondeo, revealed as a concept but in truth pretty much the finished article. It looks pretty sleek and should be good drive; you can buy the real thing from early next year.
Pitted against the Mondeo will be the new Dodge Avenger, which is the next part of the American brand's push into Europe. The Avenger's rather ungainly boxy profile is certainly distinctive, if nothing else.
Smaller in size but with a much bigger helping of style is the Skoda Joyster concept. Essentially a shrunken, sleeker version of the recently released Roomster MPV, the Joyster will most likely be based on the same platform as the next Fabia. Here's hoping that it looks just like the concept if they decide to build it.
If only that were also true of the Kia cee'd, which was downright desirable as a concept, but is ever-so-slightly dowdy in reality. Still, the new cee'd sport wagon looks smarter than its hatchback sibling, and shows that Kia is making great strides in terms of desirability.