It's springtime in the Big Apple, and the sun is shining, so eccentricity can probably be excused. But it will probably still sound a little strange if I tell you that the star of this year's New York motor show was a car that wasn't even there - the new small Jaguar sports car, formerly known as the C-X16 but now revealed officially as the Jaguar F-type.
Jaguar Land Rover boss Dr Ralf Speth revealed that production versions will be with us before the end of the year, one big reason for excitement, but another was the general feeling of wonderment that JLR bosses could have got the name so simply right, given the amount of brain-strain it is bound to have needed.
Under such circumstances, it's always amazing when a big company does the simplest, best and most obvious thing. Mind you, choice of F-type really nails the new car's colours to the mast - the E-type, 50 years old, is Jaguar's icon of icons, and here comes today's management placing its new model on the same level. Fascinating times are coming.
Though it is fully 112 years old, as banners reminded us, the NY Show isn't usually as large or significant as a Frankfurt or a Shanghai, but this year the manufacturers were taking it very seriously indeed.
Nissan-Renault chief Carlos Ghosn made the opening address over breakfast, taking the opportunity to reiterate his controversial claim that 10 percent of new cars will be battery-powered by 2020, that "the stars were lining up" in favour of electric cars, and what the rest of the world needed was his alliance's "wide-angle view of the world".