The weekend's Shanghai motor show was one of the most absorbing events in many a year, with reveals of top-drawer Euro-relevant machinery, oddball joint venture initiatives between established names and local makers, and the usual - but ever improving - array of launches by Chinese manufacturers.
Here then, are my picks of the show:
The Geneva motor show earlier this year proved beyond doubt that the next few years are set to be dominated by new SUV launches, but few would have anticipated MG would enter the fray with such a confident offering. The production model is still two years away - at least - for European buyers, but if it retains the concept's looks (as MG says it will) then we're in for a treat.
We can debate long and hard whether a BMW 5-series rival really has a natural fit in Maserati's line-up, given the Italian firm's reputation, but few can argue that the car itself is anything other than supremely good looking. If it drives decently, and the (Ferrari co-developed) diesel is good, it could be the premium alternative so many company car buyers say they've always wanted.
There are rumours that the production version of the GLA wont be quite so dramatic to look at as this concept, which would be a great shame. Sure, the concept's overt styling may jar with some, but here again is a new Mercedes that dares to challenge convention and do everything but play safe. Inevitably that means it won't thrill everyone, but at least it will thrill some.