The car industry is huge; it encompasses all walks of life and almost all budgets, so naturally, there's going to be some diversity in there, for better or worse.

Here's a selection of the things which brought a smile to my face this week, and the one thing which brought a grimace.

The best things I've seen all week 

BMW’s 8 Series preview


There were rumours, then there were spy shots, now there’s a preview of a concept version of a final production car, coming next year. And just look at it already; sultry, slowly swooping coupé lines, a piercing glare and a ducktail spoiler. This is BMW at its best.

This forest


Stumbled across it on the launch of the facelifted Skoda Rapid earlier this week. It’s the idyllic – and silent - pine forest of Altkönig on the outskirts of Frankfurt, where the roads just happen to be exceedingly fun to drive along. Fog: check. Forest: check. Formidable supercar: not quite, but it was fun, even in the Rapid.