Picking a star from this year’s Detroit show is quite a tricky business - and not because of the overwhelming number of great production cars and concepts to choose from. While all-new and exciting cares were there, they weren't in abundance.
My top three were the new Ford Focus - for all the obvious reasons. Some thought the styling too fussy. But I liked it a lot and it certainly makes the current car seem frumpy. Can’t wait to drive it either.
I also like the Toyota FT-CH concept. It's essentially a shorter Prius aimed at a younger audience. We’ve been hearing rumours that a Prius coupe is being planned by Toyota and if it looks anything like this then it will be a knockout success, I’d say. It will be something you'd buy whether it’s hybrid or not, and a serious rival for the forthcoming Honda CR-Z, also shown in production form here for the first time.
But despite the Toyota, no car nut could really overlook the Audi e-tron. This is the second all-electric mid-engined sports car the company has revealed in a matter of months. But this, for me, is by far the prettier one of all. In fact, if rumours are true a car extremly close to this could make production as an R4, albeit with a conventional powertrain and based on a platform close to that of the VW Bluesport concept, shown here in Detroit 12 months ago.
The proportions of the Audi look great - think Lotus Exige - and you could imagine it being a terrific car to own and drive if the R8 is anything to go by. I hope that they make it, with or without electric motors.