I'm currently on a whistle-stop 30-hour visit to the New York International Auto Show, which will be kicking off in earnest later today.

Compared to Frankfurt, Paris and the rising Asian shows, New York isn't a massive event in terms of physical size, but for manufacturers it is hugely significant in terms of 'being seen' in the right places and in front of the right people.

The show's taking place against a backdrop of cautious buoyancy. The Washington Post reported yesterday that 1.4 million new cars were sold in America last month. That's up 13 per cent year-on-year, and is also the highest sales month in nearly five years. So I'm expecting to see a spring in the step of many manufacturers when the show doors open.

I'm keen to see how the US automotive opinion-formers take to the Land Rover DC100 concept, although it's latest 'Urban Jungle' appearance sounds more like the music you'd expect to be blaring out of the speakers rather a car concept.