I really liked the Lincoln C concept that we saw at the Detroit motor show.

13199101626928356x236 Just to recap it was designed to show that Ford’s ‘luxury’ and US-only brand could be scaled down – and just to prove it the show car was built on a Focus platform.

But before you think that this has nothing whatsoever to do with us here in the UK, take a look at the engine. It’s a 1.6-litre turbocharged 180bhp engine, using Ford’s Ecoboost technology and the first time that Ford has shown us a four-cylinder version.

13199101629787356x236Yet despite this motor being previewed in an auspiciously American car, it’s actually built in Bridgend, South Wales and so is going to have plenty of significance for us too. Expect it to replace the 2.0-litre petrol engine in the Mondeo any time soon and it could produce the sort of figures that stops the 2.0-litre diesel being the engine of choice.

Whether the Americans will ever take to it is another matter.

Still, there was much for them to enjoy at Detroit 2009. See for yourself all the cars that made it a bumper show:

Jaguar XFR Jaguar turns the XF into a super-saloon with an all-new 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine.