Sitting on an airplane heading home offers the perfect opportunity to reflect on a motor show. It tends to be quiet, there’s a drinks cart, and your mobile phone doesn’t ring. Funnily enough, my pre-show thoughts also came together on the flight to New York City.

As I think about all the cars at the New York motor show, a couple stand out. The Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG coupé impressed me with its gorgeous exterior and Bentley-scaring interior. It is much more than just a two-door version of the (also impressive) S-class saloon.

The other is the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept. It’s clearly the next step in Land Rover’s continuing rebirth. American dealers can’t keep the new Range Rover or Range Rover Sport in stock but the ageing LR2 (Freelander) and LR4 (Discovery) are easy to come by. The Disco concept clearly shows that Land Rover is serious about making their Land Rover-badged models as special as the Range Rover-badged models.

Speaking of a rebirth, Maserati had a very large stand in New York. It’s clear the company wants a bigger piece of the luxury car market in the USA. In February Maserati spent a reported $12 Million US dollars (around £7 million) on a 90-second Super Bowl advert. Plus, the east coast of America is a big market for the company.