My silly rule for motor shows runs like this. The better the city, the less significant the motor show. I’m fully prepared to admit this theory has many holes, but it’s mine and I’m sticking with it.
So, for example, I have visited New York and Los Angeles many times under my own steam and love them both. But neither have real world-class car shows. Beijing, Frankfurt and Detroit on the other hand… You can see where I am going with this.
My little theory looks a little wobbly this time round, though. As I write this in a New York hotel room I am anticipating a blockbuster motor show, whereas usually there’s only one or two cars to get excited about.
This time we’ve got the Land Rover concept, but we’ll also get the chance to see the BMW X4 for the first time, the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano SUVs both of which will go on sale in Europe, a facelifted Mini Countryman, a huge hint to the next MX-5 and Alfa’s relaunch into the US market.
That’s a pretty mouthwatering selection to be going on with and there is plenty of action from the US makers too, plus the inevitable surprises.
The New York show has long been prized by car makers as a show that attracts real buyers - about 750,000 will visit this time around - but it’s looking like a place for major international car launches now and lots of them.