Detroit Motor show: the highlights

Detroit's show this year was more global than ever. It was also pretty relevant. The new production metal was mostly the sort you could relate to without too much explanation, and the concepts were attractive but not too fanciful.

Toyota-Lexus had a great show. At last there's concrete evidence of what company chief Akio Toyoda and his engineers have been promising for a while. They want to make cars that are more than appliances: cars people actually yearn for.

The Toyota FT-1 looks great, and more important it shows how the company is developing a distinctive design voice for all its cars. But if there's a production spin-off (big if) it's a way away.