When Ford CEO Alan Mulally was spotted late last Monday afternoon heading into Toyota's office in Detroit, it got my attention. Big time.
Maybe I just have a dirty mind.
But I could imagine Mulally and Toyota President Akio Toyoda huddling together in the Toyota office, away from all of the prying eyes over at the auto show in Cobo Center, where they had been most of the day.
I could almost see the two men whispering to each other about a number of potentially headline-grabbing scenarios: joint ventures, more partnerships -- or, goodness, maybe even something bigger.
After all, Ford and Toyota have a lot in common. They are two of the biggest automakers, and both are companies where the descendants of the founder are still involved in the company.