It's hard to look at Land Rover's DC100 Sport concept vehicle on the Los Angeles Auto Show floor and get any immediate sense of a practical ownership experience. It is a luxury-class two-seat convertible SUV.
More precisely it is a concept exercise on what the next Defender might offer in three or four years. And, as is the tradition with most concepts, company officials aren't saying yes and they aren't saying no.
But the drop-top model -- think of a Jeep Wrangler crossed with a Honda Del Sol -- is really a little more than that. It's a declaration of the heritage-steeped Rover brand being bold and brash and independent in its thinking about its future as a business unit of Indian billionaire Ratan Tata.
Auto brands that slip from independence into the hands of "investors" who are not necessarily car guys tend to have a spotty track record.