So the journalists have at last got their hands on the new Vauxhall Insignia at the car’s international launch. 

Press conferences, sumptuous food, nice weather and an interesting driving route of probably several hundred miles.

I, however, have already covered well over 1,500 miles in the Insignia in a mammoth drive from the Opel factory in Russelheim to downtown Instanbul, Turkey.

The drive took three days including stops to satisfy the photographer and Goodwin’s stomach. Down through Germany, across Austria and then through several former Yugoslavian countries, Bulgaria and into Turkey.

You’ll be reading a long story on the trip in the next few weeks which will cover details such as Bulgarian knocking shops and the delights of Compressor Alley in Instanbul. You’ll also get my full thoughts on the Insignia and of this class of car in particular.