If you paid attention to the hysterical mass media who wouldn’t know a particulate filter from their elbow, a diesel Volkswagen is now worth about 5p. Maybe less.

The great USA oilburnermageddon situation, as I’m calling it, has really got out of hand.

Cleverer Autocar contributors than me – see Hilton Holloway, Matt Burt, Jim Holder, John McIlroy and Steve Cropley – have explained all the salient and very technical details and the industry implications.

That leaves me to tell you what the showroom take is on all this, which is this: carry on regardless.

It has to be something of a slow news week when a car company makes the front pages for being naughty. I’m not being that flippant, just realistic.