You've really got to hand it to Citroën. As well as launching its DS range as a stand-alone brand in the UK - with the facelifted DS5 leading the assault - the French firm is also being bullish about its aspirations.

I've no doubt that PSA Peugeot-Citroën boss Carlos Tavares knew full well the implications of saying that DS wants to challenge Audi by 2020. Not in sales volume (at least for the moment) but rather in terms of exclusivity and brand desirability - two traits that Citroën isn't famed for in the UK.

Tavares knew exactly where he was aiming with DS, and I suspect those in Ingolstadt are at the very least watching with keen interest.

Despite the tough words, though, it’s going to be difficult to launch a relatively unknown brand fully into the jam-packed UK automotive market. While DS already exists as a sole entity in China and is fairly well known in Europe, here in the UK we still firmly think of DS as an extension of Citroën. And that's the way it'll stay for the time being, with the long-term goal being to dissociate DS from its French parent completely before too long.