Precisely as I write, the votes for 2015 European Car of the Year are being read out at the Geneva motor show and… wait for it, the Volkswagen Passat has been announced as the winner.

I’m slightly surprised, especially by the margin of victory, but not disappointed; the Passat took most votes from me. But I had expected the Citroën C4 Cactus to win, because at least it’s an interesting car.

The voting, then. All judges have to apportion 25 points across the seven shortlisted cars and must give some points to at least five. They can’t name an equal winner and can award no more than 10 points to any car.

This scoring system couldn’t be more committee-like if it tried, so it’s no wonder that, in past years, cars (like the BMW i3 or Tesla Model S) that some judges think are brilliant yet others think are not give way for a car everyone thinks is ‘fine’.