Fascinating to spend the eve of the Paris show with Toyota. The firm’s not going to be grabbing many headlines over the next 48 hours; it’s showing a facelifted iQ and Lexus IS here, and a new mini-MPV called the Verso-S that’s, well, somewhat difficult to get excited about.

I have to admit to cracking a smile when new Toyota Motor Europe President Didier Leroy said he was ‘happy to confirm’ that the next-generation Toyota Yaris, which will enter production in 2011 in Valenciennes, will be offered as a hybrid.