Paris reaction - from the point of view of someone who is currently on holiday, sitting around in the sunshine, drinking a beer or two, getting a bit bored perhaps but clicking on as many websites as he can to get info about what sounds like one of the most vibrant motor shows in years.

A gazillion new cars from Lotus. They all look the same to me, but they also look weirdly anonymous. They look like Honda concepts actually – all angular and spikey and modern. A bit like the way enormous Russian hotels tend to look angular and spikey and modern. With a bit too much neon in the toilets.

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The return of the Audi quattro. Not. The original Ur-quattro was a devastatingly good looking car. It created the blistered wheelearch all on its own. From the rear it made your heart ache wondering what it might be like to drive.