You’d expect the French manufacturers to be full of beans at their home motor show. But in terms of creativity, there was only one winner – with Citroen the victor by a good five lengths.

Interestingly, the Peugeot-Citroen home-team rivalry was conducted this year in the light of the departure of Peugeot’s barely installed new design director, evidently because his Citroen opposite number, Jean-Pierre Ploue, had just been elevated to the position as design director of the whole PSA group.