So Lotus's big Paris bang has finally gone off. Its five-strong model family is officially laid bare for all to see. Now the scrutiny begins.
The press conference itself was Paris's busiest by some distance. I arrived 10 minutes early but still couldn't get near the front of the stand. But I was close enough to see all I needed to.
The cars, I liked – for the most part. I'm pretty sure the idea of a V8-engined 'gentleman's GT' with a heavy metal folding roof – the Elite – would make Chapman's blood boil, but I liked the look of the important ones: Elise, Elan and Esprit. They've even left room undeneath the new Elise for a £20k, lightweight, four-cylinder model. A proper Lotus, you might say.