It was hard not to snigger. The Moscow motor show is one of those motoring events that brings together well-established brands and manufacturers whose technical expertise can best be described as “in development”.

And sure enough, at the far end of one of the halls we uncovered a line-up which, on first inspection, made Great Wall’s stand look like a showcase of hi-tech BMW concepts.

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The brand was Saipa, and its vehicles, it must be said, looked pretty rough around the edges. The panel gaps weren’t a model of consistency, and the paint finish was, well, sporadic.

I’m presuming whoever was in charge of the stand (it was deserted, so I couldn’t ask) had the brief to reflect Saipa’s growing export figures, because all of the vehicles carried numerous customs stickers and forms.