It is astonishing how fast the agenda moves on in this business. Three weeks ago you couldn’t move for news of the Jaguar XE, it’s lavish London christening party and how it was going to redefine Jaguar’s business for the future.
Yet in Paris few that I spoke to mentioned it, despite the fact the show offered the first opportunity for most to have a really good poke around.
At least Jaguar’s decision to delay pricing information guaranteed it some headlines, and it’s interesting to see the base diesel priced exactly £1000 above the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics – which has similar power but inferior CO2 emissions and fuel consumption to the XE.
But while almost everyone had something new to offer, it was hard to pick a theme for the show. Sometimes you’ll get a slew of supercars all turning up at once, or a field of green cars to prick your conscience, but if there was a thread in Paris, I failed to spot it.
Even so, there were plenty of highs and lows. The Volkswagen Group scored direct hits with the Lamborghini Asterion and XL Sport concepts, but to my eyes, a clear miss with the Audi TT Sportback – which seemed to be a car unsure of whether it wanted most to be an Audi or a TT, which are two very different things.