After the last eight days, I’m feeling more than a little over-Sweeded. A week last Monday I flew to Portugal for the launch the of the new Volvo S60. After a day back in the UK, it was 5.30 wake-up call on Thursday for the 07.10 to Gothenburg and an early drive of the new Saab 9-5.

On Tuesday this week it was another early start for another flight to Gothenburg for the 9-5 launch proper.

Read Hilton Holloway's first drive review of the Volvo S60 T6 4WD SE

I have to admit that I even spent last Saturday evening watching the latest episode of cult Swedish cop drama Wallander. The proper home-grown version, with English sub-titles. (I thought I might pick up a few Swedish words, but the only thing I learnt was that alibi is the same word in both languages.)

It’s an amusing coincidence that these two Swedish mid-liners were launched within days of each other.