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.

And there are some remarkable parallels between the two cars. Both replace ageing forebears and both have been launched in the weeks after the respective companies were sold by their American owners.