“After this it’s going directly to Beijing,” Stepan said, “so we have to be really careful or we’re in big trouble. Let’s talk about it first and wait for the journalists to arrive.” We wandered over to the VIP catering area. We were sipping coffee, sampling delicate pastries and admiring the VisionS from a distance, when the door burst open. Laden with laptops, iPads and carry-on luggage, in breezed the UK press corps.
John McIlroy of Auto Express, Richard Bremner of Autocar and Rob Gill of The Sun, along with their photographers, had raced up from Prague and were eager to see the car. Like me, they made straight for it, but unlike me they showed a little bit more restraint. “The green is beautiful,” gasped John in awe. “Yes, that’s very special,” said Stepan. “It’s like a chameleon. They had to paint every bit of it at the same angle to get that effect.” Meanwhile Richard admired the front end. “Look at that double grille,” he said. “Bohemian crystal glass,” answered Stepan, proudly. Rob, meanwhile, was discreetly instructing his photographer to take pictures of the door handle I had tried to open.