At times like this, it is tempting for people like me to look at the last 12 months and write about what a vintage year it’s been. Well without wishing to go all bah humbug on you at Christmas time, very few years can be so described, and 2018 is certainly not one of them. We’ve seen chief executives of some of the world’s biggest car companies arrested, the relentless rise of the SUV actually increase in pace, the needless and probably fatal wounding of diesel and the resulting collapse of UK car sales, and rise in tailpipe CO2 emissions. And when Sergio Marchionne passed away, we lost one of the industry’s true visionaries. I didn’t agree with all he said, and not all he promised worked out, but to turn around Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as he did was one of the most remarkable things I’ve seen in 30 years of watching this business.