This frenzy illustrates the cyclical nature of manufacturing: all that energy spent on freshening up the MPV sector in the early part of 2000 will be diverted elsewhere - principally in the direction of SUVs over the coming weeks and then to fleet mainstays from the autumn motor shows onward with the arrival of new Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat.
But back to the present: Citroen Synergie 2.0i 16v SX five-door auto. There's more than the tip-shift transmission that's new about this: it's got a beefed up 138bhp petrol engine that produces 12% more power than its eight-valve predecessor while returning better fuel consumption and lower carbon dioxide emissions; and the SX version we had on test can seat eight people (previously, seven was the limit in a Synergie).
Seven and eight-seater SXs are the same price - ú20,520, and across the 2.0-litre petrol range, starting at ú17,240 for the five-seater LX, there has been a rise of ú200 to reflect the extra valves and styling tweaks. However, while Citroen has not yet cut its official list prices, it has been offering ú1,500 retail cash-back on all Synergies - 'so what?' for fleet buyers, but a pointer to where its RRPs will be positioned should the manufacturer bite the bullet and realign.