I've been writing this column for more than a year now and have asked for very little, beyond the monthly delivery of a vehicle worth more than the average house. So I hope you'll indulge me this one request: please bring to the foreground of your mind the lyrics and tune of Everybody Sunshine by David Hasselhoff.
In case your memory isn't up to much, or in case you weren't residing in Germany in 1992, where it hit number 21 in the charts, the chorus goes: 'Everybody sunshine, everybody fun time/We've got the power, we've got the Lord/Everybody hands up, what a feeling/To sing for freedom around the world.' Is it all coming back?
You see, as part of its German marketing campaign for the revival of the Scirocco - originally introduced in 1974 in the middle of the oil crisis - VW has launched a Pop Idol-style talent contest to attract 18- to 45-year-old Germans who want a sporty, affordable car for daily use.