Next month's Paris auto show looks set to be dominated by one story: the major assault by European carmakers on the struggling upper-medium segment.
Cars expected to be unveiled on September 28 at Paris include the new Ford Mondeo, the Citroen Xantia replacement, the face-lifted VW Passat, the new Renault Laguna, the updated Toyota Avensis and, at either end of the upper-medium segment, the updated Skoda Octavia and new Volvo S60 (below).
Sales of upper-medium cars have fallen across Europe this year by around 10 percent in many markets, with the Opel Vectra and Ford Mondeo down around 25 percent, and the Citroen Xantia down around 20 percent.
But the segment is expected to recover later this year and next year when new Paris cars hit the market.
Peugeot's 206CC (right) - the coupe/convertible that first appeared as a concept at Geneva 1998 - will also star at Paris.
S60 arrival helps re-energize Volvo, Page 8.