Petrolheads and car industry followers alike will be gathering in the French capital this weekend for the Paris Auto Show.
New models may give some indication of trends to come post crisis with car makers under pressure to do more for the environment.
Renault’s CEO, Carlos Ghosn, said its electric vehicle will be on the road next year but he added the bet could only succeed if the firm’s energy efficient cars attracted a large number of customers.
But the future will not be so green according to the head of Daimler Dieter Zetsch. He only sees a small place in the market for cars running on environmentally friendly technology.
“I think it is realistic to assume that in 2020 we could see like five to a maximum of 10 percent of car sales being electric cars. Nevertheless, fully electric cars could be the stars of the show with several manufacturers displaying models due to go on sale in Europe later this year,” said Zetsch.