The Paris auto show marks the start of the fight back by German premium automakers against Tesla's dominance of the market for full-electric luxury vehicles. The EQC crossover will be the first of a new generation of battery-powered cars from Mercedes-Benz, while Audi's e-tron makes its auto show debut after a media unveiling last week in San Francisco.
Opel is marking its ownership switch from General Motors to PSA Group with a new design language it calls "pure and bold." The GT X Experimental concept previews the automaker's pure, high tech styling that will appear in its models in the mid-2020s.
VW Group's global sales, including its Audi and Porsche brands, jumped 3.8 percent last year to a record 10.3 million as higher demand in China and Europe offset declines in the U.S. and South America. The figure should put VW ahead of Toyota as the world's largest car producer by volume.