Generation 2020 in Paris

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CONCEPT cars hogged the limelight at the Paris Motor Show which featured bold new designs from production powerhouses determined to place their stamp on the next decade. 

Volkswagen offered up the biggest innovation with their VW ID set to launch in 2020. The ID title refers to the car’s autonomous mode, which is triggered when the driver presses the VW badge in the steering wheel for ten seconds. The wheels then retract and four laser scanners take control of driving together with ultrasonic sensors, radars and cameras. 

Renault didn’t disappoint on home turf with their scaly-skinned all-electric Trezor fitted with the powertrain from its well-received Formula E car. Mercedes also joined the electric zeitgeist with its EQ Generation, also due to hit the market in 2020. Slick, smooth and glowing blue, it boasts a 300kW motor and can snatch 500 kilometres from a single charge. 

The much heralded final move of electric into the mainstream was the undoubted theme of the Paris show but the old guard put up a firm fight, making the overall image an unlikely combination of light futuristic city zippers, and new generation SUVs and supercars. 

The Skoda Kodiaq, Land Rover Discovery, La Ferrari Aperta and obligatory showings form Aston Martin, Bugatti, Bentley and Ford all made this a typical motor show, but the official verbiage was chock full of words like ‘battery’, ‘electric’, ‘shared’ and ‘future’. 

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