Renault and Toyota will reveal new versions of their core fleet models at next month’s Paris Motor Show.
The Renault Megane will make its world debut in five-door hatchback format before going on sale in the UK in November.
By 2010, there will be a further five body-styles, including a three-door sport hatch, estate, saloon and CC coupé-cabriolet.
As with the launch of the new Laguna, Renault is making strong claims for improved build quality to address issues with the previous models.
Under the bonnet will be a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, and Renault will offer four dCi turbodiesels that emit 120g/km of CO2 or less.
Over at the Toyota stand, the British-built new Avensis will take its bow in saloon and Tourer estate guises (the hatchback model has been dropped from the new range).
Designed at Toyota’s studio in the south of France, the new Avensis has echoes of its sister car, the Lexus IS.
When it goes on sale in the UK in January, it will feature advanced safety systems such as adaptive front lighting and a pre-crash safety system.