The Paris Motor Show (French: Mondial de l’Automobile) is a biennial auto show in Paris – and is the first motor show in the world – started in 1898 by industry pioneer, Albert de Dion. For this first edition, almost 220 exhibitors gathered on 6,000 m2!
In 1901, the show moved to what would become the symbol of the Paris Motor Show for 60 years: the Grand Palais. At the time, the dates of the Show coincided with those of the Cycle Show in order to satisfy manufacturers which produced both cycles and cars.
During the WW2, no show was organized. Paris 1946 was the first post-war show in Europe!
In 1950, for the first time, the Show was held both at Porte de Versailles and at the Grand Palais. In 1954, the one million visitor mark was topped.
Shortly after, in 1957 a Japanese car was presented: the Prince Skyline, (the make would later become Nissan).
Until 1986 it was called Salon de l’Automobile; it took the name Mondial de l’Automobile in 1988.
During the chairmanship of Pierre Peugeot in 1998, a special retrospective exhibition was organized for the 100th anniversary of the Show.
2012 Paris Motor Show – [live page from Sept 27]
Dates – Opening – Hours – Location
Paris Motor Show Admission Fee
Paris Motor Show MAP
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2012 Paris Motor Show Events:
This year the special exhibition in pavilion 8 will be devoted to “Automobiles and Advertising” in partnership with INA (The French national institute of broadcasting).
Getting to the Show
Underground, Tramway, Bicycle, Bus
from A1, A3, A10, A6 A14, and A15 – Follow the direction signs to Paris, then take the junction to the Southern ring road and exit at Porte de Versailles.