Paris Motor Show

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Reproduction of a French poster. The background image is of a large building. There is an obelisk with a bronze statue of a horse in the middle ground. The foreground shows a number of automobiles with their drivers and passengers. At the bottom of the poster there is some additional text: "du 3 au 18 Decembre 1910" and "Grand Palais (Champs Elysees) Paris".
12e. Salon de l'Automobile et du Cycle (Gaston Simoes de Fonseca, 1910).
Salon de L'Automobile de Paris 1946

The Paris Motor Show (French: Mondial de l'Automobile) is a biennial auto show in Paris. Held around October, it is one of the most important auto shows, often with many new production automobile and concept car debuts. The show presently takes place in Paris expo Porte de Versailles. The Mondial is scheduled by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, which considers it a major international auto show.

Until 1986 it was called the Salon de l'Automobile; it took the name Mondial de l'Automobile in 1988. The show was held annually through 1976, after which it has been biennial.


The show was the first motor show in the world, started in 1898 by industry pioneer, Albert de Dion. After 1910 it was held at the Grand Palais in the Champs-Élysées.

During the First World War motor shows were suspended, meaning that the show of October 1919 was only the 15th "Salon".[1] There was again no Paris Motor Show in 1925, the venue having been booked instead for an Exhibition of Decorative Arts.[2] In October 1926 the Motor Show returned, this being the 26th Paris Salon de l'Automobile.[2]

The outbreak of war again intervened in 1939 when the 33rd Salon de l'Automobile was cancelled at short notice.[3] Normality of a sorts returned some six years later and the 33rd "Salon" finally opened in October 1946.

In January 1977 it was announced that no Paris motor show would take place that year because of the "current economic situation": at the same time the organisers confirmed that a 1978 Auto Salon for Paris was planned.[4] The 65th Salon de Paris duly opened on 15 October 1978 in the modern buildings of the Parc des Expositions on the south-western edge of central Paris at the Porte de Versailles, where the show had been held since 1962.[5]


  • 1919 15th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1920) The first "Salon" since 1913.[6]
9 October 1919
65 French automobile makers exhibited (plus 22 French commercial vehicle manufacturers and 31 non-French automobile industry businesses). At least 118 exhibitors in total.

There was no "Salon de l'Automobile" in 1920

  • 1922 17th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1923)
4 October 1922
81 French automobile makers exhibited (plus 1 French commercial vehicle manufacturer, 7 "Coach-builders" and 25 non-French automobile industry businesses.) 113 exhibitors in total.
  • 1924 19th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1925)
2 October 1924
78 French automobile makers exhibited (plus 4 French commercial vehicle manufacturers and 34 non-French automobile industry businesses.) 116 exhibitors in total.

There was no "Salon de l'Automobile" in 1925 due to the venue having been allocated to an Exhibition of Decorative Arts

  • 1926 20th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1927)[7]
7 October 1924
81 French automobile makers exhibited and 42 non-French automobile industry businesses exhibited. 126 exhibitors in total
  • 1930 24th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1931)[8]
2 October 1930
46 French automobile makers and 46 non-French automobile makers exhibited. 92 exhibitors in total.
  • 1931 25th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1932)
1 October 1931
39 French automobile makers and 37 non-French automobile makers exhibited. 79 exhibitors in total.
  • 1933 27th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1934)
5 October 1933
26 French automobile makers exhibited.
  • 1937 31st "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1938)
7 October 1937
22 French automobile makers exhibited.
  • 1947 34th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1948)
23 October 1947
27 French automobile makers exhibited.
  • 1951 38th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1952)
4 October 1951
23 French automobile makers exhibited.
  • 1957 44th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1958)
3 October 1957
24 French automobile makers exhibited.
  • 1961 48th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1962)
5 October 1961
9 French automobile makers exhibited. (Plus one "Jeep" maker and one "Coach builder")
  • 1965 52nd "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1966)
October 1965
9 French automobile makers exhibited. (Plus one "Jeep" maker and one "Coach builder")
  • 1967 54th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1968)
6 October 1967
8 French automobile makers exhibited. (Plus one "Coach builder")


  1. ^ "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1920 (salon [Paris, Oct] 1919) (Paris: Histoire & collections). Nr. 31: Page 61. 2004. 
  2. ^ a b "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1927 (salon [Paris, Oct] 1926) (Paris: Histoire & collections). Nr. 78s: Page 57. 2006. 
  3. ^ "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1940-46 "Les années sans salon" (Paris: Histoire & collections). Nr. 26: Page 4 et seq. 2003. 
  4. ^ "MotorWeek: News flashes". Motor: page 3. 22 January 1977. 
  5. ^ "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1979 (salon [Paris, Oct] 1978) (Paris: Histoire & collections). Nr. 84s: Page 5. 2006. 
  6. ^ "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1920 (salon [Paris, Oct] 1919) (Paris: Histoire & collections). Nr. 31. 2004. 
  7. ^ "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1927 (salon [Paris, Oct] 1926) (Paris: Histoire & collections). Nr. 78s. 2006. 
  8. ^ "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1931 (salon [Paris, Oct] 1930) (Paris: Histoire & collections). Nr. 90: Page 57. 2008. 

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Coordinates: 48°49′51″N 2°17′12″E / 48.8308°N 2.2867°E / 48.8308; 2.2867