In 2014, the Paris Motor Show welcomed 1,253,513 visitors, making it the most visited auto show in the world, ahead of Tokyo and Frankfurt. 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; since, it has been biennial.
During the First World War motor shows were suspended, meaning that the show of October 1919 was only the 15th "Salon". There was again no Paris Motor Show in 1925, the venue having been booked instead for an Exhibition of Decorative Arts. In October 1926 the Motor Show returned, this being the 26th Paris Salon de l'Automobile.
The outbreak of war again intervened in 1939 when the 33rd Salon de l'Automobile was cancelled at short notice. 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. 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.
^"Paris Motor Show". Auto Express. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2016. The Paris Motor Show – or Mondial de l’Automobile – is one of the most important shows in the automotive calendar. It takes place only on even-numbered years, with the Frankfurt Motor Show, held at the Frankfurt Messe, taking over on odd-numbered years.
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