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Paris Motor Show
Mondial de l'Automobile
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).
Genre Auto show
Frequency Biennial
Location(s) Paris
Country France
Inaugurated 1898
Founder Albert de Dion
Salon de l'Automobile de Paris 1946

The Paris Motor Show (French: Mondial de l'Automobile) is a biennial auto show in Paris. Held during October, it is one of the most important auto shows,[1] 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.

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.


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".[2] There was again no Paris Motor Show in 1925, the venue having been booked instead for an Exhibition of Decorative Arts.[3] In October 1926 the Motor Show returned, this being the 26th Paris Salon de l'Automobile.[3]

The outbreak of war again intervened in 1939 when the 33rd Salon de l'Automobile was cancelled at short notice.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]


  • 1898 1st
  • 1913 14th "Salon de l'Automobile"
  • 1919 15th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1920) The first "Salon" since 1913.[7]
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

  • 1921 16th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1922)
  • 1922 17th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1923)
4 October 1922
81 French automobile makers exhibited (plus one French commercial vehicle manufacturer, 7 "Coachbuilders" and 25 non French automobile industry businesses.) 113 exhibitors in total.
  • 1923 18th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1924)
  • 1924 19th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1925)
2 October 1924
78 French automobile makers exhibited (plus four 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)[8]
7 October 1926
81 French automobile makers exhibited and 42 non French automobile industry businesses exhibited. 126 exhibitors in total
  • 1927 21st "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1928)
  • 1928 22nd "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1929)
  • 1929 23rd "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1930)
  • 1930 24th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1931)[9]
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.
  • 1932 26th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1933)
  • 1933 27th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1934)
5 October 1933
26 French automobile makers exhibited.
  • 1934 28th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1935)
  • 1935 29th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1936)
  • 1936 30th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1937)
  • 1937 31st "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1938)
7 October 1937
22 French automobile makers exhibited.
  • 1938 32nd
  • 1946 33rd
  • 1947 34th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1948)
23 October 1947
27 French automobile makers exhibited.
  • 1948 35th
  • 1949 36th
  • 1950 37th
  • 1951 38th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1952)
4 October 1951
23 French automobile makers exhibited.
  • 1952 39th
  • 1953 40th
  • 1954 41st
  • 1955 42nd
  • 1956 43rd
  • 1957 44th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1958)
3 October 1957
24 French automobile makers exhibited.
  • 1958 45th
  • 1959 46th
  • 1960 47th
  • 1961 48th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1962)
5 October 1961
9 French automobile makers exhibited. (Plus one "Jeep" maker and one coachbuilder)
  • 1962 49th Salon
This was the first year the show was held at the Porte de Versailles on the outskirts of Paris.[10]
  • 1963 50th
  • 1964 51st
  • 1965 52nd "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1966)
October 1965
9 French automobile makers exhibited. (Plus one "Jeep" maker and one coachbuilder)
  • 1966 53rd
  • 1967 54th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1968)
6 October 1967
8 French automobile makers exhibited, plus one coachbuilder
Citroën Dyane world premiere
  • 1968 55th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1969)
  • 1976 63rd "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1977) known as a "Salon of Sobriété"[11]
Ferrari 400 world premiere
  • 1978 64th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1979)
15 October 1978


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1920 (salon [Paris, Oct] 1919). Paris: Histoire & collections. Nr. 31: Page 61. 2004. 
  3. ^ a b "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1927 (salon [Paris, Oct] 1926). Paris: Histoire & collections. Nr. 78s: Page 57. 2006. 
  4. ^ "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1940-46 "Les années sans salon". Paris: Histoire & collections. Nr. 26: Page 4 et seq. 2003. 
  5. ^ Bell, Roger, ed. (22 January 1977). "MotorWeek: News flashes". Motor: 3. 
  6. ^ Bellu, René (2006). "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1979 (salon [Paris, Oct] 1978). Paris: Histoire & collections. Nr. 84s: 5. 
  7. ^ "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1920 (salon [Paris, Oct] 1919). Paris: Histoire & collections. Nr. 31. 2004. 
  8. ^ "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1927 (salon [Paris, Oct] 1926). Paris: Histoire & collections. Nr. 78s. 2006. 
  9. ^ "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1931 (salon [Paris, Oct] 1930). Paris: Histoire & collections. Nr. 90: Page 57. 2008. 
  10. ^ Blunsden, John (October 1962). "Paris salongen" [The Paris Salon]. Illustrerad Motor Sport (in Swedish). No. 10. Lerum, Sweden. p. 12. 
  11. ^ Armstrong, Douglas (December 1976). "Sobriété in gay Paree". SA Motor. Cape Town, South Africa: Scott Publications: 19. 
  12. ^ "Paris Motor Show announces dates for upcoming 2018 edition". Retrieved 2017-04-04. 

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