In 2016, the Paris Motor Show welcomed 1,253,513 visitors, making it the most visited auto show in the world, ahead of Tokyo and Frankfurt. The key figures of the show are: 125 000 m2 of exhibition, 8 pavilions, 260 brands from 18 countries, 65 world premieres, more than 10 000 test drives for electric and hybrid cars, more than 10 000 journalists from 103 countries. Until 1986, it was called the Salon de l'Automobile; it took the name Mondial de l'Automobile in 1988 and Mondial Paris Motor Show in 2018. 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.
1913 14th "Salon de l'Automobile"
1919 15th "Salon de l'Automobile" (Model Year 1920) The first "Salon" since 1913.
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.
^"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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