Paris Motor Show 2018 was held from October 4th to October 14th 2018 in Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. The most visited auto show in the world is the place to be for car professionals and amateurs. Come back in October 2020. Business in Paris.
Paris Motor Show 2018, also called in French Mondial de l'Automobile, took place from October 4th to October 14th 2018 in Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition venue.
More than one million people visited the show. On October 7th, 8th, 9th, 13th and 14th, the show was open from 10 am until 8 pm. On October 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th and 12th, the show was open from 10 am until 10 pm. Entrance ticket costed 16 euros and could be purchased online.
Porte de Versailles is right at the Porte de Versailles exit of the Peripherique, the busy circular freeway round the city. There are parkings. The easiest way to get to the exhibition center is by taxi, tramway (T2 and T3 lines) or, best of all, metro. Metro: Porte de Versailles on line 12.
There are good hotels near the Motor Show. Okko Hotel is located 700 m from Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center. It offers air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi throughout. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. There are a Nespresso machine and an iPod dock in the rooms. They have a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast including some organic products is served daily, while snacks are available throughout the day. Appetizers are served in the evening. A bar is also available on site. Guests have access to a shared club lounge with computers, a library and local wines and beers. A welcome drink is offered. There is a fitness centre and sauna.
The Motor Show is the place for new car annoucements and concept car exhibition. The 2016 edition was no exception. A selection of the new models presented:
Audi Q5 - New version of Audi's premium SUV.
BMW X2 - Concept version of BMW's sharp coupe-SUV.
Citroen C3 - A new stylish version of the supermini.
Honda Civic - The next generation Honda Civic.
Hyundai i30 with a host of new tech and a new family face.
Land Rover Discovery - Land Rover's tough SUV is reborn.
Nissan Micra - The supermini is aiming to get back on track.
Peugeot 3008 - gets a more rugged look and new tech.
Renault Trezor - Stunning Renault concept reveals new design themes.
Volkswagen I.D. - New compact electric concept car.
Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta.
Mercedes Generation EQ - electric car with a SUV concept.
Around 1894 twenty cars were in use in entire France.
In 1898 the French Automobile Club and industry pioneer, Albert de Dion, created Le Salon de l'automobile du cycle et des sports. The international motor show opened on the terrace of the Tuilleries Gardens. Before being admitted to this show the exhibitors had to prove their seriousness by driving their cars from Versailles to Paris. The President from that time, who opened this motor show, did not hesitate to expose his scepticism about the future of the automobile and of course left the Tuilleries Gardens using a carriage.
In 1899 this motor show was recognized as being the sole and the unique manifestation of its kind. It took place at the Tuileries Gardens, too. The automobile was looking for his way, yet because neither techniques had not succeded in imposing itself: neither the steam engine, nor the explosion engine, nor the electrical one. After 1910 it was held at the Grand Palais in the Champs-Elysees.
The Motor Show is called Mondial de l'Automobile in French. A biennial auto show, the Mondial de l'Automobile is the most visited motor show in the world, ahead of Tokio and Frankfurt, with 1 253 513 visitors in 2016, the last show.
The key figures of this spectacular 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.
The City of Lights has always been at the forefront of motor innovation. In 1789, the French engineer Nicolas Joseph Cugnot built the first self-propelled vehicle, a heavy, three-wheeled, steam-driven carriage with a boiler that projected in front. Its speed was 5 km per hour. Cugnot's Steam Dray Machine is visible today in Musee des Arts et Metiers.
Today, car innovation is called Autolib, a service combining electric cars with car sharing. Autolib’ has been the first public service in the world with electric vehicles developed in a large city. An innovation in urban travel that has transformed our experience of cities. 4000 Bluecars were available at 1,084 electric car stations in Grand Paris, Paris metropolitan area. The service had more than 125 000 subscribers.
The innovative Autolib service has been sold by Bollore, its operator and the manufacturer of the Bluecars, to Indianapolis, USA, Singapore and London. However, Autolib stopped end of July 2018, due to heavy financial losses.