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”. 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.