5 questions for Jean-Claude Girot, Commissioner General of the Paris Motor Show 2018

The Paris Motor Show, the world’s oldest motor show, and also the most important trade show in terms of visitors, celebrates its 120th anniversary this year!

From 4 to 14 October, more than a million professionals and amateurs from around the world will travel to Paris Expo Porte de Versailles to discover the latest innovations in the sector. Jean-Claude Girot, Commissioner and CEO of the Show presents significant dates at the Motor Show as well as what’s new for this edition.


Jean-Claude Girot

The Paris Motor Show celebrates its 120th anniversary, happy birthday! Can you talk us briefly through this long history?

Several events have marked the history of the Paris Motor Show. Created in 1898, the first edition of the ‘Exposition Internationale de l’Automobile’ was held in the Tuileries Gardens. In 1901, the Show was transferred to the Grand Palais, where it remained until 1961. Since 1962, it has been held at the Porte de Versailles. Also worth mentioning, in 1954, visitors to the Show exceeded one million for the first time, and in 1988, the Salon de l’Automobile (name adopted in 1919) was renamed the Mondial de l’Automobile (Paris Motor Show).

How has the Paris Motor Show changed in recent years?

I would say that in recent years, the event has not changed fundamentally, because its current form met the expectations of exhibitors and visitors. But today, the time has come for change, which is why, in order to modernize the world’s oldest car show, 2018 will have many new facets!

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What exactly will be new for this 2018 edition?

Many changes and special events are planned for this new edition. Firstly, the return of the Paris Motorcycle Show, which was a trade show apart from 1986 and which from 2011 was called the Salon de la Moto, Scooter, Quad de Paris, but which we sought to re-integrate into the Paris Motor Show to attract more visitors and enable them to see both at the same time.

There will also be a Mondial de la Mobilité (Mobility Show) focussing on public transport and carpooling solutions, as well as a Mondial Tech BtoB Show event from 2 to 6 October that will bring together major car manufacturers and start-ups in the sector to address 8 themes in the car industry, like cyber security, connectivity, electrification and hybridization, or interior comfort. On this occasion, the biggest global mobility competition is organized with 53 countries and 470 start-ups so that the best of these can present their project at the Show.

We have also sought to dazzle visitors with the Mondial Limited, a space uniquely dedicated to luxury cars — a first at car shows. Finally, for the 120th anniversary of the Motor Show, a big parade of classic cars is planned for September 30th, from Place de la Concorde through Paris. Following on from this, there will be a free test centre for electric, hybrid and hydrogen powered vehicles, for the duration of the Show.

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How many exhibitors are expected? Who are they (brands, professions represented, etc.)?

It is not possible to give an exact figure right now, but I can tell you that all the mobility professions will be present, notably thanks to the 3 Shows planned this year. Insurance companies, banks, car makers will be there, as well as carpooling and public transportation companies such as Transdev, bikes and electric scooter and motorcycle manufacturers. In addition to the big car brands, we will be welcoming the new Chinese brand GAC and the Vietnamese brand Vinvast, who wish to present their latest products in Europe, and particularly in Paris.

As for motorcycles, the big manufacturers will be present as well as the new Chinese brand of electric motorcycles Doohan. For Mondial Limited (luxury vehicles), I can already reveal to you names such as Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Lotus, Maserati, or Aspark who will present the Aspark Owl, an electric sports car that can reach 100 km/h in less than two seconds, a record!

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Finally, why choose Paris for this trade show?

Paris is the historic birthplace of the automobile, and that is why the Show started here. When the Show was created, many automobile manufacturers had set up in the capital. Moreover, Paris has always been a dream destination and is attracting ever-more tourists! Finally, the City of Paris makes it possible for us to carry out projects and events at the Show and on the fringes of the Show, like the Parade and the test centre at Concorde.

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