120th anniversary of the Paris Motor Show: a bumper birthday

Car and motorbike fans, take note: the Paris Motor Show celebrates its 120th anniversary this year.

Salle d'exposition du Paris Motor Show

For its 120th anniversary, the Paris Motor Show – the world’s most visited car show – gears up for a new round of special celebratory events and activities.

From 4 to 14 October, the Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles hosts the biennial edition of the Paris Motor Show, the world’s oldest and most celebrated car trade show. This year, the show also incorporates the Paris Motorcycle Show and the Mobility Show. On the programme: the latest prototypes (often previewing for the first time in Europe or even the world), exhibitions, outstanding shows and a test centre for environmentally-friendly vehicles, open to all.

Parading 120 years of innovation at the Paris Motor Show

Mondial de l'automobile 2018 © DR

An exceptional parade will be held on Sunday September 30th. It will leave from Place de la Concorde and travel past places that are emblematic of the history of the car in Paris and feature iconic car and motorbike models that have spanned the history of the Paris Motor Show from 1898 to the present day.

A great opportunity to discover and marvel at a snapshot of more than a century of technical, technological and ecological progress.

The Paris Motor Show test drive

Animation du Mondial de l'auto

Nothing could be better than getting behind the wheel yourself at the Paris Motor Show! The test drive is a new event for this year’s Motor Show. Free and open to all visitors, it is an invitation to try out multi-brand hybrid, electric, hydrogen and NGV vehicles.

Starting out from the test centre at Place de la Concorde, come and discover cars that are equipped with the latest technological advances and admire their high-quality features. An unforgettable experience in a magic setting.

Journey on ‘Legendary Roads’

The Paris Motor Show exhibition invites visitors to hit the road and share in the dreams and emotions of travelling along various themed roads including ‘roads of the 1920s’, ‘roads of the 1970s/1980s’, ‘holiday roads’, ‘sport roads, and even ‘roads of the future’.

Some fifty cars and twenty or so iconic motorbikes are on display: the 1st Renault of Louis Renault 1898, the Brough Superior SS 100 GS 1926 'Lawrence of Arabia'... And many other surprises!

Practical information:

From 4 to 14 October 2018

Porte de Versailles

Open 10am to 8pm daily; open until 10pm on Thursday 4th, Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Wednesday 10th, Friday 12th.