One million visitors went to the Paris Motor Show this year

The Paris Motor Show welcomed a little over a million visitors this year, an attendance close to the previous edition despite a shortened duration, we learned Sunday from the organizers.

One million visitors went to the Paris Motor Show this year

The Paris Motor Show welcomed a little over a million visitors this year, an attendance close to the previous edition despite a shortened duration, we learned Sunday from the organizers.

The “Mondial de l’Auto”, the most attended motor show in the world, welcomed a total of 1.068 million people, told AFP Jean-Claude Girot, commissioner general of the show, which closed its doors on Sunday evening.

“Very satisfaying”

In 2016, the date of the last edition, 1.073 million people flocked to Porte de Versailles to discover or try out the new models offered by manufacturers, a figure then down compared to the previous edition.

The fact that attendance has remained above the one million visitors mark this year “is very satisfactory”, because “the show lasted five days less than usual”, underlined Jean-Claude Girot.

At the request of the manufacturers, who wanted to reduce the cost of their participation, the organizers had in fact chosen to reduce the duration of the event from 16 to 11 days, which this year celebrated its 120 years.

This new formula “worked”, believes Jean-Claude Girot, who attributes the good attendance at this 2018 show to “curiosity vis-à-vis new technologies”, in particular electric cars, and to the “novelties” offered in the living room setting.

Loss of speed

The Paris Motor Show has experienced a loss of speed in recent years, like all the major Western auto shows, which are struggling to stock up on brands, when they were once the essential showcases for new products.

Several major brands had thus given up having a stand this year at the show, such as Volkswagen, Opel, Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Ford, Nissan, Volvo and Mitsubishi. Absentees who together account for nearly 40% of the European automotive market.

To stop this drop in speed, the organizers had decided this year to exhibit two-wheelers at the same time as the cars. A new event for the general public, the Mondial de la Mobilité, was also organized, as well as an event dedicated to innovation.

The latter, called Mondial.Tech, and reserved for industry professionals, brought together over 11 days “21,564 participants and 260 exhibitors for 127 intense sessions of conferences and workshops,” said the organizers in a press release. The next edition of the fair, which is held every two years alternately with Frankfurt in Germany, will take place in autumn 2020.

(With AFP)