After being cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Paris Motor Show is set to make a comeback next year, albeit with a somewhat different format.
The international motor show is joining forces with the Equip Auto trade show to form the Paris Automotive Week. Set to be held from 17 to 23 October at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre, the new format will centre around a series of events, including “inspiring talks” and test drives. While the general motor show will be open to all, the Equip Auto trade component will only be available to relevant industry professionals.
“After two years of living through the pandemic and faced with the unprecedented challenges looming over the automotive industry, we found ourselves together in the same place and it all suddenly became very clear to us. And so the “Paris Automotive Week” was born,” said Luc Chatel, President of the French Automotive Sector Platform. “For one week, Paris will be the best showcase, lab and forum for 21st-century automobiles and transport.
“It is a week where France will welcome the world to unveil the latest automotive models and present them to the general public, whilst also sharing with professionals the new developments and concepts designed to equip, maintain and repair the vehicles of today and tomorrow.
“Whilst still keeping their own individual identities, the two shows were duty bound to create this new international event, which is open to the general public, professionals and policy makers”.
The Paris Motor Show component is set to take place from 17 to 23 October, while the Equip Auto trade show will run from 18 to 22 October, organisers say.