Two shows get in same gear for Paris Automotive Week 2022

Organisers of Paris Motor Show, MONDIAL DE L’AUTO, and the EQUIP AUTO trade show have come together to launch Paris Automotive Week in autumn 2022.

Industry flagship events MONDIAL DE L'AUTO and the EQUIP AUTO trade show will both return in 2022 in the same week: 17-23 October 2022 and make up a new Paris Automotive Week.

Faced with historic challenges, the automotive sector is investing unprecedented amounts into vehicles that can provide sustainable and connected transport for all.

France’s automotive and transportation industry is one of the four largest players in the world and also provides an effective incentive for innovation in the country.

Paris Automotive Week, will take place at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition centre, with MONDIAL DE L'AUTO taking place, 17-23 October and providing the B2C highlight of the automotive week. Organisers say they will also be launching a digital platform over the next few weeks to offer automotive and transport multimedia content and information, as well as facilitating registration.

The EQUIP AUTO trade show, which runs 18-22 October, is an international B2B event for after-sales and connected mobility services. Industry professionals will be able to access the MONDIAL DE L'AUTO at the same time.

Paris Automotive Week will also include talks and test drives. A world premiere bringing together industry professionals and the general public, the event will provide a platform for sharing visions for the future of automobiles and transport.

Luc Chatel, president of the PFA (French automotive sector platform) and Claude Cham (pictured), honorary president of the FIEV (French Federation of Vehicle Equipment Industries) and president of EQUIP AUTO SAS, said in a statement: “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. 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. It is a week to reiterate how important this industry is to France - an industry that is at the heart of the innovation shaping future sustainable mobility.

“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 EQUIP AUTO trade show is an international event concentrating on after-sales and connected mobility services in the EMEA region. The event is a FIEV and FFC (French bodywork federation) trade show, organised by the Comexposium group. It is held every two years at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition centre and brings together more than 1,200 exhibitors and brands and 95,000 professionals.

In 2021, EQUIP AUTO is also going on tour for the first time with six new regional events in Avignon, Nantes, Lille, Toulouse, Lyon and Mulhouse.

The MONDIAL DE L'AUTO is one of the world’s top motor shows in terms of attendance (more than one million visitors in 2018, an edition that saw 200 new vehicles and services launched. That same year the show celebrated its 120th year.

The PFA, which owns the show, and Hopscotch have been associated with its organisation since 2019.

The show is governed through a board of presidents made up of an association of French manufacturers including Stellantis and Renault, and an association of parts manufacturers and subcontractors (Faurecia, Michelin, Plastic Omnium, Valeo), FIEV, and trade federations: FFC, FIM, GPA and SNCP.

FIEV is the French trade association that represents and promotes the interests of an industry whose members contribute 85% of the cost price of a vehicle, generate almost €19bn in turnover including 54% in export.