It’s that time of year again: when the auto-show circuit “restarts” so to speak. Like a new school year, the auto industry gears up for another year of amazing concepts, shocking unveilings, and much-anticipated models to show the world. And the Paris Auto Show, or the Mondial de L’Automobile Paris as it’s known over there, kicks into gear this week.
Media day will be tomorrow, Thursday, September 29th, and doors open to the general public from October 1-16.
What can you expect to see from the great automotive minds this year? Well, just to name a few, you can expect to see the all-new Hyundai Elantra, a Porsche GT3 Racing model, all-new BMW X2 (yup, another one), a very cool Volkswagen EV concept vehicle known as the I.D., and the 2018 Nissan Micra (which we’re super stoked about).
There will be a total of 65 world premieres (13 European, the rest specifically French), stretched across more than 125,000 square metres in 8 different pavilions; and more than 260 brands from 18 countries will be on display. Throughout the 16 days the show is open, it is expected that over 1.2 million people will visit the showroom floor. And of that number, more than 10,000 will be automotive journalists from 103 different countries.
There are some great Canadian auto journalists (and good friends of ours) hanging out in the fabulous city of Paris for a few days covering all the highlights. So, you’re going to want to make sure you follow them on social media (Instagram and Twitter) to see and hear the latest and greatest the automotive world has to offer in the coming year.
Jacob Black @jacobonwheels /@jacobblackAUTOS
Jodi Lai @miss_jodilai /@drivingmssjodi
Dan Heyman @heizy15 /@danthewheelman
Craig Cole @craigcole
Nick Tragianis @legasee / @NickTrag
Paris is a stunning city with so much culture around every corner, and we’re sure this year’s Modial de L’Automobile will be just as exciting as the city it’s being hosted in.