In 2018, the Mondial de l’Auto celebrated its 120th anniversary by bringing together all automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts! The show revived the tradition of car and cycle exhibitions.
The 88th edition of the Paris Motor Show was also the 120th anniversary of the event! Open to the public from Thursday, October 4 to Sunday, October 14, 2018, at the Parc des Expositions de Paris Porte de Versailles, that year the show celebrated its anniversary in exceptional fashion.
Born in 1898, the Mondial Paris Motor Show 2018 integrates for the first time three additional thematic halls: the Mondial de la Moto, dedicated to motorcycles, the Mondial de la Mobilité, dedicated to alternative mobility, but also the Mondial Tech, a professional event dedicated to technologies shaping the future of transportation.
On the Mondial de l’Auto side, the 2018 edition was marked by the appearance of newcomers to the automotive industry such as Aspark, with its 1,150-hp Owl electric supercar, GAC Motor’s impressive SUVs, and VinFast, the very first Vietnamese manufacturer.
As for French manufacturers, visitors were able to discover the new Peugeot 508 SW II, the Renault Mégane RS Trophy, the restyled versions of the Renault Espace V and Renault Kadjar, and the DS 3 Crossback. Visitors also had the chance to discover numerous world premieres, including the latest Mercedes B-Class, GLE and EQC, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, the second-generation Audi A1, the seventh-generation BMW 3 Series and the Cupra Ateca.
Concept cars were also on show that year: one of the most popular models at Mondial de l’Auto 2018 was undoubtedly the Peugeot e-Legend, a neo-retro 100% electric coupe, but there were also Renault EZ-GO, EZ-PRO, EZ-ULTIMO and K-ZE, BMW iNext, DS X E-Tense, Infiniti Project Black S, Porsche 911 Speedster Concept, and the Toyota Supra Gazoo Racing concept.
Visitors to the Mondial de l’Auto 2018 also fell back into childhood during their visit to the show. Indeed, the famous Lego brick brand was celebrating its 60th anniversary with a model of the Formula 1 Renault RS17 made up of 313,000 bricks on its stand! But that’s not all: there was also a Bugatti Chiron in scale 1, an exceptional model made up of over a million Lego pieces! Thanks to its 2,304 small engines and 4,000 gears, it boasts around 5 horsepower and is even capable of speeds in excess of 20 km/h.
The Mondial de l’Auto 2018 was a real success, maintaining its status as the meeting place for all car enthusiasts. We’re already looking forward to the return of the Mondial de l’Auto in 2022, a year that holds many surprises in store!
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