Mondial Paris Motor Show 2018 celebrating 120th Anniversary


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The first automotive show in the world in terms of attendance and media coverage, the Mondial Paris Motor Show was established in 1898. It is the oldest event dedicated to automobiles and as ever, the event aims to anticipate new modern practices, promote new services and provide exhibitors and visitors with a broad access to innovation.

With France associated with the early days of motoring, two of today’s major manufacturers are in celebratory mode with Renault marking 120 years and Citroën reaching its first century in 2019.

When last held in 2016, Mondial De L’Auto Paris attracted over one million visitors and was attended by 10,000 journalists, from over 100 countries. While a number of big brand names were conspicuous by their absence namely; Volkswagen, Opel, Ford, Nissan, Volvo, Mazda, Mini, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles among others. The organisers were keen to stress that there were more exhibitors and 200 plus premiers – global, European and national. Jarlath Sweeney reports with pictures from the event.


From the Q8, E-tron, A1 Sportback, Q3 and facelifted TT, Audi had all its models there and even an evolution of the R8 LMS for customer racing.


The seventh generation in 40 years, the next BMW 3 Series made its global debut in Paris. The new car will arrive in Ireland in March 2019.


Linda Jackson, Global CEO introduced the latest model – the C5 Aircross SUV that will be produced in Rennes, France.



The Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are the forerunners of new concepts, known as ‘Icona’ (Icon), to create a new segment of special limited series cars for clients and collectors.

GAC Motor

 With just a decade of history in the Chinese automobile industry, GAC is ready for Europe with the debut of the GS5 SUV (1.5L TGDi).


Meet CR-V Hybrid, production ready, offering low fuel economy rating of 5.3L/100 km and emission levels of 120 g/km from the 184 PS petrol-electric SUV.


Hyundai Motor is extending its N range with the All-New Hyundai i30 Fastback N, its second high-performance model and the first five-door hot coupe in the C segment.


Kia Motors revealed the all-new Kia ProCeed and the eNiro, driven 485 kilometres to the Show to prove its range distance. Hollywood star Robert De Niro made a cameo appearance.


Land Rover

A unique lifesaving Land Rover Discovery has just entered active service with the Red Cross emergency response fleet.


Both the RC Coupé and ES luxury saloon received their world and European premieres as well as the LC Limited Edition flagship Coupé.




The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class puts the emphasis on sport with the Sports Tourer. It looks more dynamic than its predecessor and is said to be more agile on the road while offering greater comfort.



The launch of the all-new 508 SW First Edition, a stylish limited edition of the all-new Peugeot 508 SW was a big attraction but its retro looking eLegend, stole the show!


In marking its 70th anniversary, the iconic German brand mixed the old with the new, plus concepts on its expansive display.



Celebrating 120 years in the automobile industry, Renault today offers a complete vision of a sustainable and shared mobility of the future with three robo-vehicles concepts.



Big and bold is how SEAT’s new large SUV, called the Tarraco is described. It joins the Arona and the Ateca, and is available in both 5 and 7 seat variations.



The KODIAQ is the first RS SUV from Skoda and will arrive in Ireland in December. It’s powered by an exclusive 2.0TDI 240hp bi-turbo engine with 4×4 and DSG as standard.



The Japanese brand specialises in producing compact cars and SUVs. A new version of the Jimny attracted much attention.



Demand for Model 3 continues to rise. Customers will like the smart design that brings extra leg room and boot space within a premium family car sector.


Au Revoir Auris, Bonjour Corolla and its new Touring Sports launched along with new Camry and RAV4 hybrids. Yaris Y20 and GR Sport were global debutants too.


VinFast is the first volume automotive manufacturer from Vietnam and made its global public debut at the 2018 Mondial Paris Motor Show, with two world premieres – the LUX A2.0 sedan and the LUX SA2.0 SUV.

Showstoppers (Pictorial)

LEGO: Bugatti in blocks – thousands of them!

Meccano: Marking 120 years of engineering

Jaguar: Racing with alternative power


Jarlath Sweeney, Chairman, International Van Of the Year Jury (IVOTY) is pictured with Linda Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Citroën alongside the IVOTY 2019 winning Citroën Berlingo