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The Paris Motor Show: record low number of exhibitors, Chinese dominance

Written by Daniel Andzhurov – October 25, 2022

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

The idea of ​​giving new cars their own stage is actually entirely French. It found its realization in 1898 in the Tuileries Gardens, where as many as 232 vehicles were presented, attracting the interest of 140,000 visitors.

At the beginning of the new century, the audience of the Paris Motor Show was already measured in millions, but today everything is completely different. The Covid crisis and the digital revolution killed the success that the exhibitions in Geneva, Detroit, Frankfurt and Paris once seemed to have.

Well, was that all? The exclamation with notes of disappointment was certainly this autumn’s most often repeated at the motor show in the French capital. The rainy and gloomy weather corresponds perfectly with the mood of the big European producers. Out of a total of seven halls, only three are somewhat filled with exhibits.

Due to low attendance from European manufactures, the Chinese seemed to be dominant at the event. Brands such as Fiat and Alfa-Romeo from Italy, and BMW, Mercedes-Benz, VW and Audi from Germany were absent.

Auto Trendy’s take:

We, at Auto Trendy, find the facts about this event rather dramatic and also raising several questions. Why did the European brands not join? What does that mean about the future market developments in the Automotive world? Will the Chinese persist presenting this dominance on the European roads as well? How will Europe’s automotive manufacturers as well as policy makers have to act from now on? We would leave these questions open for now and keep looking for evidence of answers.

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