In 2016, the Paris Motor Show welcomed 1,253,513 visitors, making it the most visited auto show in the world, ahead of Tokyo and Frankfurt.
The key figures of the show are: 125,000 m2 (1,350,000 sq ft) of exhibition, 8 pavilions, 260 brands from 18 countries, 65 world premieres, more than 10 000 test drives for electric and hybrid cars, more than 10 000 journalists from 103 countries. Until 1986, it was called the Salon de l'Automobile; it took the name Mondial de l'Automobile in 1988 and Mondial Paris Motor Show in 2018.
The show was held annually until 1976; since which time, it has been held biennially.
There was again no Paris Motor Show in 1925, the venue having been booked instead for an Exhibition of Decorative Arts. In October 1926, the Motor Show returned, this being the 26th Paris Salon de l'Automobile. The outbreak of war again intervened in 1939 when the 33rd Salon de l'Automobile was cancelled at short notice.
Normality of a sorts returned some six years later and the 33rd "Salon" finally opened in October 1946. In January 1977, it was announced that no Paris Motor Show would take place that year, because of the "current economic situation": at the same time the organisers confirmed that a 1978 Auto Salon for Paris was planned.
^"Paris Motor Show". Auto Express. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2016. The Paris Motor Show – or Mondial de l'Automobile – is one of the most important shows in the automotive calendar. It takes place only on even-numbered years, with the Frankfurt Motor Show, held at the Frankfurt Messe, taking over on odd-numbered years.