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Paris Motor Show 2022 report: best concepts and debuts

Paris Motor Show 2022 report: best concepts and debuts

The Paris Motor Show used to be biennial – alternating with Frankfurt as Europe’s most important autumn auto show – but that all changed with Covid. The 2020 Paris show was cancelled, the 2021 Frankfurt show moved to Munich and so the 2022 Paris Motor Show – the 89th Mondial de l’Auto, as it’s officially called – was the first in four years.

Credit: Guy Bird

A scaled-down return to Paris

At its peak, the Paris Motor Show spread across up to eight halls in the Parc des Expos exhibition space in Porte de Versailles, showcasing new cars and classics, plus parts suppliers. This year there were only three halls occupied with exhibitors and only one hall dedicated exclusively to car manufacturers, with by far the most important exhibitors French brands. The Chinese newcomers Wey and Ora, the Vietnamese car manufacturer VinFast and the well-known American Jeep 4×4 brand were the few foreign brands that were present.

Namx hydrogen-powered concept car in Paris Mondial de l'Auto 2022

Namx’ hydrogen-powered concept car

Credit: Guy Bird

Ten years ago, the 2012 Paris Motor Show saw attendances of 1,231,417 over almost two weeks, making the event the largest publicly attended motor show in the world. In 2022, when President Macron attended the press day, the number was expected to be close to 400,000 over the shorter duration of a week. That is not bad considering the upheaval of recent years.

Kilow EV concept car at Paris Motor Show 2022

The compact, lightweight Kilow EV concept

Credit: Guy Bird

Whether the format should change again is clearly something that will be discussed by the show’s organizers and exhibitors in the coming months, but when even the French brand Citroën chose to unveil its latest Oli concept outside the show a few weeks earlier and no trade show booth at all, suggesting the format of the show didn’t please everyone. Still, from a personal, press perspective, it was a very useful way to see a lot of products and people in one place in one day and in a manageable smaller space that might be more appropriate for the times.

Dacia Manifesto concept car

Dacia’s Manifesto concept car

Credit: Guy Bird

Nearly all of the cars on display were powered by electric motors, most with batteries on board, although there were a few interesting hydrogen-powered solutions as well. From the Renault Group, which showcased new vehicles from all its makes, to intriguing start-ups such as Hopium and Kilow, there was still much to impress. Read on for Wallpaper’s favorites.

Best of Paris Motor Show 2022

Dacia Manifesto Concept

Dacia’s Manifesto concept car

Credit: Guy Bird

1. Dacia Manifesto

The no nonsense dacia brand showed the Manifesto concept, a concept that should certainly be included in a best-of list. The Romanian brand, which is owned by Renault,’s statement of intent for future vehicles particularly showed good value and functionality.

Dacia Manifesto concept

The stripped-down stripe of the Dacia Manifesto concept

Credit: Guy Bird

The Manifesto concept captures that idea with a bit of panache, desirability and durability thrown in, with recycled plastic body panels and cork interior elements in a believable off-road package. Read more about the Dacia Manifesto concept in our interview with the brand’s design director, David Durand.

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Alpine Alpenglow concept at 2022 Paris Motor Show

Alpine hydrogen Alpenglow sports car concept

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2. Alpine Alpine Glow

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