COMMENT: Motor shows need to evolve as much as their exhibitors

Is it time to say 'au revoir' to the traditional motor show format as the focus shifts from sheet metal towards services? Megan Lampinen offers insights from Paris

The 2018 Paris Motor Show drew almost as much attention from its no-shows as its new model launches, but the government and the remaining attendees projected a solid front of future-proofing. French President Emmanuel Macron put in a personal appearance on 3 October, drawing attention to home-grown talent with a whistle stop tour of the Renault, Alpine, Peugeot and Citroen stands. They were undeniably ticking the right boxes, with a focus on the biggest buzzwords of the day. The French seem to favour SECAM (shared, electric, connected, autonomous and multi-modal), while others prefer CASE (connected, autonomous, shared and electric) or even ACES (automated, connected, electric and shared). Call it what you will, Paris had it in spades….

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