Auto shows

An auto show, also known as a motor show, is a trade show where automobile manufacturers display current and new car models, and frequently also show off concept cars and classic cars to strengthen their brand.

Unlike many other trade shows, auto shows are normally open to the general public and they also tend to get a lot of media coverage. Some shows limit the first few days of the show to industry and media personnel only to make sure the press and prospective retailers get a good chance to view the show before the masses arrive.

Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles

Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA) is a federation of automobile manufacturers and coordinates several of the major auto shows around the world. This international organization of motor vehicle manufacturers was formed in Paris in 1919 and are still headquartered in the French capital.


Autoshows coordinated by OICA


Auto Expo

New Delhi


January (even years)

North American International Auto Show




Brussels Motor Show








Salon International de l'Auto




Seoul Motor Show



April (odd years)

Barcelona Motor Show



May (odd years)

British International Motor Show



July (even years)

Hanover Motor Show




Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung



September (odd years)

Mondial de l'Automobile



October (even years)

Tokyo Motor Show



December (odd years)

Bologna Motor Show





Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile)

The Paris Motor Show, known as Mondial de L'Automobile in French, is one of the most important auto shows for the car industry and many new production cars and concept cars have made their debut in Paris. The Paris Motor Show was started in 1898 by Albert de Dion, and was held annually until 1976 after which it became a biennial trade show. The Paris Motor Show is held in October every even eyar and is currently housed in Paris Expo at the Porte de Verstailles.


Tokyo Motor Show (東京モーターショー?)

The Tokyo Motor Show is an auto show held in October-November every odd year at the Makuhari Messe Chiba City in Japan. The very first Tokyo Motor Show was held in Hibiya Park in april 1954. The Tokyo Motor Show is limited to cars; it features plenty of motorcycles and commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses as well. The Tokyo Motor Show is famous for normally having more concept cars on display than actual production cars.


North American International Auto Show

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is one of the largest auto shows in North America. It is held in January each year in Detroit, a city with strong historical ties to the U.S. car industry. In 1907, the first auto show in Detroit was held at Beller's Beer Garden. Today, the auto show takes place at Cobo Center where it spreads out over nearly 1 million square feet of floor space. The show includes an award ceremony for the North American Car and Truck of the Year award.


Frankfurt Motor Show (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung)

The Frankfurt Motor Show, known in German as Internationale Automobil-Ausstellun (IAA), is held in September every odd year. It can trace its origin back to a mini exhibition arranged at the Hotel Bristol in Berlin in 1897. In 1951, IAA moved to Frankfurt and became biennial.


Every even year, an auto show connected to the Frankfurt Auto Show displays commercial vehicles in Hanover.


International Geneva Motor Show (Salon International de l'Auto)
The International Geneva Motor Show is held in Geneva in March every year. The auto show is hosted by the Geneva Palexop near Geneva Cointrin International Airport. The first auto show in Geneva was held in 1905. Producers of exotic supercars often chose the Geneva Motor Show to unveil new cars. Since Switzerland has no auto industry of its own, the Geneva Motor Show is commonly considered a level playing field for car manufacturers from all over the world.