Equip Auto to return next year alongside Paris Motor Show

Equip Auto will return in 2022, and will co-locate with the Paris Motor Show to form the Paris Automotive Week.

The bi-annual event was due to take place this year. However, COVID-19 has caused a number of events to fall by the wayside, including the Automechanika Frankfurt exhibition. Last year’s Paris Motor Show was also cancelled due to the pandemic, and organisers have come together to relaunch the two events as one week-long shared event. 

Running from 17 to 23 October 2022 at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre, the Paris Automotive Week will be centred around a series of events, including inspiring talks and test drives. The Paris Motor Show will take place all week and will be the main consumer highlight of the automotive week. A digital platform will be launched over the next few weeks. It will offer automotive and transport multimedia content and allow French and international visitors to register and find all the information they need. 

Equip Auto will take place from 18 to 22 October. The trade show is reserved for professionals in the aftermarket industry, but those attending will also be able to visit the Paris Motor Show. 

‘After two years of living through the pandemic and faced with the unprecedented challenges looming over the automotive industry, we found ourselves together in the same place, and it all suddenly became very clear to us. And so, the ‘Paris Automotive Week’ was born,’ said Luc Chatel, President of the PFA (Plateforme Filière Automobile), and Claude Cham, honorary president of the FIEV (Fédération des Industries des Equipements pour Véhicules) and president of Equip Auto SAS, in a joint statement.

‘For one week, Paris will be the best showcase, lab and forum for 21st-century automobiles and transport. It is a week where France will welcome the world to unveil the latest automotive models and present them to the general public, whilst also sharing with professionals the new developments and concepts designed to equip, maintain and repair the vehicles of today and tomorrow. Whilst still keeping their own individual identities, the two shows were duty-bound to create this new international event, which is open to the general public, professionals and policymakers.’

The year for events

Next year will likely be a relaunch for a number of trade and motor events as they look to re-establish themselves following the impact of COVID-19. Automechanika Frankfurt, which is running a reduced event with a digital platform, is confirmed for September, while Equip Auto is now rubber stamped for October. 

There is also likely to be a new version of the popular Geneva International Motor Show, following the sale of the event to new organisers last year. Organisers of Automechanika Birmingham are also planning a small show for 2022, before the main event returns to the Birmingham NEC in 2023. 

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