Firstly, Les Invalides playing host to a public event of this nature, and secondly,
the organising of an exhibition unparalleled in the automotive industry.
Les Invalides is a unique, ceremonious and stately location. It will gracefully play host
to an aesthetic event which is entirely dedicated to beauty and design in the automotive
A structure measuring almost 4000 m˛ will be erected to host the opening ceremony
for the 23rd Festival and the exhibiting of concept cars.
A particularly cutting edge setting for the exhibition and presentation of models will be
designed in association with Architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, who is besides the
President of the Jury of the Festival.
Most people are fascinated by the world of car design, both for the advanced design
shown in concept cars and for the historical roots of car styling in the art of
Everybody assumes styling is a major booster for car industry. Car design is considered
as the deciding factor for a consumer when choosing a new car. Nevertheless car
design has not been, so far, at the center of any specific autoshow opened to the public
anywhere in the world.
The exhibition will fill this space and will represent a major world first which is unrivalled
in the automotive industry.
The objectives are naturally to set up a long-lasting and official exhibition for concept
cars by establishing, at Les Invalides in Paris, the ultimate meeting place for world
automotive design, where manufacturers will unveil their latest creations in the same
way that major fashion houses present their new collections ; ranking Paris as the
capital of Automotive Design.
Serge Bellu, a Journalist of international repute and a leading expert in automotive
design, has agreed to act as Exhibition-Commissioner General.
The Executive Organising Committee will be co-presided by Antar Daouk,
President of Transaco and by the Contre-amiral Olivier Lajous commanding the
Centre d’Enseignement Supérieur de la Marine Française.
Why Concept Cars ?
Concept cars represent the cutting edge in automotive design, with regard both to style
Developed by manufacturers themselves or by independent designers, concept cars
reflect innovation and advancement in their designers.
Concept cars express the capability of automotive industry to meet with the wishes and
needs of continuously evolving life styles.
Concept cars illustrate the cultural side of car industry. The «object of the century», as
it was named by Arman, has impressed many generations of artists and intellectuals.
List of concept-cars