1 Oct 18

53% of French car purchases influenced by Paris Motor Show

How will the French move about in 10 years time? While 45% still see themselves behind the wheel of their own car, no less 42% envisage a mix of mobility modes, or in vehicles they no longer own. That's one of the startling conclusions of a survey conducted ahead of the Paris Motor Show, which opens this week.

The Mondial de l'Auto is one of Europe's most important motor shows, if not the world's. Each year, it's an occasion to take stock of the changing attitudes towards mobility not just of the OEMs, suppliers and other professionals, but also of public opinion. 

Hence the survey, conducted by CSA, of French attitudes towards mobility, today and tomorrow – and towards the Paris Motor Show itself. Some remarkable results:

  • 53% of prospective car buyers say innovations presented at the Paris Motor Show will be decisive in buying their next car. The three main arguments for purchasing a vehicle are: fuel economy (38%), green credentials (28%), and safety (23%).
  • Less important purchasing criteria: comfort (15%) and design (10%). New criteria rising in importance: connectivity (10%) and self-drive capability (9%).
  • In all, 69% of the French are convinced that progress in self-drive technology will lead to safer cars, while 86% think that future mobility will be more comfortable than today.
  • According to those surveyed, the car of the future will be more shared, connected and green than cars today. It will also be less dangerous – and they will be less entitled to own one.
  • Some negative forecasts: in future, cars will be less associated with passion, freedom, fun and escape, those surveyed feel. 

Fleet Europe will be at the Paris Motor Show, which takes place from 4 to 14 October at Porte de Versailles in Paris. Check back here for extensive coverage.

Authored by: Frank Jacobs