The Mondial de l'Automobile begins 25 September. Alternative vehicles, less polluting, do not make the weight against the power of the manufacturers and the indifference of the public authorities.
The star of the auto show this year is the 4 x 4. The international rendezvous that welcomed in 2002 a million and a half people offers visitors an outdoor test track, designed specifically for these energy-intensive and highly polluting vehicles. The message is clear. These large cars, traditionally used in rural areas, are more and more popular with city dwellers. Certainly, the customer is also more and more sensitive to the consequences of car traffic on the environment. Also, a stand (only one!) Is it reserved for the so-called alternative and clean cars. A very slim effort, in relation to the power of the car lobby. Of the top fifteen transnational firms, twelve are multinationals in the automotive and petroleum industries. In France, the automotive sector is the largest contributor to the foreign trade balance (11,8 billion euros). It is also the first branch for research and development budgets, and the first client in several industrial sectors, such as foundries and plastics.