Marquis Albert de Dion was a pioneer of the automobile industry in France. de Dion and his partner, Georges Bouton, founded the de Dion-Bouton automobile company, which became the world's largest automobile manufacturer for a short time.
De Dion-Bouton provided a surprise in 1910 when it introduced the impressive 35hp series-production V-8 engine, the first of its kind. De Dion also was a champion for the auto industry.
He founded the first automobile club in 1895 and organized the world's first auto show in Paris in 1898. In addition, he looked for ways to transfer automotive applications to commercial vehicles and public transportation.
Not satisfied, de Dion also produced road maps, developed military equipment and was an aviation pioneer. De Dion lost his motivation as an innovator and pioneer after World War I. In 1932 he withdrew from his company, which had stopped making cars.