, Ont. — “The Future is here folks.”
With those words, Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Vice-President Stephanie Wallcraft handed out the first ever AJAC top category award to an all-electric vehicle at the opening ceremony that kicked off the 2019 Canadian International AutoShow Media Preview Day. Besides the awarding of the AJAC Canadian Car of the Year Awards, Media Preview day featured the unveiling of new cars and trucks that will be hitting Canadian showrooms later this year, exciting concept vehicles pointing towards the electric vehicle future, a presentation by the Canadian Military and an opening address from one of the world’s most pre-eminent car collectors.
More than 850 members of the media attended.
“The Media Preview Day continues to set the pace for the opening of the Canadian International AutoShow,” says AutoShow General Manager Jason Campbell. “There is a great lineup of cars, trucks and concepts — and even a few motorcycles — on showcase that are giving car lovers and consumers more choice than ever.”
The opening address was provided by Craig Jackson, Chief Executive of Barrett-Jackson Auctions, the world’s most popular collector car auction. Coming off Barrett-Jackson’s largest-ever auction, Mr. Jackson spoke about his passion for collector cars and some of the nuances in the sector.
The AJAC Canadian Car of the Year Awards presented the Canadian Car of the Year trophy to the Kia Stinger, while the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE took home the Canadian Utility of the Year. It is not only the first electric vehicle to win one of the top overall category awards from AJAC, it is also the first Jaguar Land Rover vehicle to do so.
Following a media tour that saw 25 official vehicle unveils making at least a Canadian debut — in addition to seven other vehicles that were also debuted for the first time in Canada — the Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum and 32 Canadian Brigade Group showcased a collection of modern and Second World War-era vehicles used in the field, including massive modern personnel transports and a classic 1944-era Sherman tank.
The day concluded with a special reception in the WorldGaming Feature Zone in Castrol Alley on the 700 Level of the South Building at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, presented by the Toronto Star.
The 2019 Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star
and wheels.ca, takes place February 15th
at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For tickets and show information, please visit autoshow.ca
Stay connected with the Canadian International AutoShow on Instagram @cdnintlautoshow
and Facebook /autoshowcanada
.About the Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and wheels.ca
With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. It boasts more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles each year.
— 30 —
For more information, please contact: