The 2017 Canadian International AutoShow’s Media Preview Day is Feb. 16. Awards will be handed out, 41 vehicles will be unveiled – including a global reveal that is sure to create some buzz. Stay up to date with the latest from Media Preview Day on our live blog! We will be providing real-time updates throughout the day at this link. You can also follow the action via livestream on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/autoshowcanada.
TORONTO, Ont. (February 16, 2017) —Aston Martin kicked off Media Preview Day at the 2017 Canadian International AutoShow this morning by unveiling the Aston Martin-Red Bull concept hypercar AM-RB 001 for its first appearance in North America — and global auto show debut.
Dr. Andy Palmer, President and CEO of Aston Martin, also announced the luxury sports car maker will be partnering with Canadian firm Multimatic of Markham, ON to manufacture the AM-RB001 when it goes into production.
With lightweight construction paramount, the AM-RB 001’s MonoCell is constructed from carbon fibre by world-leading composite experts, Multimatic. A long-standing technology partner on projects such as One-77 and Aston Martin Vulcan, Multimatic will combine its unrivalled manufacturing experience with Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ knowledge gained from the design and build of ultra-competitive, championship-winning Formula One cars.
The unique and groundbreaking AM-RB 001, introduced in July at the Aston Martin headquarters in Gaydon, England, is an unprecedented fusion of form and function the likes of which has never before been seen in a road-legal vehicle. Production of the AM-RB 001 will be strictly limited to only 150 cars, including prototypes and track-only versions. First deliveries will commence in 2019.
Following Aston Martin’s unveiling, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named its Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year winners.
The Volkswagen Golf (Alltrack) was named by AJAC as its 2017 Canadian Car of the Year, while the Subaru Forester took home the hardware as 2017 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. Finalists included the BMW M2 and the Hyundai Elantra in the Car of the Year category and the Chrysler Pacifica and the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC in Utility Vehicle of the Year.
Twenty automotive manufacturers are scheduled to take the stage at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre over the course of Media Preview Day, introducing new products to the Canadian market and providing insight into the current state of the industry.
Fresh after winning the AJAC 2017 Utility of the Year award for its Golf Alltrack, Volkswagen reaffirmed its commitment to keeping Canadian SUV lovers happy by unveiling its completely redesigned 2018 Tiguan. The revamped SUV has much more space for passengers inside, plus a whopping 57 per cent more cargo space.
Mazda pulled the wraps off of its new 2017 CX-5, which has undergone a major interior redesign centred on Japanese aesthetics. The crossover is scheduled to be available in the Canadian market before the end of March for a starting price of $24,900.
With Star Wars Storm Troopers stationed on the stage, Nissan introduced the Vmotion 2.0 Concept for its Canadian debut. The fascinating car offers hints at the technology Nissan will introduce in years to come to deliver on its commitment to zero emissions and zero fatalities.
Hyundai Canada President Don Romano rolled out the company’s all-new 2018 Accent in the Canadian International Autoshow’s first global premiere. Despite leading the subcompact market for the past eight years straight, the Accent gets a significant redesign and refinements for 2018. Hyundai also treated the crowd of hundreds of journalists to a second Canadian debut — the Allantra GT. The five-door model will be arriving in Canadian showrooms this spring.
With spirits already buoyed from having its Forester named AJAC’s 2017 Utility of the Year in the morning, Subaru gave a glimpse of how it foresees the SUV market developing in the future. Subaru unveiled its Viziv-7 SUV Concept. The mid-sized vehicle is expected to be on the market in 2018.
Making its Canadian debut, Volvo revealed the sporty new V90 R Design. The fourth and final model in the V90 lineup, the R Design boasts a more aggressive look and comes on a sport chassis, providing drivers Volvo’s trademark style with a more aggressive stance.
Cadillac unveiled two new vehicles, including the Escala concept. Lower, longer and wider than the popular CTX, the Escala features sweeping design lines, hand-stitched fabric inside and a powerful V8 prototype engine. Cadillac also brought out the CT6 EV, which aims to please environmentally conscious drivers still looking for luxury and style.
Making its North American debut, the Jaguar F-TYPE 400 Sport got the crowd of media talking when its red cover was finally slipped off. Combining Jaguar’s signature style, power and speed, the new F-TYPE is designed to fill demand from Canadians who clearly love the model, making Canada Jaguar’s fifth largest market in the world.
BMW introduced the all-new 5 Series including the 540i, the 2018 530e (their first plug-in hybrid) and the M550i which can reach 100 km/h in 4 seconds flat. The automaker also unveiled the M760Li. On the MINI side, the all-new MINI Countryman was introduced in a plug-in hybrid version. It offers more space and greater connectivity.
Porsche gave us two Canadian premieres including the 911 GT3 Cup car and the 2017 Macan Turbo with a performance package. The 911 GT3 is the world’s most-produced GT racing car now houses a 4-litre, six-cylinder flat engine for even more drive. Thanks to thoroughbred motorsport technology, the compact engine with direct fuel injection delivers peak performance of 485 hp.
The QX50 Concept showcases INFINITI’s vision for a next-generation mid-size premium crossover. The automaker’s latest concept is the next step toward the company’s future autonomous drive support technologies.
With record sales in Canada that climbed 14 percent over last year, Audi was quick to provide Canadian drivers more choice. The car makes premiered four new cars, including the turbo charged SQ5, the sporty TTRS coupe, the R8 Spyder and for the first time in Canada an RS3 sedan.
Lexus pulled the wraps off two concept vehicles that point to what drivers can expect down the road. Both the hydrogen-fueled LF-FC Concept and the subcompact UX Concept will let drivers activate certain functions with simple hand gestures.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled three new models for a Canadian market that set record sales, climbing 8.5 percent in 2016 and selling more than 48,000 units. Premieres at CIAS 2017 included the smart fourth of Electric Drive Coupe for urban drivers, AMG GT R Coupe with its ‘Green Hell’ paint job and the AMG GT C Roadster.
The SUV and crossover market may be booming in Canada, but Toyota still has faith that there are many drivers who want a comfortable, dependable and stylish sedan. That’s why the 2018 Camry got a substantial redesign that still maintains features that have made it popular for years.
GMC unveiled its completely re-designed 2018 Terrain. The large SUV is not only more sculpted on the outside but also more powerful under the hood. It’s also the first GMC vehicle to sport a new push button shifter that frees up more console space.
Two new sedans from Kia will soon be hitting the streets of Canada, including the much anticipated 2018 Stinger. Not only is the Stinger the companys first all-wheel drive sedan, but it’s also the company’s fastest production car. Also introduced today was the Cadenza.
Genesis gave media a look into the future with a new concept car and it’s plans for the year ahead. The New York Concept was unveiled, revealing a stylish sedan with a low, swept-back profile that projects athletic luxury. Genesis also revealed it will open two boutique sales centres in the GTA this year and 31 locations across the country by 2021.
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About the Canadian International AutoShow
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. Boasting more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles, the 2017 AutoShow is helping celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by showcasing Canadian collectors in each feature of the show. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit www.autoshow.ca.
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