TORONTO, Ont. (February 15, 2017) — Stepping onto the floor at the Canadian International AutoShow can be a bit overwhelming to the senses at first. The sights and sounds come from all directions at once. There are hundreds of gleaming vehicles in every colour and style, and thousands of people as far as the eye can see, kicking tires and checking out the latest automotive technology.
With more than 1,000 cars and trucks from every major manufacturer in the country on display, as well as dozens of rare vehicles in feature exhibits, there’s really no way to go wrong exploring the AutoShow’s 650,000 square feet of space at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
But to make sure visitors don’t miss anything important, organizers have put together the following list of must-see vehicles, displays and attractions for visitors at CIAS 2017:
Aston Martin AM-RB 001
The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar concept headlines 41 vehicles making their first appearance in Canada during the Canadian International AutoShow. 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. Look for the AM-RB 001 hypercar at the Toronto Star stage on the 300 Level of the North Building at the MTCC.
Celebrating Canadian Car History
Canada’s first car — the 1867 Seth Taylor Steam Buggy — hit the road the same year as Canada’s confederation. The steam buggy was designed and built by Henry Seth Taylor, a prosperous watchmaker, jeweler and businessman in Stanstead, Que. While Taylor never went into the car-making business, his invention has permanent home at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum. The steam buggy is part of this year’s Art & the Automobile exhibit — titled The Canadian Story — which showcases some of Canada’s most important cars in context with key historical landmarks over the past 150 years. The one-of-a-kind exhibit is being hosted by Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance and is located on the 700 level of the MTCC’s South Building.
Jacques Villeneuve’s 1997 Williams FW19
The centerpiece of the 50 Years of Grand Prix Racing in Canada exhibit is the 1997 Williams FW19 that former F1 superstar Jacques Villeneuve drove in the 1997 European Grand Prix in Jerez, Spain, when he became the first, and so far only, Canadian to win the Formula 1 World Championship. It is the first time the car has been in North America since that 1997 season (it normally resides at the Williams Historic Museum in the UK), and still has on it the tire mark from where Michael Schumacher tried to run him off the track in that final race. You can find the car and the exhibit on the 100 level of the North Building in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Global Hyundai Premiere
The AutoShow will feature its first-ever global vehicle premiere on February 16th when Hyundai pulls back the cover on its all-new 2018 Accent. The unveiling of the subcompact Hyundai Accent adds to an already strong lineup of 41 cars and trucks being seen in Canada for the first time at the Media Preview Day of the Canadian International AutoShow. Ahead of the show, Hyundai Auto Canada released teaser images and video of its feature vehicle, suggesting a fresh, confident interpretation of the brand’s signature design language. The teaser video can be viewed at: www.YouTube.com/HyundaiCanada. Hyundai will be located on the 300 Level of the MTCC’s North Building.
41 Canadian Vehicle Debuts
Come and see all of the news models auto manufacturers are rolling out in Canada this year, like the new 2018 Kia Stinger. The Canadian International AutoShow will feature 41 new Canadian vehicle premieres, including two North American reveals such as the new Jaguar F-TYPE 400 Sport. In all, 16 concept vehicles – five more than 2016 — and 29 electric, hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles will be highlighted among the more than 1,000 cars and light trucks on display.
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Superleggera
The 1965 Aston Martin DB5 is considered by many to be the Most Famous Car in the World, largely because it appeared in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger. DB5s are adored for their elegant style, race‐bred performance, and luxurious interiors. With only 886 built, a DB5 Coupe is a rare car indeed. This is a wonderful example of the breed, with undeniable charisma and distinctly British sporting character. You can find this DB5 in the Art & the Automobile exhibit, located on the 700 level of the MTCC’s South Building.
1969 Baldwin Motion Chevrolet Camaro SS 454 LS-7
This Daytona Yellow 1969 Baldwin Motion Chevrolet Camaro SS 454 LS-7 is one-of-a-kind and was bought with just 1600 original miles before being fully restored by the team at Legendary Motorcar Company of Halton Hills, ON. This incredible muscle car is joined by other iconic classics showcasing the Golden Age of North American auto manufacturing in Castrol Alley with Legendary Motorcar Company. You can find the exhibit on the 700 level of the MTCC’s South Building.
Rinspeed Oasis Concept
The Rinspeed Oasis concept vehicle — the ingenious self-driving electric vehicle for the city and surrounding areas — refutes the deeply ingrained notion of the urban jungle that requires SUVs the size of battle tanks for the daily struggle for survival. This alternative concept, a maneuverable speedster with an integrated small garden plot behind the windshield, is located in the Electric Avenue exhibit on the 800 Level of the MTCC’s South Building.
Earth Café & Lounge
Car shoppers looking to go green and clean will be pleased to find the AutoShow’s newest rest stop – the Earth Café and Lounge – right next to Electric Avenue. Here is where you can recharge your own personal batteries with a wide range of healthy organic and fair trade snack, drink and lunch options, ranging from kale shakes to organic fair trade coffees to quinoa and kale salads – an Oasis of calm in a sea of shopping options!
Precious Metal in Auto Exotica
Auto Exotica, presented by Castrol and the Globe and Mail, is a perennial favourite attraction at the show, allowing visitors to appreciate the beauty, style and artistry of dozens of the world’s most impressive cars all in one space. Car enthusiasts will be able to get up close to an incredible lineup that boasts Aston Martin, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Karma, McLaren, Singer, Pagani, Lotus and a six-car vintage Ferrari display presented by Ferrari of Ontario. New additions to the Auto Exotica showcase this year include a display of classic exotics from some of Canada’s most discerning collectors, presented by Autostrada Forum Magazine, which will be profiling several rare and visually stunning examples of exotic motoring in years gone by. Located on the 100 level of the MTCC’s North Building.
The Ontario Provincial Police will have a large presence at CIAS 2017. Show visitors will be able get behind the wheel of several new service vehicles, including a Dodge Charger, a four-wheel drive off-road UTV and a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Throughout the week, the AutoShow Live Stage will host numerous OPP presentations and performances, including the OPP Golden Helmets, K9 and emergency response teams, and under water search and rescue demonstrations. Check autoshow.ca for Live Stage scheduling updates. The OPP will also welcome various guests throughout the show, including Lego Batman who will be available for meet-and-greets and photo-ops at the OPP Booth on the first Saturday of the show, located on level 800 of the South Building, as well as the Live Stage.
AutoShow Trivia Challenge
Do you think you know everything about Canada, cars and AutoShow features? Test your knowledge and your speed with AutoShow Trivia Challenge! Visit game.autoshow.ca, enter your email address and slide to start. One daily prize will be awarded beginning Feb 15, 2017 and ending February 26, 2017 at 4 PM EST. One lucky winner will be awarded a Grand Prize of a $1,000 gift card from VIA Rail Canada. No purchase necessary. Only open to residents of Ontario. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. For full contest rules and regulations please contact the Canadian International AutoShow.
Volkswagen Children’s Playcare Centre
Drop your kids off at the Volkswagen Children’s Playcare Centre while you explore the 2017 AutoShow! FREE professional daycare service filled with exciting activities for your children – courtesy of your local Volkswagen dealer. There will be arts and crafts, interactive activities and more! The Volkswagen Children’s Playcare Centre has a NEW LOCATION this year, located on Level 600 in the South Building beside the restaurant and coat check.
The Canadian International AutoShow will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre between February 17th and 26th. Please visit autoshow.ca for more information. Follow us on Instagram @cdnintlautoshow, chat with us on Snapchat at autoshowcanada, Like us on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter @autoshowcanada with the hashtags #AutoShowOhCanada and #CIAS2017.
Media interested in attending the AutoShow can register at www.autoshow.ca/media-registration.
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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