Wondering what's up at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) this year? Here's a sneak preview. The CIAS takes place in downtown Toronto from February 17 thru 26; tickets start at $23.
Auto Exotica: where jaw-dropping supercars live
The global auto show reveal of the AM-RB 001
It’s Art and the Automobile again, eh?
Walk down to Electric Avenue
More new cars than you can shake a selfie stick at
Celebrating fifty years of Grand Prix in Canada
Visit the ’60s and ’70s on Castrol Alley
Everyone’s favourite feature is back again, Auto Exotica, a showcase of exotic marques from around the planet, owned by passionate collectors based in Canada. Plenty of vintage metal (or is it mostly carbon fibre now?) will be on display for all to drool over, too. With brands like Porsche, Pagani, and McLaren represented, it makes it hard to choose which we’d most like to see in our garage, but this ’59 Ferrari might be the pick.
The future may well belong to self-driving hydrogen-electric cars – at least if you asked manufacturers like Toyota, Nissan, or Mitsubishi – but if you asked Aston Martin, it would tell you the future is speed, personified perfectly in their concept hypercar, the AM-RB 001. The car, which boasts an incredible one horsepower for every kilo of curb weight, will be making its world auto show debut in Toronto. Even wilder? Rinspeed’s idea of the future. If you ask them, the future is a car that doubles as a garden (or a car-den?) with a plot of dirt behind the windshield. Yes, really.
For the third year, a bevy of stunning vehicles from the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will roll up in style for the Art and the Automobile exhibit. 2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday, so the exhibit will feature the most important cars designed, built, and owned by Canadians since Confederation in 1867, including the Seth Taylor Steam Buggy manufactured that same year. Also featured: a 1927 McLaughlin-Buick; 1936 Packard Roadster; and a 1956 Monarch Richelieu. And who could resist a 1965 Aston Martin DB5?
Though we hear a lot about electric cars and have seen a few Teslas creeping across the cobblestones in total silence, not a lot of us have had the chance to experience modern electric cars—but you can at the CIAS! Come see what the buzz is about on Electric Avenue, where a wide variety of examples of EV technology will be put on display.
Some 41 brand-new vehicles will make Canadian debuts the weekend of the show, including the very interesting Kia Stinger, a sports sedan aimed at competing with the Big Three German carmakers for “best every-day rocket ship.” Ford will unveil their new 2018 Mustang, which has proven to be polarizing among car fans, although only slight changes were made to the exterior. Also extremely captivating is a new Volvo (yes, a captivating Volvo!) estate wagon, the V90 R Design, a throwback to the days of “are we there yet?”
Since 1967 – yes, that’s 50 years ago this year – Canadians have enjoyed the white-knuckled insanity of Grand Prix racing. From the early days of sitting on top of a gas tank and leaving skid marks the size of sharpie lines behind you; to the era of turbocharged monsters that rip your face off in every direction imaginable, the history of these Canadian heroes and the cars they drove will be on display for all to see.
In North America, the golden age of vehicles is considered the late 1960s to the early 1970s, and specifically the muscle cars built in this era. Take a walk down Castrol Alley (and “Memory Lane”) to view some of the most important cars of the period, owned and restored by Canadian muscle car lovers, and presented by the well-known Legendary Motorcar Company.