Author: Canadian International AutoShow | Date: 25 February 2017
TORONTO, Ont. (February, 2017) — As the record-setting 2017 Canadian International AutoShow enters its final weekend, it is the last chance to catch the unique features and attractions that have made this year’s instalment of Canada’s largest consumer show even bigger and better.
Kicked off a week ago with the Canadian premiere of 41 cars, trucks and concepts — including the global launch of the 2018 Hyundai Accent and the world auto show debut of the flashy Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar concept — the 2017 AutoShow has continued to bring in record crowds to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. There is nowhere else in Canada where you will find all major automotive manufacturers under one roof, interesting and engaging special features and the best collection of cars and trucks with all of the latest options and technology.
Among the last-chance, can’t-miss features and attractions you will see this weekend at the AutoShow are:
The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar concept. Quite literally a showstopper. This car has drawn the attention of media around the world. Before its appearance in Toronto, it had only been shown at private functions. This is the first time it has been seen anywhere in North America, and it is a stunning car. As Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said on Media Preview Day: “This will be the car that defines the decade. The basic mission of this car is to be able to travel around the Silverstone Racetrack as quickly as a 2016 Formula 1 racecar in race trim. The difference is at the end of that track experience, you can drive it home on the road.”
A glimpse into the future. All of the new technology and innovations that are being worked into the cars of tomorrow can be seen in the concept cars that are dotting the AutoShow floor today. There are 16 concept models to be seen throughout the 2017 AutoShow, showcasing the latest and next generation in safety features, connectivity, comfort and driver experience.
Greener roads. Plug-in hybrids. Hydrogen fuel cells. Full electric vehicles. The next generation of alternative energy vehicles is on full display at the AutoShow, from the showcase of hydro-powered vehicles in Electric Avenue (found on the 800 level) to low- to zero-emission vehicles presented by 14 different automotive brands.
A walk through time. Trace the first 100 years of Canada’s history through the car at the Art & the Automobile feature, presented by Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance (found on the 700 level). From an 1867 Seth Taylor steam buggy to a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, Art & the Automobile connects unique classic vehicles to pivotal points in Canada’s history. This fascinating installation also boasts three big screens airing Heritage Minutes from Historica Canada.
Dream a little dream. Get a peek at the cars of your dreams in Auto Exotica. A Bugatti Chiron supercar with a $3.5 million price tag and a top speed in excess of 430 km/h. A Le Mans-winning Ferrari and luxury brands like Lamborghini, McLaren, Rolls Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin. Auto Exotica will take your breath away.
You won’t see these anywhere else. It is almost impossible to head down the escalator to the 800 level of the Convention Centre’s South Building without an audible gasp at the sight of the GMC All Mountain awaiting below. A custom-built chopper from Orange County Choppers is the centerpiece of the Gladiator® GarageWorks display on the 700 level of the South Building. The Formula 1 Williams car that Canadian Jacques Villeneuve drove to the 1997 Grand Prix World Championship is back in Canada for the first time since that season, a centerpiece of the 50 Years of Grand Prix Racing feature — along with the 1978 Ferrari his father Gilles piloted to a Canadian Grand Prix win in Montreal. (On Jacques’s car, look for the puncture holes left by German driver Michael Schumacher when he tried to run Villeneuve off the track. Hint: It’s on the left side of the car, just under the Mirage branding.) A replica of the Star Wars droid K-2SO is on display at the Nissan booth on the 300 level, along with a custom Nissan Rogue sporting a Star Wars paint job.