The Toronto Auto Show has been a popular annual event in Canada’s busiest city since 1974, however it wasn’t until 2002 that the show got some serious recognition. That is when the show became the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS).
The show which encompasses both the North and South buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Center (MTCC) see’s an annual audience of around 300,000 patrons. If you want to see everything automotive that is on sale in Canada in one venue, this is the show to be at.
Over the years, this show has seen quite a few Canadian debut’s, but rarely ever a World Premiere. Those tend to take place either in Detroit, New York, Geneva, Frankfurt and Tokyo auto shows.
However, the CIAS was chosen by Nissan to make the first public appearance for their NV commercial van in 2010, and last year, Mazda choose this show to announce to the world about their new SkyActiv technology. So perhaps, car companies are just starting to take this show more seriously.
The CIAS has yet to play host to a concept car that hasn’t been shown anywhere else, but hopefully that will change in the future. So far, the only concept cars we get to see in Toronto have been previously seen elsewhere. However, car companies like General Motors, Kia, Mazda, Honda, Subaru and Jaguar have always tried to bring their latest concept cars to this show and they have done so again this year. Glad to see some companies putting in the effort to promote this show.
So what is in store for at the 2012 CIAS? Well there are quite a few interesting cars at this year’s show. Aston Martin for instance choose this venue to bring their $1.86-million, One-77 supercar. This is the first time this car has been displayed anywhere in Canada, and since only 77-examples will ever be made; chances of seeing one are slim to none. So if you want to see this amazing car in the flesh, you now know where you can find it.
One of the biggest hits from the 2010 auto show circuit was the Mazda Shinari concept. This just has to be among the most beautiful four-door sedan designs ever created, and you can judge that for yourself since it is present at the CIAS. Will Mazda ever put it into production? Sadly no, but its design language will trickle down to models you’ll see in Mazda showrooms in the near future.
Other exhibits worth checking out this year include the Eco-Drive section, which will feature all the latest green technology available in cars today.
You’ll also find the stunning Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sedan in this Eco section (the Karma is also on display at the Auto Exotica section, more info on which is coming up, so keep reading); or if you prefer classic cars, the Triumph Classics collection will certainly get your heart racing (Note: That TR7 race car pictured is as old as me).
If you like checking out all the latest and greatest exotics, the Auto Exotica exhibit at the 100-level of the North MTCC will surely be the place you’ll spend countless hours at, picking what you’d buy if you were to win the lottery. If I could take just one car home from the show, it would be that blue Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport present at this show. As for my favorite concept car from this show, it has to be the Jaguar C-X16 (pictured at the top of this story and here). Hopefully this beautiful C-X16 will go into production by 2014.
The 2012 CIAS started yesterday (February 17th) and will run until the 26th. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $7 for children. Not only is this a great place to take the family, but also a great place to start your children on a great hobby that could lead to an exciting career path. My first trip to an auto show came when I was just four-years old, and have been hooked on cars ever since. Not planning on turning my back on this passion anytime soon.