The 51st Canadian International Auto Show a WOW!

Written & photographed by Chris Miller,
Niagara Escarpment Views Sales Representative

I have been going to this show for probably some 20 years and as regards attendance, I believe this one was a record, more than 371,000 in the 10 days. There are more changes in the auto industry now than ever before. It was always gas engines and some diesel, but now it is goodbye to those and hello to more hybrids, electric vehicles and hydrogen powered!
            The show was a myriad of choices for the consumer with a large majority of manufacturers present. New products were everywhere with hybrids and EVs very prominent with all makes. Of note were quite a few newcomers including Vinfast from Vietnam who, like Tesla have only EVs in their range.
            The variety of demonstrations and different “fun” displays was great; the Jeep test track was hugely popular, an indoor track with bumps and steep hills and all vehicles EVs. Then you can actually test drive many different EVs on a quarter km track indoors. From Barbie’s Chev to Batmobile to Hot Wheels and Lego cars, the kids would enjoy and the child in us adults as well.           
            In all the years I have been to the show I have never seen so many exotic vehicles: Lamborghini, Paganini, Ferrari, Bugatti, McLaren, Rolls Royce, Bentley and more. The value of these many amazing vehicles must be unbelievable. These displays were by Autostrada, and Grand Touring Autos, who were celebrating 50 years.       
            There were beautiful classic racing/sports cars shown by the famous Cobble Beach annual event. Porsche had a whole hall full of these amazing vehicles. I actually visited the Porsche museum on a visit to Germany a few years ago.
            If you are window shopping for a new car there is nothing like this event.

All in all, a great showing of major manufacturers and lots more.

Exotics: Grand Touring presents Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini. 

Something old is new: 50/60s’ Ford Bronco EV

High-performance EV: A 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N,ready for the track!

The future Dodge Charger. SRT EV concept.

A real life Tesla Cybertruck, definitely different!

Classic racing cars presented by Cobble Beach.

I was in one a few years ago. All I can say is Wow.

This Corvette Stingray E Ray is an EV!

Vinfast concept pick up truck. Vinfast is a new company producing all-electric vehicles in Vietnam. They have quite a range of EVs to choose from.

Rimac Nevera. Richard Hammond of Top Gear and Grand Touring fame drove this amazing vehicle to show to the media. The CEO and creator of this amazing vehicle, Mate Remac talked about this Croatian masterpiece: top speed 412 kph and 0 to 100 in 1.74 seconds. Price……priceless!! It has achieved 27 world records.

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