Forget the groundhog and the boys of summer. The true harbinger of spring is auto show season. The North American International Auto Show, in Detroit, was a few weeks back and Toronto’s Canadian International Auto Show is a couple of weeks down the road
Marketing itself as “the Next Dimension”, the 38th annual Toronto showcase for all things automotive will roll on Feb. 17 to 26 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The show will feature all kinds of cars, from the classics of yesterday to the concepts of tomorrow. Also on display, of course, are vehicles currently available from automobile manufacturers around the world.
Special attractions include: a look at the finest and most elegant vehicles on the road with nameplates like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Rolls Royce in Auto Exotica; a rare look at the history of Triumph Motor Car Company featuring approximately 40 vintage cars; an Eco-Drive Showcase presenting a wide assortment of hybrid and fuel-efficient technologies that are already present in today’s automobiles or soon-to-be available engineering for the cars of tomorrow.
Several automakers will also unveil concept vehicles, such as the Nissan e-NV200. Making its Canadian debut in Toronto, this fully-electric minivan, targeting business fleets, is a look at the near future in Nissan’s manufacturing. “With its standout design and ‘no-gas, no-tailpipe, no-emissions’ powertrain, the e-NV200 Concept is set to revitalize the van segment,” said Nissan Canada’s Director of Marketing Judy Wheeler. The e-NV200 is scheduled to go into production in 2014.
The 2012 Canadian International Auto Show runs 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Friday, Feb. 17, to Saturday, Feb. 25, and from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26. Tickets can be purchased in advance at cost $18 for adults and $6.30 for children ages seven to 12. A two-day pass is also available for $27 and a family pass, for two adults and two children, costs $36. Visitors can also buy tickets at the door for $20 for adults, $7 for children, $30 for a two-day pass and $40 for a family pass.