Auto show tips for those just looking for eye candy or entertainment.
Many people come to the auto show to check out candidates for their next set of wheels. But not everybody. This gallery is for those just looking to swoon, to dream of driving fast, to see some "sports" cars, wishing it was riding season, or looking for vehicles winning awards, The CIAS has it all.
The show always showcases the real exotics downstairs in the North Building. You can find McLaren, Lamborghini, Porsche, Tesla and many other exotic brands on display there. Of course you can't get up as close and personal with these models as you can with some of the other vehicles on display.Look but don't touch!
Many manufacturers choose to display concept vehicles - thoughts or visions they have - for a future vehicle. Subaru is trying out this Impreza Sedan concept on the show's audience - and it's getting a good reception.
For those show patrons who can't wait for the white stuff to melt and riding season to start, there are a few bikes scattered across the show floors, complete with some custom builds by Hot Rods & Choppers builder Kreator in the South Building.
You can always count on Kia to have some "sports" vehicles on display - and by "sports" I mean vehicles wrapped in support of Toronto's local sports teams. This 2016 Kia Sedona represents the Toronto FC soccer team.
For those "sports" car fans - Kia comes through with ye another vehicle, wrapped in support of the NBA this time. It's fitting, however, since the NBA All-Star game took over downtown Toronto the same week as the show.
A few manufacturers who put something different in their exhibit to attract auto sports patrons, and Subaru Canada is one of them. Fresh off Rallye Perce-Neige 2016, their factory team rally car is on display, minus a few bumps, scrapes and bruises.
For those show goers looking to take a quiet step back in time, the Art & the Automobile Exhibit is for you. With many different styles, tastes and historical vehicles on display, you will want to make this exhibit a must see.
Presented by the Cobble Beach Concours D'elegance, there are 17 vehicles on display, showcasing a vast automotive and advertising history. The vehicles are showcased against backdrops of advertising from the period when they were new. They make for some great photo ops.
Yup - that's right. This is Toyota's version of U2. Well, U-squared, as in Urban Utility vehicle. Its a pretty neat concept, worth checking out. Don't expect to see the band. But if hey build it you can fit just about any gear you may have in this vehicle ready for your next adventure, including all the kit for a band..
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) displays car toppers to identify its winners each year at the show. This 2016 Kia Sorento was voted Best New SUV/CUV ($35,000 - $60,000) but it was beaten out by the 2016 Mazda CX-3 for overall honours as Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) displays car toppers to identify its winners each year at the show. This 2016 Volvo XC90 won for Best New SUV/CUV (over $60,000) and was in the running for overall Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, but was beat out by the 2016 Mazda CX-3.
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) awarded the 2016 Mazda CX-3 the title Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year at the show's Media Day. Manufacturers like Mazda are proud to show off and promote these awards.
This 2016 Toyota Tacoma won AJAC's award for Best New Innovation Technology for its Atkinson-cycle 3.5-litre V-6 engine.
For those show visitors interested in what's under the skin of their vehicles - look no further. Chevrolet has a few different displays to get you looking up underneath their trucks.
It would seem one brand is taking ideas from another, but who cares? They're both in the same family. In this instance, you can stand right under a pickup truck and see - with labels and diagrams - what is what on the underside of this GMC Sierra.
This 2016 Kia Soul EV is displayed to show how it recharges at home. If you are looking for alternative options to fossil-fueled vehicles, there are many manufacturers with displays like this one to show you where the industry is headed.
For those familiar with Canada's "Biggest & Baddest" Car Show, you may recognize this vehicle from ImportFest. It's the auto show for aftermarket junkies, displaying "highly modified' vehicles and working them into your "highly modified" lifestyle. This vehicles is tame by comparison to many at that show, offering just a glimpse into that world.
What auto show wouldn't be complete without a glimpse into the autos of our own Ontario Provincial Police. Make sure you ask them to turn the lights on.
This Scion FR-S, prepared by Speed Academy, is on display in the Toyota/Scion booth showcasing their track ready alignment features. For those who wish to get some track time in their daily drivers, this is the vehicle to do it in.
For those who dream of driving up the Pacific Coast Highway, wind in your hair, California sun beating down ... this car is for you. Just stand there, stare.and dream!
For those still not giving up hope that riding season is just around the corner, more off-road and on-road ready motorcycles await in the BMW exhibit.
The amount of fun packed in this, well Mini, is enough to make you want to stop and take a look. And if you can't fit your fun inside, just put it on the roof.
This gold Lexus LF-C2 just might have you feel like you're winning the Golden Ticket.
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