2017 Canadian International AutoShow will have your motor racing
This year’s show will feature the first ever global product reveal, two North American debuts and a dozen concept vehicles previewing future auto trends.
Next Friday marks the opening of the 2017 Canadian International AutoShow, presented by the Toronto Star and Wheels.ca., at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, running from Feb. 17-26.
Canada is celebrating its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) in 2017, and the AutoShow is highlighting vehicles ranging from the first Canadian automobile in 1867 through to the latest stellar lineup available today and for the years ahead.
The 2017 AutoShow will feature more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics and Formula One racers, with unique features and attractions that appeal to all automotive enthusiasts. Plus, 41 vehicles will make their Canadian premieres this year, with our first ever global new product reveal, two North American debuts and a dozen concept vehicles previewing future automotive trends.
The AutoShow’s commitment to the world’s finest automobiles continues with Auto Exotica, which will feature all of the exotic marques available across the country and rare exotics owned by Canada’s most passionate collectors, including some one-of-a-kind showpieces.
One of my personal favourite exhibits is Art and the Automobile, hosted by Cobble Beach Concours D’Elegance. An entire room is dedicated to celebrating Canada’s most important cars and collectors in context with Canadian historical landmark events over the last 150 years.
Classic muscle car fans will appreciate an exhibit featuring Ontario’s own Legendary Motorcar Company, with a collection of sleek and powerful muscle cars from the ’60s and ’70s as exhibited in Castrol Alley.
Electric Vehicle (EV) technology is one of the hottest new developments in the auto industry, and the 2017 AutoShow will highlight the newest EVs and technologies in ‘Electric Avenue.’
Visitors will be able to take the wheel of an EV themselves during complimentary test drives offered through Plug’n Drive. Test rides are offered daily during the 10-day show.
This year, the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association will promote its Education Program and CarsAndJobs.com website. Its main exhibit will feature a ‘Career Corner’ staffed by college representatives and students to give a firsthand look at their automotive programs.
The AutoShow will also celebrate 50 years of Formula One racing in Canada, highlighting the history, the race cars and the Canadian driving legends who have figured prominently in our globally celebrated Canadian Grand Prix with daily ticket giveaways to 2017’s F1 race in Montreal.
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the AutoShow will host Heroes Welcome Day, honouring and recognizing police officers, firefighters, paramedics and armed forces personnel, with representatives of each of the respective emergency services on hand to meet members of the public.
A specially modified 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT (valued at over $113,000 and donated by TADA) is being raffled off by Prostate Cancer Canada. Plus, the TADA and the Star will give away $50,000 toward the purchase of a new car at any TADA member dealership.
Family Day is on Monday, Feb. 20 and is presented by Allstate Insurance with special guests, activities for the family and exclusive prize giveaways. The Volkswagen Children’s Playcare Centre is on the 600 level to give young parents a hand while they cruise the show.
A free bus shuttle offers continuous service throughout the 10-day event, transporting visitors between the MTCC’s North and South buildings, and Wheelchair Accessible shuttle services are also available.
New for 2017, senior discount tickets are now offered on all weekdays for just $15 for those aged 60+. Valid on weekdays only, Friday, Feb. 17 & Wednesday, Feb. 22- Friday, Feb. 24 (excludes weekends, Super Tuesday and Family Day).
Buy tickets online at www.autoshow.ca and save 10 per cent up until the day the show opens, and avoid the lineups. Family admission passes, multi-day passes and group rates are available, along with a special online Super Tuesday ticket, giving access to the show on Tuesday, Feb. 21 for just $12!