Tickets are on sale for the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow, presented by the Toronto Star and Wheels.ca, which will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Feb. 16 to 25.
The show’s theme will be The New Movement: exploring the evolution of the automobile and rapid advancements in new infrastructure and technology. As more manufacturers embrace electrification, and autonomous technologies continue their rapid deployment, the AutoShow will inform consumers about what lies ahead.
Available at the AutoShow’s website, www.autoshow.ca, Early Bird tickets can be purchased now for $18 — a saving of 25 per cent from the regular price of $24 — until Dec. 31, 2017. After that, tickets will be available online at a 10 per cent saving until the show opens on Fri., Feb. 16, at the beginning of the Family Day holiday weekend.
While the show will have a special emphasis on the new evolutionary technologies shaping the automotive industry, it will continue to showcase more than 1,000 internal combustion engine-powered vehicles throughout the 650,000 square feet of the convention centre.
A record attendance of 340,000 celebrated 150 years of Canadian auto making at the 2017 show, and general manager Jason Campbell thinks the technological revolution facing the auto industry will attract even more people in 2018.
“It’s almost daily that manufacturers are further embracing the new technologies shaping our industry, whether it’s a commitment to hybrid power, electric, hydrogen fuel-cell, or autonomous innovations,” said Campbell. “Consumers are hungry to hear more about these new developments, and there’s no better place than the AutoShow to learn from the experts.”
As well, he said, there will be symposiums and discussions about ride-sharing programs and how technology is transforming how society interacts with automobiles.
“The automotive world is changing,” Campbell said, “and the 2018 AutoShow will reflect this.”
The Canadian International AutoShow is Canada’s largest consumer show. What sets the Toronto show even further apart from the others is the large number of special presentations that both inform and entertain. Among them:
∙ Auto Exotica: Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens, Bugattis, Aston Martins and other magical marques will again form the basis of the most exotic and valuable collection of cars showcased anywhere in the country. A record $100 million worth of exotics were on display in 2017, and 2018 is set to top that tally with additional aspirational brands slated to join the show.
∙ Tuners: Tuner Battlegrounds, AutoShow edition, will see the most elite, tricked out, slammed to the ground and modified cars ever seen in Toronto. An online bracket-style fan-voted competition will be created and hosted by PASMAG, giving Canada’s top Tuner enthusiasts a chance to show their stuff at the biggest automotive showcase in the country.
∙ Art and the Automobile: The ever-popular Art & the Automobile exhibit presented by the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will feature rare cars seldom seen anywhere, with a focus on the brands and mascots that made the classics the icons they are today.
Further details about these and some all-new exhibits for 2018 will be issued as showtime approaches. Follow news about the AutoShow at www.autoshow.ca