AutoShow Hosts 40 Canadian Premieres

With a total of 40 reveals on the schedule, Media Preview Day for the 2018 International AutoShow reaffirms Toronto as the leader for automotive debuts in Canada.

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Feb 8, 2018 17 min. read

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This year’s Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto will feature no less than 40 Canadian debuts.

One of them will be the awesome Koenigsegg Agera RS being seen for the first time in a large public exhibition in North America.

Headlining an impressive roster of reveals are three North American debuts and seven concepts that will be shown in Canada for the first time. These debuts not only reflect the health and vitality of the Canadian auto industry, but they also underline Toronto’s importance on the auto show landscape in North America.

In addition to the 38 premieres scheduled to take place Thursday, February 15th, on the main show floor at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, two Canadian reveals will also take place in Auto Exotica, located in the 100 Level of the North Building.

Among the vehicles this year to be launched are:




The new Audi A7 Sportback is an expression of the new design language made its production debut in the new A8 and now A7 Sportback.

Under the A7’s sculpted hood, the 340 hp 3.0-litre V6 TFSI engine performs, and is capable of launching the four-door coupe from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds.

With a 7-speed S-tronic transmission and a top speed of 250 km/h, the A7 will have you seeking out twisty two-lane roads at every turn.



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The fourth-generation Audi A8 is the first production automobile in the world to have been developed specifically for conditional automated driving at Level 3.

The Audi AI traffic jam pilot takes charge of driving in slow-moving traffic at up to 60 km/h on highways and freeways where a physical barrier separates the two carriageways. The system is activated using the AI button on the centre console.

The A8 is powered by a 3.0 TFSI engine that produces 340 hp. Power is transferred via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission that delivers fast and smooth gearshifts. The electronically controlled automatic transmission is paired with quattro permanent all-wheel drive.


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The 2019 BMW i8 Roadster is the first droptop version of the brand’s hybrid supercar.

Like the coupe, the roadster is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor and a 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery.

Total power output is rated at 369 hp that can launch the all-wheel drive i8 roadster to 100 km/h from rest in just 4.6 seconds.

The i8 roadster features extensive use of CFRP and aluminum in its chassis and body panels which helps it check in at a rather trim 1,595 kg. The launch of the roadster, along with the refreshed 2019 i8 coupe, is slated for spring. BMW Canada has indicated pricing will be announced closer to on-sale.



The BMW M4 CS raises an already high M performance bar even higher. Under the hood, a 3.0-litre high-performance engine raises horsepower output of the M4 with Competition Package by ten to 460 hp.

State-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology allows the M4 CS to dip below the four-second mark for the 0-100 km/h sprint, stopping the clock at 3.9 seconds. The top speed of the M4 CS, which comes as standard with the M Driver’s Package, is 280 km/h.


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Designed for use in urban areas, the MINI Electric Concept vehicle offers a window into how pure-electric day-to-day mobility might look in the years ahead.

The concept vehicle brings the iconic design, city-dwelling heritage and customary go-kart feeling of the MINI brand into the electric mobility age. MINI will then present an all-electric series-production model in 2019.


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The all-new Cadillac DPi-V.R has been designed to contribute to the functional performance of the prototype racecar using elements gleaned from the current lineup of Cadillac V-Performance models, especially the CTS-V high-performance sedan.

Above all, the DPi-V.R was developed to perform, via testing in the wind tunnel and engineering development. It is propelled by a race-prepared, normally aspirated Cadillac 6.2-litre V8 engine that shares inherent architecture with the engines of the third-generation Cadillac CTS-V (640 hp) and fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade (420 hp). The engine produces approximately 600 horsepower when tuned for racing as defined by IMSA-mandated air restrictors, with a maximum allowable RPM of 7,600.


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The 2019 ZR1 is the ultimate Corvette in terms of design and execution, and it all adds up to the fastest production Corvette ever.

It all starts under the hood with a supercharged 6.2-litre LT5 V8 engine. The LT5 delivers the highest output ever for a Chevrolet production vehicle, thanks in part to a new, more-efficient intercooled supercharger system that offers 52 per cent more displacement than the Z06’s LT4 supercharger.

Top speed of the ZR1 is over 337 km/h. Seven-speed manual and eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmissions are available with the LT5. It’s the first time an automatic transmission has been offered in a ZR1.


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One hundred years after its first trucks were delivered to customers, Chevrolet commemorates a century of Chevy Trucks with the all-new 2019 Silverado.

In terms of features, the Silverado offers claimed best-in-class cargo volume across every bed length, a higher-strength steel bed floor, more and stronger tie-downs and an available power tailgate that can be operated with the key fob.

In terms of powertrains, the 2019 Silverado will be available with six engines, including new 5.3-litre and 6.2-litre V8s and a 3.0-litre turbo diesel.

Among the transmission options is an all-new 10-speed automatic. Production is slated to begin later this year with customer deliveries beginning this fall.


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The all-new Edge ST – Ford’s first SUV to be tuned by the Ford Performance team – features the most powerful V6 engine available in its class with a specially tuned 2.7-litre twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine pumping out 335 horsepower and 380 lb/ft of torque.

It’s also outfitted for dynamic handling with a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive with selectable traction control, an available performance brake package, and ST-tuned sport suspension.


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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of iconic movie “Bullitt” and its fan-favorite San Francisco car chase, Ford introduces the new cool and powerful 2019 Mustang Bullitt. The Bullitt is equipped with an upgraded 5.0-litre V8 engine that will deliver at least 475 hp and 420 lb/ft of torque, pushing the new Bullitt to a top speed of 262 km/h – a 13 km/h increase versus the latest Mustang GT.

As a special-edition model due out this summer – the all-new Mustang Bullitt is equipped with a manual transmission, and the gear shifter features a white cue ball shift knob as a nod to the original.

The vehicle packages all Mustang GT Premium and Performance Package content into a vehicle that maintains the original Bullitt’s understated persona.


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After almost a decade-long hiatus, Ford returns to the hot-selling mid-size truck segment with the all-new 2019 Ranger.

Powerful and strong, with a high-strength steel frame, Ranger is equipped with a proven 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine mated to the only 10-speed automatic transmission in the segment.

Ford engineers put Ranger through the same torture testing as the legendary F-150 goes through. Even its design is tough. Ranger’s muscular body features a high beltline that emphasizes strength, while a raked grille and windshield provide an athletic appearance – designed to aid in aerodynamics and reduce wind noise.

Short overhangs are functional off-road for clearing obstacles.


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The GV80 Concept is a hydrogen fuel cell-powered SUV that offers a glimpse into the future of mobility from luxury automaker Genesis.

The exterior design, with its bold stance and broad proportions, not to mention a massive front grille and 23-inch mesh wheels.

The interior features a ‘bridge’ instrument panel that stretches across the cabin from door to door and houses a 22-inch curved OLED touchscreen display that flows into the instrument cluster.

The screen displays two distinct zones, with information for both the driver and passenger.

A semi-aniline leather interior with diamond stitching on the door panels, seat inserts and centre console side highlight a cabin that also features polished aluminum trim accents and an ash wood center console and floorboards.


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The all-new Veloster merges the design appeal of a sport coupe with the versatility of an additional passenger side rear door in an asymmetrical two-plus-one configuration for easier rear-seat access.

From the front, available LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights flank a striking new grille design. Functional air curtains add both a visual design cue and an active aerodynamic function. Hyundai’s signature cascade grille shape has morphed into a strong, three-dimensional design that sets the sport coupe apart.

On the powertrain front, the Veloster features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that uses the Atkinson-cycle for superior efficiency and lower emissions.

It delivers a peak output of 147 hp at and maximum torque of 132 lb/ft. The Nu 2.0-litre also features Dual For greater performance, the Veloster Turbo comes with a 1.6-litre turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder engine produces 201 hp and 195 lb/ft of torque paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT).


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Hyundai is showcasing an even higher level of performance appealing to the most discerning of automotive enthusiasts with the Veloster N.

From the outside, Veloster N provides an exclusive N-design front fascia and grille with dedicated front air ducts for enhanced brake cooling. In profile, exclusive N-design rocker side sills and lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels with a machined-finish dual-spoke star design clearly differentiate the N model from other Veloster models.

Mechanically, Veloster N offers a larger 2.0-litre, direct-injected turbocharged powerplant over the Veloster Turbo. The engine boasts up to 275 hp and up to 260 lb/ft of torque.

The high-performance engine is backed up by a close-ratio, short-throw six-speed manual transmission with downshift rev-matching capability.


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The Infiniti Project Black S Concept is a collaborative effort between Infiniti and the Renault Sport Formula One Team, celebrating their relationship.

The Project Black S Concept was built suggesting a radical reinterpretation of the Infiniti Q60 coupe.

It features a stand-out, aerodynamically optimized new design, with deep body stamping from the Q60's manufacturing process which allows the Project Black S to retain the sports coupe's deep creases and flowing lines.

In addition to a more aggressive design, the performance hybrid powertrain being explored through Project Black S features an Energy Recovery System (ERS) to harvest energy, deploying recovered electric power to boost power and torque. Directly inspired by the dual-hybrid system proven in Formula One, it provides instant, significant lag-free acceleration. This technology does not yet exist in a current road car.


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The Prototype 9 Concept represents a reimagining of a 1930s racecar with time honoured production techniques employed to realize its retro design.

The eye-catching vehicle is a combination of past and future in one car. It is a sleek, open-wheeled electric retro roadster prototype inspired by an emerging era of Japanese motorsport.

Prototype 9 is the first Infiniti powered by a prototype electric motor and battery from Nissan Motor Corporation's Advanced Powertrain Department.

The motor produces 148 hp and 236 lb/ft of torque, and it drives the rear wheels via single-speed transmission. Prototype 9 has a top speed of 170 km/h, and sprints from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds, with a maximum EV range of 20 minutes under heavy track use.


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The I-Pace, Jaguar’s first-ever all electric, is several vehicles in one - five-seater sports car, a performance car, a family car and a SUV.

The I-Pace will be a long-distance sprinter that accelerates to 97 km/h (60 mph) in around four seconds, with a range of more than 500 km from the 90 kWh lithium-ion battery. Charging is easy and quick, with 80 per cent charge achieved in just 90 minutes using 50kW DC charging.

Compact, lightweight electric motors at the front and rear axles generate a combined output of 400 hp with the all-weather benefits of all-wheel drive.

The I-Pace will also deliver the agility, ride comfort and refinement that will set it apart from all other electric vehicles: it will be a true Jaguar and a true drivers’ car.


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Refined, rugged and roomy, the 2019 Kia Sorento SUV remains as capable as ever, but touts a number of visual and feature enhancements, inside and out.

Aside from new front and rear fascias, which help achieve a more sophisticated appearance, the cabin is now decidedly more upscale and integrates newly-added technology, including Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keep Assist and QuantumLogic Surround Sound.

In addition, the Sorento now pairs its available 3.3-litre V6 with a new eight-speed automatic transmission for an even smoother and more seamless driving experience.


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The 2018 Niro Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) brings an exciting new dimension to Kia’s alternative fuel car line-up.

As Kia’s third plug-in model, the Niro PHEV offers the same crossover utility, fun-driving and winning design of the Niro hybrid, but with an estimated 42 km of all-electric range. And with the total driving range rated at up to an estimated 900 km, it offers fantastic versatility.

With Niro Plug-in Hybrid you can have it all—pure EV daily driving and the ability to take long road trips.


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Built on the same platform that underpins the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne, the name Urus refers to the Aurochs, one of the wild ancestors of domestic cattle

It is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 650 hp and 627 lb/ft of torque and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Urus comes standard with all-wheel drive that features a Torsen central self-locking differential. The torque split default is rear-biased (40/60) but is variable with as much as 70 per cent going to the front axle and 87 per cent to the rear.

From a design perspective, the Urus is very much a Lamborghini, and it carries forward the two-thirds body, one-third window ratio of its sports car siblings.

The interior evokes a strong feeling of modern Lamborghini design, from the D-shaped steering wheel to the brushed metal accents and squarish lines and contours of the dashboard.


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The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a modern interpretation of a classic nameplate. Whether on or off the road, and whatever the operating conditions, this off-road vehicle impresses with its performance, cutting-edge assistance systems, outstanding handling, and safety.

At the same time, the new suspension, DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes, "G-Mode" and three 100 per cent differential locks enhance not only ride comfort but also agility – on any surface.

The new G 550 is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 engine producing 416 hp and 450 lb/ft of torque and mated to a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with torque converter was specifically adapted to meet the needs of the off-road icon.

Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC:

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The 53-series models (CLS, E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet) are new offerings from Mercedes-AMG that combine powerful performance with sporty style and high efficiency.

At their heart lies a new, electrified 3.0-litre engine featuring twin-turbocharging by means of an exhaust gas turbocharger and an electric auxiliary compressor.

The six-cylinder in-line engine generates 429 hp and delivers maximum torque of 384 ft/lb.

Its EQ Boost starter-alternator momentarily provides an additional 21 hp of output plus 184 ft-lb of torque and furthermore feeds the 48-volt on-board electrical system. Other technical highlights include the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and the fully variable all-wheel drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC+.


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The collaborative effort that created the Mercedes-AMG Project One brought together engineers from AMG HQ in Germany, along with the company’s Formula One operations in the UK.

And their creation is simply incredible. Essentially, they transplanted the high-performance plug-in hybrid drive system from the team’s F1 car – Project One uses the same 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 working in conjunction with four electric motors; the front axle will be powered entirely by two 120 kW motors.

The mid-mounted V6 is capable of reaching engine speeds of 11,000 rpm, unheard of for a production car. Power will be sent to all four wheels via an AMG eight-speed manual transmission.

AMG pegs total system power at 1,000 hp which can rocket the car from 0-200 km/h in less than six seconds, with a top speed of 350 km/h.

As mentioned, Project ONE is still a concept, but Mercedes-AMG has said the car will be built but production will be limited to 275 units.


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The all-new Eclipse Cross joins the RVR and Outlander in the growing CUV/SUV lineup for Mitsubishi Motors.

The Eclipse Cross comes standard with a 1.5-litre direct-injection turbo-charged power plant that offers a compelling combination of drivability, performance and efficiency. This new turbo technology provides both strong torque and better fuel efficiency.

The engine produces 152 hp at 5,500 rpm and 184 lb/ft torque and is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) featuring an eight-step Sport Mode function with wide gear ratio to extract the most out of engine performance.


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More power is what lies at the heart of the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS.

Thanks to a new intake plenum, the 2.5-litre turbocharged flat four-cylinder engine produces 365 hp and 317 lb/ft of torque.

As with other 718 models, a six-speed manual transmission is standard, with a seven-speed PDK automatic available as an option. 0-97 km/h (60 mph) can be reached in just 3.9 seconds, with a top track speed of 290 km/h.

Porsche Torque Vectoring, the Sport Chrono Package and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which adjusts the ride height up to 10 mm, also come standard.


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The Porsche 911 Carrera T harkens back to the 1968 original both in terms of style and structure.

The Carrera T is lighter, has a manual transmission and comes with a shorter transaxle ratio and a mechanical rear differential lock.

Other standard kit includes PASM Sport Suspension with a 10 mm lower ride height, shorter gear shifter (with a red shift pattern), and optional rear-axle steering. The Carrera T is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat six-cylinder engine that produces 370 hp and 331 lb/f. of torque, which can produce a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top track speed of 182 mph (293 km/h). Manual and PDK transmissions are available.


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Simply put, the 911 GT2 RS is the most powerful 911 Porsche has ever built.

The 911 GT2 RS is powered by a 3.8-litre biturbo flat six-cylinder engine that produces a staggering 700 hp and 553 lb-ft. of torque.

What separates the GT2 RS from the 911 Turbo S is its 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine has larger turbochargers and a specially developed lightweight titanium exhaust system. The result is 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 340 km/h.

The GT2 RS is equipped with a custom seven-speed double-clutch (PDK) transmission that drives the rear wheels. Standard equipment also includes 20-inch front wheels, 21-inch rear wheels, Ultra High-Performance tires, Porsche Ceramic Composite brakes, and a unique sport interior outfitted in red Alcantara, black leather and a carbon-weave finish.

2019 RAM 1500 AND 1500 SPORT PICKUPS:

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The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 becomes the benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never before offered in a pickup. Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 lb.

Ram claims 12,750 lb of towing capability and 2,300 lb of payload.

An all-new eTorque system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V6 and V8 configurations.

Every 2019 Ram 1500 is equipped with a fully electronic TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with a wide spread of gear ratios that keeps engine rpm in the right range for the task – whether putting in a full day of off-road work or highway cruising.



The 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA is aimed at the discerning enthusiast seeking extra performance from a legendary nameplate.

The Type RA delivers on that promise with increased performance through weight reduction, suspension improvements and engine upgrades. Output from the 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder “boxer: engine has been increased to 310 hp through the addition of a new cold air intake and high flow performance exhaust.

The six-speed manual transmission has a revised third-gear ratio and a short-throw shifter.

Each Type RA model comes equipped with a carbon fibre roof panel, removal of the spare tire, a carbon fibre pedestal wing and lightweight BBS 19-in. forged alloy wheels in a brilliant gold and wrapped with 245/35R19 Yokohama Advan Sports tires.

The RA designation stands for “Record Attempt” and has been applied to various Subaru performance models.


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The new VW Arteon is a sleek full-size sedan that features frameless side windows, a wrap-around hood and finely detailed dynamic lines in the style of a GT.

The wide-opening rear hatch that is hinged at the top gives easy access to the 563-litre luggage compartment. The long wheelbase of 2,841 mm enables a remarkably generous interior architecture for this body form that creates a spacious feeling with lots of headroom and legroom at all five seat positions.

The latest generation driver assistance systems are celebrating their premiere in the Arteon, such as the further developed Emergency Assist and the further developed Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) which controls the car's speed while taking route data and speed limits into account.


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The Volkswagen Passat GT combines fresh styling updates with increased performance and appearance details similar to those of the Golf GTI. On the performance front, the Passat GT gets a big performance boost from thanks to the presence of a 3.6-litre turbocharged VR6 engine that produces 280 hp and is mated to a six-speed double-clutch transmission.

A lowered suspension (15.24 mm), along with 19-inch Tornado wheels gives the Passat GT a more aggressive and planted stance on the road, while painted red brake calipers, a black honeycomb grille insert and red accent lines are reminiscent of the GTI.


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The Volvo XC40 sets a new benchmark for safety, design and connectivity in the compact SUV segment.

The stunning new vehicle offers versatility, functionality and significant storage capabilities designed to incorporate the active lives of today’s drivers.

The XC40 is the Volvo’s third SUV and provides a new expression of Scandinavian design for the brand. In Canada, the XC40 will be equipped with Volvo’s T5 Drive-E powertrain and all-wheel-drive capabilities in both Momentum and R-Design vehicle trims.

TrackWorthy Cars at the 2018 North American International Auto Show

The Canadian International AutoShow will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre between February 16th and 25th. Please visit autoshow.ca for more information.

The Canadian International AutoShow will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre between February 16th and 25th. Please visit autoshow.ca for more information.

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