Getting the Most out of Your Canadian International AutoShow Experience

There’s lots to see at this year’s show, including the 50th Anniversary of Hot Wheels exhibit, the 70 Years of Porsche display, and so much more.

By Larry Lantz Wheels.ca

Feb 6, 2018 3 min. read

Article was updated 6 years ago

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The 2018 Canadian International AutoShow opens its doors in two weeks (Feb. 16-25), and already, car enthusiasts are purchasing tickets online and planning to visit the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to find out what is new in the automotive world.

The AutoShow is Canada’s largest consumer show in size and attendance, and it attracts visitors of all ages. Whether you are looking to purchase a new vehicle or want to learn about the latest models, concepts, technologies, and developments, this show will satisfy your automotive curiosity on all levels.

For those planning to attend this year’s AutoShow, here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your show experience.

Visit Autoshow.ca: This website is your online portal to all of the features, exhibits, prizes, and promotions happening at the show. Here, you will find descriptions of the various exhibits, such as the 50th Anniversary of Hot Wheels exhibit, the 70 Years of Porsche display, the new eSports Gaming Arena, Electric Test Drive opportunities, news and media information, a venue map, show hours, ticket information, and more.

Shop and Compare: One of the main attractions at the AutoShow is, of course, the display of new models from the major automakers. More than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric, and autonomous vehicles will be on display at the North and South Building. Car buyers can use this opportunity to evaluate the various makes and models and speak with brand representatives. Compare body styles, fuel efficiency, on-board technology, safety ratings, horsepower and prices. Most vehicles for sale in Canada are represented at the AutoShow.

Pack Light and Dress Appropriately: Bring comfortable indoor walking shoes, as there’s a lot of ground to cover. To reduce fatigue, avoid carrying big, bulky bags and unnecessary clothing. Winter coats, scarves, mitts, and hats might become awkward to carry around after a few hours, so use the coat checks at the show or leave some outerwear in your car (if that is an option). Plan to bring bottled water with you as well, or purchase it at the show.

Plan what you want to See and Experience: When you arrive, pick up an Official AutoShow Guide and map so that you know where everything is and how to get around. The guide will make it easier to navigate your way through the spacious buildings so that you do not miss anything.

Learn about Auto Careers: The Trillium Automobile Dealers Association will provide eye-catching exhibits, interactive displays, panel discussions, and presentations about education and careers in the retail automobile industry. Each day during the show, the TADA will feature a different school, educational initiative or extracurricular group or team on the show’s live stage. These unique, interactive onstage sessions will give audiences a look at the variety of careers in the industry. Additionally, a number of recent graduates who have entered the industry will speak about their journeys and experiences thus far, as well as where they would like to see their automotive careers take them. For those interested in learning more about the career opportunities available in the automotive industry, the 2018 AutoShow is the place to be.

Make it an Event: Plan to attend the show with friends, colleagues or family members and make it an occasion. Spend a few hours browsing through the North and South buildings. There is much to see and do, with dozens of excellent restaurants, pubs, and bistros nearby. The AutoShow is easily accessible by public transit, and plenty of parking is available close by.

Next week, I’ll provide detailed information about the main features and attractions at the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow.

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This column represents the views and values of the TADA. Write to president@tada.ca or go to tada.ca. Larry Lantz is president of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association and is a new-car dealer in Hanover, Ont.

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