The 2015 Canadian International AutoShow, presented by the Toronto Star and wheels.ca, is now in full swing at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto. Car enthusiasts are in for plenty of surprises and thrills this year.
Whatever your age and whatever your level of interest in automobiles, there is something for everyone at this year's AutoShow.
For those with young kids, the Volkswagen Children’s Playcare Centre (600 Level) offers free professional daycare service and exciting activities for youngsters. Ford is sponsoring a Children's F-150 Trail, where kids can learn to drive mini F150s themselves!
If you enjoy gaming, Microsoft will have an Xbox One Gaming Area set up (600 Level), which offers advanced multiplayer games and entertainment breakthrough technology. Try the latest add-on content and car packs to enhance your game.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not ® will feature its Peel P50 microcar, a three-wheeled car powered by a 4-horsepower electric motor. The Peel P50 has earned the title in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest assembly line-manufactured street legal car ever built.
At the AutoConnect Showcase, the Humber Design studio will feature live demonstrations by third- and fourth-year students plying their trade in traditional clay and state-of-the art digital media. Centennial College will bring its annual Centennial Technical Competition to the show, where students and show-goers have the opportunity to experience hands-on the technical training.
One of the many new things this year is Art & The Automobile. It features automotive designs from the earliest days until the 1960s, with art prints by Canadian painters, Ken Dallison and Jay Koka, as well as vehicles provided by the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the producers of the CBC's Murdoch Mysteries.
The central focal point of the AutoShow is, of course, cars - the latest models and concepts from the world's major automakers, along with 45 Canadian premieres (including a few Canadian exclusives).
Exotic vehicles and lifestyle brands will be represented at Auto Exotica, with an eye-popping collection of classic automobiles that includes McLaren, Lamborghini, Bentley, Lotus, Bugatti, and Rolls-Royce , Tesla, and Pagani. Plus, a rare La Ferrari will displayed at the Toronto Star booth, courtesy of Shark Tank investor, Robert Herjavec.
Harry Rosen, Vinland Estates Winery, Pandora Jewelers and Steinway are some of the lifestyle brands that will be represented.
Several automakers will showcase green vehicles that include BMW's i3 and i8 models, Lexus's NX 300h, Toyota's i-Road Concept and Prius models, Honda's CR-Z and Accord Hybrid, and Volkswagen's TDI Clean Diesel line-up.
For those who enjoy a challenge, there is the Subaru Scavenger Hunt, where Subaru is giving away a fully loaded 2015 Subaru WRX STI and other prizes daily.
Three other cars will be given away at the AutoShow: a specially-modified 2015 Ford Mustang GT for the Rock the Road Raffle (donated by Trillium Automobile Dealers Association), and two Hyundai Sonatas. Plus, the TADA and the Star will give away $40,000 towards the purchase of a new car at any TADA member dealership.
For a great on-site dining experience, visit the Muskoka Brewery Restaurant on Level 600 for a pint of premium craft beer and delicious eats.
Family Day is on Monday, February 16th, with special guests, activities for the family and exclusive prize giveaways. On Friday February 13th and 20th – Zoomers 60 plus get in for just $11.00.
Whether you’re looking to buy a new vehicle, are a passionate car lover, or are just looking for a great day out with the family, the 2015 AutoShow show has more to see, more to do, and more to help keep your busy life in motion than ever before.
I hope to see you all at the AutoShow, where it's Christmas in February!