Neena Channan is a journalist, photographer and correspondent for Jornal de Toronto at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto
The 2020 Canadian International AutoShow is now on in Toronto, running from February 14 to 23, 2020.
This year the show’s theme is “Transformative Times” with a lot of attention given to electric cars. Just about every dealer presenting has electric cars on display. Everything from concept cars like the Lexus LF-30 and the Mazda I-ACTIV all wheel drive technology to the high-end exotic cars like the Bugatti La Voiture Noire.
Winner of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) award were awarded on Thursday Feb 13 to:
- Car of the year: Mazda 3
- Utility of the year: Jaguar I-Pace (second year in a row)
This year’s show includes cars that are for everyday living as well as exotic cars that some of us will only ever get to see at this show.
In the exotic cars, some of the must-see cars are:
The Bugatti La Voiture Noire which is touted as being the most expensive car ever sold in the world at $16.1 million. This beautiful hyper car with 1,479 horsepower is a must see if you like cars. This is a one-off car and the purchaser of the car (rumours are that Cristiano Ronaldo is the buyer, though this has never been confirmed) should be receiving delivery it is estimated by 2022.
Other must-see cars are the Pfaff McLaren – Pininfarina Battista. This electric supercar can reach a speed of 299 km/h in just 12 seconds! As happens with exotic cars, there are plans to produce only 150 of these cars.
The FELINO cB7R is a made in Canada car designed by Canadian racing driver Antoine Bessette and is built in the Montreal area. There are plans to build 10 of these cars and with a starting price of $360,000.
Additionally, for Sports enthusiasts, the AutoShow has several sports cars on display plus a gallery of Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame and a celebration of McLaren racing. In this area of the show you can see cars driven by Johnny Rutherford and Emerson Fittipaldi to name a few.
Pfaff McLaren has on display several McLarens including the Special Edition Canadian Senna named after famed Brazilian Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna.
At the show, everything from trucks like the Ford F350 Tremor to a display of Mustang Shelby’s to the Corvette Stingray Cabriolet and the electric Genesis GV80 can be viewed and, in some cases, you can get in the car and take a good look around.
There are cars for every taste, and every level of spend.
For your children, you can purchase a Bugatti for approximately $500 or have them visit Disney’s Lightning McQueen from the movie Cars.
There are may interactive displays including testing your driving skills and fuel efficiency strategy sponsored by the government, a climbing wall for kids sponsored by Ford and an interactive exhibit by Honda to name a few.
If you want to browse but the kids don’t, there is a play center available for children ages 2-12 sponsored by Toys ‘R Us where you can drop them off and they can have fun with play doh. Don’t forget to pick them up before you leave the show.
If you like cars, the Canadian International AutoShow is where you should go. The show is taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and runs through to February 23. Tickets are available at the door or online.
For further information go to www.autoshow.ca