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What is the Toronto Auto Show?

The Toronto Auto Show, also known as the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS),is a car show which has been held in Toronto, Ontario since 1974. It is Canada's largest auto show and is staged annually in February. This international show averages roughly 300,000 visitors throughout its showing from Ontario and Western New York. In partnership with the AutoTrader, the Toronto Car Show exhibits over 1,000 cars, trucks and SUVs. The show also displays concept cars, classics, exotics, motorcycles and alternative energy vehicles (ie: electric). The AutoTrader is the presenting Title Sponsor and Show Program Publisher of this international show in Toronto.

Furthermore, the car show also rents booths to over 125 exhibitors promoting contests, products and services, as well as even locally owned vehicles. It also features big prize giveaways, tasty foods, while offering a maximum level of fun. The venue for this annual International Auto Show is held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, which is a 650,000 square-foot showroom. It hosts more than 1,000 cars and trucks from nearly every automaker in the country. It is one of the biggest auto shows in Canada alongside the Vancouver auto show held at the Vancouver Convention Center .

The Brands, Stages, Events, and Features of the Show

Car Brands and Types

As mentioned earlier, the show hosts more than a thousand cars and trucks from virtually all automakers in Canada. From Volkswagens to Ferraris and Mclarens, you are guaranteed to see an assorted variety of cars available in Canada and from other parts of the world. You will also see some of the nicest Lamborghinis in Canada and some of the highest rated electric cars in Canada. Tesla Canada, Lincoln Canada, Volkswagen Canada, CAA and other Canadian car brands are all regularly hosted at this international car show. The show is also a concept car show as new styling and technology of future cars are also showcased by car exhibitors.

Stages, Events, and Features

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Also, there is the family day. The family day in Canada at the automobile show deals with all possible worries about finding a sitter for your kids. With this event, you are allowed to bring your little ones along so that they can be part of the fun. This show in Canada regularly features plenty of exciting automotive fun for kids, both big and small. You have no reason to leave your littlest auto enthusiasts behind. For instance, at the Toronto Auto Show 2017, there was the Volkswagen Children’s Playcare Center which is a place specifically designed for the little ones. At this center, they could do arts and crafts, play dress-up, take part in interactive activities and more. Big kids can make their way to the Xbox One Gaming Area for a fun-filled real-life race car experience. There are also lots of giveaways, prizes and more usually up for grabs on this special day.

As one of the biggest and most watched shows in Toronto, there is often no room for hunger at the show. You have a good number of food courts where you can select from a variety of foods you would like to eat. There is always more than enough to eat and drink for the Toronto Auto Show exhibitors and audience.

Previous Shows

The 2016 International Auto Show in Toronto

The 2016 Car show in Canada held between from 12th to 21st of February, 2016. The show was hosted at the regular Toronto auto show address. At the show, the production version of the Tesla Model X made its world auto show debut. It was placed in the Auto Exotica section, just next to other fantastic and breath-taking cars such as the Ferrari 488 GTB, the McLaren 650S, and the Maserati GranTurismo.

Similarly, the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan made its North-American debut at the International Auto show in Toronto while several all-new vehicles that were previously introduced at the shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, and Montreal were also presented and accounted for at the show. Some of these cars include the 2017 Ford GT, the 2017 Infiniti Q60, the 2017 Lincoln Continental, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, Smart Fortwo Cabrio, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback and 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. A few of the other cars at the show are the 2017 Kia Niro, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, the 2016 Mazda CX-9, the 2017 Kia Niro, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune, the 2017 Jaguar F-PACE as well as the 2017 Genesis G90.

Other fascinating and classy cars featured at the 2016 show were Acura NSX, Alfa Romeo 4C and just revealed Giulia, Audi R8 5.2 V10 (plus interior),Audi RS7, Audi R18 E-tron Quattro, BMW M3 (S55 Engine),Buick Avenir, the original Dodge Caravan ( 1984),and Duesenberg Model J (ca, 1930). Also found at the show are Ferrari Dino, Ford GT, Ford F-150 Raptor, Infiniti Q60, Jaguar F-Type interior Lexus RC 350, Maserati Ghibli, Mazda CX-9, McLaren F1 GTR, Mercedes-AMG, Nissan GT-R Nismo, Porsche 911 Carrera S (991),VW GTI Roadster Concept and much more.

The Toronto Auto show 2017

The Auto Show Toronto 2017 was hosted from February 17th to 26th 2017. It featured more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, classics, exotics and Formula One racers, with unique features and attractions that appeal to all automotive lovers. Also, 41 vehicles made their Canadian premieres this year, with their first ever global new product reveal. There were also two North American debuts as well as many concept vehicles previewing future automotive trends. In all, 16 concept vehicles were hosted (5 more than 2016),and 29 electric, hybrid or alternative-fuel vehicles were showcased among over 1,000 cars and light trucks on display.

Important Features of the Show

The 2017 season of the show celebrated Canadian Car History. Canada’s first car, the 1867 Seth Taylor Steam Buggy was produced the same year as Canada’s confederation. Although Henry Seth Taylor who designed and built the car never went into the car-making business full-time, his invention has been kept permanently at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum. The steam buggy was part of the Art & the Automobile exhibit which was titled The Canadian Story. The awesome exhibit showcases some of Canada’s most important cars in context with key historical landmarks over the past 150 years. In other words, since Canada is celebrating its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) in 2017, the Toronto auto show highlighted vehicles ranging from the first Canadian automobile in 1867 through to the latest fantastic ones available today and for the years ahead. The exhibit was hosted by Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance and was located on the 700 level of the MTCC’s South Building.

The Auto Show Toronto 2017 also featured the Jacques Villeneuve’s 1997 Williams FW19 which has an iconic significance in the 50 Years history of Grand Prix Racing in Canada. F1 superstar, Jacques Villeneuve, drove the automobile in the 1997 European Grand Prix in Jerez, Spain, to win the Formula 1 World Championship. He was the first and till date, the only Canadian to win the Formula One World Championship. This was the first time the car would be in North America since that 1997 season as it has always resided at the Williams Historic Museum in the UK. The car and the exhibit were featured on the 100 level of the North Building found around the venue.

There was the Earth Café and Lounge, the car show's newest rest stop right next to Electric Avenue. Here, people could recharge their personal batteries with a wide range of healthy organic and fair trade snack, drink and lunch options, ranging from kale shakes to organic fair trade coffees to quinoa and kale salads.

Furthermore, we had the Volkswagen Children’s Playcare Centre where kids were dropped off while their parents explored the fun activities during auto show hours. It had free professional daycare service filled with many fun activities for your children. Powered and supported by Volkswagen, there were arts and crafts, interactive activities and even more. The Volkswagen Children’s Playcare Centre had a new location at the car show, located on Level 600 in the South Building beside the restaurant and coat check.

Another interesting part of the show was the AutoShow Trivia Challenge. Here, people's knowledge about Canada, Cars and car show features were tested. A daily prize was awarded beginning of Feb 15, 2017, and ending on February 26, 2017 at 4 PM EST. One lucky winner was also awarded a Grand Prize of a $1,000 gift card from VIA Rail Canada. However, this part was only open to residents of Ontario. Participants were also certified to be 18 years of age or older to enter the challenge. Some of the other automobiles/attractions at the car show are the 2018 GMC Terrain, 2017 GMC Terrain SLT, 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan LWB, 2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8 TSI Comfortline Tiptronic, Infiniti QX50 concept, Subaru VIZIV-7 concept and much more.

Attending the Canadian International Auto Show

How do I get tickets for the show?

Getting a ticket for the auto show is as easy as you can think. Simply log on to the show's website www.autoshow.ca to purchase auto show tickets. You can also get event tickets at the gate of the venue. Family admission passes, multi-day passes and group rates are also available.

Where do I stay for the show?

If you don't live in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA),you may choose to stay in a hotel for 1 or 2 days, in the downtown area. Advisably, staying in one of the hotels near the Metro Toronto Convention Center could be convenient. Some of the best hotels around the venue include the Sheraton Center Toronto Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental Toronto Center, Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto and the Residence Inn Toronto Downtown/Entertainment District. Alternatively, you can stay at the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel, The Strathcona Hotel, Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square, Shangri-La Hotel Toronto, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown and a host of others.

Where is the show held?

With no gainsaying and as stated earlier, the auto show's address is the Metro Toronto Convention Center. It has been held at this place ever since the show was established. The complex is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada along Front Street West in the former Railway Lands in Downtown. It offers 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) of space with countless events year-round.

Why should I attend the Canadian International Auto Show?

This event tends to draw 3 types of visitors: auto professionals, potential car buyers & those who simply love anything related to vehicles (cars, suvs, trucks & motorcycles).

Is every car at the auto show?

The show features all cars you can ever think of, especially the classic ones. It also features new cars you would not have seen before, such as prototypes. As a result, it is an ideal place to narrow down your choice, if you are thinking of getting a car anytime soon. By attending the show, you get to decide which cars you are most interested in doing a test drive.

The manufacturer reps know more about the cars than everyone else?

Most car makers have at least six cars, while some booths have two or three times that amount. However, to make sure their representatives know the vehicles inside-out, those representatives will specialize in three or four cars specifically. Therefore, you can count on getting some expert advice about all makes and models.

Are you pressured to buy?

Although you can buy cars on the same day, manufacturers’ representatives won't pressure you to buy. They can introduce you to the vehicle, answer all your questions and share the most impressive attributes. This means you get to go home and think about it.


When is the Toronto auto show?

The Toronto Auto Show is usually held around February of each year. The 2018 edition of the auto show will be held from February 16 to 25.

Where to park for the Toronto auto show?

There are several places to park for the Toronto Auto Show. The Metro Toronto Convention Center, which is the venue of the show, can accommodate as many as 1,700 cars in its indoor facility. More than 10,000 cars can also be parked in the outdoor vicinity.

Where is the Toronto auto show?

The Toronto Auto Show is at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. The location includes both the North and South Buildings.

What cars will be at the Toronto auto show?

Each year at the Toronto Auto Show, there are well over 1000 cars on display. These cars are from top brands such as McLaren, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Porsche and GMC.

What time does the Toronto auto show open?

The Toronto Auto Show usually starts at 10:30 am each day, except on the first day when it starts at 12:00 pm.

What time does the Toronto auto show close?

The auto show closes each day at 10:00 p.m. The only exception to this closing hour is the last day of the show when it closes by 6:00 p.m.

How to get free Toronto auto show tickets?

Several of the top brands, such as Toyota, that display cars at the auto show have been known to give out tickets. Therefore, this could be one of the ways by which you could obtain free Toronto Auto Show tickets. It should be noted that kids who are 6 years or less, usually get free tickets.

How much does the Toronto auto show cost?

The cost of the Toronto Auto Show differs depending on the age of the person concerned. Adults above 16 years pay $23, youth from 13 to 16 years pay $16 and kids between the age of 7 and 12 can be part of the show for just $7. For older adults above the age of 60, the show costs $15. while it is free for kids that are 6 years and below.


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