The Canadian International AutoShow continues to be the largest consumer show in Canada. There were nearly 650,000 visitors last year. However, it is more than the 1,000 new cars and light trucks displayed in over 650,000 square feet of the Metro Convention Center that draw the public. There are many exhibits, speakers, daily event specials and promotions to satisfy all attendees.

  • Manufacturers such as Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Volkswagen were on level 300 - main floor. On the level 800 – main floor were Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW / Mini, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Genesis, GMC, Infiniti, Jaguar / Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota and Volvo.
  • As usual, the winning vehicles, as selected by Canada's most respected automotive journalists, were on hand.
  • Castrol Alley featured Art & The Automobile with Cobble Beach, Autolife, Custom Car Battlegrounds, Esports Zone, LA Car Culture presented by the Petersen Museum and the LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron.
  • As usual, the winning vehicles, as selected by Canada's most respected automotive journalists, were on hand.
  • One of the promotions offered by CAA was an opportunity for one attendee to win free gas for a year.
  • Auto Exotica has become a permanent fixture of the AutoShow. It once again featured all the Exotic Marques available across Canada and hosted a unique showcase of rare exotics owned by the country’s most passionate collectors.

This year's Canadian International AutoShow theme was 'The Passion Within Us.' This speaks to visitors' deep-seated love of all things automotive. The show was held from February 15 to 24.

Drawing the most attention at Auto Exotica was the Devel Sixteen. The Devel Sixteen has an entire carbon body with a chrome moly chassis reinforced with carbon fiber panels. The car is powered by a V16 Quad Turbocharged engine, which produces 5000 horsepower. It has an estimated top speed of over 300 mph. The Devel Sixteen will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 1.8 seconds. The transmission is a dual-clutch seven-speed. The vehicle sits on 22-inch wheels and uses carbon ceramic brakes to stop.
This year’s Canadian International AutoShow included several race cars from Mario Andretti’s career. The No. 1 is a 1985 Lola T-900 Cosworth was campaigned by Andretti during the 1985 Championship Auto Racing Teams series. Andretti earned the No. 1 after his 1984 performance when he was victorious in six of sixteen starts and earned the title. The T-900 is powered by a Ford Cosworth DFX, a turbocharged 2.65-liter V8 producing 800 horsepower.
Castrol Alley included an exhibit of LEGO cars. The highlight was the LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron, which made its North American debut at the Canadian International AutoShow. The Bugatti was built using over 1,000,000 LEGO Technic elements. No glue was used in the assembly. Thirteen thousand four hundred thirty-eight man hours were required to develop and construct the Chiron.
The 2019 Mini Cooper S 3-Door Ice Blue Edition retails for $38,900. A four-cylinder turbocharged engine produces 189 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The Mini goes from 0 to 100 km/hr in 6.8 seconds. Bolted to the motor is a 6-speed sport automatic transmission operated by steering wheel paddle shifters. Standard equipment includes a rearview camera and park distance control. The package includes an LED lighting system and a John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Body Kit.
The Petersen Automotive Museum provided vehicles for the LA Car Culture display. This 1963 Chevrolet Impala is an example of a vehicle built for the Lowrider scene. The Impala was constructed by De Alba’s Auto Works and is called El Ray, Spanish for The King. El Ray has won awards at the SEMA and Grand National Roadster Show. It has also been exhibited at the Essen Motor Show in Germany and the Classic Legends Car Show in Nagoya, Japan.
Art and the Automobile included this 1949 Delahaye Type 175 Drophead Coupe. The French company Delahaye was founded in 1894. It was a popular chassis for pre-WW II coach builders. The 175 was the company’s first new post-war period car. The Delahaye was unveiled at the 1949 Paris Salon with a fixed top and sunroof. The Maharaja of Mysore purchased it. Later, the car was converted to a convertible and painted red.
The LEAF NISMO RC was unveiled last November at the Tokyo Auto Show. There are currently six of these vehicles around the world. Powering the all-wheel-drive LEAF NISMO are two electric motors located in the front and rear of the vehicle. The combined output of these two units is 322 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. The car is also equipped with a lithium-ion battery and electrical convertors.
The Legendary Motorcar Company brought their usual array of 1960s and 1970s muscle cars. Included in this collection was a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette. This particular Corvette has a 427 V8 has factory aluminum cylinder heads and a Tri-Power induction system, producing 435 horsepower. The car is one of only 398 L89 models built by Chevrolet and has only 358 documented miles. The Corvette is valued at $375,000.
This 2008 Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 could be found at Auto Exotica. The car is named after Pierre Veyron, the co-driver of the winning Type 57C Bugatti in the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans. Three hundred vehicles were built at the Bugatti Atelier in Molsheim, France. The 8.0-liter W-16 engine produces 1001 horsepower and 922 lb-ft of torque. It will travel from 0 to 100 km/hr in 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 404.8 km/hr. Boxer Floyd Mayweather previously owned this particular model.
This is the Racing Point RP19, which will compete in the 2019 Formula One World Championship. This is the first car built by the company, which purchased the assets of Force India last August. The RP19 is scheduled to be driven by Sergio Perez and Canadian Lance Stroll. The car is powered by a Mercedes AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+ 1.6-liter V6 turbocharged engine limited to 15,000 rpm. Coupled with the motor is a Mercedes GP 8-speed semi-automatic transmission.
The Mazda3 sedan and hatchback have undergone changes for 2019. The new Mazda3 is the first in the company’s latest generation, which features the Kodo design. The Mazda3 Sport GT starts at $27,200. This example has the premium package and is finished in Polymetal Grey. Under the hood is a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with Cylinder Deactivation. This engine produces 186 horsepower at 6,000 rpm.
On loan from The Patterson Collection was a 1937 Cadillac Series 90 Roadster. During the pre-war period, Cadillacs were the bestselling American luxury car. Most were sold as complete cars; however, this one-of-a-kind has coachwork by Hartmann. Philippe Barraud commissioned the Cadillac. The Series 90 convertible is powered by 452 overhead-valve V16 engine. Since 1937, the car has undergone multiple modifications but has returned to its original configuration.
In contrast to the 1937 Cadillac 90 Roadster is this 1967 Ford Mustang. The owner found the Mustang in 2015 on a farm six hours north of Barrie. The goal was a low-dollar, high-performance custom vehicle. A tube frame chassis was built with the Mustang body placed on a C5 Corvette drivetrain. The engine is a General Motors LS1 with a Texas Speed camshaft and Holly midrise intake manifold, which produces 394 horsepower at the wheels.
This 1996 Ferrari F50 would appear in the Auto Exotica exhibit. The F50 was constructed to celebrate Ferrari’s 50th anniversary. The car was unveiled at the 1996 Geneva Auto Show and also appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show in the same year. Only 349 units were built. The Ferrari is powered by a 4.7-liter V12 engine, which produces 514 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque. The top speed of the F50 is 325 km/hr.
Another car from the Legendary Motorcar Company stable was this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro with a factory ZL1. This example is No. 63 of 69 factory built by General Motors. The Camaro is one of only a handful left with the original all-aluminum engines. The ZL1 is a 427 V8 that provides 525 horsepower. As an option, this almost doubled the price of the Camaro. The car also has an optional M22 ‘rock crusher’ four-speed transmission.
This 1969 AMC Javelin race car is owned by Barrett-Jackson, the world’s most significant collector car auction company. The American Motors Corporation (AMC) built the Javelin between 1967 and 1974. AMC entered the SCCA Trans Am series with this 1969 race car. It was driven by USAC Championship and Indianapolis 500 veteran Jerry Grant. Roger Penske acquired the car when his company signed a contract with AMC to race Javelins during the 1970 season. Penske’s team used the Javelin for developmental purposes.
On June 24, 1918, Romain Dumas set a new record of 7:57.148 minutes with the Volkswagen I.D.R. at Pikes Peak. Dumas completed the 19.99-kilometer course 16 seconds under the existing record. This is the first fully electric prototype and is equipped with a 500 kW motor. Two electric units, one driving the front wheels and the second powering the rear, ensure an ideal weight distribution. The motors function as generators under braking.
The 2019 McLaren Senna is the most track-focused road car built by the company. The car will accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 2.8 seconds, with a top speed of 335 kph (208 mph). The powertrain of the McLaren consists of a 4.0 liter 32-valve DOHC V6 with two electrically actuated turbochargers. This engine produces 789 horsepower at 7,250 rpm and 590 lb-ft of torque at 6,700 rpm. A 7-speed Seamless Shift Gearbox is used in the Senna.

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