Last year’s Canadian International AutoShow was still feeling the impact of the pandemic. In 2024, over fifteen new brands returned to the AutoShow while the industry continues to rebuild and reinvent itself.

The theme for this year’s AutoShow was The Revolution. This seems appropriate as the manufacturers deal with the transformation of vehicle technologies and how the dealer network operates.

The manufacturer’s latest offerings are the most critical aspect of the show. On hand at the 300 level were Fiat Chrysler, Ram, Genesis, Stellantis, Tesla, Vinfast, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan and Subaru. On level 800 – main floor were Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Lincoln, Volvo, Polestar, and Lexus.

Features at this year’s AutoShow included:

  • The Revzone and Castrol Alley which appeared on Level 700 with a Porsche exhibit.
  • The popular Auto Exotica was back in its familiar location. It showcased Cobble Beach Classics, Rivian, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Lotus.
  • Camp Jeep allowed guests to experience the legendary off-road vehicles without leaving the building.
  • Electric City was a one-stop destination for attendees to learn about automotive electrification.
  • Canada’s largest indoor EV test track and the Outdoor Test Drive Program were also there.
  • Additionally, Ferrari of Ontario presented cars such as the Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari F50, and Ferrari 288 GTO, which are part of the Classiche Certification Program.
  • The four winners from this year’s Canadian Car of the Year Award, as selected by members of the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada, appeared at the AutoShow.

The Canadian International AutoShow, which ran from February 16 to 25, saw record attendance. During the ten-day run, 371,559 people visited the event, beating the 2018 record of 358,842.

Below are some vehicle highlights from this year’s Canadian International AutoShow.

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept offers Chrysler an alternative to their large cubic-inch powered offerings. The Dodge is equipped with a new 800V Banshee propulsion system. The multi-speed transmission is Chrysler's eRupt with an electro-mechanical shifting. The Concept design revolutionizes the look of a BEV while sharing the design cues from Dodge's muscle car legacy. Interestingly, the new Fraztonic chambered exhaust delivers a sound that rivals the SRT Hellcat.
Auto Exotica included this 2007 Wiesmann MF4. The German company Wiesmann was founded in 1988 by brothers Martin and Friedhelm Wiesmann. It was the brother's belief that it was possible to produce a vehicle that defied the norm of the sports car world. Under the hood of the Wiesmann is a 4.8-liter V8 that produces 407 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque. The 3,064-pound MF4 goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 291 km/h. Only 247 were produced.
Also in Auto Exotica was this 2023 Ferrari 812 Competizione. Only 999 Coupes were produced. This car was fully customized through the Ferrari Tailor Made program. The 3,270-pound Ferrari has a 6.5 liter V1,2, with an output of 819 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. From a standing start, it takes the 812 2.8 seconds to hit 100 km/h, and the car has a top speed of 340 km/h. This Ferrari is finished in Rosso F1-75 Opaco, the same colour as the 2022 Formula One car.
This is a Bentley Speed Six Sport. This model was produced by the British company from 1928 to 1930. It became the most successful racing Bentley based on its performance at the 1929 24 hours of Le Mans when the team entries captured first through to fourth place results. The engine used in the Bentley is a 6.5-liter in-line six-cylinder with an overhead camshaft and four valves per cylinder. The engine produced 200 horsepower at 3,500 rpm.
The 2024 Cadillac CTV-4 Blackwing is the company's entry into the Compact Sports Sedan market. Under the hood of the Blackwing is a 3.6 liter turbocharged V6 with an output of 472 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque. The car accelerates from 0 to 96 km/h in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 304 km/h. The consumer can choose a six-speed manual gearbox or ten-speed automatic transmission. The CTV-4 also features adaptive dampers and an electronic limited slip differential.
New for 2024 is Chevrolet's Corvette E-Ray. This is the first Corvette with a hybrid powertrain. The E-Ray uses a 6.2-liter V8 with 495 horsepower that drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A 160-horsepower electric motor drives the front wheel, making the E-Ray an all-wheel-drive vehicle. The electric unit uses a 1.1 kWh battery. The combined output of this setup is 655 horsepower. This Corvette goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, faster than the Z06.
This is the 2024 Ford Bronco Big Bend 4-Door 4X4. The Bronco uses the In-line four-cylinder 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and a ten-speed automatic transmission. Standard on this vehicle is dual-zone electric climate control, front-row heated seats, a power outlet, and Ford's Co-Pilot 360; the list of optional equipment is extensive and includes such items as 17-inch grey-painted aluminum wheels, remote start system, front axle-open differential, 3.73/rear axle-open differential and powder coated tube step bars.
The Pfaff exhibit included this 2005 Mercedes-McLaren SLR HDK by McLaren Special Operations (MSO). This vehicle pays homage to 722 race cars. The HDK (High Downforce Kit) from MSO results in a wider body than the 722. A host of mechanical upgrades brings the Mercedes-McLaren more in line with the race version. Unlike the competition models, this car has a fully-trimmed interior. It is finished in Dinoco Blue.
The 2024 Canadian International AutoShow allowed many visitors to see Tesla's Cybertruck firsthand. The full-size pickup truck was introduced by Tesla in 2023. The Cybertruck is available with one of three powertrain options. The first is the single-motor rear-wheel drive with a range of 400 km. The dual-motor all-wheel drive will travel 550 km, and the tri-motor all-wheel drive Cyberbeast has a range of 510 km. The Cyberbeast has a top speed of 130 mph.
Germany's Automobili Pininfarina GmbH manufactures the Pininfarina Battista. The Battista is an electric sports car with some impressive specifications. The vehicle has a full carbon fiber monocoque chassis with aluminum crash structures. It sits on 21-inch rims with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires with braking performed by Brembo carbon ceramic pads. Four liquid-cooled electric motors produce 1,900 horsepower with a 350 km/h top speed.
Here is the 2024 Dodge Hornet Plug-In Hybrid R/T. The All-Wheel-Drive vehicle is powered by a 1.3-liter turbocharged engine with 288 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque and a rear axle-mounted electric motor. The Hornet also includes a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment on the model consists of Uconnect 5 NAV with a 10.25 display, 60/40 split folding rear seats, and a Level 1 charger cable for home charging. The Hornet is finished in Blu Bayou.
The GR Corolla retails for $49,742.58, but act quickly as there will be a limited amount of inventory available at Dealers. Several features set the GR apart from the regular Corolla. The first is the specially tuned 300-horsepower three-cylinder turbocharged engine, which is only available with a six-speed manual transmission. Another unique feature is the all-wheel-drive system, which allows the driver different power modes – 60/40 for the rear, 30/70, or 50/50.
Rimac Automobili is a Croatian automotive manufacturer founded by Mate Rimac. Its sister company Rimac Technology, focuses on drivetrains and batteries for the automotive business. The car on display at Auto Exotica is an all-electric 2024 Rimac Nevera. Equipped with an all-wheel torque system, the four electric motors produce 1,914 horsepower. The Nevera will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.81 seconds and has a top speed of 412 km/h. The 120 kWh battery has a range of 490 km. Only 150 units are being produced.
Pfaff displayed several cars at this year's Canadian International AutoShow, including a McLaren 720S GT3 EVO, the company's latest entry into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The McLaren is the first GT model designed and built in-house by McLaren Customer Racing. The GT3 EVO uses a carbon fiber MonoCage II chassis and is powered by the M840T 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. In the season's first race at the Rolex 24, the McLaren qualified a respectable tenth in class but failed to finish.
On hand was the Porsche area, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. In Ojo Del Salado, Chile, race driver Romain Dumas scaled 6,734 meters above sea level in the modified Porsche to set a new world altitude record. Powering the Carrera 4S is a 443-horsepower 3.0-liter six-cylinder Boxer engine with a standard seven-speed manual transmission. The Porsche ran on HIF Global synthetic eFuels created in Chile.
Appearing in Auto Exotica as part of the Cobble Beach Classics collection was this 1938 Peugeot 402 Darl'mat Special Sports Roadster. Emile Darl'mat was a successful Peugeot Dealer. By the mid-1930s, Darl'mat convinced the company to allow him to build a custom-bodied Peugeot bearing his name. The Darl'mat Special Sport was offered as a cabriolet, a coupe, and a roadster. The Special Sport won its class at the 1938 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Pagani Zonda R Liquid was on display with some of the other high-end sports cars distributed by Pfaff. The chassis of the Pagani is a monocoque design using carbon titanium. The vehicle is powered by a Mercedes-Benz AMG V12, which produces 750 horsepower and has a torque of 710 Nm. The Zonda R uses a transverse sequential gearbox with Xtrac technology and paddle shifters. The Pagani is also equipped with Bosch traction control and ABS brake system. The Zonda R tips the scales at 1,070 kg.
The Porsche Vision Gran Turismo made its debut at the Canadian International AutoShow. The Porsche is the company's first concept car explicitly created for a video game. Porsche worked with Polyphony Digital, a company under the Sony banner, to make the car. The vehicle accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.1 seconds and has a top speed of 350 km/h. The engine provides up to 950 kWh of power when needed. The battery in the Vision Gran Turismo will last for 500 km on a single charge.

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