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Your chance to see the latest offerings from most auto manufacturers under one roof

A full-size LEGO Technic Lamborghini – made up from more than 400,000 LEGO pieces – will make its North American debut at the Canadian International Auto Show

Dale JohnsonAfter being cancelled for the past two years because of COVID-19, the biggest automotive show in the country – the Canadian International Auto Show – is back in business this year. The show will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto from Feb. 17 to Feb. 26.

It’s not just the biggest car show in Canada; it’s the largest consumer show in the country, with more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits and displays and an attendance of more than 330,000.

It’s a chance to see the latest offerings from most auto manufacturers under one roof.

General Motors products include Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. Stellantis lines on display are the Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Wagoneer. (Ford says it is not participating in any auto shows because it believes it can “connect with consumers in new ways.”)

Genesis, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota will also have displays.

There will also be several luxury brands on hand, including Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce. Tesla and Vinfast, which produce only electric vehicles.

This year’s theme is “Mobility Reimagined.”

“The automotive industry is changing rapidly, and the AutoShow will be the place to see the latest innovations, the new technologies and the grand ideas that will shape mobility in the future,” says Jason Campbell, General Manager of the AutoShow.

New this year is a display called “Electric City” where visitors can learn the latest about automotive electrification. Also new is Canada’s largest indoor test track for electric vehicles. This will give visitors a chance to compare the features and benefits of various electric vehicles.

There will also be a track to demonstrate the capabilities of Jeep vehicles.

A highlight of the Auto Show is the announcement of the Canadian Car of the Year and the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. The votes come from members of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).

The winners of each of the 12 categories were announced at the Montreal International Auto Show on Jan. 19. From these 12 category winners, the overall Car of the Year and the Utility Vehicle of the Year winners will be announced at the Toronto Show.

The winners of each category are:

  • Best Small Car – Mazda 3
  • Best Large Premium Car ­– Genesis G90
  • Best Sports Performance Car ­– Hyundai Elantra N
  • Best Small Utility Vehicle ­– Toyota Corolla Cross
  • Best Mid-Size Utility Vehicle – Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Best Large Utility Vehicle – Kia Telluride
  • Best Mid-Size Premium Utility – Lexus NX
  • Best Large Premium Utility Vehicle ­– Volvo XC90
  • Best Small Pick-up Truck – Ford Maverick
  • Best Large Pick-up Truck – Ram 1500
  • Best EV – Hyundai IONIQ 5
  • Best Premium EV in Canada for 2023 – BMW i4

The show will also feature a collection of rare, expensive, fast, exotic cars as part of a display called AutoExotica.

For kids, there will be displays featuring Hot Wheels and Lego. Hot Wheels will be offering a kids’ play zone, retail space, classic Hot Wheels cars and five full-sized Hot Wheels vehicles. A full-size LEGO Technic Lamborghini – made up of more than 400,000 LEGO pieces – will make its North American debut.

The Canadian International Auto Show isn’t only about the latest trends. History buffs will enjoy a display called OBLIVION, which will include automotive icons from the 1980s and ’90s. Another display, 75 years of Porsche, will feature 16 rare and vintage Porsches, including a restored 1969 Porsche 917.

Dale Johnson is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who has worked in TV, radio, print and online. While the manufacturer provided Dale with a vehicle to test drive, the content of this review was not reviewed or accepted by the manufacturer.

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Dale Johnson

Dale Edward Johnson has extensive experience in both journalism and corporate communications.

He is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who has worked in TV, radio, print and online, and has more than 1,300 articles and columns in Canada and the United States to his name.

Dale has experience in news, sports, current affairs and feature writing. He has worked at the local and network level. He has been an anchor, disk jockey, editor, producer, reporter, researcher and writer. In his career in corporate communications, he has worked in the business, educational, financial and government sectors.

As a university instructor and corporate trainer, Dale has guided and mentored board members, CEOs, politicians, university professors, senior executives and communications professionals.

Dale earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan, and has taken classes in business, economics and education at the University of Regina.

As well as his work as a journalist, communications consultant and instructor, Dale loves to restore classic cars, lead public walking tours of historical buildings and run half marathons.

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