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It's that time again, the Toronto auto show is back! We were lucky enough to get an early preview, away from the crowds and had a blast.
I'll be writing more in depth about everything over the next few days, but here are the highlights of what is going on at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS):
Auto Expert was front and centre as the winners (Chrysler and Mazda) were announced at the AJAC awards, and as the Canadian Black Book awards for best retained value were presented.
We met Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat S.p.A., and listened to Ford Canada CEO Dianne Craig announce that the Ford Edge utility vehicle will be made in Oakville, ON.
We got to try out Ford's Active Park Assist feature first hand, a welcome relief to someone like me who is hopeless at parallel parking.
Most of the world's largest manufacturers unveiled their newest and greatest (to date) cars and trucks for the first time in Canada. Collectively, they lifted the tarp off of about 40 new vehicles ranging from Mitsubishi to Maserati. Oh, and the new McLaren.
Of course, the vehicles that aren't being reborn or launched for the very first time were also on display. There are over 1,000 vehicles on display at the show.
Concepts. Enough said.
This year's show features a showcase called Auto Connect. This special area of the show highlights many of the really neat features that are starting to finally make their way into cars, most of them utilizing radar to detect obstacles.
We also got to meet the newest addition to Honda's team, race car driver James Hingecliffe, who will not only be driving this season, but actively promoting the Honda brand across Canada.
All of this and a whole bunch more! Stay tuned for tons of exclusive photos and stories coming right up direct from the 2014 Canadian International Auto Show.
Photo credit: Jerry Powers Genesis Multimedia
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca