|Sergio Marchionne addresses the crowd during opening ceremony. He spoke of the advancements in the last year, especially in regard to electric vehicles. Photo by Jay Perry.|
Toronto, Ontario -- February 17, 2014 -- The Canadian International AutoShow opened its doors for a special press preview on February 13, 2014. The show continues to run at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto until February 23.
CIAS is Canadaâ€™s largest auto show, with over 600,000 sq. ft. of exhibits. In addition to a number of Canadian and North American new vehicle reveals, special features at this yearâ€™s show include Auto Exotica, featuring the worldâ€™s finest exotic automobiles, and Muscle Car Alley, featuring one of the most iconic muscle cars of the twentieth century: a tribute to the 1968 Dodge Dart along with a celebration of 15 other glorious vehicles such as Chargers, Challengers and the legendary â€˜Richard Pettyâ€™sâ€™ #43 NASCAR winning blue Super Bird.
New this year are the Distracted Driving Display, sponsored by Allstate, and the AutoConnect Showcase, showcasing the latest automotive interactive technology. The AutoConnect Showcase primarily focuses on the innovations from nine automakers derived from their work on autonomous cars. You can read more about the AutoConnect Showcase here.
|Reid Bigland addresses the crowd and shows off the Chrysler 200, an entry level vehicle with collision-avoidance tech on board starting at just $22,000. Photo by Jay Perry.|
For those who prefer speed, CIAS offers Sport Compact Evolution, a dynamic showcase of sport compact vehicles. Sport Compact Evolution is a returning favourite this year. Features include a Distracted Driver Interactive Simulator and a Precision Model Garage Display of custom 1/24-scale models.
You can see some of the highlights from the Press Preview day in the gallery below.