What to Expect at the Canadian International Auto Show

Canada's annual auto show takes off this weekend, showcasing new models from Ford, Dodge, and Chevrolet along with classic luxury models.

The Canadian International Auto Show kicked off this weekend at the 650,000-square-foot Metro Toronto Convention Centre, a space that formerly housed Canada’s railways in the ’70s. 

The show, which lasts through February 25, will feature 40 new models from brands like Honda, Fiat, Jeep, Kia, Nissan, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Ford, Chevy, and Audi. 

The 2019 Ford Ranger XLT., Chris Tsui/The Drive

The 12-day event will host a Hot Wheels experience, an electric car exhibition, a historical luxury car exhibition, a video game racing competition, an exotic car display and a Porsche sports car heritage collection. 

The Porsche event, titled “70 years of Porsche,” celebrates the luxury brand’s anniversary by showcasing some of its finest models like the 550 Spyder race car, the Porsche 718, and the Cayenne SUV. Norris McDonald, former editor of the Toronto Star’s Wheels publication, said the show will inaugurate the Porsche exhibition, which will continue internationally this year.

“We are celebrating 70 Years of Porsche and are the North American auto show selected to launch this year-long celebration that Porsche will take around the world,” McDonald told The Drive.  

The Porsche 911 GT2RS is one of the models honoring the company’s 70th year anniversary., Chris Tsui/The Drive

The auto show will also feature a series of talks about mobility, work-life balance for corporate women, and Ontario’s role in the auto industry. Speakers include Ontario’s former Lieutenant-Governor David Onley, Aston Martin President Laura Schwab, and Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario.

The overall star of the show is the burgundy Swedish-made Koenigsegg Agera RS hypercar, the fastest production model in the world. The Koenigsegg Agera RS features a 1,160 brake-horsepower engine, a rick self-leveling suspension, a low curb weight, and lightweight sound insulation. This model is on loan from the owner, and there just two of these rare models in Canada.

The rare Koenigsegg Agera on loan for the show. , Chris Tsui/The Drive

Other new models include the Ram 1500 Sport, the Hyundai Veloster, and the Mustang Bullitt. The 2019 Ram 1500 will make its Canadian debut, displaying its modernized billet bar grille, a familiar 5.7-liter Hemi engine, and a suite of options for each trim. The 2019 Hyundai Veloster features a new sporty design, LED headlights, and 18-inch wheels in top-spec. Lastly, the Mustang Bullitt is a revamped version of the iconic Steve McQueen car to honor the 1969 film’s 50th anniversary. The new model includes a modernized, rounder body and a 5.0L V8 engine, and is painted in the car’s classic highland green hue. 

The revamped version of the iconic Mustang BULLITT., Chris Tsui/The Drive

The Canadian International Auto Show, which began in 1974 and is sponsored by Auto Trader, is Canada’s largest auto event, boasting an assortment of more than 1,000 vehicles and an anticipated 350,000 visitors.