The Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) known for transforming “car shows” for forty two years has once again “brought it” to Toronto, Canada. The 2015 CIAS version surpassed itself with attendances of over 300,000 car aficionados and truck enthusiasts. To say it is hectic is an understatement with more than 125 exhibitors displaying one thousand cars and trucks in over 500,000 sq. ft. Both north and south wings of the Metro Toronto Center were chock a block with cars and more. The scene was more representative of Hong Kong’s Monkok market than a staid North American event center.
Out of the 45 Canadian vehicles premiered the spotlight shone brightest on the 2015Subaru Legacy winning “Canadian car of the year” and “Best New Family Car under $30,000”.The 2015 Ford F-150 was named AJAC’s 2015 Truck of the Year. Both were crowned the winners beating out crowd and industry favorites such as the Canadian-made Dodge Charger Hellcat and Chevrolet Equinox.
Chinese Hong Kong born Benny Leung is the 2015 CIAS president and brings many layers of innovation to the event. “This year’s content is expanded to include enhanced displays that speak not just to our transportation needs, but to the complementary lifestyle products and technologies that are all part of the package,” says Leung. “As always, visitors will find the exotics, collector cars and new models that fuel their dreams.” Leung started this, his inaugural event with many firsts.
The Autoshow Life is in Motion program was printed in Chinese, with a separate edition for English. A nod, to the growing Chinese investment culture of the Greater Toronto Area. He along with Toronto Mayor John Tory opened the event today with the ribbon cutting ceremony. During opening speeches that were delayed as Toronto was hit by severe power outages, casting thousands of torontonians into a cold frenzy. As Toronto Mayor John Tory gave his speech hecklers hooted and hollered asking him to hurry up as they wanted to enter the auto show. The ever unruffled John Tory, Mayor of Toronto finished his speech and with Leung welcomed the public into the show.
Mayor Tory“This year, and every year, Toronto is proud to be the home of Canada’s preeminent automotive event. With 300,000 people having attended last year’s Canadian International AutoShow, our city looks forward to welcoming an even larger audience for 2015.”
Leung concluded “There isn’t a more exciting show than the CIAS.” “Whether you’re in the market for a new vehicle, are a hardcore car enthusiast, or are just looking for a great day out with the family, this year’s show has more to see, more to do, and more to help keep your busy life in motion than ever before!”
The 10 day event plays into the hands of China’s Lunar Holiday and with Toronto’s Family day holidays on the 16th, many Chinese Canadians are taking advantage of the show and including it into their festivals celebrations.
Written by Cristoph De Caermihcal