The KIA Stinger won the 2019 Canadian Car of the Year award, accepted by Michael Kopke, Director of Marketing at KIA (right). Jaguar I-PACE won the 2019 Canadian Utility Car of the Year award, accepted by John Lindo, Director, Public Relations at Jaguar (left). (Photos: Saba Khan)
The 2019 Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) opened Thursday, February 14, with media day, featuring several noteworthy Canadian and North American vehicle debuts.
The CIAS media day kicked off with the opening presenter Craig Jackson, CEO and Chairman, Barret-Jackson Auction Company, who discussed his passion for collector cars, and a tribute to the late Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Following the opening presentations, the Automobile Journalists Associations of Canada (AJAC) awarded the Canadian Car of the Year trophy to the Kia Stinger, while the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE won the Canadian Utility Car of the Year, making it the first Jaguar to ever win.
Afterward, more than 850 members of the media attended the media tour and saw 25 new vehicles unveiled with an additional seven other vehicles making a Canadian debut for the first time.
An electric world
AJAC Vice President Stephanie Wallcraft, said it best, “The future is here, folks.”
The highlight of CIAS revolves around manufacturers introducing their own contribution to the fast-growing EV movement, driving forward a sustainable future within the automobile industry by showcasing their electric or hybrid vehicles and concept cars. Currently, more than 40 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) are on display at the AutoShow.
Dealer panels and, now days later, discussions on the Auto Show Live Stage by several industry experts, including Joni Paiva, President of Nissan Canada and Wolfgang Hoffmann, President of Jaguar Land Rover, Canada, also demonstrate how electrification and research into autonomous cars are becoming increasingly predominant topics.
The 2019 Canadian International AutoShow takes place February 15 to 24 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For tickets and show information, please visit autoshow.ca.
Take a look at the pictorial below to learn more about the new vehicles that were unveiled during the media tour.
Volkswagen Group Canada introduces the all-new 2019 Jetta GLI.
Volkswagen Group Canada's new motorsport car, the I.D.R Pikes Peak electric race car, has 670 hp and uses two lithium-ion battery packs. The car won the 2018 Pikes Peak Competition.
Volkswagen Group Canada President and CEO, Daniel Weissland reveals the new I.D. Crozz electric concept that is "planned for Canada in 2021," according to VW, and features autonomous driving mode and augmented reality display.
The 2020 Palisade offers seating for 8 with second and third row power-folding seats and seatbelt reminder, and an in-vehicle intercom.
Joni Paiva, President of Nissan Canada Inc. introduces the all-new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC at the 2019 CIAS with Olivier Bédard, three-time Micra Cup champion.
Nissan Canada announces Nissan LEAF NISMO RC has zero-emission leadership and uses Nissan Intelligent Mobility, and will be an official pace car for the 2019 Nissan Micra Cup season.
The new 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition, offers innovation, spaciousness and best-in-class towing capacity.
The 2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty truck can tow up to 19,780 lb (8,972 kg) and a maximum payload of 4,050 lb (1,837 kg).
The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock Edition has an MSRP starting at $35,345. It comes with a 305 hp Pentastar V6. The 395 HP 5.7 Hemi V8 and four-wheel drive are optional.
The 2019 Subaru Legacy has all-road and all-weather capability using a Symmetrical Full-Time AWD system.
Revealing the new 2020 Cadillac XT6.
The Cadillac XT6 has a 3.6L V6 engine, 310 hp, and 271 lb-ft of torque, and highlights spaciousness, safety and convenience for families.
James Nava, Advertising and Marketing Manager, presents the all-new 2020 Cadillac XT6, and says the SUV is "for families that refuse to sacrifice style and luxury."
The 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e is the first Prius with all-wheel drive and is predicted to account for 65% of annual Canadian Prius sales.
Fine-Comfort Ride (FCR) concept makes it Canadian debut as a fuel cell vehicle (FCV) utilizing hydrogen (zero-emissions) and featuring a cruising range of 1,000 km. Refuelling a hydrogen stack takes just three minutes.
The interior of the Fine-Comfort Ride (FCR) concept adopts the concept of "wearing comfort (being wrapped in comfort)," says Stephen Beatty, Vice President, Corporate, Toyota.
The 2020 Toyota Supra will be selling for $65,000 in Canadian markets.
The QX Inspiration concept is paving the way for an all EV future and brand-new look for Infiniti products.
The QX Inspiration concept has a large, open interior with the cab pushed forward.
The QX Inspiration concept has a flat floor that allowed designers to create a Japanese “living room,” complete with marble tabletops and Orient Express–style gold lamps.
Making its Canadian debut, the all-wheel-drive EQC boasts 402 hp, 550 lb-ft of torque, and embodies the design of progressive luxury.
Intelligent voice control, activated with the phrase, "Hey Mercedes!" allows the driver to interact with the vehicle in a most natural and conversational manner.
The infotainment system, known as MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) has the ability to learn through artificial intelligence making communication between driver and car easier. The driver no longer needs to get to know the vehicle; the vehicle will get to know them.
Marc Ouayoun, President & CEO of Porsche Canada, presents the Panamera GTS, which has a 4L V8 engine that produces 453 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque.
The new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport comes in new versions: the Trackday model for ambitious motor racing drivers and the Competition model for national and international motor racing.
The LF1 Limitless concept introduces a new genre of luxury. The new Lexus flagship crossover can be powered by an internal combustion engine, a fuel cell, a hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain, or it can be purely electric
Audi says the all-new Q3 is the SUV with the greatest all-round talents in its segment.
The E-tron starts a new era for Audi as it joins the EV ranks with high-speed charging capabilities and a range suitable for everyday use.
Audi says the new R8 Spyder shares 50% of its parts with the R8 LM GT4 racing car. The Spyder is powered by a 602-hp V10 engine, and only needs 3.4 seconds to go from zero-100 km/h.
The interior of the Audi R8 Spyder PI has a single seat design that is inspired by racings cars of the past.
The 2019 BMW Z4 produces 382 hp and has perfect 50-50 weight distribution and lightweight technology that ensures it delivers the ultimate open-air driving experience.
The Jaguar F-Pace has a supercharged 550-hp V8 with 502 lb-ft of torque, and a top speed of 283 km/h.
The Genesis Essentia is an electric concept car that exhibits a design without frontiers.