CIAS 2018: Lighter Vehicles, Classic Style

CIAS 2018: Lighter Vehicles, Classic Style
The 50 Years of Hot Wheels display was a major attraction at the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow. (Photos: Huw Evans)

This year’s Canadian International AutoShow saw an increased number of vehicles using exotic, lightweight and mixed material structures, as well as some standout historical and popular culture vehicles.

Hosted each February, the Canadian International AutoShow always features a tantalizing display of both new and historic vehicles.

With the theme of this year’s show “The New Movement,” there was an understandable focus on new technology and mobility solutions. And, as Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards continue to tighten, there were a number of vehicles on display that featured new or significantly redesigned or updated structures.

Key examples included the 2019 Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado, which are both significantly lighter than their predecessors and feature extensive use of high strength steel as well as aluminum parts for items like body panels, tailgates and suspension parts.

Other vehicles of interest included the new, lighter 2018 Lincoln Navigator as well as the latest generation of Audi’s aluminum pioneer, the A8, plus a glimpse into the future of automotive construction with vehicles like the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE.

2019 Ram 1500 is nearly 225 lbs (102 kg) lighter than its predecessor and features lightweight materials for the tailgate, suspension and steering components. Ram 1500 Sport is a Canadian market exclusive.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 was on display at CIAS. An ultra-strong aluminum frame means this is the first ZR-1 that is offered both as a coupe and convertible.
The Mercedes-AMG Project One, brings Formula 1 racing technology to the street, with a monocoque F1 chassis and carbon fibre body. It also features a hybrid powertrain consisting of a F1 derived 1.6-litre turbo V-6 and electric motors to spool up the turbocharger and power the wheels.
Audi’s latest A8 pushes the boundaries of passenger car technology with Level 3 autonomous functions and more than 40 driver aid features.
Lincoln’s latest Navigator represents the next generation of big, truck-based SUV with an aluminum body and twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 powertrain.
BMW’s i8 coupe, which is joined by a roadster version for 2019, features a life module passenger cell made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic, mated with an aluminum chassis.
Chevrolet’s 2019 Silverado features a mixed material structure and aluminum doors, hood and tailgate, helping reduce weight by around 450 lbs (204 kg).
Tuner cars, including Time Attack and autocross built machines continue to be a popular sub culture.
Striking 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS, complete with side pipes, was part of the popular 50 Years of Hot Wheels display.
Art in motion: This 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB 4 formed part of the Art of the Automobile exhibit. In its day, this Ferrari was one of the fastest GT production cars on the road, with a top speed of 284 km/h (174 mph).

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