Story and Photography by Lee Bailie
I have long believed that the annual Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto needs an injection of excitement to help breathe some new life into what has become a bit of a dull procession of Canadian premieres, almost all of which were revealed a month earlier at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
I'm happy to report my wish came true this year, because the media preview day contained something never before seen in Toronto: a world premiere.
That's right – a production car made its world debut in Toronto.
Hyundai Canada scored the coup of the show when they rolled out the all-new 2018 Accent compact. Not the sexiest car, to be sure, but still it's a very big deal for CIAS to get a world premiere of any kind.
There were a few other impressive reveals – including a hyper car concept that made its auto show debut – which when combined with a wonderfully executed 50 Years of the Canadian Grand Prix exhibit and the ever-popular Auto Exotica, helped the show set a new attendance record with more than 339,000 people passing through the doors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
In all, it was a successful ten days for the 2017 CIAS.
There were a lot of memorable cars and concepts on display but these are the ones that really caught my eye (in alphabetical order):