IAS 2017

Story and Pho­tog­ra­phy by Lee Bailie

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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):

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