Mercedes Style Coupe

10 cool cars at 2013 AutoShow in Toronto

Mercedes Style Coupe

Mercedes Style Coupe concept car on display at the 2013 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto. (Julia Pelish/

Photos by Julia Pelish and Terry O’Neill Photographers 

TORONTO, ONTARIO — It’s not just car lovers who get a thrill out of the Canadian International AutoShow each year. Photographers turn giddy with the sight of all that glimmer and chrome. Canada’s largest automotive exhibition is celebrating its 40th year in 2013 and doing it with panache. Vehicles of all sorts have taken over 600,000 square feet of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Visitors will find eye-catching thrills in the Auto Exotica section, featuring some of the fastest and most beautiful cars on the planet. The Hot Rod Builders Showcase gives a nod to racing’s history with numerous antique cars and restored vehicles on display. Concept cars and an Eco-Drive section lend an insight into how vehicles may look and operate in the future.

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And, of course, if you’re simply in the market for a new car, the AutoShow lets you get behind the wheel of hundreds of vehicles while speaking to industry experts. Some vehicles, including the Mazda3, named the best car under $20,000 at this year’s event, are reasonably priced, while others are priced beyond comprehension, let alone affordability.

The vehicles shown here are some of the favourites spotted during the first day of the AutoShow, which began on Friday and runs until February 24. Be sure to check back for our extended look at the Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Bentleys on display in the Auto Exotica section.

More About the 2013 Canadian International AutoShow

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre at 255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON (see map below)


  • Adult Tickets: $19.80
  • Children Tickets (ages 7-12): $6.30
  • Two-Day Pass: $28.80
  • Family Pass (includes 2 adults and 2 children ages 7-12): $39.60

Visit the AutoShow website for details on prices, discounts and information on how to obtain coupons.

Remaining Show Times:
Daily until February 23: 10:30 am to 10 pm
Sunday, February 24: 10:30 am to 6 pm

Getting Around: Use the AutoShow map to spot the sections you’d like to visit and be sure to take advantage of the free shuttle bus that moves visitors between the North and South buildings of the Convention Centre.

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A photographer who has worked in the largest media markets in Canada and the U.S., Julia’s travel photos and videos have been featured prominently in the Toronto Star and been exhibited in galleries in Toronto, New York and Vancouver. Her new line of photo jewelry was inspired by her travels. Even though she is an American, one of her favourite travel experiences was spending Canada Day 2000 on Parliament Hill, joining in a parade with then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien and others. Julia is’s Visuals Editor. See her work at

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