True love at Toronto’s auto show

Story by Rod Charles Deputy Editor

TORONTO, ONTARIO — My darling is here somewhere, a delicious little bombshell – I just know she is. I find her name and zip off in eager anticipation to see where she’s staying, one of only a handful of beauties I want to spend quality time with. Clearly I’m not a faithful man but you can’t fault me for that today.

Thankfully she’s here at the 2016 edition of the Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS), glistening under the bright lights of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Yes folks, this is the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, the best car I’ve never had and the vehicle I swear I will one day own. Okay, it’s the car I dream of one day owning but don’t laugh too hard – the 43rd CIAS is a place where dreams can truly flourish and where a happy-go-lucky dude like myself can think big.

CIAS Alfa Romeo 2

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider (Rod Charles/

Another car that has my undivided attention is the Ford GT, and clearly I’m not the only one. Ford Canada representative Ashley Chrysler says people at the show are just loving it.

“This is one of the many awesome performance vehicles that we have at the Canadian International Auto Show,” says Chrysler. “This is one of the cars most people come for just to look at, and you can’t really blame them. It’s maybe not for the average consumer, maybe for the dreamer, but who knows.”


Ford GT (Rod Charles/

With more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs and specialty vehicles on display across 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions, the 2016 AutoShow will feature all of the latest features and options for the cars of today and cars you may see on Canadian roads in the future.

Get Up Close To A $15 Million Vehicle

Jason Campbell, General Manager of the Canadian International AutoShow, expects Auto Exotica is going to be one of the fan favourites.

“If you’re into fun cars, fast cars, Auto Exotica is your place to be.” says Campbell. “Downstairs we’ve got a $15 million Mclaren F1 GTR. It’s the most expensive car at the show, probably one of the most expensive cars you’ll ever see.”

He’s not kidding about the eye candy at Auto Exotica. The lineup includes Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Bentley, Rolls Royce, McLaren, Pagani, Lotus, Jaguar, Range Rover and Tesla.

CIAS 2016 Dodge Viper SRT GTC

2016 Dodge Viper SRT GTC (Rod Charles/

Eye candy aside, another reason I love the auto show are concept cars. Last year, I had the chance to check out the Toyota i-Road and I have to admit I am always keen to see what I might see on Canadian roads in the future.

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This year, 11 concept vehicles are making their Canadian debut including the Audi H-Tron, the Buick Avenir, the Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck and Enduro, the Kia Niro and the Subaru Impreza. Toyota is back with the U2, which boasts retracting roof panels and a uniquely configurable rail system for carting around all the needs of the mobile entrepreneur.

Today is the last day to get down to the The Canadian International Auto Show which wraps up its run at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. If you were unable to get down to the show this year worry not – the Vancouver International Autoshow runs  March 23-27.

– With files from Korey Sam



CIAS 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso (Rod Charles/

Address:222 Bremner Blvd
Box Office Prices: 

  • Adult: $23.00
  • Adult with $5.00 off Coupon: $18.00*
  • Super Tuesday Special: $12.00**
  • Youth (Ages 13-16): $16.00
  • Children (ages 7-12): $7.00
  • Children (Age 6 and Under): Free
  • Senior (ages 60+): $11.00***

10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Dates: March 23-27


Rod has previously worked for and is currently freelancing for Huffington Post Travel. He’s also written travel articles for the Toronto Star and Up! Magazine. Living in Toronto but raised in the small central Ontario village of Holstein, Rod is a country boy at heart who has never met a farmer’s market he didn’t like.

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