The Canadian International Auto Show

The Canadian International Auto Show roars into Toronto this weekend and runs through February 27th.  This year’s theme is “Discover, Connect, Experience”.  The organizers of the show would like you to discover the latest in electric hybrids, hydrogen-powered models, and advances in technologies such as navigation systems and enhanced web interaction.  They want you to connect with the vehicles by feeling and interacting with the most advanced automotive creations.  Finally, they want you to experience industry-leading displays, special exhibits, and exclusive, on-site test drive opportunities.

The show is featuring many activities and displays; the Icons: Legend of the Camaro/Firebird is a 30,000 sq./ft. historical display of the two most popular and celebrated vehicles in American History.  Some of the famous cars that will be in this display are Smokey and The Bandit’s 1977 Firebird S/E Trans Am, KITT of Knight Rider and the bright yellow BumbleBee, the charismatic star of the 2007 blockbuster Transformers.  Another feature is the PlayStation Gran Turismo 5 Challenge, where people can play the new game and win prizes for posting the best lap time of the day or the entire show.  Callaway is also offering a Driving Centre and Volkswagen is offering a children’s play area, among the many other features being offered.

If you’re feeling lucky, the show is also featuring many contests and give-aways.  There are going to be opportunities for people to win vehicles, like in the “Auto Lotto”, where game cards will come in the Toronto Sun, which people can scan at the show for a chance to win one of 25 Chevrolet Cruzes (they have two random drawings for those that don’t get the Toronto Sun).  Also, AutoTrader is offering a climb in and win contest for a new 2011 Camaro, while the National Post is giving away a 2011 Lexus CT in their “Win the Perfect Moment” contest.  People also have the opportunities to win vacations. TADA and Aeroplan are giving away 500,000 Aeroplan travel miles, while VIA Rail Canada is giving away a trip across Canada for 4 people.

The show will run from 10:30AM-10:00PM, February 18-26 and from 10:30AM-6:00PM on February 27th.  Tickets are $20 for adults (you can save 10% by buying online), kids between 7-12 are $7 and children 6 and under are free.  Volkswagen is offering a family admissions deal for $40 (also 10% off when you buy online) that allows entrance for 2 adults and 2 children (ages 7-12), which is a $14 discount.  Finally, they are offering a 2-day pass for $30.

If you are in the Toronto area in the next few weeks, The Canadian International Auto Show is something that you should check out. Going to a place that offers interactive games, contests, and of course, most importantly, amazing cars is any car lovers dream!

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