Event Coverage: The 2010 Toronto International Auto show

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This Saturday I went to the Toronto International Auto show,  which I used to go to all the time with my dad as a young buck but this is only my second year going as an ‘adult’.

Going the Saturday before the show closed was perhaps a mistake as the show got busier as the day went on making it harder and harder to take photos.

You could say I went to the 2010 Toronto International Auto Show and all I got  were these crowded photos, however the show was a perfect way to add some event coverage, and therefore original content, to an otherwise event less winter season.

A view of the madness... this was about 12 o clock or so

Big Bird

Oddly enough this truck was in the parking lot I parked at. Being pretty high this truck juxtaposed next to my car was pretty amusing to me. I couldn’t actually park beside it though as someone did the spot beside it an injustice by throwing up in it meaning that for me to get out I would have had to walk through vomit, gross.

This car needs some mudders to make the lift make sense... Mack emblems?
Lol at my roof not even making it up to the bed rails...

The Transformers Camaro

GM I have a bone to pick with you… how dare you show a Camaro SS Autobot edition with a automatic transmission. As a Transformers fan and a car enthusiast I do not condone such a travesty.

Regardless here is a pic of the emblem and offending transmission.

I'm curious what the cost of replacement emblems would be and how many will be stolen
*facepalm*

Factory performance accessories.

It’s always nice to see what sort of performance accessories manufactures offer for their own vehicles. Things like these are espically nice for people who want to keep their factory warrenty in tact.

Here are some examples from Toyota/Lexus/Scion camp.

TRD spring, strut and bar package
Lexus fsport spring/strut set up
F sport big brake kit

Concept Cars

It’s always cool to see concept cars at auto shows like these. It shows what the automotive designers really had in mind for their creation before it got watered down to meet the needs of the general public. Could you imagine where our cars would be today if more automobiles stayed in tact from concept to production?

This VW NCC hybrid concept proves that you can do Hybrid cars that don't look silly (look at you Toyota Prius)
This Soul based jeep like concept was pretty interesting, don't think Kia has a rugged frame though
The following Mazda 2 concepts are based on the upcoming to North America Mazda 2 Chassis
You can see the stock version in red, I think these have a decent chance in becoming reality
Though a little small for my needs I prefer these to the Fit/Yaris
I had considered getting my wheels powder coated a similar color
The Lexus LF - CH concept was looking pretty rad
I think the idea of hiding rear door handles on 5 doors should make its way to production
Another hybrid concept the Infiniti Essence
The Infiniti Essence concept
This car had Bat mobile like lines, I dig

New Models/Introductory Models/ Current Models

I didn’t take pictures of all the new cars at this years show because stock cars, as a rule, are fairly boring and have copious amounts of fender gap (do we really need fist size fender gaps on sedans?).

However I did take pictures on some of the more interesting models.

The more modified Coopers I see the more I like them
Some uninformed folk looking at this car were sure it was setup for drag racing...
I really like the WRX hatch but my gf seems to think I will never get one...
Nissan had this super nice GTR out
Couldn't really get a good angle of all of it so I did the next best thing...
Looks like Fords up to something
Ford Fusion T4 concept/joint project anyone know if Ford will produce any of these?
Are we finally getting a decent Focus again? Looks good
I witnessed a young man get out of this car and say it was nice but too low not a S.I.E fan I guess!
This Scion was done up to the 9s and fairly clean for a show car
Dish bigger than my iphone
Whats up fatlace?
Cars which you are supposed to be driven around in don't really appeal to me
The SLS brings back the gullwing and it's about time!
This car had so many people around it getting a good picture was impossible...
There is a lot of buzz around the, Pléthore LC-750 , aka that Canadian super car. I am interested to see how it does

Classic Motor sports and other memorable cars

There was a pretty awesome classic Motor sports exhibit at the show. In all honesty my knowledge of racing is pretty sparse but I know when a car is worth stopping to snap a photo.

In addition to these there were also a few classic sports/muscle/rods strewn about the show which were there, I would like to think, just to please me.

Every event needs a deuce coupe
Cool to see that Audi doesn't forget it's past
Race height is serious!
My program just fit underneath
This car was un restored and looked ready to get back on the track
Classic race engineering at it's finest
I sort of want to go to a vintage race event now...
This 81 Jag XJS was hands down my favorite car of the show, I've never seen a race prepped Jag before

Shelby Exhibit

Carrol Shelby is a boss. What this man has done for automotive enthusiasts everywhere is incredible. The Toronto International Auto show had a very well put together tribute to his accomplishments over the years. The aforementioned Jag was my favorite car of the show but this was my favorite part of the show.

Shelby was a big part of the vipers development, anyone remember the show Viper?
The rear wheel gap on these is a lot more than I every remembered
Sign says do not touch and yet smudges everywhere
Shelby Green Hornet Mustang replica... fine piece of machinery this
Interesting thing I notice was that this car had a mat underneath, it wasn't leaking though marking its territory!
Carols touch influenced all of these cars
This un restored bar find Cobra makes me want to go hunting
Several million dollars worth of Automotive history here
This particular one was worth 2.3 million
The information card near this car said that it was akin to driving on marbles at top speed, nice
Built to be driven
Magnificent

If you want to see some more photos from the autoshow check out Ste’s shots from media day over at Shutter.Lit.Blogspot.com and at flickr.com/photos/ste823.

Perhaps next year I can try and weasel a press pass? Doubt it but here’s hoping!

4 COMMENTS

  1. Definitely makes me want to go to an auto show, lol. Would love to see the SLS Gullwing in person… And I like Maybachs myself. 😉

    Really not feeling that tC though, I really don’t like tC’s much at all…. Most people who get them have some whacked out “holier-than-thou” mentality with them, like what they got is so much better than, say, the Civic Toyota went after with it. (When it’s not, honestly. Glass roof? Bad idea. But I don’t like 8th gen Civics either personally.)

  2. I would recommend making it out to at least one.

    I’ve never had much experience with TCs or TC enthusiasts since we don’t have them yet. Go figure I didn’t notice the glass roof lol.

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