Event Coverage: The 2014 Canadian International Autoshow

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The Canadian International Autoshow is currently running now until February 23rd and for car enthusiasts across the city it serves as a great way to get out of the house and check out the latest from manufacturers, and local  tuning shops in the GTA.

In addition to signalling the upcoming end to winter (thank god), for me the auto show always makes me think about my younger days when I used to go with my old man.

I’m sure at the time he didn’t put much thought into the whole thing beyond silencing my constant chat of “I’m bored” but to me it made a lasting impression and indirectly lead to the site you see here today.

Hopefully this is still true for the hundreds of kids that attend every year.  The  photos today are from media day which I am always very grateful to get a chance to attend because it means that said thousands of kids are not in my photos.

Domestic OEMS

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Chrysler was proud to announce the return of the functional shaker hood on the Challenger
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Nice to have this piece of automotive history back in the game
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Beefed up Wrangler Sport on wheels reminiscent of old Countach ones...
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Personally I find the current gen Viper pretty appealing

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I just wish they didn’t sit quite so high…

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I’ve read a lot about 3D printing so it was cool to see this 3D printed Mustang as part of the Ford display
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Flashing lights during the debut of the new Mustang

European OEMS

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Audi’s LED accents in their headlights are often imitated but never quite duplicated
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The new S8 really is a thing of beauty

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The gap between the fender and those 21″ wheels actually isn’t even all that bad…
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I believe this was a CLA 45 AMG
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Once again MB managed to suck me in with their model display… this year with a collection of 300SLs
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Not that I could ever afford one but for whatever reason ‘matic’ in the name of my car would bug me…
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Couple Benz pedal cars that I might be able to afford…

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Porsche held the North American début of their new 911 GT3 Cup car

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With a 3.8L 6 pumping out 460hp I reckon a lot of people will enjoy this view

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80mm slotted/vented steel rotors with six piston calipers sure look good behind those center locks
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Should be ripping up the Canadian Tire Motorsport park this year

Japanese OEMS

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Replacing Pat’s FR-S in the Scion booth this year was the Top Tuner challenge winning Racemode FR-S

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The new 3 looks like a six and it’s weird so I took pictures of this instead
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Subaru covering up their new WRX STI prior to the reveal
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And here it is…. the Evoabru
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Hyundai is really driving hard to the hoop with their current line up of luxury vehicles. Wonder what kind of sales numbers they will put up?
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This would be a really sleeksport sedan, if Nissan releases it
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Very aggressive front end but the segment kind of needs it

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This IS350 was…. interesting.
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Didn’t catch the name of this Hybrid concept from Lexus but it looks much better than the car above

Auto Exotica

I almost completely forgot about the Auto Exotica room up until about ten minutes before close, I’m glad I hustled my way down there however because otherwise I would have missed a few noteworthy cars.

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The Autoexotica exhibit is one of the better lit side attractions of the event…
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…which makes taking pictures very enjoyable

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Pfaff Tuning

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The GT3 earlier in this post would look great in this livery
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A quick peak at the custom ADV1 wheels on Pfaff’s McLaren 12-C Spa -F
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Pfaff brought this insane v-10 R8 with a Heffner Twin Turbo kit
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The simply outstanding McLaren P1
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Akebon carbon-ceramic brakes…. 186mph to 0 in a hair over six seconds
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I don’t even think ‘Dat Ass’ is quite appropriate here

Cruise Nationals

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I see this particular 3 window quite a bit, great looking car
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I’ve seen this a few times at well and I feel pretty confident in saying it will be at MegaSpeed at the end of the month

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Once again left to my own devices in this room full of awesome
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Black and raked this car looked great

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Richard Petty’s Superbird

This year Muscle Car Alley featured Richard Petty’s Superbird and having never seen a race ready Superbird in person before I took more than a few pictures of it.

In comparison to some of the other race cars at the show it was pretty awesome in it’s relative simplicity.

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That legendary nose cone that contributed to the aerodynamics package that made this car unforgettable

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The original “Big Wang”

Sport Compact Evolution

Normally the Sport Compact Evoloution section of the car is full of cars I’ve seen several times over the year before but this year Nextmod brought out one car I didn’t see at all last year and one that had undergone a serious makeover.

Not to be out done Can Jam brought their time attack STI to the show as well.

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Can Jam’s Subaru hammered to the floor for the show

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APH’s Evo is just about ready for this season of racing. Can’t wait to see it out on the track
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A street/track prepared Evo from APH

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Nextmod’s Liberty Walk R35

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I knew Peter had some plans for the 2014 season but I really wasn’t expecting Canada’s first Liberty Walk GTR

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Tire specs are 375/20/21, and the wheels are ADV.1s

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Quite the site to behold and easily one of the most talked about

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2 COMMENTS

  1. That new Subaru sure looked better wrapped up before the reveal than it did after.

    Also, anyone know why the diff on that twin turbo is covered in black gaff tape? Just curious.

    • Dave I honestly have no idea. It was bugging me from an aesthetic point of view ha.

      I also agree with the Subaru, but maybe it will grow on me.

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