Canadian International Auto Show
Among the highlights at the 2012 Canadian International Auto Show is this Acura mid-engine supercar concept. A production model is expected to arrive within three years.
Scissor-type doors provide entry to this luxury Cadillac designed for dense urban environments. A turbocharged one-litre three-cylinder engine uses electric assist, with efficiency boosted by brake energy regeneration.
The Bulli's two-tone paint isn't the only echo of the original Volkswagen microbus in this concept. In production form it might use electric power, or possibly a diesel or gas-hybrid powertrain.
BMW's futuristic 'Connected Drive' concept is a sounding board for styling, safety and communication systems that could reach production models in years ahead.
A couple of Cirque du Soleil performers provide a hypnotic introduction to the Infiniti Etherea's interior.
Jaguar's high-performance hybrid concept combines a powerful V6 with an electric motor that can provide both an extra shove forward and greater efficiency.
Mercedes-Benz says the electric-powered Smart fortwo will be available in Canada later this year, with a range of 135 kilometres and a top speed of 120 km/h. An electric-assist Smart bicycle is also coming to complement it.
Chrysler has revived the Dodge Dart, this time based on a sophisticated Alfa Romeo platform with a choice of three four-cylinder engines, including a turbo.
This Corvette concept is notable for its appearance in a Transformers movie, but the hybrid design could also signal a future production model.
A front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports coupe with exceptional handling balance, the Subaru BRZ was developed in co-operation with Toyota, which sells the similar Scion FR-S model. A 2.0-litre boxer engine keeps the centre of gravity low.
In the background behind the 2013 Audi Allroad crossover is an Auto Union Type C replica designed on a smaller scale. The Audi has a 211-hp direct-injection 2.0-litre turbo; for the kids, it¹s pedal power.
The Bugatti Veyron¹s 8.0-litre, 16-cylinder engine uses four turbochargers to boost output to around 1,000 hp, enough to propel the supercar to more than 400 km/h.
Mazda¹s Shinari develops the concept of a four-door, four-seat sports car with muscular and flowing lines.
The Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 supercar delivers 700 hp from its 6.5-litre V-12. A carbon-fibre and aluminum monocoque chassis contributes to an extraordinary power-to-weight ratio.
The Pagani Zonda-R is built in limited numbers in Italy, based on a carbon-fibre chassis and body powered by a 750 hp V-12.
Part of the auto show's Cruise Nationals exhibit, this 1958 Ford Fairlane Retractable belongs to Steve Hauck of St. Catharines, Ont.
A special exhibit honouring Triumph, the past British sports car marque, includes more than 40 different models, including a rare 1935 Gloria Southern Cross, the dashboard of which is seen here.
The limited-edition Aston Martin One-77 boasts the most powerful naturally aspirated engine of any production car, a 7.3-litre 750-hp V-12.
What did we do this week? Well, we attended the Canadian International Auto Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This year the show is expected to draw more than 300,000 visitors during the 10 day show, which features more than 125 exhibitors and about 1,000 cars and trucks.
Included in the attractions are some of the most advanced automotive technology in the world, ranging from the latest electric minicars to a 16-cylinder 1000-horsepower Bugatti Veyron with a potential speed of more than 400 km/h!
Several new production vehicles and cutting-edge concept models will debut at the show, including the new Acura NSX supercar and a reborn Volkswagen microbus with an electric motor.
A special “Eco-Drive” Showcase features state-of-the-art, energy efficient designs such as electric, clean diesel, hybrids and more conventional engine technologies as well.
The show was fun, but it was missing a bunch of guns and stuff, LOL. Meanwhile, the International Armoured Vehicle convention is taking place in Farnborough, UK where they’re expecting 2,200+ visitors from 47 countries, 550+ conference delegates, 100 defence exhibitors and 75+ senior military, government and OEM speakers.