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Monday, February 17, 2020

Get your motor running to auto shows in Toronto and Detroit


   One-Tank Trip for Feb.15/20

   (c) By Jim Fox
    Postmedia Network/Sun Media

   It’s show time as that new car smell permeates auto shows in Toronto and Detroit.
   For big kids and auto aficionados, there’s the “world’s most-exclusive and expensive Bugatti –
La Voiture Noire.
   It makes its debut at the Canadian International AutoShow on now through Feb. 23 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
   For little ones, the show has Disney and Pixar vehicles, along with one of the largest indoor remote-controlled car test tracks.

There’s lots of glitter and glitz in Detroit at the Charity Preview. (Jim Fox)
   Over in Detroit, the wheels are in motion as the North American International Auto Show said goodbye to the dead of winter and launches as an early summer show from June 13 to 20.
   In these times of evolutionary change in the auto industry, Toronto’s show features1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concepts, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles.

   The Bugatti showpiece is a “modern re-interpretation of the classic Type 57 SC,” powered by an iconic 16-cylinder engine pumping out 1,500 horsepower.
The most-expensive Bugatti is at the Toronto auto show.
    This one-of-a-kind model was sold to a Bugatti enthusiast for $16.1 million.
   As Toronto is a “supercar mecca,” the show is bringing some of the most unique and iconic hypercars from around the world, said general manager Jason Campbell.
   The show’s theme is Transformative Times “because the automotive industry is, indeed, in the midst of great change,” he added.
   The Future Tech Hub showcases new and innovative technologies transforming the world of transportation.
There are 1,000 autos on display at the Toronto show.
   The show will give visitors their first glimpse at 38 new cars, trucks, SUVs and concepts.
   Honda Canada will show an interactive display of the robotic elements of the manufacturing process, examples of mobility initiatives and a dramatic crashed Civic.
Icons such as a 1937 Cadillac are from Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
   Auto Exotica includes a three-car Tesla display, a Pagani, Singer and Pininfarina Battista and various collector cars including Ferraris and Lamborghinis and the Canadian-made Felino.

   Zoom, zoom for kids
   The show also features family vehicles along with special exhibits and presentations.
   There’s Onward: The Pixar Vehicle Experience with a life-size replica of Barley and Ian’s “groovy purple van Guinevere.”
   A wizard will perform illusions inspired by the spells and magic performed in the film that opens on March 5.
Kids can see Barley and Ian’s Onward purple van from Disney Pixar.
   Walt Disney Studios Canada will also show replicas of Lightning McQueen from Disney and Pixar’s Cars films and stuntman Duke Caboom’s motorcycle replica from Toy Story.
   Big Boys with Cool Toys is a remote-control hobby store performing stunts and test drives of vehicles from Toys “R” Us. https://autoshow.ca; (905) 940-2804

   Motor City revs it up
   The internationally acclaimed North American International Auto Show in Detroit will be a “bigger, more immersive experience than ever before, with a host of new attractions like outdoor entertainment and exclusive ride-and-drive opportunities.”
   Organizers have redesigned the show now that it has moved to June 13 to 20 from January at the downtown TCF Centre (previously known as Cobo Center), Hart Plaza and Crowne Plaza.
More Detroit glitz and glamour
   There will be about 750 vehicles taking over downtown with “the newest vehicles, ride-and-drives, food trucks, and so much more,” organizers say.
   This global stage allows automakers to showcase their latest product and technology innovations “beyond most of our wildest imaginations.”
   The party of the year, the Charity Preview on June 12 with tickets costing $400 U.S., will offer indoor and outdoor entertainment with “experiential displays, some of the city’s best eats and a reimagined summertime dress code.”
   It’s being called “an updated creative black-tie as well as late-night, summer-chic attire,” said chairman Doug North.
   Show information at: naias.com; Tourism: visitdetroit.com; 1-800-DETROIT.

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Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
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