Toyota Canada President and CEO Larry Hutchinson opened the 2020 Canadian International AutoShow with a keynote address that showcased Toyota's commitment to electric vehicles, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell technology to build a greener roster of vehicles. Toyota Canada President and CEO Larry Hutchinson opened the 2020 Canadian International AutoShow with a keynote address that showcased Toyota's commitment to electric vehicles, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell technology to build a greener roster of vehicles. Photo by Marcus Oleniuk, Canadian International AutoShow

The Future is Electric at the Canadian International AutoShow

Written by  Canadian International AutoShow on Thursday, 13 February 2020 19:03

TORONTO, Ont. — Last year, it was the first fully electric vehicle to win an Automotive Journalists Association of Canada top category award.

This year, the Jaguar I-PACE is the first to win an AJAC top category award two years in row, once again named the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year during the annual presentation that kicks off Media Preview Day at the Canadian International AutoShow. The Mazda 3 was named AJAC Canadian Car of the Year.

“The Jaguar I-PACE is the best car we have ever built,” said Jon Lindo, Director of Public Relations and Marketing with Jaguar Land Rover Canada, upon receiving the award. “It is truly a technological marvel.”

Media Preview Day at the 2020 Canadian International AutoShow featured the unveiling or debut of nearly 40 new cars and trucks that will be hitting Canadian showrooms later this year or concepts that are inspiring the next generation of the automobile.

More than 1,135 members of the media attended at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“There is a lot of excitement generated at Media Preview Day that sets the pace for the opening of the Canadian International AutoShow,” says AutoShow General Manager Jason Campbell. “We have an incredible lineup of cars, trucks, SUVs and concepts in this year’s show, and are witnessing the dawn of the future with more electric vehicles than ever and new technology that is changing our relationship with our vehicles.”

The keynote address during the opening ceremony was delivered by Larry Hutchinson, President and CEO of Toyota Canada, who discussed the growth and benefits of electric vehicles in the Canadian market.

“At a time when some people question the value of auto shows, I think they’re more beneficial than ever,” said Hutchinson. “They offer a first-hand opportunity for Canadians to learn about... and even test drive... new technologies. And get a peek into the future of mobility — on our roads and on the race track. Pushing the envelope, and driving toward a cleaner, more sustainable future. And reconnecting Canadians with the passion and sense of adventure that a truly great automobile can deliver.”

The day concluded with a special reception in the ever-popular Auto Exotica (100 Level, North Building at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre) where the FELINO cB7R— the only Canadian-made supercar currently in production — made its first appearance in Ontario and the Pininfarina Battista, presented by Pfaff Automotive, made its Canadian debut.

The Canadian International AutoShow takes place February 14th to 23rd, 2020, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit autoshow.ca.

Media accreditation to the 2020 AutoShow is now online and can be requested at autoshow.ca/media-registration.

Stay connected with the Canadian International AutoShow on Instagram @cdnintlautoshow, Twitter @autoshowcanada and Facebook /autoshowcanada.

About the Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and wheels.ca
With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. It boasts more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles each year.

 

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