Auto Shows & Concepts

Preview 2 – 2015 Canadian International AutoShow, @autoshowcanada, #CIAS2015, @cdnintlautoshow,

As promised, here are some more details of the vehicles you’ll see at the 2015 CIAS in Toronto running February 13-22, 2015. Tomorrow we’ll preview the AUTOEXOTICA VEHICLES from the show..

The following vehicle premieres will take place at the 42nd edition of the Canadian International AutoShow:

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2016 Audi RS7
Dynamics in a new top form – Audi has honed the RS 7 Sportback. The large five-door coupé comes with new LED headlights and even more enhanced infotainment features. With 560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, its 4.0 TFSI engine provides for an impressive driving performance.

2016 Audi TTS Coupe
A modern classic re-launched: Audi introduces the third generation of the TT to the road. The compact sports car captivates as a design icon with the driving dynamics of a genuine sports car and a revolutionary, fully digital cockpit.

2016 Audi TT Roadster
The compact two-seater sets new standards in design, drive, and suspension. A particular highlight in the third TT generation is the Audi virtual cockpit. For the first time, the digital instrument cluster provides all information within the driver’s field of vision – a concept that is causing a sensation. This has already led to the Audi TT’s new display and control system receiving the Car Connectivity Award and the honor of Interior Innovation of the Year at the Automotive Interiors Expo Awards.

2016 Audi Q7
The new Q7 is an imposing car with the best height-weight ratio in its class. Although it is shorter and narrower than its predecessor, the cabin is longer and offers more head room. 20 years of experience with lightweight construction flow into the new Audi Q7. The new Q7 is the benchmark for weight and fuel efficiency in the premium SUV segment.

M6 Coupe
The BMW M6 Coupe is a flawless balance of power, efficiency, comfort and luxury.  Its athletic appearance is matched by exceptional performance delivered by a remarkable 4.4-litre M turbocharged V8 engine. Providing instantaneous responses, an appetite for revs, and consistent power delivery, the driving experience measures up to the sporting looks of this dynamically elegant vehicle.

BMW 6 Series Cabriolet
The new BMW 6 Series model range follows in a BMW tradition of legendary dream cars which now stretches back more than 75 years. The new BMW 6 Series Cabriolet is all about open-top driving enjoyment. Combining serene ride comfort and engaging performance attributes in equal measure, the vehicle’s unparalleled interior ambiance belies a level of performance and handling expected of The Ultimate Driving Experience.

MINI John Cooper Works
Distinctive and tradition-steeped, the new MINI John Cooper Works combines an authentic racing feeling with premium features.  Its exceptional performance qualities make the new John Cooper Works the top athlete in the small car segment, thanks to the brand’s motor racing heritage and the most-powerful engine ever fitted in a MINI.

MINI Superleggera Vision
A collaborative venture between MINI and the Italian design and body manufacturing specialist Touring Superleggera has produced the study of a compact roadster whose design and concept focuses entirely on the essentials: driving fun and aesthetic appeal.  Elaborately crafted by hand, this concept presents a modern interpretation of a classic open-top two-seater.

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan & Coupe
The 2016 ATS-V, expands the acclaimed ATS product range, elevating the brand’s elite high-performance V-Series to its next generation. Available in sedan and coupe forms, the first-ever ATS-V will introduce class-leading twin-turbocharged power and a comprehensive suite of design and performance systems. Building on the strengths of the award-winning ATS product line, the V-Series adds impressive track capability to what was already the lightest and most agile-driving car in the luxury compact class. The result is a dual-purpose luxury performer – a car with true track capability right from the factory that is also a sophisticated luxury car on the road.

2016 Cadillac CTS-V
The 2016 CTS-V, is the most powerful product in Cadillac’s 112-year history and the newest entry in the elite class of the world’s highest-performing luxury cars. Launching with 640 horsepower (477 kW), 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm) and a top speed of 322 km/h, the new CTS-V reaches higher than its predecessors, leading Cadillac’s product-driven expansion and elevation. It is the third generation of the acclaimed luxury sports sedan that launched the elite V-Series a decade ago – and redefined Cadillac for a new generation of enthusiasts. It introduces a new supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine backed by Cadillac’s paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission, featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting. Track-honed design, chassis and suspension elements complement the supercharged powertrain and elevate CTS-V’s capability, performance and driver control to new thresholds while enabling track driving without modifications or special procedures.

2016 Cadillac Elmiraj
The Elmiraj Concept is a grand coupe that expresses the pure enjoyment of driving and exploring new dimensions for Cadillac’s ongoing expansion. The Elmiraj Concept showcases a new vision for luxury driving and the top of the brand’s expanding range. A modern update to the classic format of a two-door grand coupe, Elmiraj is a pure expression of streamlined design and engaging rear-wheel drive performance. The concept advances Cadillac’s philosophy of dramatic design and performance, and its commitment to lightweight, agile cars. Elmiraj is constructed with chassis and structural elements of an ongoing Cadillac vehicle development project slated for future production. This new vehicle architecture expands the brand’s commitment to lightweight RWD performance.

2016 Chevrolet Volt
The all-new 2016 Volt electric car delivers extended range, showcasing a new sleeker, sportier design that offers greater efficiency and stronger acceleration.  The 2016 Chevrolet Volt’s technology and range advancements are complemented by a sleek, all-new design that blends a lean, muscular proportion with aerodynamic efficiency, and an all-new interior with seating for five and improved functionality. The Chevrolet Volt has a lower and leaner design that incorporates organically inspired cues refined in the wind tunnel. New features, including active grille shutters, help balance design with efficiency. Greater attention to detail in the design cues, materials and colors also lends a more premium, contemporary aura to its appearance. Everything from charging the battery and checking the charge status, to the intuitiveness of instrument panel controls were designed for easier and simpler use.

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Simply put, the Canadian-built 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world. Its supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI Hellcat engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque and can accelerate the four-door from 0-100 km/h in under 4 seconds.

2015 Jeep Renegade
The all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade marks the brand’s first entry in the small SUV segment, delivering a best-in-class combination of fuel efficiency and Trail Rated® capability. Designed in North America and crafted in Italy, Renegade will offer two four-cylinder engines and the segment’s first nine-speed automatic transmission, plus up to 70 advanced safety and security features.

2016 Ford Explorer
Building on 25 years of performance, innovation and leadership, the new Ford Explorer combines advanced technology, great fuel efficiency and a spacious interior for seven to drive your next adventure. The 2016 model will offer a bigger EcoBoost® engine option, and a new Platinum series that elevates the features and style of Ford’s iconic sport utility vehicle.

Ford F-150 Raptor
All-new from the ground up, the desert racing-inspired and proven Ford F-150 Raptor redefines high-performance off-roading again with a lighter truck that’s tougher, smarter and more capable than ever. The Raptor features a purpose-built frame that is the strongest in the F-150 lineup, showcasing more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor.Copyright © Drew Phillips,

Mustang Shelby GT350R
The GT350R is the most race-ready street-legal Mustang Ford has ever built. Significant engineering innovations result in weight savings, aero improvements to benefit on-track performance. Ford is also the first major automaker to introduce carbon fiber wheels as standard equipment on Shelby GT350R Mustang.

2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell is the first cutting-edge, zero-emissions fuel cell electric vehicle available to Canadian customers. Combining hydrogen and oxygen in an electrochemical process to produce power, it refuels with hydrogen gas in minutes, has an estimated range of over 420 km, and its only emission is pure water vapour. It’s electric mobility without compromise.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The all-new Sonata Hybrid features a new, more powerful batter and electric motor to improve fuel efficiency and extend the vehicle’s electric-only power operation at highways speeds. And, because of its enhanced Lithium-Polymer batteries that fit under the trunk floor, offers a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid
The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid features a rechargeable battery large enough to allow the mid-size sedan to travel up to 35 km on electric-only power. Once the maximum electric-only range has been reached, the Sonata Plug-in goes on to perform just like a regular hybrid vehicle.

The Q80 Inspiration is a brave statement of intent from Infiniti – a bold concept that hints at the future Infiniti design language and smart powertrain technology. Featuring autonomous driving technology, human-centric interiors, bold design highlights and an eco-friendly hybrid powertrain, the Q80 Inspiration disrupts the premium sedan category with elegance, style and emotion.

The Q60 Concept is Infiniti’s precursor to a high-performance sports coupe and features a unique proposition of striking styling and a high-output powertrain – all in a premium package. Its unique combination of eye-catching contours, heart-pumping power and high-quality premium finishes gives premium customers a fresh and expressive style icon to which they can aspire.

Jaguar XE
A true driver’s car, the Jaguar XE redefines the concept of the sports sedan thanks to its advanced lightweight construction, streamlined styling, luxurious interior, and outstanding ride and handling. The XE goes on sale in 2015 in Global Markets and in 2016 in North America. The aluminum-intensive Jaguar XE is the first model developed from the new JLR modular vehicle architecture. The long wheelbase and low seating position enable perfect proportions and a streamlined, coupe-like profile. The Jaguar XE was developed in parallel with the new modular architecture. The architecture unlocks design possibilities that did not exist before because the core dimensions were determined by design and engineering working together from the very beginning, under a philosophy of ‘anything we can imagine, we can create.

Jaguar Project 7
The F-TYPE Project 7 is the first Jaguar performance vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations team, and will be produced in an exclusive, limited-edition run of up to 250 units globally including seven for Canada. Its distinctive roadster body, introduced in concept form last summer, pays tribute to one of the most famous and iconic racing Jaguar cars: the three-time Le Mans winning D-type, which in 2014 is celebrating its 60th anniversary year. The naming of the F-TYPE Project 7 pays homage to seven outright Jaguar Le Mans wins.

Range Rover Sport Diesel
Land Rover will offer consumers the option of fuel-efficient diesel powertrains in two 2016 model year luxury SUVs, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The Range Rover Td6 and Range Rover Sport Td6 SUVs will deliver a 32 percent improvement over the supercharged V6.  Land Rover has employed a combination of new and proven innovative technologies to bring Canadian customers an engine with exceptional refinement, efficiency and performance.

Range Rover Sport SVR
Producing a lap time of 8 minutes 14 seconds on Germany’s legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack, the Range Rover Sport SVR unleashes the full potential of the lightweight and robust all-aluminum architecture, while retaining refinement, luxury and off-road capability.  Capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds with an electronically limited top track speed of 260 km/h, the Range Rover Sport SVR will be the first Land Rover vehicle to wear the new high-performance SVR badge.

2016 MX-5
The new 2016 MX-5 is set to raise the bar for the roadster once again with the fourth generation of this iconic sports car. The 2016 MX-5 is redesigned and refined with the full suite of SKYACTIV Technology, KODO design, Mazda Connect infotainment system, and i-ACTIVESENSE safety technology, while retaining the classic roadster feel and driving pleasure that MX-5 owners have come to love and expect over the past 25 years.2015 Mazda MX-5,, 2015 Mazda Roadster, Miata

2016 Maybach S 600
Mercedes-Maybach S-Class: Stylish, effortless superiority combined with trend-setting exclusivity
From the family of the S-Class, the highest-quality vehicle in the world, comes a new level of hand-crafted refinement, personalization and prestige. The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 takes the perfection of the S-Class and soars to new heights. Step into a world of unprecedented exclusivity and individuality—a world beyond superlatives where unparalleled comfort and sophistication awaits throughout.

2016 GLE Coupe
The new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe: A sportier choice.  The new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a dynamic new perspective on style with substance. It pushes the long-standing coupe tradition of Mercedes-Benz to new heights, with sensual lines, a stretched greenhouse and striking front grille combined with SUV characteristics such as muscular shapes, large wheel arches and a high belt line.

2016 AMG GT S
The new Mercedes-AMG GT: Driving performance for sports car enthusiasts.  The new Mercedes-AMG GT is an achievement of intense passion and beauty for the senses: breathtaking performance, scene-stealing looks, and a growl that intimidates the road itself. Born on the racetrack by the AMG engineers in Affalterbach, it features an all-new AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Low bodyweight and lightning-fast power transfers mean cornering is thrillingly sharp, setting new standards for precise, dynamic performance.

The next-generation Nissan TITAN is designed to be a warrior for “warriors” – both in look and in performance with a tough and rugged design, new configurations and the powerful Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine. It creates a new class of pickup with the effortless towing and hauling of the larger, more expensive heavy-duty trucks.

2016 Porsche Cayenne GTS
The new Cayenne GTS doesn’t only announce its outstanding sporting character in its name. Its new 3.6-litre bi-turbo V6 engine produces 440 hp and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds. The new Cayenne GTS arrives in the first quarter of 2015 with pricing starting at $108,200.

Toyota i-Road
In redefining personal mobility for a low-carbon future, the Toyota i-Road is the ultimate fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive small urban vehicle. With tandem seating for two, it’s a unique three-wheeler powered electrically and is only 850 millimetres in length. It marries motorcycle-like styling and maneuverability with car-like protection and comfort.

Lexus RCF GT3
Exemplifying “Amazing in Motion” by being engineered to thrill both visually and via uncompromising performance, the Lexus RC F GT3 is a concept race car aiming to enter the 2015 GT3 race circuit. It’s a wider, lower and lighter version of the RC F sports coupe, with a modified V8 engine delivering output exceeding 540 horsepower.

Scion iM
With “i” standing for individuality and intriguing, and “M” representing modern, multifaceted and magnetic, the Scion iM is a versatile five-door compact hatchback. It is inspired by racing with its wide stance and low ride height, yet designed for urban driving, boasting excellent fuel efficiency and sporty handling.

2016 Golf R
The all-new, 7th generation Golf R will hit showrooms later this summer and will leave tire marks when it does.  The Golf R features a turbocharged engine with 292 hp and puts this power down via Volkswagen’s renowned 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system.  This is the most powerful Golf ever and gives new meaning to the term “hot hatch”.

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