Auto Shows & Concepts

40 Vehicles To Make Canadian Premiere At The 2018 Canadian International AutoShow

The world’s fastest production car, the Koenigsegg Agera RS supercar, is headlining more than three dozen new cars and trucks that will be making their first appearance in Canada at this year’s Canadian International AutoShow.

The sleek Agera RS will be seen for the first time in Canada, with the majority of new premieres unveiled over 20 presentations being made during Media Preview Day (February 15th) at the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre, site of the AutoShow.

The show opens to the public at noon on Friday, February 16th and runs daily until Sunday, Feb. 25.

Here are the vehicles being launched (photo under each reveal):

~ Audi

The new A7 Sportback is an expression of the new design language that Audi introduced with the prologue study and made its production debut in the new A8. Under the A7’s sculpted hood, the 340-horsepower 3.0 V6 TFSI engine performs and is capable of launching the four-door coupe from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds. With a 7-speed S-tronic transmission and a top speed of 250 km/h, the A7 will have you seeking out twisty two-lane roads at every turn.

2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

The fourth-generation Audi A8 is the first production automobile in the world to have been developed specifically for conditional automated driving at Level 3. The Audi AI traffic jam pilot takes charge of driving in slow-moving traffic at up to 60 km/h on highways and freeways. The system is activated using the AI button on the center console. The A8 is powered by a 3.0 TFSI engine that produces 340 hp. Power is transferred via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission that delivers fast and smooth gear shifts. The electronically controlled automatic transmission is paired with quattro permanent all-wheel drive.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ BMW Group

The 2019 BMW i8 Roadster is the first-ever droptop version of the brand’s hybrid supercar. Like the coupe, the roadster is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor and an 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. Total power output is rated at 369 horsepower that can launch the all-wheel drive i8 roadster to 100 km/h from zero in just 4.6 seconds. The i8 roadster features extensive use of CFRP and aluminum in its chassis and body panels. The launch of the roadster, along with the refreshed 2019 i8 coupe, is slated for spring.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland


The BMW M4 CS raises an already high M performance bar even higher. Under the hood, a 3.0-litre high-performance engine raises horsepower output of the M4 with Competition Package by ten to 460 hp. State-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology allows the M4 CS to dip below the four-second mark for the 0 to 100 km/h sprint, stopping the clock at 3.9 seconds. The top speed of the M4 CS, which comes as standard with the M Driver’s Package, is 280 km/h.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ MINI Electric Concept

Fully electric vehicles will run across the BMW Group portfolio and MINI will showcase its take on future personal mobility in the city with the Canadian premiere of the MINI Electric Concept. Designed for use in urban areas, this MINI Electric Concept vehicle offers a window into how pure-electric day-to-day mobility might look in the years ahead. The concept vehicle brings the iconic design, city-dwelling heritage and customary go-kart feeling of the MINI brand into the electric mobility age.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ Cadillac

The all-new Cadillac DPi-V.R Race Car has been designed to contribute to the functional performance of the prototype using elements gleaned from the current lineup of Cadillac V-Performance models, especially the CTS-V high-performance sedan. Above all, the DPi-V.R was developed to perform, via testing in the wind tunnel and engineering development. It is propelled by a race-prepared, normally aspirated Cadillac 6.2 liter V-8 engine that shares inherent architecture with the engines of the third-generation Cadillac CTS-V (640 horsepower) and fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade (420 horsepower). The engine produces approximately 600 horsepower when tuned for racing as defined by IMSA-mandated air restrictors, with a maximum allowable RPM of 7,600. The engine transfers power to the rear wheels through an X-TRAC paddle-shift, Iain Shankland, #CIAS2018

~ Chevrolet

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the ultimate Corvette in terms of design and execution, and it all adds up to the fastest production Corvette ever. It all starts under the hood with a supercharged 6.2-litre LT5 V8 engine. The LT5 delivers the highest output ever for a Chevrolet production vehicle, thanks in part to a new, more-efficient intercooled supercharger system that offers 52 percent more displacement than the Z06’s LT4 supercharger. GM’s first dual-fuel-injection system, which employs primary direct injection and supplemental port injection, helps the LT5 achieve its record output., Iain Shankland, #CIAS2018


One hundred years after its first trucks were delivered to customers, Chevrolet commemorates a century of Chevy Trucks with the all-new 2019 Silverado. Front to back, top to bottom, the Silverado sports a fresh design inside and out, more innovative features, a lighter structure and six engine/transmission choices spread across eight models. In terms of features, the Silverado offers best-in-class cargo volume across every bed length, a higher-strength steel bed floor, more and stronger tie-downs and an available power tailgate that can be operated with the key fob.

In terms of powertrains, the 2019 Silverado will be available with six engines, including new 5.3-litre and 6.2-litre V8s and a 3.0-litre turbo diesel. Among the transmission options is an all-new 10-speed automatic., Iain Shankland, #CIAS2018

~ Ford

Edge ST

The all-new Edge ST – Ford’s first SUV to be tuned by the Ford Performance team – features the most powerful V6 engine available in its class with a specially tuned 2.7-litre twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine pumping out 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s also outfitted for dynamic handling with a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive with selectable traction control, an available performance brake package, and ST-tuned sport suspension.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

Mustang Bullitt

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic movie “Bullitt” and its fan-favorite San Francisco car chase, Ford introduces the new cool and powerful 2019 Mustang Bullitt. The Bullitt is equipped with an upgraded 5.0-litre V8 engine that will deliver at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, pushing the new Bullitt to a top speed of 262 km/h – a 13 km/h increase versus the latest Mustang GT.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

As a special-edition model due out this summer – the all-new Mustang Bullitt is equipped with a manual transmission, and the gear shifter features a white cue ball shift knob as a nod to the original. Other standard equipment includes a heated leather steering wheel and a 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster, identical in function to the cluster introduced on the 2018 Mustang, but with a unique Bullitt welcome screen that starts in green with an image of the car rather than the pony.


After almost a decade-long hiatus, Ford returns to the hot-selling mid-size truck segment with the all-new 2019 Ranger. The new Ranger answers the call with a new exterior design, chassis and powertrain developed specifically for North American truck customers. Powerful and strong, with a high-strength steel frame, Ranger is equipped with a proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine mated to the only 10-speed automatic transmission in the segment. Ford engineers put Ranger through the same torture testing as the legendary F-150.

Inside, Ranger blends comfort and functionality with room for up to five people, their gear and accessories.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ Genesis

The GV80 Concept is a hydrogen fuel cell-powered SUV that offers a glimpse into the future of mobility from luxury automaker Genesis. The exterior design has a bold stance with broad proportions that includes mention a prominent front grille and 23-inch mesh wheels. The interior features a ‘bridge’ instrument panel that stretches across the cabin from door to door and houses a 22-inch curved OLED touchscreen display that flows into the instrument cluster. The screen displays two distinct zones, with information for both the driver and passenger. A semi-aniline leather interior with diamond stitching on the door panels, seat inserts and centre console side highlight a cabin that also features polished aluminum trim accents and an ash wood centre console and floorboards.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ Hyundai

The all-new Veloster merges the design appeal of a sport coupe with the versatility of an additional passenger side rear door in an asymmetrical two-plus-one configuration for easier rear-seat access. From the front, available LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights flank a striking new grille design. Functional air curtains add both a visual design cue and an active aerodynamic function. Hyundai’s signature cascade grille shape has morphed into a strong, three-dimensional design that sets the sport coupe apart.

On the powertrain front, the Veloster features a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine that uses the Atkinson-cycle for superior efficiency and lower emissions. It delivers a peak output of 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm (estimated) and maximum torque of 132 lb.-ft. at 4,500 rpm (estimated). The 2.0-litre engine is paired with a six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission. Three driver-selectable modes include Normal, Sport, and Smart, according to changing driver preferences.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

Veloster N

Hyundai’s first Canadian market N model leverages the outstanding, new-for-2019 Veloster platform, showcasing an even higher level of performance appealing to the most discerning of automotive enthusiasts.

From the outside, Veloster N provides an exclusive N-design front fascia and grille with dedicated front air ducts for enhanced brake cooling. In profile, exclusive N-design rocker side sills and lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels with a machined-finish dual-spoke star design clearly differentiate the N model from other Veloster models. Tires are of the ultra-high performance category, with exclusive-compound 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zero summer tires for the 19-inch alloy wheel. The rear of the Veloster N sports a larger N-design rear spoiler, rear fascia design with integrated diffuser, and performance-diameter, high-flow dual exhaust.

Mechanically, Veloster N offers a larger 2.0-litre, direct-injected turbocharged powerplant over the Veloster Turbo. The engine boasts up to 275 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (estimated) and up to 260 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,450-4,700 rpm (estimated).2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ Infiniti

The Project Black S Concept is a collaborative effort between Infiniti and the Renault Sport Formula One Team, celebrating their relationship. The Project Black S Concept was built suggesting a radical reinterpretation of the Infiniti Q60 coupe. An aerodynamically optimized new design, with deep body stamping from the Q60’s manufacturing process, allows the Project Black S to retain the sports coupe’s deep creases and flowing lines.

In addition to a more aggressive design, the performance hybrid powertrain being explored through Project Black S features an energy recovery system (ERS) to harvest energy, deploying recovered electric power to boost power and torque. Directly inspired by the dual-hybrid system proven in Formula One, it provides instant, significant lag-free acceleration. This technology does not yet exist in a current road car.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ Prototype 9 Concept

The Prototype 9 Concept represents a reimagining of a 1930s race car with time-honoured production techniques employed to realize its retro design. The eye-catching vehicle is a combination of past and future in one car. It is a sleek, open-wheeled electric retro roadster prototype inspired by an emerging era of Japanese motorsport.

Prototype 9 is the first Infiniti powered with a prototype electric motor and battery from Nissan Motor Corporation’s Advanced Powertrain Department. The motor produces 148 hp and 236 lb.-ft of torque, and it drives the rear wheels via single-speed transmission. Prototype 9 has a top speed of 170 km/h, and sprints from 0-to-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds, with a maximum EV range of 20 minutes under heavy track use.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ Jaguar

The i-PACE, Jaguar’s first-ever all-electric vehicle, is several vehicles in one: five-seater sports car; a performance car, a family car and an SUV. Its groundbreaking design, true Jaguar performance and competitive range and charging times will make this unique combination a real electric alternative to a traditional premium SUV.

The I-PACE will be a long-distance sprinter that accelerates to 97 km/h (60 mph) in around 4 seconds, with a range of more than 500 kms from the 90kWh lithium-ion battery. Charging is easy and quick, with 80 per cent charge achieved in just 90 minutes using 50kW DC charging. Compact, lightweight electric motors at the front and rear axles generate a combined output of 400PS and 700Nm of torque, with the all-weather benefits of all-wheel drive. The I-PACE will also deliver the agility, ride comfort and refinement that will set it apart from all other electric vehicles: it will be a true Jaguar and a true drivers’ car.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ Kia


Refined, rugged and roomy, the Kia Sorento SUV remains as capable as ever, but touts a number of visual and feature enhancements, inside and out.  Aside from new front and rear fascias, which help achieve a more sophisticated appearance, the cabin is now decidedly more upscale and integrates newly-added technology, including Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keep Assist and QuantumLogic Surround Sound. In addition, the Sorento now pairs its available 3.3-liter V6 with a new 8-speed automatic transmission for an even smoother and more seamless driving experience.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

Niro Plug-in Hybrid

The 2018 Niro Plug-in Hybrid brings an exciting new dimension to Kia’s alternative fuel car lineup. As Kia’s third plug-in model, the Niro PHEV offers the same crossover utility, fun-driving and winning design of the Niro hybrid, but with an estimated 42 km of all-electric range. And with the total driving range rated at up to an estimated 900 kms, it offers fantastic versatility. With Niro Plug-in Hybrid you can have it all — pure EV daily driving and the ability to take long road trips.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ Koenigsegg Agera RS

The superlatives fall short when it comes to this Swedish hypercar. Simply put, it isn’t just fast, it’s the fastest. In late 2017, on a Nevada highway closed to the public, the Koenigsegg Agera RS was clocked at 457.94 km/h, which is the fastest speed ever measured on a public road, thus making it the world’s fastest production car. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre aluminum V8, the Agera RS produces a staggering 1,160 horsepower and 944 lb.-ft. of maximum torque. Rare performance for an incredibly rare car whose total production run is limited to 25 units.World’s Fastest Car,, Iain Shankland, CIAS218

~ Mercedes-Benz

G 550

The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a modern interpretation of a classic nameplate. Whether on or off the road, and whatever the operating conditions, this off-road vehicle impresses with its performance, cutting-edge assistance systems, outstanding handling, and safety. At the same time, the new suspension and driving modes enhance not only ride comfort but also agility – on any surface. The new G 550 is powered by a high-performance 4.0-litre V8 engine that produces 416 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC

The 53-series models (CLS, E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet) are new offerings from Mercedes-AMG that combine powerful performance with sporty style and high efficiency. At their heart lies a new, electrified 3.0-litre engine featuring twin-turbocharging by means of an exhaust gas turbocharger and an electric auxiliary compressor. The 6-cylinder in-line engine generates 429 hp and delivers maximum torque of 384 lb.-ft. Its EQ Boost starter-alternator momentarily provides an additional 21 hp of output plus 184 ft-lb of torque and furthermore feeds the 48 V on-board electrical system.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

The collaborative effort that created the Mercedes-AMG Project One brought together engineers from AMG HQ in Germany, along with the company’s Formula One operations in Britain. And their creation is simply incredible. Essentially, they transplanted the high-performance plug-in hybrid drive system from the team’s F1 car. The mid-mounted V6 is capable of reaching engine speeds of 11,000 rpm, unheard of for a production car. Power will be sent to all four wheels via an AMG eight-speed manual transmission. So how fast is it? Blindingly. AMG pegs total system power at 1,000 hp which can rocket the car from 0-200 km/h in less than six seconds, with a top speed of 350 km/h. Project One is still a concept, but Mercedes-AMG says the car will be built although output will be limited to 275 units.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ Mitsubishi

The all-new Eclipse Cross joins the RVR and Outlander in the growing CUV-SUV lineup for Mitsubishi Motors. The Eclipse Cross contains many all-new features including a dual-pane, power-sliding panoramic roof. The Eclipse Cross comes standard with a 1.5-litre direct-injection turbo-charged power plant that offers a compelling combination of drivability, performance and efficiency. This new turbo technology provides both strong torque and better fuel efficiency. The engine produces 152 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 184 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) featuring an 8-step Sport Mode function with wide gear ratio to extract the most out of the engine.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ Nissan

The Nissan Xmotion Concept (pronounced “cross motion”) is a six-passenger, three-row SUV that fuses Japanese culture and traditional craftsmanship with North American-style utility. Among its more notable features is an item called a “floating commander” that is located on the centre console and can sense a passenger’s movement. It contains a motion sensor inside and scans the motion of a passenger’s hand to control the entertainment system, as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ Porsche

718 Cayman GTS & 718 Boxster GTS

More power. That’s what lies at the heart of the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS. Thanks to a new intake plenum, the 2.5-litre turbocharged flat four-cylinder engine produces 365 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque. As with other 718 models, a six-speed manual transmission is standard, with a seven-speed PDK automatic available as an option. 0-97 km/h can be reached in just 3.9 seconds, with a top track speed of 290 km/h. Porsche Torque Vectoring, the Sport Chrono Package and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which adjusts the ride height up to 10 mm, also come standard. Both models will go on sale in the first quarter of 2018. The 718 Cayman GTS has a starting price of $90,600, while pricing for the 718 Boxster GTS begins at $93,000.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland 2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

911 Carrera T

The Porsche 911 Carrera T, harkens back to the 1968 original both in terms of style and structure. The Carrera T is lighter, has a manual transmission and comes with a shorter transaxle ratio and a mechanical rear differential lock. Other standard kit includes PASM Sport Suspension with a 10 mm lower ride height, shorter gear shifter (with a red shift pattern), and optional rear-axle steering. The Carrera T is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat six-cylinder engine that produces 370 horsepower and 331 lb.-ft. of torque, which can produce a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top track speed of 182 mph (293 km/h). Manual and PDK transmissions are available.  The Carrera T goes on sale in the first quarter of 2018 with a starting price of $116,500.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

The 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series is the most powerful and unique 911 Turbo S ever. Equipped with a 3.8-litre biturbo flat six-cylinder engine, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series will produce 607 hp and 553 lb.-ft. of torque that will rocket the car from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 330 km/h. All 500 units of this limited-edition model are being finished by hand in the new Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, the in-house workshop specializing in tailoring to customer wishes, as well as being responsible for limited-edition series, at the headquarters in Zuffenhausen, Germany. Pricing for Canadian models start at $293,800.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

911 GT2 RS

Simply put, the 911 GT2 RS is the most powerful 911 that Porsche has ever built. The beneficiary of decades of motorsport success, the 911 GT2 RS is powered by a 3.8-litre biturbo flat six-cylinder engine that produces a staggering 700 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. What separates the GT2 RS from the 911 Turbo S is its 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine, which has larger turbochargers and a specially-developed lightweight titanium exhaust system. The result? 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 340 km/h. The GT2 RS is equipped with a custom seven-speed double-clutch (PDK) transmission that drives the rear wheels. Standard equipment also includes 20-inch front wheels, 21-inch rear wheels, Ultra High-Performance tires, Porsche Ceramic Composite brakes, and a unique sport interior. Canadian pricing starts at $334,000. The Weissach Package, which provides 20 kg. of weight savings and unique appearance details is available for an additional $35,370.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland


The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 becomes the benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never before offered in a pickup. Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 pounds. As the truck’s backbone, the frame uses advanced materials and engineering to eliminate 100 pounds while increasing stiffness and durability for 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload. An all-new eTorque system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 and V-8 configurations.

On the powertrain front, the upgraded eTorque version of the Pentastar V-6 is the standard engine in most trim levels of the 2019 Ram 1500, specifically tuned for truck duty and rated at 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. The brawny 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 combines the muscle of 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque in a smooth, broad power band that avoids the hesitation and peakiness of turbocharged engines, Performance-enhancing and fuel-saving technologies include variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation. Every 2019 Ram 1500 is equipped with a fully electronic TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with a wide spread of gear ratios that keeps engine rpm in the right range for the task – whether putting in a full day of off-road work or highway cruising.

The North American premiere of a second Ram vehicle will also take place at the show.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ Subaru

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA is aimed at the discerning enthusiast seeking extra performance from a legendary nameplate. The Type RA delivers on that promise with increased performance through weight reduction, suspension improvements and engine upgrades. Output from the 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder BOXER engine has been increased to 310 horsepower through the addition of a new cold air intake and high flow performance exhaust. The six-speed manual transmission has a revised third-gear ratio and a short-throw shifter. Each Type RA model comes equipped with a carbon fibre roof panel, removal of the spare tire, a carbon fibre pedestal wing and lightweight BBS 19-in. forged alloy wheels in a brilliant gold and wrapped with 245/35R19 Yokohama Advan Sports tires.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ Toyota

Highlights this year include:
Toyota i-TRIL Concept, an environmentally friendly compact electric vehicle for urban lifestyles that’s also designed to provide tremendous driving fun – North American Premiere
Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid – national sales launch this year + ride and drive for auto show visitors
Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle – Canadian market introduction this year
2019 Toyota Avalon2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

~ Volvo

The XC40 Design sets a new benchmark for safety, design and connectivity in the compact SUV segment. The stunning new vehicle offers versatility, functionality and significant storage capabilities designed to incorporate the active lives of today’s drivers. The XC40 is the Volvo’s third SUV and provides a new expression of Scandinavian design for the brand. In Canada, the XC40 will be equipped with Volvo’s T5 Drive-E powertrain and all-wheel-drive capabilities in both Momentum and R-Design vehicle trims.2018 Canadian International Autoshow, CIAS2018,, Iain Shankland

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With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions, 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 boasting more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles. Nearly 340,000 attended the 2017 show.

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