Coach Casey Opens 2016 Canadian International AutoShow

More than 1,000 vehicles on display at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

TORONTO, Ont. (February 12, 2016) — Standing in the Ford Performance Zone, a bright yellow Ford GT rotating slowly behind him, Toronto Raptors Coach Dwane Casey officially opened the 2016 Canadian International AutoShow Friday.

Joined by Ontario cabinet ministers Brad Duguid and Steven Del Duca at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Coach Casey harkened back to his Indianapolis roots to kick off the show.

“I have always wanted to say this: Gentlemen, start your engines!” Casey said before they cranked up a 2017 Ford Shelby Mustang and opened the AutoShow to the public.

Also highlighted by the appearance of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Canadian James Hinchcliffe and Conor Daly, who hosted a media availability before signing autographs with fans, this year’s edition of the AutoShow features 33 new production vehicles, 11 concept cars and more than 1,000 cars, trucks, light trucks, SUVs and motorcycles spread over 650,000 square feet at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The AutoShow is not only Canada’s largest automotive expo — it is the country’s largest consumer show.

“Every year we look to grow and diversify the AutoShow, and this year is no different,” says Jason Campbell, General Manager of the AutoShow. “From Coach Casey to IndyCar drivers, from celebrating police services to the upcoming appearance of the Batmobile on February 18, this is show that is about so much more than just vehicles. With all of our various exhibitors, displays and features, it is truly a lifestyle show.”

There are a host of exhibitors offering everything from car and truck accessories to home entertainment systems.
Besides the manufacturers’ displays at this year’s AutoShow are a look at the autonomous automobile that can drive itself, a look back at the early years of car advertising and an escape into the lap of luxury. The features include:

  • The incredibly popular Auto Exotica collects some of the world’s finest automobiles in one space. Lamborghini, Ferrari, Lotus, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Maserati, Jaguar, Aston Martin — and a first look at the Tesla Model X. Find it on the 100 level of the North Building.
  • Art & the Automobile examines the first 60 years of automobile advertising, with beautiful examples of the cars being sold. This throwback can be found on the 700 level in the South Building.
  • Celebrate the 100th running of the most famous race in motorsports with the Indy 500 Hall of Fame Museum. Check out the 100 level in the North Building for some of the iconic cars that have traversed the brickyard, including a 1914 Duesenberg and the Lola Mackenzie Financial No. 15 car driven by Scott Goodyear in 1992 to the closest second place finish in the history of the Indianapolis 500.
  • Chopped and lowered, fat tires, monster engines — Hot Rods & Choppers Featuring Kreater is a throwback to the 1905s and ’60s. The gritty hot rods are mingled with the sleek and stylish hand-built choppers from Toronto’s own Kreater Custom Motorcycles. Come witness the live custom build of Kreater’s latest work of art on the 700 level in the South Building.
  • Check out a couple of the cars from the collection of Canadian house music star deadmau5, including his famous Lamborghini “Purrcan”, in Cars & Stars. It also showcases a 1969 Corvette owned by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 that starred in the original 1974 film Gone in 60 Seconds and a live Sekanskin demonstration putting a new skin on a luxury for more information.
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The Canadian International AutoShow will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre between February 12th and 21st.

About the Canadian International AutoShow
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. Boasting more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, motorcycles and alternative energy vehicles, the AutoShow is a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit
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