Cars invade the Palais des congrès for the next two weeks as the 75th edition of the Montreal International Auto Show opens to the public on Friday.
There are 600 cars spread out over several levels of the congress centre for visitors to look at, sit in, and in some cases, even drive.
From classics of yesteryear to today’s favourites and even a look into the future, there is something for every car lover.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights of what you can see and do at the show:
Canadian firsts: Visitors to the show will be among the first in Canada to get a look at 38 new or concept models. The premieres cover a broad spectrum of the auto industry, from new electric cars like the Jaguar E-Pace and the redesigned Nissan Leaf, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee, 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, 2019 Nissan Kicks, Hyundai Kona and more. Luxury brands are also showing off their latest, including the 2019 Genesis G7, 2018 BMW M5 and X2, 2019 Infiniti QX50 and 2019 Volvo XC 40. Cadillac is also showing off a concept car called the Escala.
Test drive an electric car: Have you been thinking about an electric car but you want to get some seat time before you decide? If that’s you, a visit to the auto show will give you a chance to test drive some vehicles that might be on your wish list.
The models you can drive are the Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Volt, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Honda Clarity plug-in Hybrid, BMW i3 REX, Hyundai Ioniq electric, Ford Focus Electric, Kia Soul EV and Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid.
A rare sight: Visitors can get up close and personal with a vehicle that certainly turns heads, the Ford GT. While not a new model or global unveiling, the supercar is sure to be a popular stop for car buffs. The teardrop-shaped GT’s body is made entirely of carbon fibre. It’s just too bad they won’t fire up the 3.5-litre Ecoboost V6 engine and let the roar of 600 horsepower fill the room.
Performance Zone: Do you like older cars, modified rides and exotics? Then this is the place for you. There is close to $5 million worth of cars to be seen, highlighted by a Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche 911 Turbo and a Toyota Supra. There are also some classics such as the Chevrolet Bel Air and Biscayne, the Cadillac Deville and a Porsche C45.
A virtual ride: While you can’t drive the cars off the show floor, many automakers are now giving visitors a virtual reality experience of their latest models. Strap on the headset, take a seat and enjoy the ride.
AT A GLANCE
Montreal International Auto Show opens to the public on Friday at 10 a.m. and will close every day at 9:30 p.m. except on the final day, Jan. 28, when doors close at 6 p.m.
Admission is $16 for adults and $13 for seniors or students. Children under six are free; ages six to 12 cost $6.
The MIAS also offers a family pack of two adult and two children’s tickets for $38.
For more information: salonautomontreal.com/en/
Source : http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/theres-something-for-every-car-lover-at-the-montreal-international-auto-show