Originally published: March 5, 2016
From debuts of new vehicles to classic cars, there’s an array of attractions at this year’s Vancouver auto show
VANCOUVER — Excitement is building for the Vancouver International Auto Show, Western Canada’s best-attended consumer automotive event.
Just weeks away, this year’s show will feature the hottest models, latest technology and most up-to-date products in the auto industry. More than 400 new and customized vehicles will fill the Vancouver Convention Centre from March 23 to 27 for one of Canada’s premier automotive events.
Presented by the New Car Dealers Association of B.C., the 96th annual Auto Show boasts a number of exclusive debuts. The Acura NSX, a highly technical and uber-sleek supercar, will make its first appearance at the show before starting production in spring 2016, while Lexus Canada will host the North American release of the all new LF-SA.
Lexus will also be bringing three one-of-a-kind creations: the luxe LF C2 concept convertible, the racing-inspired RCF GT3 concept and the unique and mysterious Lady in Red.
Other unveilings include the much-anticipated 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, which builds on the model’s reputation as a high-performance off-road pickup truck, as well as the 2017 Ford Fusion, which boasts a sleek shape and updated fuel economy.
Auto enthusiasts will have the chance to get a sneak peek of the 2017 Lincoln Continental luxury sedan, which won’t hit dealerships until fall, as well as the pre-production BMW M4 GTS, branded as a street-legal car ready to hit the racetrack.
Tesla will be showcased with a larger display than ever before.
This year’s event will also showcase some of the most unique custom supercars from private collections across the province. Highlights include a Vancouver Island custom-build that plays tribute to the 1989 Batmobile, and another tribute to the iconic Aston Martin DB5 complete with customized Bond gadgets built right here in Metro Vancouver.
Show favourites making a comeback this year include the always-breathtaking exotics section with luxury brands such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, McLaren and Porsche.
If classic cars are more your speed, check out the lineup from Barrett-Jackson to see some memories from the rear view.
As always, this year’s show will encourage drivers to go green with the Electric Vehicle Experience, where show goers can drive some of the environmentally friendly vehicles on the market.
Another returning feature, Electric Avenue, will showcase the newest and most innovative electric rides.
Whether you’re interested in testing out the latest makes and models, admiring completely custom rides from across B.C., or picking up the latest add-on technology, the Vancouver International Auto Show is your one-stop shop. To learn more about this year’s features, save money on tickets and enter our online contests, visit VancouverInternationalAutoShow.com.
This year’s auto show will be a once-in-a-lifetime auto experience. I hope to see you there.
Blair Qualey is president and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of B.C. Email him at email@example.com.
Follow us on social media @vanautoshow (#vanautoshow16) for sneak previews, show features and highlights.