About Us

  • Blair Qualey
  • President and CEO
  • New Car Dealers Association of BC

President’s Message

Thanks for joining us at the 98th annual Vancouver International Auto Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre. We look forward to welcoming you to the 99th Show next March (19-24).

At the 2018 Show, for the first time in the show’s history, we took over the entire Vancouver Convention Centre West on two levels! Guests explored the entire footprint over both floors and enjoyed new additions like added seating areas, enhanced food and beverage stations as well increased, cool vehicle displays from over 40 manufacturers and fantastic commercial vendors.

The 2018 Vancouver International Auto Show offered something for everyone – from ground-breaking concept cars, to unique custom vehicles and hundreds of top automotive products and services celebrating British Columbians’ love of our cars and trucks.

Exotics Return
The Auto Show lives up to a tradition of showcasing a wide selection of luxury vehicles, in a city that sees the highest per capita sales of luxury vehicles in North America. Our coveted Exotics and Supercar display always excites and we were pleased to have top displays from Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Lotus and other top luxury brands. Guests checked out the Lamborghini Urus, for its first major public viewing in Vancouver.

Test Drive an EV!
Guests joined us for test drives of the latest electric vehicles (EVs). With many manufacturers making EVs a priority, there are now over 28 vehicle options for environmentally-conscious consumers in B.C. Test drives of these silent machines at the Electric Vehicle Experience Test Drive (EVE), presented by the CEVforBC Program, occurred on on the lower level Exhibitor Hall or at the Toyota Lexus Hybrid Test Drives located at the Thurlow Entrance. Learn more about the incentives available via the province’s CEVforBC program, which provides British Columbians with purchase incentives for qualifying new battery electric, fuel-cell electric, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Win A New Car
If you’re in the market for a commuter car, a family-sized SUV, or a truck to get you and your family where you need to go, there will be no shortage of options on display. The best thing about the Auto Show is the opportunity to sit in the vehicles and speak with manufacturer representatives in a non-sales, no-pressure, hassle free environment. Try your shot at winning a vehicle too! Courtesy of BC’s Chevrolet dealers, the Auto Show gave away an electrifying Grand Prize, a 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV (winner here).

Car Careers
We also encourage you to learn more about the amazing career opportunities in the auto industry. Our industry is strong and growing, retail sales by New Car Dealers in BC was over $16 billion in 2017, and our sales have grown by over 50% since 2013. Currently, more than 30,000 British Columbians are employed by B.C.’s New Car Dealers and throughout the industry.
To learn more, visit: www.bcautocareers.com for more info and hit your car career start button!

The 2018 Vancouver International Auto Show is owned and operated by the New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA) and is honoured to represent more than 390 dealer members from across British Columbia who do business in over 55 communities and employ over 30,000 people directly and indirectly. We thank them for their support. Without them and our volunteer Board of Directors, we would not be able to offer the wide variety of initiatives we undertake every year.

On behalf of all of the dealer and associate members of the NCDA, our hardworking Auto Show Committee, our vehicle manufacturer colleagues and our commercial exhibitors and Sponsors, thanks for joining us at the 2018 Vancouver International Auto Show and we look forward to welcoming you in 2019!

Auto Show Overview

The Vancouver International Auto Show (VIAS) is Western Canada’s best attended consumer show, and one of Western North America’s premier automotive exhibition events.

The Vancouver International Auto Show is owned and operated by the New Car Dealers Association of BC (www.NewCarDealers.ca). For 2015 and 2016, the Auto Show grew into the Ballrooms at the Vancouver Convention Centre, occupying 25% more display space on two levels. VIAS 2018 took over the entire 2 levels at the Convention Centre (a first for a consumer show). VIAS 2019 opens March 14 – 19, 2019. VIAS is a member of Auto Shows of North America (ASNA).

Auto shows continue to offer an intense and personal opportunity unlike any other strategic marketing event. Each year, the auto show experience grows in popularity and scale. But today’s auto shows are more than a good time. It is here where consumers seek to expedite their fact finding and close the information loop by learning about (and, in some cases, driving) the incredible variety of vehicles available at some 65 auto shows across North America.

About The New Car Dealers Association of BC

The New Car Dealers Association of BC represents more than 390 New Car Dealers throughout the province, who generate more than $16 Billion in economic activity, pump $2.9 Billion net GDP directly into BC’s economy, and employ more than 30,000 people in B.C.

The Association is the voice of British Columbia’s new car industry and speaks on its behalf to the public, media, and government, and deals with the legal, environmental, and consumer issues relating primarily to new vehicle sales in British Columbia.