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Countdown to Vancouver Auto Show

Countdown to Vancouver Auto Show

March 16, 2019

By Blair Qualey
Published by Post Media, March 15


In only a matter of days, the curtain will be drawn back on the Vancouver International Auto Show –a gathering place for car and truck lovers who will be dazzled by the latest vehicles, classics, modified supercars, and specialty one-off creations. But there are also other important aspects to the event, including recognizing the automotive industry’s best and brightest.

The 99th annual event will occur March 19 through 24 at Vancouver Convention Centre West and will offer the first glimpse of many new vehicle products in advance of them hitting showrooms. 2019 offerings will include a who’s-who of the luxury and exotic classes and some of finest original and restored vintage automobiles you will find anywhere under one roof.

The event is renowned for delivering a line-up that is “not to be missed” and this year is no exception. The Vancouver Show will mark the Canadian debut for the famed and heavily modified 1965 notchback Mustang, otherwise known as Ken Block’s Hoonicorn Mustang. The Canadian made and designed Felino Supercar will make its Western Canadian debut. Also making its first appearance in Western Canada will be to McLaren Senna, one of the most widely anticipated supercars of 2019.

A unique feature of the Auto Show is the opportunity for visitors to test-drive and learn more about the newest model, electric and plug-in hybrid clean energy vehicles – through an expanded Electric Vehicle Experience test drive event, presented by CEVforBC™ and charged up by FLO. In total, the test-driving selection of more than 30-hybrid, electric and fuel cell powered vehicles will be the largest ever and many of the top-selling brands were available.

The Show also provides information for those who may be interested in an automotive career in BC, where job openings are expected to sky-rocket in the coming years. To learn more about a future in this growing fast-paced world, visitors are encouraged to stop by and speak with dealership staff who will at the Auto Career Start booth throughout the Show.

The Vancouver Auto Show is also the time of year when the industry celebrates and honours the best and the brightest in a number of categories, during an evening that is appropriately entitled DISTINCTION. Winners will be honoured in a number of categories and include Community Driver Awards, Salespeople of the Year, and Green Star Awards that pay tribute to dealers for their outstanding work in the sale of clean energy vehicles. Also honoured, and rightly so, will be graduates from the Automotive Business School of Canada – the next leaders in our industry.

An important aspect of the industry awards program hosted by the NCDA is that it raises funds that support educations grants and the great work of Special Olympics BC. Last year, more than $182 thousand dollars was raised, bringing the three-decade total to more than $4.9 million in support of the Special Olympics – and we will be adding to that total this year.

Since 1984, our Assocition has been committed to supporting Special Olympics BC and in doing so, contributing to the empowerment, health and skill development of athletes through several important initiatives that support 18 summer and winter sport programs and help SOBC’s year-round fitness program and its Healthy Athletes Initiative.

To learn more about this year’s features, the various aspects of the program, and to purchase your tickets, visit: www.VancouverInternationalAutoShow.com

Blair Qualey is President and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC. You can email him at bqualey@newcardealers.ca.

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