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Vancouver International Auto Show Celebrates 100 years of Automotive Excellence

Vancouver International Auto Show Celebrates 100 years of Automotive Excellence

February 19, 2020

More than 100,000 auto lovers will descend on the Vancouver Convention Centre March 25th to 29th to take part in the 100th anniversary of the Vancouver International Auto Show, where they’ll catch a glimpse of some of the world’s most luxurious, exotic and one-of-a-kind cars and trucks.

Investing in a new vehicle is a major decision, one that should be made with care. And thanks to the low-pressure environment at the Vancouver International Auto Show, prospective buyers can gather all the information they need to make a decision at their own pace, on their own terms.

Show-goers will have the opportunity to take-in this year’s new models featuring the latest cutting-edge technology and safety features—not to mention the beauty and raw power displayed by this year’s batch of vehicles.

Raw power and beauty are two words used to describe one of the featured vehicles: the Pagani Huayra Roadster. This car takes its name from a South American god of wind—and it goes about as fast as the wind. Two twin-turbocharged V12 engines, and a world-first Carbotanium Chassis, allow the Pagani Huayra Roadster to pump out 764 horsepower at 5500 rpm. Only 100 of these engineering marvels have been produced, and those planning on attending the show this year will be able to lay their eyes on one of them.

Drivers looking to ride in the lap of luxury—and move quickly while doing so—should seek out the Lexus LC 500 Convertible (the concept can be seen at the Auto Show). Engineers at Lexus designed this car to build on the outstanding handling dynamics of the LC 500 coupe with additional robust structural rigidity and relocation of structural braces to help make a ride in the LC 500 convertible even smoother. The advanced HVAC system adjusts temperature automatically, meaning that drivers can keep the top down and stay comfortable in every type of weather. Featuring a naturally aspirated V8, 471-horsepower engine, this ride has all the performance and luxury Lexus-admirers have come to expect.

The world of hybrid-electric vehicles is advancing at a rapid pace. That’s why the Ford Escape Plug-In will be at the top of the list for attendees this year. The Escape offers almost 50km of EV range, complementing its patented fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine. Another great vehicle on display will be the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime. New technologies have made it the most powerful RAV4 yet, offering an estimated 302 combined net horsepower. And its Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive offers incredible stability through slippery surfaces.

Naturally, that’s only a small slice of the suite of EVs and hybrid vehicles at the show. CleanBC – Go Electric Test Drives offer a place where curious drivers can test-drive an electric vehicle to get a feel of the future of automobiles.

No 100th anniversary celebration would be complete without a look back through the years—and that’s exactly what attendees of the UNVEILED Gala taking place opening night of the show can expect. Dealer and associate members, vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, government, media and friends of the New Car Dealers Association (NCDA) of BC will be transported back in time 100 years to experience a taste of the glamour and opulence of the roaring 20’s, while enjoying an abundance of food and drink options, all while networking with industry-colleagues.

Just prior to the UNVEILED event, the New Car Dealers Association will be presenting several awards at the DISTINCTION: Celebrating Excellence event. The NCDA, its Board of Directors and Sponsors will bestow the Community Driver Awards, BC Salespeople of the Year Awards, and Green Star Dealer Awards to some of the best and brightest in the industry. and the Automotive Dealership Management Graduates from the Automotive Business School Canada will receive their diplomas.

This year’s Show sponsors include, RBC, Continental Tire, BC Hydro, Autotrader.ca, FILLD, ICBC, Beere Brewing Co, Drive Marketing and The National Association of Automobile Clubs Canada.

The Vancouver International Auto Show is a can’t-miss event each and every year and the 100th anniversary will truly be a memorable celebration of everything the industry has to offer, from past to present and into the future. To learn more about this year’s features, and to purchase your tickets, visit: www.VancouverInternationalAutoShow.com.

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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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