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What to Watch for at the Vancouver International Auto Show

What to Watch for at the Vancouver International Auto Show

March 5, 2020

More than one hundred thousand attendees are expected to attend the Vancouver International Auto show this month – making it the best gathering place in Western Canada for car and truck lovers who will get a close look at the latest vehicles, classics, modified supercars and specialty one-off builds. The 100th Anniversary of the Vancouver International Auto Show takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West) from March 25-29.

One of the most exciting parts is the first glimpse at many new vehicles in advance of them hitting showrooms across the province. The line-up of 2020 offerings will include some of the luxury and exotic class, finest original and restored vintage automobiles, and some of the newest in technology – all under one roof.

The Vancouver show is known for having a must-see line up and this year is no exception. Whether you’re looking to make an investment in a new vehicle, or coming to see the newly released models, there are many new features for you to check out.

On the list of vehicles you must-see is the one that has auto enthusiasts talking around the world – the 2020 Corvette Stingray convertible. It takes Corvette’s heritage up a notch as the first mid-engine in Corvette’s 66-year history. The fighter-jet inspired design maintains the same storage as the coupe, even with the top down.

A much-anticipated concept is the Lexus LC 500 Convertible. The exterior blends the coupe’s unique roofline with the character of a convertible. Drivers can expect similar performance to the coupe, with the powerful drivetrain combination of the 5.0-litre V8 engine paired with the seamless Direct-Shift 10-speed automatic transmission.

A car that is sure to turn heads in the showroom this year is the 2020 Pagani Huayra Roadster. It may just be the most exciting vehicle in the incredibly competitive world of hyper cars, with a twin-turbocharged V12 engine, a world-first Carbotanium chassis and a total power output of 764 HP at 5500 rpm. This one is named after a South American wind god and only 100 were produced – it is so exciting to have it at this year’s show!

General Motors continues with class-leading technology with the all-new Yukon Denali and the first-ever GMC Yukon AT4. GMC is unveiling its Active Response 4WDTM System, which includes an electronic Limited Slip Differential, to continuously monitor road conditions and react to improve traction, handling and overall control.

And last but definitely not least, the much-anticipated first SUV for the Genesis brand – GV80. It has standard all-wheel drive, suspension tuning, intelligent ADAS camera and in-car connectivity.

To check out all of these and many more, head to the Vancouver International Auto Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from March 25-29, 2020. For more information on the Show and to purchase tickets, visit www.VancouverInternationalAutoShow.com. 

Kicking off on March 1st, the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC (NCDF) will present a 50/50 raffle that will allow attendees of the Vancouver International Auto Show to participate for a good cause. A portion of the funds raised will support education grants and scholarships that are available each year to students studying in careers that lead to jobs with BC’s New Car Dealers. The Raffle starts online on March 1 at http://www.newcardealersfoundation.ca/  and continues onsite at the Auto Show, March 25-29. The lucky winner will be drawn on March 29 at 5 PM at the Vancouver International Auto Show.

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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