Posted Feb 24th 2012 2:30PM
The Toronto Auto Show 2012, also referred to as the Canadian international Auto Show has a special place for car fans. The show features many more manufacturers than the Detroit Auto Show and is often the first look for Canadians to see concepts and new models even though it is held after the Montreal Auto Show. The Toronto Auto Show attracts over 300,000 people over its 10-day run and this year has been super busy because there are many important reasons to check it out.
Now in it's 38th year, the show has certainly not disappointed for 2012 and we wanted to round-up a few highlights you gotta see. With that said, we assembled a gallery and a top 10 list of why you need to get down there after work today or brave it out on the final weekend to see what unique features and models are showcased.
Hit the jump for our top 10 list and gallery!
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10. The Jeep JK8 - What do you get when you cross a Jeep Wrangler with $6,000 worth of over the counter Mopar goodies? Well, the answer is the JK8, the Jeep that has been attracting hoards of people to the booth with its style, functionality and capability that is hard to match for the price.
9. Toyota Prius C - We'll bet you are asking why are we putting a lowly hybrid on our list when there are so many dazzling supercars and displays. Well, we thought you might want a closer look at the World's most affordable hybrid because it is only $20,950 Canadian! You will see many of these on the road soon, so be ready.
8. Autoblog Canada Skywalk - Shameless self-promotion mode on! But seriously, our overload of signage and massive auto parts billboard is attracting all kinds of attention and going viral like mad. It is safe to say, the Toronto Auto Show attendees love the display and we have witnessed people snapping pics at a rate of over 120/hr... definitely worth checking out.
7. Acura NSX Concept -
Although this car seems very promising, we're a bit skeptical. It has taken so long for the NSX to return to market, this sleek wedge of a hybrid has a lot to live up to. As a concept it could be more radical and as a production car certainly more watered-down but it is still a must see because this is welcome excitement from the Honda / Acura camp.
EDIT: The NSX Concept was removed by Acura mid-show and shipped to the Geneva Motor Show
6. Scion FR-S - The most highly anticipated platform for true sports car lovers is here. This is an affordable, bare-bones, front-engine, rear-drive coupe that harkens back to the olden days of cars like Corolla GT-S. While FR coupes of today might be considered heavy and complex, the FR-S is light and apparently the real deal on the race track. Go ahead Toronto, take your first look at it.
5. Jaguar C-X16 Concept - Jaguar is turning out some sexy hardware as of late. From the executive sedans to the more menacing and edgy XKR-S, Jag is definitely back. And the C-X16 is a concept you have to see. With stunning lines, and all kinds of innovation this is said to be a very potent hybrid supercar.
4. McLaren MP4-12C - The McLaren isn't new per se since it has been touted in the media for a while now and it is coming up on two years since we first went to the Pfaff unveiling. Truth be told, its appearance is fairly subtle but the technology underneath is nothing short of stunning. So much innovation under the skin of this car. Be sure to grab all the info and ask about its impressive features under the shell.
3. Classic Triumph Display - While this display might not hold a candle to the Shelby exhibit or even the Lambo collection of years past, everyone has a story about Triumphs. They were very popular and accessible sports cars in the past that made a statement on race tracks around the world, this collection is a fantastic round-up of classics.
2. Aston Martin One-77 - There is only one reason why this car is not the number one highlight and that is because of the Zonda R. The Aston Martin One-77 is an exclusive limited production missile (only 77) and has a unique Canadian connection. The chassis and suspension were build in Canada at Multimatic in Markham, Ontario.
1. Pagani Zonda R - Absolutely no question that any real car guy will gladly plunk down $20 to see this Canadian-owned car alone. Only one in North America, only one in gloss carbon fibre, 750 horsepower and made from the most exotic materials on the planet.
For all of the articles from the show be sure to check out the main Toronto Auto Show page!
Image Credit: Copyright 2012 Ste Ho, Dave Pankew, Gary Grant / AOL