Posted Apr 4th 2012 3:00PM
The 92nd annual Vancouver International Auto Show got underway yesterday with a surprising number of all-new introductions. BMW gave us the exclusive North American reveal of its 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, while arch rival Audi chose the Terminal City to stage its refreshed 2013 S5. The revised 2013 Smart ForTwo made its Canadian debut in Vancouver too, while a special Canadian debut came all the way from Tinseltown.
Fans of the Transformers movie series will no doubt fall for the Corvette Stingray Concept, dubbed "Sideswipe" for its appearance in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. GM was more interested in highlighting its all-new Cadillac ATS and ZTS, however, the former its new entry-level sedan and the latter its new top-line full-size offering.
Western Canadian introductions included the 2013 Dodge Dart compact sedan, which should help Chrysler maintain its title of best-selling automaker in Canada, while the 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid expands the popular sedan's powertrain range. VW enthusiasts will no doubt lust after the new 2013 VW Golf R, a hot hatch with a tweaked 256-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, a 6-speed manual (only) and all-wheel drive.
Additionally, the Vancouver media day saw 13 regional reveals, some of which included the new Mini Roadster, 2013 Audi A4 Allroad, all-new 2013 Chevrolet Spark, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, 2013 Mercedes B Class, 2012 Mercedes SL Class, 2013 Smart Fortwo electric drive (claimed by parent Mercedes-Benz to be a Smart car that's fun to drive), 2012 Toyota Prius C (the least expensive hybrid on the market at $20,950), 2013 Scion FR-S (no doubt a tuner car favourite of this decade), and a very unique one-off 2012 Kia Sorento Vancouver Whitecaps Special Edition that included a special appearance by Vancouver's very own soccer superstar Bobby Lenarduzzi.
Check out these cars along with many others in our extensive Vancouver International Auto Show photo gallery or better yet, head to the show at BC Place.
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