Posted Mar 25th 2014 8:01PM
Local auto show season is upon us once again, and much like last year's Vancouver International Auto Show, most manufacturers seem to have upped their game for 2014. This time around there aren't quite as many North American unveilings, however there is still plenty to see on the show floor from March 25-30th.
The biggest news to hit Vancouver was the first North American appearance of the new Mclaren 650S Roadster and Coupe. Looking like an aesthetic combination of the MP4-12C and the new Mclaren P1, the 650s is one sharp unit. The Pfaff Mclaren showroom in the city has already been doing huge business on the West Coast, and this mid-engined monster we previously saw debut in Geneva will no doubt find more fans in our Canadian supercar haven.
On the other end of the spectrum, Kia has come to the table with an interesting unveiling of its own. Building on the already-successful Soul platform, the Korean firm pulled the covers off its new Kia Soul EV for the first time in Canada. Kia has its heart set on offering a more practical budget EV than the likes of Mitsubishi and Nissan, and although they haven't released official details, word is the EV is currently going through range testing with numbers in the 160-200km plus per charge.
BMW once again brought its A-game to the show for 2014, packing along the upcoming i3, i8, M3 and M4 for Bimmer fanatics to drool over. The production model i8 has been surfacing all over the auto show circuit as of late, but it is still one of the most interesting sights on the show floor for 2014. As part of their opening presentation, 2-time Canadian gold medalist Kaillie Humphries was on site to talk of the brand's ongoing support of the Canadian Olympic teams.
Performance enthusiasts will have plenty to drool over as they work their way through the show this year. From the very entrance, Volkswagen as a great display of every generation of GTI, and in the main hall every heavy-hitter from the new 2015 Subaru WRX STI, to the 2015 Mustang, to the Jaguar F-Type Coupe are all on hand. Classic car enthusiasts even have their own little corner to scope out as BC's own 360 Fabrication has a number of their wild custom projects on hand for all to enjoy. Before hitting the exit be sure to have a look at the offerings of the Vancouver Collector Car Auction display, as a few of their freshly restored Mustangs will be auctioned off for charity before the end of the show.
Click past the jump for our massive gallery from the Vancouver International Auto Show, and click here for show hours, location, and admission rate info.