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6 Must-See Exhibits at the 2017 Canadian International AutoShow

The Canadian International AutoShow returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Feb. 17 to 26, 2017. From groundbreaking concept cars to rare Canadian classics, we’ve rounded up the six must-see exhibits at this year’s show.

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2017 Lincoln Navigator ConceptPhoto: Lincoln Motor Company

1. Lincoln Navigator Concept

Concertina stairs and a custom wardrobe management system might sound like condo upgrades, but what about SUV options? Drawing inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts, the all-new Lincoln Navigator Concept at the Canadian International AutoShow is brimming with luxurious details you didn’t realize you needed. Complete with gull-wing doors and a 3.5 litre twin-turbo V6 engine that packs more than 400 horsepower, this SUV also features an array of radar and camera technologies to scan the road ahead.

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1867 Seth Taylor Steam BuggyPhoto: Canadian International AutoShow

2. Canada’s Oldest and Rarest Vehicles

To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Canadian International AutoShow is presenting The Canadian Story, an exhibit that features landmark vehicles that were designed, built and sold in the Great White North. Check out the 1867 Seth Taylor Steam Buggy, Canada’s first car to hit the road (the same year as Confederation), or the 1910 McKay, the only car to be commercially produced in Nova Scotia. The line-up of cars in this exhibit are as rare as it gets.

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Cadillac Escala ConceptPhoto: Cadillac

3. Cadillac Escala Concept

Derived from the Spanish word for “scale,” the Escala Concept sedan features beautifully sculpted lines on its large frame. The interior is just as impressive: an OLED touch screen spanning the front console, a central module control that responds to voice and touch, and a rear seat connectivity system. Add a 4.0L V8 engine into the mix, and you’re left with a car that’s as powerful as it is gorgeous. The Escala Concept will only be at the Canadian International AutoShow on Feb. 17 and 18.

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Aston Martin AM-RB 001Photo: Aston Martin

4. Aston Martin AM-RB 001

A visit to the Canadian International AutoShow isn’t complete without seeing the latest groundbreaking vehicles, which is why the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 is a definite must-see. Making its global auto show debut, this concept hypercar from the renowned British manufacturer and Red Bull Racing is the perfect fusion of form and function: a lightweight carbon fibre frame, radical aerodynamics, and a V12 engine that can achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. The AM-RB 001 is a road-legal vehicle, so if you have $3 million lying around, you can own one too!

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Toyota FCV PLUS ConceptPhoto: Toyota

5. Toyota FCV PLUS Concept

There are many cars out there running on clean energy, but what about a car that’s an energy source itself? Meet the Toyota FCV PLUS Concept: the future of environment-friendly mobility. One of the high-profile concept cars at the show, this ultra-stylish vehicle has its own hydrogen tank, allowing it to generate electricity directly from hydrogen stored outside the vehicle. The best part? The FCV PLUS Concept can be transformed into a stable source of electric power for use at home, away or within the community.

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Mazda CX-5 at the Canadian International AutoShowPhoto: Mazda

6. Mazda CX-5

Between its rugged styling, “Soul Red Crystal” body colour and driver-centric cabin, the Mazda CX-5 epitomizes the Japanese concept of hashiru yorokobi—“the joy of driving.” Inspired by traditional Japanese crafts and making its Canadian auto show debut, the compact SUV pursues a “minimalist aesthetic free of all non-essential elements.” If you live by the mantra of “less is more,” you’ll appreciate this refreshing alternative to the AutoShow’s impressive lineup of kitted-out-to-the-max concept cars.

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