It’s time for the 2024 Canadian International AutoShow, one of our favourite events in Toronto! Whether you’re seeking your next ride or an outing with the kids, there’s plenty to do at the auto show. The 2024 edition of the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto from Friday, February 16 until Sunday, February 25. This includes all four days of the Ontario Family Day long weekend, making this a fantastic outing for all ages.

As Richard Hammond said at a Toronto auto show VIP dinner, cars will change but our passion for them won’t. Here’s a look at everything you need to know about the 2024 Toronto auto show, from A to Z. (And at the end, we’ll return to the letters F, A and Q to answer your frequently asked questions!)

A is for award winners

2024 Toronto auto show

Each year, the Canadian Car of the Year award winners are announced at the Canadian International AutoShow. The 2024 winners are on display at the auto show as selected by members of AJAC. The Toyota Prius (2024 Canadian Car of the Year), Toyota Grand Highlander (2024 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year), Genesis Electrified G80 (2024 Canadian Electric Car of the Year), and Genesis Electrified GV70 (2024 Canadian Electric Utility Vehicle of the Year) are at the AJAC booth on the 300 level of the North Building.

B is for Barbie at the auto show

The auto show is definitely Kenough now that it has the pink 1957 Chevrolet Corvette seen in the Barbie movie. Have your picture taken with this iconic car in the North Building on the 300 level. Then, step inside a life-sized Barbie box to enjoy an Instagrammable moment. (We’re tempted to track down a Weird Barbie wig for our visit!)

C is for Cybertruck

At this year’s auto show, the Tesla Cybertruck is proving to be a scene-stealer. It’s attracting a lot of long looks, selfies, and very vocal opinions. You can submit your own by visiting the Tesla booth. It’s located in the middle of the show floor in the North Building.

D is for digital driving

Many of today’s drivers expect their cars to keep them well-connected while they’re on the road. For an impressive look at what the future holds, head to the Lincoln booth on the South Building’s 800 level. Ford and Lincoln have returned to the Canadian International AutoShow in 2024. Lincoln is showing the 2024 Nautilus, which includes a massive 48-inch configurable wraparound screen and infotainment system combination. When the Nautilus is in park, this system can run games, stream video and more, with videoconferencing functionality to come. It’s impressively futuristic technology in a vehicle that’s going on sale later this year.

E is for the auto show’s EV test track

Curious about electric vehicles and what they’re like to drive? If you have a valid driver’s licence, you can take one for a spin on the auto show’s EV test track. And you won’t even need to brave the weather if you don’t want to. Because electric vehicles don’t create exhaust, it’s perfectly safe for them to operate indoors! Electric cars from Volvo, Genesis, Nissan, Kia, Subaru, Toyota, Hyundai and more are available for testing.

F is for Ferrari

Fans of the Prancing Horse will want to head to the 100 level of the North Building. There, you’ll find Ferrari of Ontario’s display of classic Ferraris, including a Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari F40, Ferrari 365/4 GTB Daytona, Ferrari 288 GTO, Ferrari 328 GTS, and a Ferrari 296 Challenge race car.

G is for taking GO Transit to the auto show

We’ll always advocate for packing the car and heading out on a road trip! But if you’re heading into downtown Toronto for the auto show, we suggest parking at a convenient GO Transit station and taking the train for the last portion of your journey. Buying a combined GO train and auto show ticket at will save you money versus paying for downtown parking. Whether you choose GO Transit, VIA Rail, or the TTC, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is an easy walk from the city’s public transit hub at Union Station.

H is for Hot Wheels

Kids and kids-at-heart alike will delight in the auto show’s hands-on Hot Wheels display. You’ll find pull-back cars and track sets set up next to the Barbie display on the 300 level. There are also life-sized Hot Wheels inspired cars are located throughout the North Building.

I is for Ineos Grenadier

The Ineos Grenadier is on display at the Toronto auto show. It’s the first time this rugged 4×4 has been on public display at an auto show in Canada. Inspired by a previous generation of the Land Rover Defender, this U.K.-based start-up is now available in Canada exclusively at Dilawri Ineos Grenadier in the Dixie Auto Mall in Mississauga. You’ll need an eagle eye to spot this one. Check it out next to the glass walls behind the Kia display on the North Building’s 300 level.

J is for (Camp) Jeep’s auto show return

You may have heard that Stellantis and its brands—which include Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo—decided not to have a presence at auto shows in 2024. However, the auto show in Toronto has turned out to be a special case. Thanks to funding from Toronto-area Stellantis dealers and logistics support at the corporate level, these brands have a presence at the 2024 Toronto auto show after all. This means Camp Jeep, one of the Canadian International AutoShow’s star attractions last year, is back in the North Building for 2024. Guests can ride in Jeeps along an indoor obstacle course that demonstrates what this rough-and-tumble brand is all about.

K is for the Kia Carnival

There are plenty of new and updated vehicles to explore at the auto show. The variety of cars to explore is part of what makes the show such a unique automotive shopping experience. One new vehicle we think will interest Canadian roadtrippers in particular is the 2025 Kia Carnival. Its SUV-like styling, comfortable interior, and affordable price has made the Carnival—which, yes, is technically a minivan—popular since it was introduced in Canada in 2021. Coming up for 2025, Kia is adding a hybrid powertrain to the Carnival’s offerings. This brings fuel efficiency into the picture for this family-friendly people mover. Check it out at the Kia stand on the North Building’s 300 level.

L is for LEGO at the auto show

LEGO has been a go-to toy brand for car lovers for many years. At the 2024 Toronto auto show, guests can help to build and create a massive LEGO mural. Pound in your contribution on the 700 level in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s South Building.

M is for McLaren GT3

If you’re into racing, be sure to stop by the Pfaff booth during Family Day weekend to see the No. 9 Pfaff McLaren GT3. This is the actual car that competed in the 2024 Rolex 24 at Daytona, fielded by Canadian team Pfaff Motorsports with Canadian racer James Hinchcliffe sharing time at the wheel. This car will only be on display for the first weekend of the auto show. After that, it needs to be prepared for the next race at Sebring in mid-March. Get to the show early if this car is on your must-see list!

N is for NHL

Have you always wanted to rep your favourite hockey team with your car? You’re in luck. Hyundai Canada is partnering with the NHL to create a Canada-exclusive NHL Edition for the all-new 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe. As this mid-size SUV receives a complete redesign for 2024, Canadians can pick one up with unique NHL-related accessories featuring logos from any of the NHL’s 32 teams. These are only offered in Canada and will be limited to 500 units for the 2024 model year, so you’ll want to hustle over the blue line if you want to score one for yourself.

O is for Outback

We’ll give a nod here to Subaru Canada’s consistency. This brand has held space in the MTCC’s North Building at the auto show for as long as we can remember. This includes banners lining the entire walkway between the two exhibit halls touting Subaru’s ongoing strong results in crash tests conducted by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). You’ll find the Subaru Outback on display along with the fully redesigned 2025 Subaru Forester and the Impreza, WRX, Ascent, and Solterra EV.

P is for Pagani

If you love drooling over supercars at the auto show, bring a napkin when you visit the Pfaff booth on the North Building’s 300 level. Pagani and Pininfarina are just two of the rare and high-priced exotics put on display by Pfaff, one of the premier ultraluxury dealer groups in the Greater Toronto Area.

Q is for QX Monograph and Vision Qe, an auto show first

Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury division, uses the letter Q as part of its naming conventions. Two new Infiniti concept vehicles are on display at the 2024 Canadian International AutoShow. The Vision Qe concept car is making its global auto show debut right here in Toronto and previews a bold new design direction as the brand prepares to launch EVs. Nearby, the QX Monograph looks like it could be very close to what we’ll see in the next-generation Infiniti QX80 large SUV that’s anticipated for 2025. Take a close look at the paint on this one: it looks purple but shimmers in orange as light reflects around it, evoking the appearance of a sunset.

R is for Ramcharger

Are electric trucks destined to take off? That’s for the market to decide, but American automakers are certainly putting them on offer. The 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger is on display at the 2024 Toronto auto show, boasting 663 horsepower, 615 lb-ft of torque, and a targeted range of up to 1,110 kilometres. Where can you find it? Seek out the Tesla Cybertruck on the North Building’s 300 level, face that truck head-on, then turn 180 degrees. It’s a delightfully cheeky placement from either one brand or the other, and emblematic of the market battle that’s to come.

S is for snacks at the auto show

Wondering where to refuel while you’re wandering through the 2024 Canadian International AutoShow? You’ll find pizza, hot dogs and drinks for sale in the North Building on the 200 level, and on the 600 level of the South Building.

T is for auto show tickets

How much are tickets for the 2024 Canadian International AutoShow? Adult tickets cost $26, while youth ages 12 to 16 cost $16.50 and children 7 to 11 cost $7.50. Special rates for seniors, Super Tuesday (February 20), and admission after 6 PM are available, as are family passes. If you happen to be reading this before the show opens at noon on Friday, February 16, head to this link to save 10% on admission.

U is for Ultium

General Motors is using its Ultium electric vehicle platform to underpin EVs of all shapes and sizes, from the Chevrolet Bolt subcompact all the way up to the Hummer EV. Check out the full range of Ultium-powered EVs and other General Motors vehicles at the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac booths at the Toronto auto show. You’ll find all four brands on the 800 level of the South Building.

V is for Vinfast

Vinfast is a new Vietnamese car brand that is exclusively building electric vehicles. Its presence at the 2024 Toronto auto show is extensive, from electric SUVs that are already on sale to an electric truck. The VF 3 is making its Toronto debut at the auto show, a tiny two-door electric SUV that’s expected to be priced very affordably. It will be very interesting to see what reception the VF 3 receives from showgoers in Toronto.

W is for worry-free browsing

If you’re looking for a new car, the auto show is an essential stop in your shopping journey. You’ll be able to look at and sit in many of the vehicles on your list, all in one place and without the pressure of salespeople. You may even discover a car or two you hadn’t considered!

X is for AutoExotica

Be sure not to miss AutoExotica during your visit to the 2024 Canadian International AutoShow. You’ll find it down a set of escalators on the 100 level in the North Building. This is where you can explore cars from Maserati, Lotus, and some local car collectors. You’ll also find a curated selection of classics from the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a classic car competition held each September near Owen Sound.

Y is for You

You is what your automotive experience will be centred around if you visit the Genesis booth on the North Building’s 300 level. The Centred Around You platform gives a name to the experience Genesis has offered in Canada since the brand launched in 2016. This includes no-haggle pricing, at-home vehicle purchase and delivery, five years of scheduled maintenance with concierge service, and more.

Z is for Z NISMO

Last but certainly not least—and most fortunately for a list in alphabetical order—the 2024 Nissan Z NISMO is on display at the auto show in Toronto. This takes the latest version of the Nissan Z and adds some flair from Nissan’s NISMO performance division such as more power and race-tuned drive dynamics. See it at the Nissan booth on the 300 level of the North Building.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

How many people go to the Toronto auto show?

In 2023, the Canadian International AutoShow set a new single-day attendance record of more than 56,000 people and was the third-most attended edition in Toronto auto show history with more than 350,000 visitors.

When is the best time to visit the Canadian International AutoShow?

The Canadian International AutoShow is one of the city’s more popular events each year over the Family Day long weekend. This falls during the Toronto auto show’s opening weekend and is when the show tends to be busiest. To avoid the crowds, visit the auto show on one of the weekdays following Family Day or on the show’s second weekend. Discounted tickets are available for those who choose to attend on Tuesday or any day after 6 PM.

Which brands are missing from the Toronto auto show?

Several brands have returned for the 2024 Canadian International AutoShow that gave it a pass in 2023. These include Ford, Lincoln, Porsche and Volvo. The automotive brands missing from the 2024 Toronto auto show include Volkswagen, Audi, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, BMW. Many of these brands have scaled back their auto show presence at a global level.

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