It's show time in Toronto for the automotive crowd, as the country's largest expo of cars, trucks, new concepts, classics and other vehicles opens at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
More than 1,000 vehicles will be on display during the Canadian International Auto Show until Feb. 21.
Volkswagen's reputation has taken a beating amid the emissions-cheating scandal, but this GTI Roadster concept helps provide a distraction. It originated as a computer-generated vehicle for the Sony Play Station Gran Turismo 6 game before Volkswagen decided to make one in metal.
Alfa Romeo has returned to Canada under the Fiat Chrysler umbrella, and the flagship is the 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio, with a 505-horsepower Ferrari-derived twin-turbo V-6. Alfa Romeo says it set a record lap time for a four-door sedan on the famed Nurburgring circuit.
Hyundai's Santa Cruz concept vehicle is a midsize pickup truck with an urban flair, emphasizing driving comfort over payload, though the tailgate does extend for the occasional long load.
In terms of their market importance, pickup trucks continue to overshadow everything in the automotive business.
Another Hyundai concept, the Enduro
compact crossover combines off-road attitude with urban utility.
Sit a spell
Lexus offers a couple of show visitors a virtual reality driving experience, while entertaining those who look on.
Toyota's U2 (U squared) urban utility vehicle concept is targeted at the "maker" culture, adaptable for a variety of entrepreneurial approaches.
The Dodge Viper ACR is street legal, but essentially a race car, with a 645-horsepower V-10 engine and elaborate aerodynamics that produce nearly a tonne
at top speed.
Nissan says its tracked Rogue Warrior concept has a top speed of 100 km/h and is capable of scaling a 45-degree slope of groomed snow.
Advertising for the ages
In the show's Art and the Automobile section, cars from the past are exhibited next to the advertising that was used to promote them, ranging from a 1904 Oldsmobile
to a 1963 Studebaker Avanti
. Seen here is a 1935 Chrysler.
X marks the spot
A visitor is wowed by the interior of Tesla's Model X, which made its global auto show debut in Toronto. The electric SUV can carry seven adults and has a range of 400 kilometres between charges.
The show's Auto Exotica section includes a Pagani Huayra
with a 730-horsepower AMG twin-turbo V12. It's parked, very carefully, next to a racing version of the McLaren
F1 road car. The last time one of these was sold at auction it went for a reported $13.75 million US.
A Mercedes-Benz display case holds a selection of die-cast models, including these Auto Union grand prix racers from the 1930s
(Bruce Reeve/CBC) Buick
displayed its sleek Avenir
concept vehicle, which inspired elements in the production-model 2017 LaCrosse
that made its debut at the Toronto show.
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider features distinctive Italian bodywork, but the underpinnings come from the Mazda MX-5
The Chrysler Pacifica
, the latest in a long line of minivans
built in Windsor, Ont., made its Canadian debut at the show. This is the 2017 hybrid version, which can travel 50 kilometres on electric power alone.
In the 100th
year of racing at Indianapolis, a special collection of Indy
race cars has been assembled for the show, including this 1935 Ford V-8 Miller. Other cars include a 1914 Duesenberg
, a 1950 Cummins diesel and the 1968 turbine-powered Lotus Type 56.
Audi's R18 e-tron Quattro
Le Mans endurance racer uses a turbo diesel, with extra boost provided by hybrid electric power.
Rarest car in the Art and the Automobile exhibit is this 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS, powered by an inline eight-cylinder engine and fitted with American LeBaron bodywork, one of only two constructed.
This McLaren P1 belongs to electronic musician Deadmau5, and is parked next to his customized Lamborghini Huracan.