Lexus' LF-LC concept hints at a replacement for the LFS supercar
McLaren's P1 took centre stage at the Canadian motor show
McLaren has already taken eight orders for the £866,000 P1 in Canada
The Provo is Kia's Mini-rivalling 'urban racer'
The Provo is inspired by budget competition cars from Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Innocenti
The Honda Fit will go on sale later this year in the US
The Honda Fit will be launched in the UK as the Jazz in 2015
McLaren's 12C GT Sprint costs £195,000
The 12C GT Sprint has 616bhp on tap and is built by McLaren's motorsport arm, McLaren GT
A production version of Acura's new luxury saloon concept is due next year
The Acura TLX will become a flagship model for the brand, and will go on sale mid-way through this year
Lamborghini gave its Aventador Roadster another outing in Canada, where it was well received by visitors
The Aventador Roadster gets a 6.5-litre V12 engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
The open-top Aventador's interior is identical to the standard car, which is no bad thing
The Z28 is claimed to be the fastest production Camaro yet
The Camaro Z28 has the same creature comforts inside as other versions, but weighs significantly less
A new version of the Dodge Challenger is due to launch next year
Alongside other upgrades, Dodge will be enhancing the Camaro-rival's interior
The entry-level Chrysler 200 comes with a 181bhp 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine
Inside, the Chrysler 200 comes with luxuries including a heated steering wheel and Nappa leather
The new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was first seen in Detroit early last month
The seventh-generation Corvette's focused cabin features a new driving mode selector
The Specialie is a lighter, track-focused variant of the Ferrari 458
The 458's cabin will be familiar to Ferrari fans, with a steering-wheel mounted drive mode selector
Ford's F150 caused controversy when it launched in Detroit, with many questioning its lightweight construction
The F150's cabin has been designed to be more comfortable and spacious than before
Infiniti's Q30 concept is around the same size as an Audi Q3
Jaguar's C-X17 concept previews the look of its upcoming SUV
The C-X17 has been seen in both five and seven-seat variations at events around the world
The new Mercedes-Benz C-class received its Canadian debut at the show
The Mercedes-Benz GLA will compete in the same compact SUV market as the Porsche Macan when it goes on sale
The Porsche Macan is the junior sibling to the larger Cayenne SUV
The upright interior of the Macan features a part-digital instrument cluster
Nissan's Sentra NISMO concepts have already been confirmed for production
Nissan's Sport Sedan Concept will be used to inspire a new VW Golf rival
Volvo's S60 Polestar is the sister car to the new 345bhp V60 Polestar
The show marked a homecoming of sorts for Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne, who grew up in Toronto
Following an energetic start to the motoring year which, among other things, has seen new GM CEO Mary Barra become one of the industry's biggest celebrities, the Canadian motor show once again opened its doors in Toronto.
In a homecoming of sorts, the show was opened by Fiat and Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne, who grew up in Toronto, obtaining an undergraduate degree at the city's university. Fiat Chrysler is said to be seeking around $700 million Canadian dollars in subsidy from the federal and provincial governments in order to retrofit two assembly plants located in Ontario.
Among the new metal on display was Ford’s perennial workhorse, the F150. Its Canadian debut continued the debate started in Detroit. With 97 per cent of its body panels now made from weight-saving aluminium, many pondered how the continent’s best-selling vehicle for 32 years would not only stand up to punishing use, but also the associated repair and insurance costs down the road.
Also on display was the 2015 Honda Fit, which we'll see as the Jazz. The supermini will be built in Mexico, and will later be joined by a production version of Honda's Urban SUV concept from last year, tentatively called the Vezel.
Replacing both the TSX (Accord) and TL models when it goes into production at their Marysville, Ohio facility this summer, the entirely new Acura TLX from Honda’s luxury division also made its Canadian premiere. With two new direct-injection engines, a base eight-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox and comparable dimensions, the TLX is poised to be a serious BMW 5-series and Mercedes E-class competitor, although the four cylinder models will be offered in front-wheel drive only.
The introduction of these two new offerings means that with the exception of the Insight, Accord PHEV and RLX saloon, all Honda vehicles sold in North America, including the Ferrari and Porsche-baiting NSX, will be manufactured there too.
In its first non-concourse showing in North America, McLaren featured not only the P1, but a 12C GT Sprint as well. On hand was Anthony Joseph, McLaren’s North American boss, who advised that McLaren Toronto, currently the only national concessionaire, had eight confirmed P1 orders, in addition to a steady stream of 12C deliveries across the country.
Jaguar was on hand with its C-X17 concept, the SUV based on its new iQ (Al) platform and seemingly aimed squarely at the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Taking styling cues from the F-type and its saloon brethren, the C-X17 certainly looks the part, but I for one wonder why Jaguar would want to potentially cannibalise sales from their Range Rover stable mates. Better to leave the two marques specialised and differentiated, à la Ferrari and Maserati, who were also both present with their latest models.
In a rather surprising upset, the Mazda 6 was named 2014 Car of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, beating out the Mazda 3 and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which did, however, receive the award for Best New Sport–Performance Car Over $50,000.
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