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The Canadian International Auto Show set an attendance record with 358,842 people visiting the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto. It eclipsed the previous record, set last year, of 339,590 people.

“The automobile marketplace, which is one of the main drivers of the Ontario economy, is still strong,“ said Jason Campbell, GM, CIAS. “People who are in the market for a new car have no better place than the Auto Show to compare brands and models. I suggest our attendance numbers bear this out.”

CIAS began with a media preview day, which saw the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada naming the Chrysler Pacifica as its Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, and the Honda Accord as its Canadian Car of the Year.

New for 2018 was the Automotive Intelligence Series, which provided attendees with insight into a variety of automotive related topics, including: The Future in Focus, Cannabis & Cars: Are we ready?, Driving into the Age of Autonomy, and The Electric Revolution: What Form will it come in?

Over 40 vehicles made their Canadian debuts in Toronto, including the 2019 RAM 1500 Sport, which will be exclusive to Canada, and sure to be a fleet favourite. Other fleet-focused vehicles on display were the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado (click here to read our first drive article) and 2019 Ford Ranger (click here to read our first drive article).

Special displays this year offered something for those who prefer classic cars (Art & the Automobile), hot rod cars (50 Years of Hot Wheels), and iconic brands (70 Years of Porsche).

Next year's show is set to run from February 15 to 24, 2019.

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