2020 may be the beginning of a new decade, but for the auto show circuit it's just another year. And with the slow demise of the auto show circuit, it was no surprise for us that some companies decided to miss the Toronto Auto Show this year. Mercedes-Benz was a big no show at this years show, but really who would have noticed if we didn't point it out. Other than them, the only other who was truly missed could have been the lack of any products from Fiat. Sure, they may not be the biggest player in this pool, but they always gave you something else from the micro/sub-compact world.
On the ground floor of the south convention centre you would find most of the main show. Here, as always, you will find two of the big three along with the entire lineup of luxury companies. Well, minus Mercedes-Benz this year.
The one new feature for this year on the bottom floor was the addition of the Pfaff McLaren display. This was a nice touch because it has been a few years since any of the big sports car companies have brought more than one product to the show.
But, next to their display was the one everyone was looking for. The one that had the products that everyone wanted to see.
For 2020 the Toronto Auto Show surprised everyone with the addition of the most expensive car in the world, the Bugatti La Voiture Noire. And after waiting in line to get a picture of it, you might be a bit happier about the entire show.
From here we moved out into the hall to take in some of the vendors displays. This is also where the O.P.P. and Canadian Military had their displays. And with the addition of Inkas this year, the military display was finally worth seeing. Too bad our own military still doesn't use any of the military vehicles manufactured within out country.
A quick ride to the next level is where you will always find the best display of classic cars. This is where you find rare classic cars from Cobble Beach, Canada's premier classic auto show. And as always they had great products on display.
Next to the Cobble Beach display is where you found our favourite exhibit of the day. A display of classic 80's memorabilia and vehicles was one of the best additions to this years show and when you add in the proton pack, BTTF DeLorean and an arcade, you have the makings of a true 80's memory.
Back out in the hall is where you will find a few other vendors and small exhibits. This year Disney+ was on display showcasing a few vehicles from their movies. Lightning McQueen, Duke Kaboom and the van from Onward were on display for the kids and Disney+ was running clips from the Simpsons for the parents.
On the other side of the tracks you will find the other main hall of the show. This was in the north convention centre and as usual Chrysler took up half the hall. And with a lack of concepts or any real special vehicles, their display was just an oversized dealership. But, most of the north side was pretty bland.
After a few pictures from Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen it was off to the basement to see the best of the show. That is where Toronto keeps their best kept secret the Auto Exotica exhibit. This is where you will find products from Lotus, Tesla, Pininfarina and to everyone's surprise Felino.
Yes, for the second time this century Toronto actually had a product from Canada on display. Last time we saw something from Canada, it was the HTT Plethore & Conquest Evade, both shown the same year. So, for us this was a real treat to see something that is actually make in Canada. And Felino is not something you wanted to miss as the CB7 is one amazing vehicle to see in real life.
After we stayed to hear them fire up the 2000 Ford GT40 and 69 GT 500, we moved over to the last exhibit of the show. And as always Toronto always leaves the best for last. This year our home province gave us a taste of the Bruce McLaren collection and along with it a few other racing legends products. This is always a surprise to us as Canada only ever pulls out the stops for Hockey, so when it they put something great together about racing, it makes us feel like they actually care about another sport. But, of course this is an auto show and we are here to see vehicles.
In the end the 2020 Toronto Auto Show was well worth the trip and even with a lack of concepts, this show still gives you enough to cover a weekend of automotive joy.
Thank you Toronto,