Highlights from the 2019 Montreal Auto Show for Students in Automotive School
Every year, auto manufacturers have the chance to show off their latest and greatest at the Montreal Auto Show. Hosted in the Palais des congrès, the auto show is the largest indoor exhibition in Quebec, with this year’s auto show seeing the debut of 27 new models and an estimated 500 vehicles on display.
The Montreal Auto Show is the first Canadian auto event of the year, which offers a peek at what will be coming to showrooms—and repair shops—in the future. As they introduce both brand new and re-designed models to Canada, auto manufacturers get a valuable firsthand look at audience responses.
If you love cars, read on to find out some of the exciting news that came out of the 2019 Montreal Auto Show.
Nissan Canada Premiered a Special Winter-Weather Altima
Perhaps one of the biggest events to come out of the auto show was the premier of the Winter-Weather Nissan Altima, which features standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and a semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist driving system. What gathered the most buzz regarding this car, however, as one unique feature it sported: heavy-duty triangular tracks in place of tires.
You read that right: the winterized model—designated by Nissan as the Altima-TE and designed in partnership with Quebec company Motorsports in Action—has 75-cm tall tracks installed to take on the worst winter weather Canada has to offer. Students in auto mechanic training should know, however, that this is a unique model only for show and not for sale.
Hyundai and Porsche Hit the Gas at the 2019 Auto Show
The Montreal Auto Show gave many different automotive companies the chance to test the waters and show off their newest creations. Hyundai, for instance, decided to get into the Canadian spirit and presented the Le Fil Rouge model, an exploration into Hyundai’s new design theme, “Sensuous Sportiness”.
Porsche showed off not one, not two, but three new models that should interest automotive school students: the 2019 Cayenne Turbo, the 2019 Macan, and the 2020 911 Carrera S. All three models feature an interconnected Porsche communication management system, LED lighting, and a 10.9-inch touchscreen. The Cayenne Turbo will be the first SUV to include an adaptive roof spoiler in its aerodynamic design, and the Porsche 911—now in its eighth generation—has been redesigned to increase its horsepower, as well as introduce new technological features such as Wet mode, which warns drivers about potential water on the road.
The Black Box Had a Few Supercar Surprises for Automotive School Students
In addition to the cars on the showroom floor, this year’s auto show had another surprise: an interactive experience called The Black Box, which gave attendees the chance to get up close and personal with some of the fastest cars in the world.
One of the featured cars was the Bugatti Chiron. With a mid-mounted 16-cylinder engine, four turbochargers, and an output of 1500 horsepower, this supercar can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds, and has a maximum speed of 420 km/h. As with many of its cars, this Bugatti comes with both a high price tag and exclusivity. The Chiron is estimated to retail at $5 million, with only 500 units in production!
The reigning speed demon, the Koenigsegg Agera RS, holds the record for fastest car in the world, with a top speed of 457.94 km/h. Outfitted with a twin-turbo V8, the Agera RS offers 1160 horsepower, which can be bumped up to 1341 horsepower. Its showcase in the Black Box may be the only time you can see it up close, because only 26 units were ever built, and they’re all—predictably—already sold out.
The last car to be featured in the Black Box didn’t have far to travel; the Felino Cb7r was designed and built in Quebec. With a 7.0-liter V8 engine and a respectable 700 horsepower, the Felino can accelerate from 0 to 1-00 km/h in just 2.9 seconds. Similarly to Bugatti and Koenigsegg Agera RS, exclusivity is a primary factor, and only 10 units of this spectacular supercar are ever going to be built.
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