Vancouver International Auto Show 2013 Preview

Poster design by Surrey-based artist Alex Boiesan



It wouldn’t be spring without the Vancouver International Auto Show, and this year’s could be the best one yet.

Canada’s third largest auto show is in its 92nd year of showcasing the industry’s hottest models and latest innovations in design and technology. The Vancouver Auto Show is BC’s largest trade and consumer show, and is always a treat for anyone pursuing auto careers. Over 400 new makes and models will be on display from over 20 international manufacturers, including many making their national or North American debuts.

For example, coming to Canada for the first time is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster, which first appeared last November at the LA Auto Show.


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The Exotics

One of the most popular areas of the show is bound to be The Exotics, displaying especially rare sports cars from the world’s top car designers. McLaren will be here this year for the first time, plus SuperCars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati and Aston Martin. There will be some exhilarating concept cars with avant-garde automotive painting, brand-exclusive contests and hands-on activities.

Green Ride and Drive

New this year will be the Green Ride and Drive, where you’ll have a chance to book a test drive in some of the world’s finest eco-friendly models right in front of the Vancouver Convention Centre on the Canada Place roadway. From hybrids to completely electric, zero-emission vehicles, top manufacturers will demonstrate their state of the art offerings for the clean energy revolution.

The cars that are available to test drive are:

  • Nissan Leaf
  • Mitsubishi iMiEV
  • Mercedes Smart EV
  • GM Volt
  • Ford Focus EV
  • Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Ford E-nergi
  • Ford C-Max hybrid
  • Ford C-Max E-nergi
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Prius V
  • Toyota Prius C
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE
  • Lexus ESH Hybrid
  • Lexus CT
  • Via Motors XTRUX

Get there early though – test drives are booked on a first-come basis!

Classics and Trucks

Photo Source: CARMINE MARINELLI/Vancouver 24hrs/QMI AGENCY


As always, among the many exhibits there will be no shortage of special models that those with car sales training can expect to see on the market soon. The Classic Alley is a tribute to beautiful vehicles of the past to fill our appetites for classic beauties. TruckCity will celebrate the latest in truck design and technology and the Red Line Stage will host a variety of guest speakers and entertainment.

The Vancouver International Auto Show will be running from March 26-31, 2013. Tickets are $15 general admission or $10 for students and seniors.


Have any of you had a chance to go the show yet? We want to hear what you think!

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