The 96th annual show will feature more than 400 new and one-of-a-kind vehicles, including the newest offerings from 26 major manufacturers.

From luxury supercars to the newest in family sedans, the 2016 Vancouver International Auto Show promises to feature the best of the best in the auto industry.

The 96th annual show, staged by the New Car Dealers Association of BC, will feature more than 400 new and one-of-a-kind vehicles, including the newest offerings from 26 major manufacturers.

“This is going to be an incredible year,” says Executive Director, Jason Heard. “The 2016 Show has a number of significant new vehicle unveils, including several major Canadian and North American debuts.”

2016 Chevrolet Volt
2016 Ford Focus
2016 Ford Focus RS
Lexus
2017 Acura NSX
2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible.

The show, which runs from Wednesday, March 23 to Sunday, March 27 at Vancouver Convention Centre West, boasts the North American debut of the Lexus LF SA. Lexus will also be showcasing three one-off creations including: the stunning concept LF C2, the RCF GT3 and the Lady in Red.

If you are looking for next supercar, the Acura NSX will be on display. It features a turbocharged 573-horsepower V6 engine that is paired with three electric motors.

Ford is showing the all new Raptor and Focus RS, and Chevrolet will display the new Camaro convertible and all new electric Volt (the top auto show prize, supplied by BC Chevrolet dealers).

If you are looking to go green, take a visit to Electric Avenue to learn about Clean Electric Vehicles for BC and BC Scrap-It incentives, as well as information on BC’s electric charging network. Then, head down the escalators to the manufacturer halls, and see the people at Emotive for a chance to test drive one of several brands electric vehicles at the Electric Vehicle Driving Experience.

Globally celebrated collector auto auction company Barrett-Jackson has become synonymous with the world’s ‘go to’ place for ultimate automotive finds. The show will highlight Dueck Vintage Garage and seven vehicles that were all purchased crossing the Barrett block.

The NOS Energy DUB Show Tour has developed an international reputation as the home of the coolest aftermarket vehicles and products. The DUB Tour was founded by the creators of the exceptionally popular DUB Magazine, and will be making its premiere Canadian Stop at the Auto Show with a number of highly customized vehicles. DUB will be located both inside and outside the Convention Centre on the Pacific Terrace.

Family fun at this year’s auto show gets a boost. Whether it’s the VW Playcare Centre, where parents can drop off their children while they tour the show, or RBC’s Someday Speedway slot car track or the numerous driving simulators and Subaru’s RC cars, these fun and interactive activities should be a highlight for young and old alike.

For fans of James Bond, a tribute to the Aston Martin DB5, created in BC by TheQCar, will be on display. Custom car shop, 360 Fabrication, in Abbotsford, will mount an “in progress” display of the restoration of a rare 1932 Desoto.

Driveway will feature a show review next week.

keith [dot] morgan [at] drivewaybc [dot] ca

Vancouver International Auto Show

  • Show Dates: March 23-27, 2016
  • Location: Vancouver Convention Centre West
  • Show Hours & Pricing: Wednesday, March 23, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Thursday, March 24, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Admission: $16.00*  Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday, March 27, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. General Admission: $18.00*
    *Admission discounts provided for seniors (65+), students with valid ID, children ages 7-12, multi-day passes, and family packs.  For more Information and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.VancouverInternationalAutoShow.com.

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