Hot wheels at the Canadian International AutoShow 2014

Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 Stingray

The 2014 Canadian International AutoShow is on right now at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and it’s packed wall-to-wall with the latest car models, and even a few unique concept cars until February 23.

Thanks to Chevrolet Canada and Klout, I was at the AutoShow on Sunday to tour Chevy’s booth, including a peek at the new Corvette ZO6 Stingray, which is one of the big stars of this year’s event, but I also took time to see what all of the car companies had to show off.

Wandering what feels like the miles and miles of the AutoShow, it’s hard to pick out a few favorite cars among all of the models, but the Ford Mustang stood out for me, as did the Porsche 911 GT3, and the new SRT Viper. I’m also a sucker for the Mini, so the Mini Cooper S was pretty impressive, as a compact car that never seems to fail to turn heads.

In terms of sheer stunning concepts, both the Nissan Sports Sedan Concept and the Lexus LF-LC Concept are jaw-dropping, and it’s worth dropping by Land Rover to see their Range Rover Sport that has been literally cut in half–right down the middle–to show off the guts of the beautiful vehicle that gleams inside and out.

And, of course, then there are impressive cars from Ferrari, BMW, Audi, Jaguar, and all of the rest, including the high-end cars which you can find in the Auto Exotica area. (Try not to slip in all of the drool on the floor as you walk through this section.)

What makes the Canadian International AutoShow really interesting is that it is an opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with some of the most expensive cars around, and you can also use the opportunity to research your next vehicle, no matter what car class you’re looking at. The only complaint worth levelling at the AutoShow is that the future of cars seems to be an afterthought on the show floor.

There is a significant area focusing on technology of tomorrow, but the technology on display there is hardly awe-inspiring. Given the types of technology that is likely headed to cars in the coming years, I would have loved to see more on all of it, like vehicle-to-vehicle communications, augmented reality dashboards, and better details on what self-driving vehicles could mean for drivers.

Whatever your interest in cars, you have until February 23 to check out the AutoShow, which is open from 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM every day, except for the last day when the show closes at 6:00 PM.

W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls. In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.