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Canadian International Auto Show Feb 13-22, 2015


Published: 02/17/2015

by Brock Cruess


PRESS RELEASE: The Hon. Joe Oliver and Mayor John Tory Officially Open 2015 Canadian International AutoShow

45 vehicles make their Canadian premiere and over 1,000 new cars, trucks and SUVs are on display at the Canadian International AutoShow, running February 13-22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
TORONTO, February 13, 2015 — Today, the Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) was pleased to welcome the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Finance, and John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, to officially open the annual event’s 2015 edition CIAS.  The ceremony took place following an industry roundtable between national and Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) retailers together with Canada-based manufacturers and the Federal Finance Minister. Post-opening, both Minister Oliver and Mayor Tory toured CIAS to meet representatives of various manufacturers and see some of the latest automotive technology entering the Canadian marketplace.
“Minister Oliver’s and Mayor Tory’s attendance at the 2015 Canadian International AutoShow demonstrates our government’s understanding of the automotive sector’s importance to municipal, provincial and national economy,” said Benny Leung, President, Canadian International AutoShow. “Today is ‘Industry Day’ at CIAS, where automotive industry leaders, including new-car dealers and manufacturers, meet and discuss issues. We are very pleased that the Minister and Mayor participated in the undisputed crown jewel event for this key economic sector that provides nearly 500,000 well-paying jobs nationwide.”

  • The Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) is Canada’s largest consumer show, attracting 300,000 attendees and covering over 500,000 square feet of convention space.
  • 45 vehicles make their Canadian premiere at the 2015 CIAS, including nine concept vehicles being shown in Canada for the first time. More than 1,000 cars, trucks and SUVs are on display.
  • In support of Prostate Cancer Canada, the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) will raffle off a 2015 Mustang GT Coupe at the 2015 CIAS.

Cars, trucks and SUVs both premiering and on display are joined by concept cars, exotics, classics, motorcycles and alternative energy vehicles at the 2015 Canadian International AutoShow, running February 13-22 and celebrating its 42nd edition this year.
Supporting quotes:
The Hon. Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance
“I had a positive and productive meeting today with leaders of Canada’s automotive industry.  Our government’s unprecedented support for the auto industry has helped Canadian car makers achieve record-breaking sales in 2014.  With a low tax plan for jobs and growth, we will help ensure a bright future in our country for the industry and the good-paying jobs that come with it.”
John Tory, Mayor of Toronto
“This year, and every year, Toronto is proud to be the home of Canada’s preeminent automotive event. With 300,000 people having attended last year’s Canadian International AutoShow, our city looks forward to welcoming an even larger audience for 2015.”
Bob Verwey, President, Trillium Automobile Dealers Association
“With 45 vehicles making their Canadian premiere and over 1,000 new cars, trucks and SUVs on display, the 2015 Canadian International AutoShow is truly a world-class production. Having Canada’s Minister of Finance and the Mayor of Toronto officially open the event reinforces its importance to industry and culture for both our country and city.”
2014 was a record year for vehicle sales in Canada. New car dealerships nationwide sold 1.85 million light vehicles — an increase of 6.1% from 2013.
Ontario new car dealers employ 49,000 people — equivalent to the population of the City of Belleville — and contribute $29 billion in economic activity.
Canada’s automotive industry contributes 10 percent of the country’s manufacturing GDP and 13 percent of total merchandise exports. The industry employs more than 117,000 Canadians directly and another 377,000 indirectly.
Press contact:
Susan Elliott, Media Relations Manager

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