TORONTO, Ont. — Family Day at the Canadian International AutoShow was loaded with activities and special events to keep all members of the family engaged and entertained.
There is no shortage of family vehicles to be found across the two main show floors in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, from affordable hatchbacks to luxury SUVs. And among all the new cars was a full day of things to explore, play with and experience.
Presented by Toys”R”Us Canada, Kijiji Autos, 407ETR and VIA Rail Canada, Family Day at the AutoShow included autograph sessions with four-time women’s hockey Olympic gold medalist Caroline Ouellette and with Nissan Micra Cup Champion Marco Signoretti, a Wizard performing magic tricks at ONWARDS (and a bit backwards): The Pixar Vehicle Experience and ongoing family-friendly activities like running cars around the slot-racing track in the TD Booth (North Building, 300 Level) and in Castrol Alley like the Toys”R”Us Test Drive Experience and Big Boys with Cool Toys Big Air Freestyle Park (South Building, 700 Level).
“It is great to see so many families at the Canadian International AutoShow,” says Jason Campbell, General Manager of the AutoShow. “Cars and families are a natural pair. From road trips for vacations or to go visiting, to running around for simple errands, families spend a lot of time together in their cars.”
Also keeping members of the family entertained at the AutoShow are video games, found in several spots throughout the show.
Not only are they fun to play, but several automotive manufacturers and AutoShow partners use them as learning tools for new technologies and to help people better understand their vehicles. Among the video games at the 2020 AutoShow are:
- Esports Zone — Anchored by the WordGaming Network’s Forza Motorsport 7 North American championship qualifiers and finals, driven by Pfaff, this space also includes a series of xBox consoles set up for the public to try. (South Building, 700 Level)
- OBLIVION — Within the celebration of ‘80s and ‘90s cars and pop culture is a 1980s-style arcade, complete with more than two dozen upright video game machines and some retro gaming consoles like Atari and Sega set up on old CRT television sets. Get unlimited play for $5. (South Building, 700 Level)
- Ford — While there are some old school hands-on games set up — like cornhole and jenga — you can also take a spin in Ford’s driving simulator. (South Building, 800 Level)
- Chevrolet — Get a feel for what’s like to drive a Chevy in its Virtual Dynamics Adventure 4D Experience. (South Building, 800 Level)
- INFINITI — Experience 30 years of INFINITI with Fast Forward, an ’80s-inspired arcade game that celebrates the company’s innovation and design. (South Building, 800 Level)
- Acura — Strap yourself in and take the wheel in a VR driving experience. (South Building, 800 Level)
- Kia — Besides the pair of digital air hockey tables, Kia has an xBox gaming station set up. (North Building, 300 Level)
- Nissan — Test the Nissan Intelligent Mobility e-pedal in this driving simulator, and compare with the two-pedal driving we are all used to. (North Building, 300 Level)
- Volkswagen — Immerse yourself in the experience of the Canadian Premier League in an augmented reality simulator where you are tasked to keep the soccer ball out of your net. (North Building, 300 Level)
- Natural Resources Canada — Learn to better manage your behaviours behind the wheel to minimize your impact on the environment in this eco-driving simulator. (North Building, 300 Level)
For a full gallery of pictures of Family Day at the AutoShow, please click here.
Happening Tuesday, February 18th at the Canadian International AutoShow:
- Super Tuesday — For Tuesday only, general admission tickets can be purchased for only $14. Buy online at autoshow.ca/tickets or at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
- Tank Talk — Visit the Celebration of Canadian Military Vehicles at 2 pm for a discussion of tanks and a live demonstration, plus a daily chance to win a ride in the Leopard tank. (South Building, 800 Level)
- Light Up the Night — Daily live engine fire ups in Auto Exotica, presented by Sirius XM. Hear the roar and rumble each night at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Save $6 off admission after 6 p.m. (North Building, 100 Level)
- AutoShow Live — The ins and outs of auto and travel insurance, a panel discussion on autonomous vehicles and the OPP. (Toronto Star Stage, North Building, 300 Level)
For more information or to buy tickets, please visit autoshow.ca. Media accreditation to the 2020 AutoShow is now online and can be requested at autoshow.ca/media-registration.
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About the Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and wheels.ca
With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and annual attendance of 360,000, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. It boasts more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles each year.
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