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2012 Toronto auto show biggest and best ever

Canadian International AutoShow attendance of 316,751 tops previous record of 310,174, set in 2004

Published: February 29, 2012, 7:00 AM
Updated: December 3, 2015, 8:59 PM

The Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) inToronto finished its 10-day run on Sunday, February 26 with an all-time recordattendance of 316,751.

This total is well ahead of last-year’sattendance figure, just over 300,000, as well as topping the previous record of310,174, set in 2004.   

The public turnout is widely attributed toreflect the new-found strength of the automobile industry in Canada, the CIASsaid in a statement.

CIAS General Manager Tom Tonks said:"These record numbers are an indication of a positive market reactiontoward the numerous new and high-tech products being offered by everymanufacturer."

Indeed, the quality of the auto manufacturers’exhibits was arguably the best ever, rivaling those seen at some of the world’sbiggest shows.

And there were lots of supporting attractions,including the always-popular AutoExotica display – highlighted by both an AstonMartin One-77 and a Bugatti Veyron – and a new-for-2012 Eco-Drive Showcase,which displayed and explained advances in fuel-efficient technologies, rangingfrom advanced conventional powertrains to the latest electric vehicles.

Tonks went on to predict that based on therecord public attendance of the show, 2012 will likely see vastly improvedautomobile sales in Canada.

Next year will mark the 40th-anniversaryof the CIAS and plans are already underway to top this year’s event.