What are the best cars to see at events such as the 2016 Canadian International Auto Show? The standard answer would be the concepts.
But in a twist, the real star cars, such as the Infinti Q60, Mazda CX-9 and Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglia, are not concepts at all; they're on their way to showrooms.
Variety is where it's at for the 2016 model year and beyond, with a slight bend toward new two-door models and sleek four-door family cars. The theme is design brilliance, to the point that production cars have as much visual appeal as any concept.
Even with 40 new-to-Canada reveals, 11 new concepts and one global auto show reveal, the CIAS (Feb. 12-21) is about more than just the new-car experience, says General Manager Jan Campbell.
"It's history and heritage, and what's coming down the pipes in the future."
But the new cars are definitely the stars and there's no shortage of glittering delights.