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Since its inception in 1974, the Canadian International Auto Show has been a relatively low-key event. With smaller budgets and less action, Canadians often stand on carpet while their neighbors to the South enjoy the elaborate staging of L.A. or Detroit – no carpet there, only the finest hardwoods and tiles with impressive staging, lighting and sound.

This year Jaguar still sits on carpet, but Canadians are welcomed to a truly state of the art display at BMW’s exhibit. We were told that this display was used for the Auto Show in Munich, and the artful design leaves us with no doubt. A wide variety of BMW cars are on display, including the soon to be retired E60 5 series. Old is mixed with new, as the new Active Hybrid 7 and Z4 sDrive35iS are on display. The exciting Mini Beachcomber concept exerts its presence in Toronto, hit the jump for a look at its reveal.

Overall, this years Auto Show in Toronto leaves us with a buzz of energy; new technologies are on display everywhere and a new focus on efficiency is prevalent throughout much of the show.

The Canadian International Auto Show is now open to the public. To learn more about CIAS or to plan your visit please hit the link

Stay tuned for more from Toronto and a special surprise for our Canadian readers.

[Photos by Shawn Molnar ]