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CIAS Sees Record Attendance On Opening Day

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The 2018 Canadian International AutoShow opened with a record-setting attendance of 21,385 on February 16, according to attendance numbers that arrived late Saturday.

This year’s AutoShow theme, The New Movement, explores the evolution of the automobile which is being driven by personalization, mobility and rapid advancements in new infrastructure and technology.

Key appearances included the Canadian debut of the Koenigsegg Agera RS, the world’s fastest production car, the Canadian debut of the all-new Tesla Model 3, the premiere of the Canada-exclusive 2019 RAM 1500 Sport, and seven concept cars among 41 Canadian unveils.

One of the new features at this year’s show is the Automotive Intelligence Series (AIS), a public education series designed to help provide insight into some of the most important subjects that will shape the future of driving.

The series kicked off with ‘The Future in Focus’ industry panel on Friday featuring four Canadian automotive executives, and continued on Saturday with ‘Cannabis and Cars: are we ready?’, a broad discussion on the potential impacts of cannabis legalization on driving in Canada featuring:

  • Glenn Davis – Safety Manager, Colorado Department of Transportation Highway
  • Wayne Jeffery – Toxicology/Drug Consultant
  • Eric R. Dumschat – Legal Counsel, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada
  • Jodie Emery – Canadian Cannabis Rights Activist
  • Sergeant Dave Wallbank – Provincial Coordinator Drug Evaluation & Classification, Ontario Provincial Police – Highway Safety Division

This year’s AutoShow theme, The New Movement, explores the evolution of the automobile which is being driven by personalization, mobility and rapid advancements in new infrastructure and technology. Key appearances included the Canadian debut of the Koenigsegg Agera RS, the world’s fastest production car, the Canadian debut of the all-new Tesla Model 3, the premiere of the Canada-exclusive 2019 RAM 1500 Sport, and seven concept cars among 41 Canadian unveils.

One of the new features at this year’s show is the Automotive Intelligence Series (AIS), a public education series designed to help provide insight into some of the most important subjects that will shape the future of driving.

The series kicked off with ‘The Future in Focus’ industry panel on Friday featuring four Canadian automotive executives, and continued on Saturday with ‘Cannabis and Cars: are we ready?’, a broad discussion on the potential impacts of cannabis legalization on driving in Canada featuring:

  • Glenn Davis—Safety Manager, Colorado Department of Transportation Highway
  • Wayne Jeffery—Toxicology/Drug Consultant
  • Eric R. Dumschat—Legal Counsel, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada
  • Jodie Emery—Canadian Cannabis Rights Activist
  • Sergeant Dave Wallbank—Provincial Coordinator Drug Evaluation & Classification, Ontario Provincial Police – Highway Safety Division

Prior to opening to the public on February 15, CIAS hosted its annual media day as well as its evening President’s Preview and VIP Night that saw members of the industry, including dealers, OEM representatives and suppliers gathered for the event’s annual cocktail reception and gala.

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