Right now, all the cars are being polished, buffed, and lovingly attended in preparation for doors-open at 4 pm today, 19th March at the 99th Vancouver Auto Show.
All the latest models from international and domestic car manufacturers are here. I don’t want to spoil it for you so I’m not going to show you everything. However, I did take lots of photos so I’ve got you covered for the basics.
First up is Honda. The new Passport is entirely new. It’s a great SUV for families who need a daily driver for the week but also want to sit in comfort for road trips and weekend adventures.
Next is Ford. The 2020 Explorer is updated with a sleeker look and has some really beautiful things going on inside. You’ll have to come and check it out.
Of course, I came to see some trucks and Ford always has me covered. The F-series and the Raptor are classics that keep getting updates, stronger, and more capable. They look reaaaally nice too. In fact, pretty much the sole reason I buy Lotto tickets is to get one of these, (oh and a house and financial stability, but mainly trucks).
On the more nippy side is the Toyota Supra. It looks like Val Kilmer’s Batman suit but looks like it drives like a beast. The lines are incredible and the interior fits the driver like it was tailor-made.
A key theme this year is electric, hybrid, and hydrogen vehicles.
HTEC just announced a partnership with 7-11 stores and are going to build two new hydrogen charging gas stations. One in the North Shore and one in Victoria, BC.
In addition to these, there are more filling stations around Greater Vancouver, including Burnaby and downtown and more coming in the coming years.
Of course, to make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles commonplace, there need to be way more filling stations at the time of car purchase.
Until then, here are some Jeeps!
Upstairs there are the luxury and silly-expensive vehicles like this Rolls-Royce SUV. It’s only $339,765. A bargain and perfect for picking up the kids. Personally I’m not a fan of this kind of thing. It doesn’t have any of the old class and generational style of the Rollers from the 70s-80s. I guess I’m just not the market.
And for something completely different, the Solo by Meccanica. They’re based in Vancouver, built in New Westminster, and have created a 3-wheeled car that’s perfect for a city-driver.
One seat, enough space for a few bags or a carry-on suitcase and even has a cute roof-rack for a small surfboard. I love these!
I think the star of the show, for me, is the Electric Roadster ‘S’, also from Meccanica. It has a classic style and is just so elegant. I want one for long summer days of driving along the Sea to Sky highway.
There are so many vehicles for you to sit in and check out in a fun environment. The show is open from 4 pm today at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Get your tickets here.