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Saturday,13 February, 2016

Toyota Planning Big Things for Auto Show Season

Just because auto shows like the ones in Detroit and Chicago this winter aren't technically Canadian auto shows doesn't mean that our neighbors to the south aren't putting together exhibits that will matter to us here at Charlesglen Toyota. Quite the contrary, actually, as what Toyota has planned for the Windy City this year is a slate of great production and concept models that matter regardless of what side of the border a consumer may live.

For starters, Toyota will be putting the custom "Back to the Future II" 2016 Toyota Tacoma on display, which of course immediately matters to Canadians because Michael J. Fox, who plays the character in the film for whom the dream truck was intended, was born in Edmonton.

Beyond that entertaining little connection, however, Toyota really is doing some interesting things in Chicago this year, including putting together an exhibit paying homage to the brand's racing legacy, with cars from both the past and present of racing, as well as a couple of virtual reality simulators set up to show how advanced safety technologies like Pre-Collision, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Lane Departure Alert work.

Toyota also will display some "future mobility" concepts that include the i-ROAD three-wheeler and the FV2, and there will be a special area devoted to the 2016 Toyota RAV4, allowing patrons to test-drive one on an indoor driving course set up for that express purpose.

The bottom line here is that auto shows are fun not only to attend but for the sort of news that trickles forth as a result of all that fun. Very few from the Calgary area will make that 25-hour drive to Chicago, but the kinds of things happening at that auto show are relevant to us, and we're grateful that there are exciting and surprising new exhibitions this year.