Top reveals from Salon International de l'Auto de Montréal 2017

Toyota COMS Montreal International Auto Show
Toyota chose the Montreal International Auto Show to show off the COMS EV for the first time in North America.


Some facts about the Salon International de l'Auto de Montréal: 600 new vehicles are on display, the exhibit floor is spread out over 360,000 square-feet of space, and last year, nearly 200,000 visitors paid a visit to one of the biggest auto shows in Canada. On until Jan. 29, these are three of the biggest reveals from the 2017 Montreal International Auto Show.

Hyundai RN30

Hyundai RN30 concept

As you may have heard, Hyundai launched a new performance division awhile back simply called “N.” Focused on creating models that provide a thrilling and engaging driving experience, the latest development to come out of that is the RN30 concept, based on Europe’s i30 compact family car.

The racy-looking hatchback with scissor doors and a ground-hugging stance utilizes advanced plastic materials in its construction to keep the weight down, and features an integrated roll cage to increase safety and body rigidity. Power is delivered via a turbocharged 2.0-litre motor producing 375 horsepower and 333 lb-ft of torque.

Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf

The first fully electric vehicle from Volkswagen is finally coming to Canada later this year. At 100 per cent, the 35.8 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery allows people to travel more than 200 kilometres. Using a Level 2 power source, a full top-up takes about five hours.

The 134 hp EV will also receive the same styling updates as the rest of the lineup, including new bumpers, LED head and tail lights and a refreshed interior. A North America e-Golf exclusive, customers can optionally add a Discover Pro infotainment system, which takes advantage of a 9.2-inch screen and gesture control functionality.

Toyota COMS

Toyota COMS

The Toyota COMS made its North American debut at MIAS, an ultra-compact electric vehicle already sold in Japan and being tested in Europe. It was specifically designed to help reduce traffic congested in urban centres by giving people an easier, and environmentally cleaner, method of running errands in the city and business parks.

Toyota COMS cargo

A slightly larger commercial version is available as well. Both have a maximum range of 50 km on a single charge and a top speed of 60 km/h.

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