The 2016 Montreal International Auto Show: From Dream to Reality!

MONTREAL, Dec. 22, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Insurance presents, In collaboration with The Gazette, the 48th edition of the Montreal International Auto Show (MIAS) at the Palais des congrès de Montréal from January 15 to 24, 2016. Car enthusiasts will be thrilled by the more than 500 models on display, exceptional unveilings and special features!

Some dreams really do come true!
Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, McLaren, Tesla… You don't have to be a James Bond fan to be seduced by the curves on these exotic cars. They're yours to discover in the halls of the Auto Show. 

Pagani: The video game star
Our cover model this year is none other than the Pagani Huayra (pronounced why-ra), an exotic vehicle valued at $2.2 million. You'll have the chance to admire Horacio Pagani's unique Italian design powered by a German V12 from Mercedes-AMG. Impressed by mechanic capabilities? The Huayra sprints from 0-100 kilometres per hour in just 3 seconds.

100 rires à l'heure: hosted by Rachid Badouri 
Following the success of last year's comedy special, the MIAS is once again working with Juste pour rire Spectacles to put together an evening of laughs entirely dedicated to stories about cars! The show, which will be in French, will take place on January 23 at Théâtre St-Denis, with "100 Laughs per Hour" as its theme. Popular comedian and car buff Rachid Badouri will host the event and the guest artists will include: Adib Alkhalidey, Vincent C, Yannick De Martino, Mélanie Ghanimé, Simon Gouache, Pierre Hébert, Maxim Martin and Laurent Paquin. Tickets are available on or at 514-416-7771.

Scion Performance Zone
Year after year, the Performance Zone, presented by Scion, is a resounding success among modified car fans. It spans two rooms brimming with extraordinary vehicles and supercharged energy—which is exactly why the Zone is consistently one of the Auto Show's most popular attractions.

Test drive your favourites
The Top Favourites Test Drives are back for a second edition! Fans and friends of the MIAS voted for their 13 preferred models, all of which will be available to try at the Auto Show. (Schedule: January 15 to 23 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and January 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Curious about electric vehicles?
We're doubling our pleasure this year by offering the CAA-Québec electric vehicles test drives. More than 13 models will be available for you to test, free of charge. Find out what it's like to drive a plug-in EV or a hybrid! (Schedule: January 15 to 23 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and January 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Official contest
A magnificent 2016 Mustang Fastback EcoBoost® Premium valued at $45,000 is stealing the show on Level 7. Like every year, the MIAS gives members of the public a chance to take home a fabulous car. The draw will take place on Sunday, January 24, at 6 p.m.

Social Media – The Accelerator Contest
The MIAS has a new contest, The Accelerator. Put the pedal to the metal and you could win instant giveaways or weekly prizes. In all, there will be seven weekly draws and great prizes to take home. This is our chance to thank our Facebook fans and friends for their loyalty! Visit our Facebook page to enter the contest.

Kia Kids Zone
The MIAS and Kia hope that visiting the event will be fun for kids and grown-ups alike. That's why we offer free childcare during the show's opening hours. Early childhood educators will offer professional care—including games, face painting and crafts—to kids aged 3 to 10 years.

Give blood. Give life.
Held in conjunction with Héma-Québec, the blood drive will take place at Complexe Desjardins on January 18 and 19, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Desjardins Insurance activities
Throughout the event, visitors can stop by the Desjardins booth for a fully interactive Desjardins experience. You'll have the chance to be the cover model for their magazine and enter their contest. If you're visiting the show with the intention of buying a vehicle, you may also want to meet with a Desjardins advisor and find out the trade-in value of your current car. They'll also walk you through the various financing options available for different cars. And there will be insurance agents there too! Their role is to demystify the world of automobile insurance and help you get a better understanding of what type of coverage you need.

Save 25% with advance tickets!
Advance tickets for the 2016 Auto Show are available until January 4, 2016. When you buy an early-bird ticket, you save 25% on a general admission ticket. Information is available at

Open from January 15 to 24, 2016!
Desjardins Insurance presents the Montreal International Auto Show, a production of the Montreal Automobile Dealers Corporation, in collaboration with The Gazette.         



For further information: Source: Tamar Kantarjian, Director, Communications and Marketing, Montreal International Auto Show; Information: Isabelle Fafard, Communications and Media Relations Consultant, 180DEUX, 514-865-8157,

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