QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 19, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - How would you like to try out the brand-new Chevrolet Bolt or even the beautiful BMW i3? Here's your chance: from January 20 to 29, the Montreal International Auto Show and CAA-Quebec invite you to take a test drive in an electric vehicle (EV).
For every taste
The fleet of 14 EVs for test driving will include the BMW i3, BMW X5 xDrive 40e, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus Electric, Kia Soul EV, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan LEAF. The test drives will take place on a 3.1-kilometre circuit combining city roads and highway. Show visitors interested in taking a test drive need simply show up in the Hall Viger of the Palais des congrès de Montréal with their driver's licence. First come, first served.
No substitute for a test drive
"We are especially proud to offer people this unique opportunity to try out these vehicles, but also to be able to learn all about EVs' range, energy consumption and reliability, retail prices and government incentives. As the saying goes: 'Try it, you'll like it'," says Pierre-Serge Labbé, Vice President, Automotive Services, at CAA-Quebec.
Presented for the fourth year in a row at the Montreal International Auto Show, these test drives are possible thanks to the participation of the Auto Show, the Government of Quebec, and FLO, the Quebec EV charging network.
Still much to learn about EVs
Did you know that the government incentive grants are applied directly at the dealership, at the time of purchase? For example, the $8,000 rebate for a Chevrolet Volt will be deducted at source, after the taxes are calculated. Moreover, many EV models feature more standard equipment than their gas-powered equivalents. EV drivers also benefit from exclusive privileges such as free access to paid ferry services operated by the Société des traversiers du Québec. Pretty amazing!
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Throughout the Show – and even before – our automotive expert Jesse Caron will be on social media (#SIAMVE) helping you discover these wonderful vehicles. This year's Montreal International Auto Show will feature 600 vehicles, including exotic models from Aston Martin, Ferrari and even Lotus, a "techno space," a "performance zone" for fans of modified cars and of course our test drives. Last year's Show attendance was about 200,000.
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization, provides all of its members with peace of mind by offering them high-quality automotive, travel, residential and insurance benefits, products and services.
For further information: Montreal, Annie Gauthier, Communications Advisor and Spokesperson, 514 861-7111, ext. 6260, Cell.: 514 717-4040, [email protected]