What’s New With Ford Canada At The Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS)

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It may only be February, but 2016 has already been a whirlwind of a year for me…and I’m loving it! This past weekend was no different. I got to head back to the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS).

I had visited the CIAS briefly on the media day before the show actually launched, but had to leave early to catch my flight to Quebec City. (You’ll read more about that trip soon!)

Ford Canada brought me out on the CIAS media day to learn more about the automaker’s advancements in safety, including Gorilla Glass. The team set up a hail bazooka shooting giant ice balls at your face, don’t worry – we were protected behind the Gorilla Glass! Though I will admit, it was terrifying standing there having giant ice balls shot at your face!

I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself, “What the heck does JennJenn know about cars?!” And that’s a fair question – because, I really don’t know much. But what I do know is that I throughly enjoy heading out on road trips, and more often than not – I like to drag my two young nieces along for the fun. So learning more about the safety features that different brands are implementing is important…because, I love those rugrats to bits! LOL

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Ford Canada also had a Drugged Driving Suit at the CIAS, which simulated the effects of drugs like cannabis, cocaine and heroin. While I didn’t get a chance to personally put it on because I was in a rush for my flight – I did catch the tail-end of someone elses experience and it was…entertaining, to say the least!

  • Ford’s new “Drugged Driving Suit” is designed to show drivers the dangers of driving under the influence of illegal drugs such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin
  • According to NHTSA, approximately 18 percent of all motor vehicle driver deaths involve drugs other than alcohol, such as marijuana and cocaine
  • The Drugged Driving Suit will be incorporated into Ford Driving Skills for Life, the award-winning novice driver education program that has provided free training to more than half a million people globally

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Photo Credit: Ford / Lincoln

Another key feature on the media day was the return of Lincoln‘s flagship vehicle – the launch of the brand spanking new 2017 Lincoln Continental.

Beginning this fall, 2017 Lincoln Continental will bring this elegant, effortlessly powerful, serene full-size sedan back on the market – delivering a quiet luxury to the industry’s most discerning customers.

The full-size sedan is designed to appeal to culturally progressive clients who define luxury on their own terms – craving superior quality, craftsmanship and safety.

“The Continental name has long been associated with the ultimate in Lincoln beauty and luxury,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln.
“With the all-new model, we are focusing on creating more human, personally tailored experiences for our clients – providing what we call quiet luxury.”

Perfect Position Seats in the Lincoln Continental usher in
a new era of wellness and luxury.

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Photo Credit: Ford / Lincoln

One of the things that stuck out most for me was the massaging feature. It’s like a spa…on wheels! This is the sort of luxury that customers have grown to expect from Lincoln, and the company did not disappoint!

The 2017 Lincoln Continental is as enjoyable to ride in as it is to drive, and provides features that contribute to an experience so serene you might think you’re still at home. Available Perfect Position front seats offer a new era of wellness and luxury, and can be adjusted up to 30 ways. The upper seat back supports the shoulders, while the suspension system supports the body. This combination helps take stress off the shoulders and neck. Two available extending thigh cushions, each independently adjustable, add further support. The front seats offer heating, cooling and available massage functionality. The rear seats are available with adjustable recline, heating, cooling and massage functionality as well

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When I got back from Quebec City, I headed out to the CIAS for an afternoon of all things fun, fast, and shiny. We spent the afternoon checking out all of the AMAZING cars and once we got to the Ford Canada section, I stopped dead in my tracks.

See that yellow bad boy in the picture above? Yeah – that’s the all-new Ford Canada GT Supercar (which, as it turns out is made right here in the GTA), and it is AWESOME.

CIAS Ford Raptor

Then I saw this guy; this monster of a truck…dare I be punny and say, a monster truck? Anyways – the Ford Canada F-150 Raptor. It’s a beast on wheels.

It’s bigger and badder than any other version, yet comes in 500lbs lighter. Go figure! #mathishard

I totally get the whole, ‘Built Ford Tough’ saying now.

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Last, but not least – if I see toys, you can bet your sweet behind I’ll stop and play with them. At the CIASFord Canada showcased the brand spanking new Lego sets that were being made available.

“LEGO is the world’s No. 1 toy company and is loved by children and adults around the globe,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas.
“Many of us grew up playing with LEGO, so this is a dream project for many of us – including our engineers.”

For more pictures from my visit(s) to the CIAS with Ford Canada, head to my Facebook page!

And of course, follow me on Snapchat for more behind the scenes fun – awesomejennjenn

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