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The Edmonton Motor Show offers up a bit of everything

The Edmonton Motor Show has been displaying the newest and best of the automobile world for over three decades — 32 years to be exact. This year, the show is being held at the Northlands AgriCom and runs from Feb. 26 through March 1.

Show organizers have made a point of displaying a variety of vehicles this year, and will showcase the latest model year passenger cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs, which range from affordable to extravagant. With over 700 vehicles in attendance, the Edmonton Motor Show comes pretty close to being car heaven.

From the extreme, to the affordable, there is a bit of everything at this Motor Show. Custom cars tricked out with $70,000 paint jobs are housed under the same roof as more economical options, which seem to be making a comeback. In fact, this year, a fitting theme at the show is economical cars. Many diesels are coming into North America, and leading the pack is BMW with a range of diesel models that are usually a big hit with the European market.

Electric concept cars are also at the show, offering a glimpse into a potentially affordable and environmentally friendly car option for the near future.

The ultimate symbol of coolness and muscle in the ’70s, the mighty Camaro, is back in a big way for 2010. The same model that graced the screen in the last Transformers movie will be at the motor show and we be also available for purchase.

Eleasha Naso, assistant manager of the motor show, is excited to be able to offer Edmontonians a car show that appeals not just to car enthusiasts, but to the entire family as well. “We try to make it a fun and interactive experience for the whole family,” Naso says.

Part of the fun Naso speaks of comes in the form of a large segway course set up in the Northlands Agricom. Everyone is invited to participate in racing around the obstacle course and there are prizes to be won for the races —from a Lotus ride on a racetrack in Vancouver, to a lesson at the Allan Berg Racing School in Calgary.

Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley and Astin Martin are always big draws, and each of these beauties will also be on display for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

Show details

What: The Edmonton Motor Show
When: Feb 26 – March 1
Where: Edmonton Northlands Agricom
Tickets: Adults $14, Industry and Early Bird Ticket: $12, Seniors (+60) $12, Students (Require Student Pass) $12, Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children) $30, Children 6 and under accompanied by an adult are free.
Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 
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