Several cars made their Canadian debuts and a few received prestigious awards at the Montreal International Auto Show, which kicked off last week. Here are some of the highlights.

Toyota Yaris and Toyota Prius won the title of best-in-class for fuel efficiency in the 2009 ecoENERGY for Vehicle Awards at the Montreal International Auto Show.

Last week, Toyota also unveiled the all-new 2010 Prius, which features a fuel-efficiency rating of 4.0 L/100 km city and 4.2 L/100 km highway.

On sale this spring, the 2010 Prius will offer Canadians even more innovation, versatility, choice, safety, and value while setting the stage for the future of transportation.

“When they shop for a new vehicle, consumers rely on information like the ecoENERGY fuel efficiency ratings to make smart choices. That’s why winning these awards is such an honour for Toyota,” said Stephen Beatty, managing director at Toyota Canada Inc.

Scion made its first Canadian auto show appearance with the Fuse sports coupe concept in Montreal. Scion, which hopes to woo urban youth, pushes the limits of a coupe concept with Fuse by combining entertainment, digital technology, and versatility into one sinister looking package.

Inspiration came from the “HAKO” super GT racing cars of Japan, commonly known as the JGTC series. From the side, the Fuse has a low, aggressive stance with a race helmet-inspired wraparound window that provides a panoramic view.

The FUSE is also equipped with extreme levels of personalization accessories. Headlights and fog lamps can be programmed to illuminate in various colours. Videos or images can be downloaded and viewed on a concealed LCD screen behind the front badge.

The new 2009 Smart fortwo BRABUS made its Canadian debut at the Palais des Congrès. The BRABUS will be in Canadian showrooms by February.

Building on the existing Smart fortwo platform, the BRABUS has been tailored for enhanced appearance and handling. A sportier exhaust tuning along with a sports chassis and suspension components have been designed to offer a smooth ride and added comfort.

Inside, the car is equipped with sports pedals made of brushed aluminum, stylish velour floor mats embroidered with the BRABUS logo, standard heated leather seats, power steering and additional dashboard instruments, which are all options on the regular Smart fortwo.

Nissan Canada revealed two vehicles in Montreal. The 2009 Nissan Cube, brand new to the North American market, and the completely redesigned 2009 Nissan 370Z will be available to Canadians this spring.

For 2009, the Cube brings a unique blend of fashion and function, building on the non-traditional design with an improved confident look that has been compared to a “bulldog in sunglasses.”

The 2009 Nissan 370Z, the sixth-generation model of the iconic Z sports car, is lighter, more powerful than ever before and offers enhanced handling, quality and style.

Infiniti added the all-new 2009 G37 convertible to its family of Canadian cars in Montreal.
Arriving at dealers this spring, the G coupe retains its long cabin and graceful trunk proportions through use of a fully-automatic three-piece hardtop design. The new model also adds a 325-horsepower, 3.7-litre V6 engine.

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