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2009 Montreal International Auto Show now open to public!

Automotive expert , Updated:
The 41st Montreal International Auto Show (MIAS) kicked off today at 10 am at Palais des Congrès. The event will last until January 25 and, during these ten days, visitors will have the opportunity to admire their favorite cars from 10 am to 10 pm, except on the last day (doors will close at 8 pm). General admission is $15.

The On Route to a Greener Future section, back for a fifth consecutive year, once again features the Green Zone, where eight major automobile manufacturers are on hand to display their ecological cars. The second feature of this special attraction is the presentation of the 2009 ecoENERGY for vehicle Awards. Moreover, for the first time in its history, the MIAS, in collaboration with, is giving the public a chance to take a quick spin around the building in environmentally-friendly, fuel-efficient vehicles. Places are limited, even though organizers predict an average of 700 test drives per day!

Visitors also have the opportunity to marvel at three futuristic products from Swiss manufacturer Rinspeed as well as seven discontinued models from 1953 to 1981.

Don't miss the five finalists for the "Draw the Car of the Future" contest, in which 6th Graders from the Greater Montreal's schools were asked how they imagined the vehicle of the future.

Meanwhile, the ever-popular 7th Heaven exhibit includes wonderfully exotic vehicles from such brands as Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati, Maybach, McLaren-SLR and Porsche. A private collection of 10 convertibles from the 1950s is also on display.

Last but not least, the Kia Motors Childcare Centre allows parents to roam through the MIAS halls while their kids are being safely entertained. The annual blood drive will take place from January 19 to 23.

Enjoy your visit!
photo:Philippe Champoux, Matthieu Lambert