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Porsche Experience Centre Coming to Toronto Area

The future Porsche Experience Centre in Pickering | Photo: Porsche
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Daniel Rufiange
The centre, only the third for Porsche in North America, will offer visitors a variety of activities - including on-track driving programs - when it opens in 2024

Owning a Porsche vehicle often means more to an owner than just having purchased a vehicle. It's about the driving experience delivered by the brand's models. The manufacturer often refers to the Porsche experience for its enthusiasts, an experience that goes far beyond any trip that may be taken on the road.

In keeping with this philosophy, the company's Canadian division has just announced the opening of a Porsche Experience Centre in Toronto. The location will be the 10th of its kind worldwide and only the third in North America, and the first in Canada (Atlanta and Los Angeles being the other two).

The future PEC (for Porsche Experience Centre) will be built on a 20-acre site located in the Durham Live development in Pickering. The site already includes a number of venues and facilities to accommodate visitors, including a casino. A concert hall, 400,000 feet of retail space and a 300-room luxury hotel will be added for the opening, scheduled for 2024.

“Porsche is more than just a car. Porsche is a promise for a unique brand and product experience and since the first opening in Silverstone in 2008, our Porsche Experience Centers are the best way to get this promise. Nowhere else in the automotive industry, the soul of our sportscars can be lived that way. I couldn’t be happier that we can now announce the 10th location of its kind in Toronto – the fastest-growing city in North America with an ever-greater community of Porsche fans.”

- Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG, 100% online, shop for your next car, buy online and get it delivered to you anywhere in Quebec!

The future Porsche Experience Centre in Pickering, from above
The future Porsche Experience Centre in Pickering, from above |

At Porsche Canada, the excitement is understandably palpable. Said Marc Ouayoun, President and CEO of Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd, “Canadians will no longer have to leave the country to visit a Porsche Experience Centre. Customers and enthusiasts will be able to enjoy rewarding, hands-on experiences right in the Greater Toronto Area. Within a 500 km radius and less than an hour's flight time live nearly 100 million people.”

And what will the PEC offer visitors?

We're talking about a complex that will offer a little bit of everything, and offer it to tourists, driving enthusiasts, those interested in the brand, etc. Those wanting to discover the vehicles and the technologies they use get the chance to do so by talking to experts and examining the models on site. Interested in driving? A two-kilometre circuit will be built under the guidance of Tilke Engineering, and visitors will have the opportunity to explore the limits of Porsche vehicles with instructors in driving programs.

Collector's models, stores, cafés - everything will be there to offer you a unique experience.

Finally, in keeping with its global commitment to reducing carbon emissions, the PEC will include a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. In addition, the design and construction of the complex will be done with sustainability in mind.

Daniel Rufiange
Daniel Rufiange
Automotive expert
  • Over 17 years' experience as an automotive journalist
  • More than 75 test drives in the past year
  • Participation in over 250 new vehicle launches in the presence of the brand's technical specialists