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Hot rides at the auto show

Fan favourites at the Vancouver International Auto Show range from the old to the cutting edge.

The 99th annual event continues until Sunday at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

From the latest models coming to dealer showrooms, to classics, modified supercars and more, automotive aficionados seem to be flocking to a few special vehicles.

Among them is Terry Fox's Van of Hope. The 1980 Ford Econoline supported the amputee cancer fundraiser on his epic Marathon of Hope.

For Darrell Fox, who accompanied Terry 39 years ago, the response has been overwhelming. “Whenever the van is displayed at a public event like this ... I continue to be astounded and appreciative that people of all generations continue to have such a strong personal and emotional attachment," he said.

Among the new vehicles, Jaguar's I-Pace was honoured with the Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year Award this week by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada and is turning heads with its good looks as well as its pure battery-electric efficiency.

Off-road enthusiasts are swooning over the all-new Jeep Gladiator mid-size truck.

Racing and drifting fans, meanwhile, are drooling over Ken Block's 1,400-horsepower all-wheel drive Hoonicorn Mustang. The famous car is making its Canadian debut in Vancouver.

Want to save money on gas? More than 30 electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen-powered vehicles are available for show-goers to get behind the wheel of, through the Electric Vehicle Experience display.



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