Toronto, Ontario – Despite the downtown in the auto industry, the 2009 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto drew 253,384 people over its ten public days.

Organizers called the quarter-million-plus attendance a “reality check,” which places the reports of economic downturn into perspective. Some manufacturers reported strong consumer interest, spurred by advantageous pricing and new automotive technologies.

“The confirmation of continuing consumer interest bodes well for an increase in sales activity this spring in dealerships across the Greater Toronto Area,” said Tom Tonks, general manager of the show. He said the event would probably have achieved even greater attendance if not for bad weather during the latter half of the show’s run.

In 2010, the Canadian International Auto Show will be held from February 12 to 21.

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