By Yashy Selvadurai Murphy @yashyanthi
Yes you don’t usually hear of moms going out to gawk at cars… shoes, handbags, celebrities…yes of course. Cars…not so much. Last week I was invited to the Toronto Auto Show by General Motors and Chevrolet Canada, an invite I garnered by being part of the fabulous Masalamommas fan club. Now as some of you know, this girl is a superficial lover of cars. It’s all about colour, pizzazz and comfort. I’m a city girl and very rarely would you find me in a car and when you do… it’ll never be in the driver’s seat. Despite dreaming about driving and owning a quirky slime green (yes! you read that right!) set of wheels since I was thirteen, I never did get around to getting my license. Don’t you worry though.. I can drive people crazy. Easily!
We had a fabulous evening starting at a private room at E11even where Masalamommas and their guests mingled over fine wine and hor d’oeuvres . Next up we were given a private tour of the Chevrolet arena and there’s quite a few things that were highlighted. Things I never really thought about before….but should as a mom. Leg room, swanky fabrics, technology and colour palette are still important, but so is safety, trunk space and peace of mind.
Chevrolet had some very cool ideas such as scissor doors on their concept Corvette Stingray and most of their vehicles have technology which pretty much links your car to the apps on your phone. We’ve all seen the infamous Apple commercials which illustrate how certain apps can help better organize our lives, well now your car can help you do the same. Most parents often have a million things on their mind and most of these reminders pop into memory whilst in the shower or driving.
Tasks related to grocery lists, scheduling doctors visits, arranging car pools and organizing a girls night out are now made easier by being able to insert reminders by simply speaking to your car! The MyChevrolet app allows users to not only start their cars from the comfort and warmth of their home or office (don’t worry…your car is still locked and safe from theft!) but will also tell you when it’s time for a tune up or service. Pretty neat huh?
Now as most of us are aware OnStar has previously got celebrities in trouble (Ahem!) but for the most part OnStar can be the best ally. It is impressive that incase you were ever in an emergency situation, be it theft, accident or even an emergency baby delivery, big brother OnStar can quickly send rescue missions your way. I’m sure there are myriad stories on how OnStar has helped many stay alive. Now of course, if you were in a life or death situation speeding with a cop on your tail…well OnStar would stall your car and you would fail your mission. Two sides to every coin right? I’d like to think that OnStar saves more lives than destroys. Peace of mind.
Most of the Chevrolet Canada line up also has split folding seats which make it easier to pile in the hockey gear or large scale toys. Hello IKEA runs! Now don’t worry…there’s plenty of leg room, swanky and comfortable interiors…and best of all… some really neat colours. The Camaros, Sparks and Malibus did come in some awesome hues… neon yellow, midnight stars or popsicle orange anyone? Time to update my nail polish collection. One must try to match one’s car as much as possible right?
After the Chevrolet tour my brother and I explored the rest of the show. Highlights included very cool concept cars by BMW and Aston Martin. They sure were beauties!
Born in Sri Lanka, raised in Dubai, Bahrain, Pakistan, the U.S, Australia and England, Yashy now finds herself settled in Toronto, where she met her husband. Her passions include entertaining, fashion, wine, dining, cooking, cocktailing, traveling, hunting for random fun events in the city and now… exploring all things baby related.
A branding specialist by profession, Yashy is now at home on maternity leave with nothing but poop and time on her hands. She blogs at www.babyandlife.com where she talks about her passions and how she strives to strike a balance between baby and self from the very start of motherhood. The blog discusses “lifestyle” – travel, entertaining, food and drink and baby related topics for the most part. You can engage with Yashy at www.twitter.com/YashYanthi.
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