Chicago Auto Show

Chicago 2012: Kia Track’ster Concept

Okay, silly name aside, everything about this Kia concept sounds awesome. For a start, it’s a Kia Soul minus two doors, which is pretty cool on its own. This thing looks like a second-gen RenaultSport Megane crossed with a Range Rover Evoque, only funkier. Despite the elimination of the back portals, the Track’ster’s wheelbase is almost a full inch longer than a standard Soul. It’s also five inches wider than the standard car, as well.

By Brandon Turkus | February 08, 2012
First Look: 2013 Acura ILX

We saw the concept in Detroit, and now Acura has debuted the production version of its ILX compact sedan. The new car marks a move downmarket for Acura, representing a sub-TSX line meant to draw younger buyers into the fold.

By Brandon Turkus | February 08, 2012
2010 Chicago Auto Show Wrap-Up

We just finished up our coverage of the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, and we saw a lot of new and concept cars, some fantastic, some milquetoast. Here, all in one place, is the list and links for our Chicago coverage.

By John Beltz Snyder | February 11, 2010
Chicago 2010: 2011 Hyundai Azera Grabs Our Attention… Briefly

No, the Hyundai Azera isn’t the sexiest or most important car at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, but we don’t mind. It still looks like a very competent entry-level luxury sedan, and if it drives anything like the current Azera, it’ll be relatively uninspired, but still rather good.

By Steven J. Ewing | February 11, 2010
Chicago 2010: 2011 Toyota Avalon Looks Like A Really Big Camry

Forgive us for yawning, but we must admit that from an auto show perspective, the 2011 Toyota Avalon is hardly exhilarating. Still, we’re glad that it was refreshed and that it sports a more aggressive appearance with better interior refinement.

By Steven J. Ewing | February 11, 2010
Chicago 2010: Live Shots Of The Honda Odyssey Concept

A common stereotype says that minivans aren’t cool. But look at this Honda Odyssey Concept — it’s pretty excellent. We like the new styling direction that Honda is using with its much-loved minivan, and we can’t wait to see what the actual production model looks like.

By Steven J. Ewing | February 10, 2010
Chicago 2010: Kia Ray Concept Combines Style And Efficiency

Not only is the Kia Ray Concept an interesting endeavor into the future possibilities of fuel-efficient vehicles, it marks the fist vehicle developed specifically under Kia’s new EcoDynamics sub-brand (similar to the BMW “Project I”). It’s certainly a looker, with a swooping, futuristic design, and we hope that something similar actually comes to production sometime soon.

By Steven J. Ewing | February 10, 2010
First Look: 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD Brings The Heat

The heavy duty truck wars are on! Ford’s new Super Duty is only a few weeks away from hitting the streets, Dodge’s Ram HD is just now hitting dealers, and the third contender in this segment is the Chevrolet Silverado HD, which officially debuted today at the Chicago Auto Show.

By Steven J. Ewing | February 10, 2010
Chicago 2010: The 2011 Ford Edge Takes Its Place On The Show Floor

Even though the 2011 Ford Edge isn’t an all-new product, the automaker has given it a substantial refresh for the new model year. Boasting a choice of three engines (including an all-new 2.0-liter EcoBoost four) and a more aggressive Sport model, the Edge should indeed continue to be the best-selling midsize crossover.

By Steven J. Ewing | February 10, 2010
Chicago 2010: Honda’s Odyssey Concept Previews Its Next-Generation Minivan

Only a few months after Toyota pulled the wraps off of its all-new Sienna minivan, Honda is following suit with an updated version of its strong-selling Odyssey. And while Honda is referring to the van on display at this year’s Chicago Auto Show as a concept, we’re sure that it’s just a few small tweaks away from being production ready.

By Steven J. Ewing | February 10, 2010
First Look: 2011 Toyota Avalon Looks Nice, But It Won’t Raise Your Pulse

There really isn’t a strong business case to be made for the Toyota Avalon these days, especially with the current recall mess that the automaker is currently working through. Nevertheless, Toyota has officially taken the wraps off of the redesigned 2011 Avalon, and while it doesn’t prove to be a big departure from the model it replaces, it’s still a very welcomed refresh.

By Steven J. Ewing | February 10, 2010
Chicago 2010: BMW Alpina B7 Is Just Waiting To Be Driven (Fast)

If you’ve ever wanted a 7-Series from BMW’s M division, this is the closest you’ll get. And while a factory-fresh M7 would be pretty cool, we’d much rather have this Alpina-tuned version. It looks excellent and isn’t like anything else on the road — we’re eagerly awaiting our first drive.

By Steven J. Ewing | February 10, 2010
First Look: 2011 Hyundai Azera Is More Of The Same

With all of the hype surrounding the Hyundai Genesis and the all-new 2011 Sonata, it’s easy to forget that the relatively well-received Azera is still sitting on dealer lots. And while we’re still waiting for an all-new model to come forth, the Toyota Avalon of Hyundais does get a few improvements for the 2011 model year.

By Steven J. Ewing | February 10, 2010
Chicago 2010: Scion tC Release Series 6.0 Debuts, Priced At $18,620

The aging Scion tC coupe is in great need of a substantial refresh, but Toyota is once again offering consumers a special, limited-production version of the car. The Release Series 6.0 features a Speedway Blue paint job, as well as an Alpine audio system, HD radio, and a navigation system with a 4.3-inch touch-screen display, offering turn-by-turn voice guidance, three-dimensional map viewing, and a spiffy tC RS guidance icon. (Oooh. Aaah.)

By Steven J. Ewing | February 10, 2010
First Look: 2011 Ford Transit Connect Taxi Reports For Duty

Move over, Crown Victoria — Ford has a whole new style of taxi to unleash on the streets. Not only is the 2011 Transit Connect Taxi just plain cool, it has useful upgrades that taxi owners and passengers will appreciate.

By Steven J. Ewing | February 08, 2010
First Look: 2011 Ford Transit Connect Electric

Ford has said over and over that it plans to release four new battery-electric and hybrid vehicles over the next couple of years, and we now have the official details on FoMoCo’s first offering — the Transit Connect Electric. Hitting the streets near the end of 2010, the zero-emissions Transit Connect Electric will be ideal for commercial vehicle buyers looking to cut down on their carbon footprint.

By Steven J. Ewing | February 08, 2010


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