Happy Valentine’s Day and opening day for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

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2015-CAS-Logo-JPGCHICAGO AUTO SHOW 2015: NATION’S LARGEST AUTO SHOW OPENS TO THE PUBLIC FEBRUARY 14

Over a Dozen Newly-Debuted Vehicles, 25 Supercars on Display

CHICAGO (February 14, 2015) – Taking center stage at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show will be a number of consumer vehicles making their world debut, including the all-new Acura MDX, Chevrolet Equinox, Honda Pilot and Toyota Avalon. Supercars are also on parade, catching the eye of Auto Show attendees.  As the biggest assemblage of supercars in the show’s history, a lineup of 25 cars will be showcased all across the showroom floor.

The show opens to the public on Saturday, Feb. 14. Opening weekend promises an exciting line-up of events and nearly 1,000 different vehicles that will be on display throughout the more than 1 million square feet throughout McCormick Place.  The show runs from Feb. 14-22 and is open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day, with the exception of the last day, where the show will close at 8 p.m.

This year marks the 107th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.  First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent.

“The Chicago Auto Show provides automakers the opportunity to connect with hundreds of thousands of consumers,” said John Webb, 2015 Chicago Auto Show chairman.  “In all, nearly a thousand different vehicles will be on display that appeal to each and every attendee; no other show can offer the diversity of display that you’ll find in Chicago.”
During the two-day media preview, more than a dozen new world introductions were made.  Chicago Auto Show attendees can be the first to see the newest cars debuted, including:

  • Kia Trail’ster Concept and Rio
  • Honda Pilot
  • Chevrolet Equinox, Silverado Custom and Colorado GearOn
  • Acura RDX and MDX
  • Nissan GT-R LM NISMO and 370Z NISMO Roadster concept
  • Ram Laramie Limited
  • Ford Police Interceptor
  • Toyota Avalon, Camry and Corolla
  • Hyundai special edition Veloster Rally Edition and Elantra GT

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2016 Hyundai Veloster receives major performance, design and conectivity enhancements, plus new Rally Edition

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CHICAGO, February 13, 2015 – Hyundai unveiled a new Rally Edition, coupled with significant design, dynamic and connectivity enhancements to its Veloster coupe at the Chicago Auto Show today. The Veloster Rally Edition builds upon Veloster Turbo R-Spec enthusiast credentials, with a more performance-focused suspension, RAYS® lightweight wheels with wide 225/40R18 tires, carbon-fiber-look aero accents, unique badging and floor mats. The Rally Edition is a limited production run planned for 1,200 units, all in a stunning Matte Blue paint, guaranteeing exclusivity to its enthusiast owners. 2016 Veloster will be available at dealers in May 2015.

Hyundai unveiled a new Rally Edition, coupled with significant design, dynamic and connectivity enhancements to its Veloster coupe at the Chicago Auto Show today. The Veloster Rally Edition builds upon Veloster Turbo R-Spec enthusiast credentials, with a more performance-focused suspension, RAYS® lightweight wheels with wide 225/40R18 tires, carbon-fiber-look aero accents, unique badging and floor mats. The Rally Edition is a limited production run planned for 1,200 units, all in a stunning Matte Blue paint, guaranteeing exclusivity to its enthusiast owners. 2016 Veloster will be available at dealers in May 2015.

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New Ford Police Interceptor Debuts at Chicago Auto Show, with canine rep watching on

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1423835492904[1]Cute, but I’m sure quite lethal when she wants to be, a representative from the canine unit was on hand to announce the new Ford Police Interceptor during preview days at the Chicago Auto Show. She was more restrained, poised and disciplined than most in the media audience, but eventually the handler had to keep distracting her with a toy to keep her focused. All in all, if you like/love dogs, it was a treat to see along side an impressive, utility vehicle that was tested and approved by Michigan’s own state police and gives the force the performance and added versatility to pursue and capture the bad guys. See the official information from Ford below:

New Ford Police Interceptor Debuts at Chicago Auto Show, Sets Its Sights on Innovation, Continued Sales Leadership

Ford unveiled the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show this Thursday, kicking off a new chapter for the utility that has changed the face of law enforcement.

Since its introduction in 2012, Police Interceptor Utility quickly became America’s best-selling police vehicle, helping Ford capture 55 percent of the U.S. law enforcement vehicle market.

The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility was developed with input from the Ford Police Advisory Board to handle the extreme rigors of police duty. In the business of fighting crime, performance and durability are king. Ford Police Interceptor Utility is the only Pursuit Rated midsize utility vehicle; Ford’s utility and sedan versions are the only Pursuit Rated vehicles with standard all-wheel drive.

“Our Police Interceptor Utility is the best-selling police vehicle in America because we have a unique relationship with our customers,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford North American marketing manager for Police Vehicles. “By listening to the Ford Police Advisory Board, we have engineered a vehicle that officers love.”

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Auto Industry is alive and bringing it to the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

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2015-CAS-Logo-JPGToday was the first press day for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, which opens its doors to the public on Saturday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, beginning at 9 a.m. The day started with the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) annual breakfast as a show official stated that hundreds of thousands of tickets have been sold already, and that’s before the box office opened. It’s a big show and it’s getting bigger, and it’s great to many of the OEMs continue to support this well attended show and reveal new offering here in Chi-town.

As the day went on, Chevy, Acura, Kia, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced all new vehicles and concepts on the hour, with more in the afternoon from FCA US, Mazda, Hyundai, Ford, Chevy (again), BMW, VW and more. Here were some of the highlights:

The Chrysler 200 was awarded the Chicago Auto Show’s Family Vehicle of the year at the MAMA breakfast.

2015 Chrysler 200S

In the same venue, the Chevy folks announced the production of an all-new, all electric vehicle, based off the Chevy Bolt EV Concept, at the Lake Orion, Michigan plant. The Bolt is GM’s chance at creating a truly electric vehicle, and leverage the company’s experience with the revolutionary Volt.

2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept all electric vehicle – front exThis generation global electric vehicle is expected to be more affordable and have a longer range — more than 200 miles per charge and priced around $30,000. It’s also great news for workers in the Detroit area.

ChevyEquinoxReveal05.jpgOn the show floor, Chevy introduced the 2016 Equinox – a restyled, updated version of the compact SUV that’s been around for a while now and in need of a more contemporary look. Inside it has large color touchscreen radio, rearview camera and other premium features.

In Kia land, the team pulled the wraps off of the new 2016 Rio sedan and the Trail’ster e-AWD concept.

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Over at the Honda stand, Jeff Conrad – Honda Division Senior Vice President and General Manager showed the media audience the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV and I must say, for the first time that morning, I was impressed. It’s a family vehicle that could always hold its own in the marketplace, but was in desperate need of some restyling and contemporizing. Lots of new technology, amenities and safety features. Nice job! I will have pix in the next blog post and more to say as well.

Mike Accavitti – Acura Division Senior Vice President and General Manager, after touting this vehicle’s solid sales leadership and best-ever year, pulled the covers off the newly refreshed and energized 2016 Acura RDX luxury SUV, with all new performance and luxury upgrades befitting of the Acura brand.

And in the world of trucks, Ram is stepping up the level of sophistication and luxury with its announcement of a new trim level for the Ram 1500 — the Ram Laramie Limited. Yes, lots of premium leather and Argento wood for the high-end consumer who wants the versatility of an efficient and capable work horse and lots of after-hour swag.

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More tomorrow with announcements from Mazda, Hyundai, Ford, Chevy, BMW, and VW.