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Best Ride at 2014 Chicago Auto Show

Best Ride covers the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

Best Ride covers the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

Best Ride will be covering the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

Once again, the popular Jeep off-road test course should be added to the long list of things to do at the Chicago Auto Show.

Test tracks have been a tradition for the Chicago Auto show for the last eight-years and Jeep has always been a big part of it. There will actually be three indoor test courses; the extremely popular Jeep off-road course, the Chrysler multi-brand course, and Toyota will have a course of their own, for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, which opens February 8.

With over 1-million-square-feet of exhibition space reserved in McCormick Place, show officials are giving automakers plenty of room to spread out and show-off. Last year over 75,000 people took part in both the indoor and outdoor test drives and test tracks; participation is only expected to increase this year.

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Videos from the 2014 Chicago Show

 

2014 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview News Conference Schedule (PDF)

Chicago Auto Show: 2014 Maserati Ghibli

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Chicago Auto Show, S.M. Darby | 0 comments

ghibli auto showMaserati, an Italian automaker long renowned for building sports cars with six-digit window stickers, unveiled the Ghibli mid-sized luxury sport sedan at the Chicago Auto Show, last week. With plans to garner their fair share of the luxury sport sedan market, the Ghibli’s price tag is comparable to that of its German counterparts. However, in keeping with the tradition of cars that bear the trident (Maserati’s crest and logo), the Ghibli unleashes quite a throaty rumble when acceleration is demanded and is more than capable when pressed into performing a challenging driving maneuver. Let’s take a closer look at this Italian beauty. (more…)

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Chicago Auto Show: Four car fashions for everyone

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Chicago Auto Show, Clifford Atiyeh | 0 comments

Beetle-headlampFashion feels good. When your fashion involves a Ferrari 458 and a pair of red Adidas hightops matching the paint, it feels like you’re living the afterlife on earth. But for all the eye candy a Ferrari dusts over a few magical weekends, a turbocharged Volvo wagon with 20-inch rims can cover the whole year. Everyday car fashion is upon us. New cars have never made us look this good.

At the Chicago Auto Show, I found four examples of high-end car style that’s become as mainstream as Macy’s. There’s certainly more, but these are my favorites — and unlike the $350,000 Ferrari I recently drove, they won’t drain your accounts.

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Volvo Delivers Ice Blue Polestars at the Chicago Auto Show

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Chicago Auto Show | 0 comments

s60 and v60Volvo has unveiled their most powerful performance package autos to date in ice-cool packaging at this year’s chilly Chicago Auto Show. Polestar, Volvo’s racing and performance division, is widely recognized for their ability to develop dramatic horsepower and torque gains in turbocharged engines, while maintaining peak fuel efficiency. The limited edition 2015 Volvo S60 Polestar, a high-performance sedan and the station wagon version, the V60 Polestar, were presented at the Chicago Auto Show on February 6, 2014. The S60 Polestar sedan was initially introduced in 2012 as a concept vehicle that boasted 508hp but the most recent versions are officially slated for delivery in North American showrooms in the summer of this year. (more…)

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Chicago Auto Show: Toyota TRD Pro Series

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Chicago Auto Show | 0 comments

All threeLooking to take full advantage of their success in the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 desert racing series’, the world’s largest automaker has unveiled their high-performance off-road desert truck package, called the Toyota TRD Pro Series, in three awesome configurations. The full-sized Toyota Tundra, mid-sized Toyota Tacoma pickup, and mid-sizedannouncement Toyota 4Runner SUV will all be offered with the upgraded off-road package. “Born from this experience in the desert,” said the Toyota representative in Chicago, ”Toyota’s terrain-conquering vehicles will help serious off-roaders go places they never dreamed possible.” (more…)

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Chicago Auto Show: Volkswagen Super Beetle GRC

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Chicago Auto Show, Clifford Atiyeh | 0 comments

Volkswagen-Beetle-GRC-300What is it?

It’s the fastest Beetle in all the land. Andretti Autosport took the stock 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, cranked it to 560 hp and routed all that monstrous thrust through an all-wheel drive system and a sequential racing gearbox. The Beetle Global Rallycross (also known as the “Super Beetle”) will start racing in the Red Bull Global Rallycross series later this year.

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Chicago Auto Show: 2015 Kia Soul EV

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Chicago Auto Show, Clifford Atiyeh | 0 comments

Kia-Soul-EV-front-300What is it?

The 2015 Kia Soul EV is an electrified version of the all-new 2014 Soul, arguably the nicest, best-equipped five-door hatchback this side of a Ford Focus. It promises all the usual statistics we’ve heard from new electric cars: silent, emissions-free driving for 80 to 100 miles, a five-hour charging time from dead to full on a 240-volt connection and ample torque due to the “instant-on” characteristics of electric motors.

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Chicago Auto Show: Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Chicago Auto Show | 0 comments

diesel runner headerAmong the stunning revelations currently taking place in the Windy City, Nissan has unveiled their diesel powered mid-sized pickup, with a proclivity towards fuel conservation. With the recent advancements in diesel propulsion technology, it should come as no surprise that a Japanese automaker has “thrown their hat into the ring” as it pertains to mid-sized pickup trucks. Between quiet and clean burning ultra-low sulfur diesel fuels and more sophisticated turbochargers, diesel powered automobiles now rival hybrid powered vehicles in fuel economy and diesel is typically more powerful and durable. (more…)

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Chicago Auto Show: 2015 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Chicago Auto Show, Clifford Atiyeh | 0 comments

Volvo-V60-S60-PolestarWhat is it?

Volvo’s done this before. In 1995, Volvo unleashed a high-performance sedan and wagon pair called the 850 T-5R, clad in canary yellow, that could hit more than 150 mph. In their short production run, those cars were bright spots on Volvo’s conservative (and slow) lineup. Nearly 20 years later, the S60 and V60 Polestar share the same mission as Volvo’s most powerful, entertaining cars to date. Tuned by Volvo’s racing partner Polestar, this blue duo promises speed in the safest manner possible. And they look dashing while they’re at it.

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Chicago Auto Show: 2015 Subaru Legacy

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Chicago Auto Show, Clifford Atiyeh | 0 comments

Subaru-Legacy-2015-front-300What is it?

The 2015 Legacy is the closest we’ve yet come to a luxury Subaru, and while the new model has more amenities (rear A/C vents!), it’s very content not being a Mercedes. Subaru doesn’t market nonsense about “brand aspirations” and “luxury lifestyles” because its customers — primarily in the Northwest and Northeast — could care less. Simply, the 2015 Legacy is the fifth generation of a popular midsize sedan that’s been in production for 25 years. As such, the Legacy’s formula – flat-crankcase engines, all-wheel drive, sporty handling – hasn’t changed.

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2014 Chicago Auto Show Begins with Media Preview

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Chicago Auto Show | 0 comments

2014 Chicago Auto Show Banner

Watch the press conferences LIVE: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/chicago-auto-show-2011

This year marks the 106th edition of the Chicago Auto Show. Prior to opening to the public on Saturday, Feb. 8, the show boasts a two-day Media Preview on Thursday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 7.

The Media Preview opens with the Midwest Automotive Media Association breakfast.  Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. will deliver the keynote address.

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Chicago Auto Show 2014: Toyota Heats Things Up

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Chicago Auto Show, S.M. Darby | 0 comments

CAS 2014Despite the fact that the Midwest is in the grip of one of the coldest winters in recent history, Toyota plans to heat things up dramatically during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, which is open to the public from February 8 through 17, at McCormick Place. With more than 45-thousand-square-feet of exhibit space, the world’s largest automaker has plenty of room to spark public interest. Among the expected attractions are the critically applauded FT-1 Concept Sports Car, numerous news conferences, many interactive opportunities for potential consumers, fifty additional vehicle presentations, and a 30-thousand-square-foot indoor desert-themed obstacle course. (more…)

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Chicago Auto Show: Camp Jeep Returns

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Chicago Auto Show | 0 comments

Chicago Auto Show

February 8 through 17

Once again, the popular Jeep off-road test course should be added to the long list of things to do at the Chicago Auto Show. Test tracks have been a tradition for the Chicago Auto show for the last eight-years and Jeep has always been a big part of it. There will actually be three indoor test courses; the extremely popular Jeep off-road course, the Chrysler multi-brand course, and Toyota will have a course of their own, for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, which opens February 8. With over 1-million-square-feet of exhibition space reserved in McCormick Place, show officials are giving automakers plenty of room to spread out and show-off. Last year over 75,000 people took part in both the indoor and outdoor test drives and test tracks; participation is only expected to increase this year. (more…)

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