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Consumers pick their favorite vehicles and exhibit at the Chicago Auto Show

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Consumer voters proclaimed their auto show favorites in five categories, in the Chicago Auto Show's third annual Best of Show balloting.

Winners in the contest's five categories were: 

  • Best All-New Production Vehicle: Dodge Challenger (30% of vote) 
  • Best Concept Vehicle: Cadillac CTS Coupe (19% of vote) 
  • Best Chicago Auto Show World Introduction: Dodge Challenger (56% of vote) 
  • Best Exhibit: Chevrolet (25% of vote) 
  • Vehicle I'd most like to have in my driveway: Chevrolet Camaro Bumblebee (8% of vote)

Nine finalists in four categories were selected by a panel of elite automotive journalists. The fifth category, "Vehicle I'd Most Like to Have in My Driveway," allowed voters to choose from any vehicle on the show floor and write in their selection.

According to the results, nearly one-third of the voters considered the Dodge Challenger the Best All-New Production Vehicle at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. It was followed by the Shelby GT500KR with 18 percent of the vote.

In the Best of Show's tightest race, four percentage points separated the top four finishers in "Vehicle I'd most like to have in my driveway." The Chevrolet Camaro Bumblebee gathered eight percent of the vote, followed closely by the Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, and Nissan GT-R. Proving that star power still counts, the yellow and black Camaro Bumblebee concept car was featured in the live-action-adventure film, “Transformers.”

Dodge Challenger easily took Best Chicago Auto Show World Introduction. In second was the GMC Denali XT concept hybrid pickup truck.

Gathering 19 percent of the vote, the angular Cadillac CTS Coupe squeaked out a victory as the Best Concept Car of the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. The sporty Dodge Zeo finished a close second with 16 percent of the vote.

Wrestling the crown of Best Exhibit away from Jeep’s two-year stranglehold was Chevrolet. The Bow-Tie brand grabbed 25 percent of the vote versus Jeep’s 22 percent. It’s interesting to note that the Chevrolet exhibit was part of a massive General Motors display that was the largest the American automaker has ever assembled, anywhere.

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