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Chicago Auto Show - 2000

  • 2000Cover JeepDisplayWeb22
    During the 2000 Chicago Auto Show, Mayor Richard M. Daley stated that nothing shaped 20th century America more than the automobile, and wondered what the automobile's role would be in the new 21st century. First Look for Charity raised more than $1 million for 12 Chicago area charitites, and a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban was the evening's grand prize. Hot topics were hybrids and fuel cells. Rendering on the show program cover is of the Pontiac Piranha concept vehicle. On the right, a near-vertical 25-foot high rock formation in the Jeep exhibit, included a 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport scaling the monolith. The visual dramatization was created to demonstrated that the new Jeep had greater off-road capabilities than previous models.
  • 2000CAS ExhibitConstructionWeb22
    Photographed from high above the show floor, workers can be seen uncrating and assembling various displays. In the center of the image, Chrysler minivans and a PT Cruiser wait to be positioned within the Chrysler exhibit. Strung across the top portion of this photo is a large banner, featuring the 2000 Chicago Auto Show logo.
  • 2000ChryslerPTCruiserExhibitWeb22
    Since the earliest auto shows, manufacturers have annually displayed vehicles with cutaway body panels that revealed interior components. At the 2000 show, a special Chrysler PT Cruiser continued that tradition when displayed without the entire driver's side, rear liftgate and roof.
  • ChevroletMonteCarlo@2000Web22
    A popular vehicle within the Chevrolet exhibit was the Dale Earnhardt #3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo. The car was painted bright red for the Daytona 500 race only, instead of his well-known basic black. Team Monte Carlo's mascot was the Warner Bros. Tasmanian Devil cartoon character, featured prominently on the car's hood.
  • MayorDaley DodgeViperGTS Rconcept@2000Web22
    In the center of this photo from 2000, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley turns to talk with auto show general manager Jerry Cizek about the Dodge Viper GTS/R concept car. The Mayor learned that the American-built super coupe was painted in eye-catching Enhanced Viper Red, and was powered by an aluminum 488 cubic inch (8 liter) V-10 engine.
  • 2000CAS ChevroletExhibitWeb22
    A bright yellow Corvette hatchback and a red Camaro coupe were positioned at the front entranceway of the colorful Chevrolet exhibit before the opening of the 2000 Chicago Auto Show. Both of these North American-built high-performance automobiles were available with versions of the 5.7 liter V-8 engine and six-speed manual transmissions.
  • Pontiac BobbyLabonte@2000Web22
    On display during the 2000 show, was a statue of NASCAR Winston Cup driver Bobby Labonte positioned along side of an Interstate Batteries 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix racer. As signified by the trophy in the hand of the life-size figurine, 1999 was the best year of Labonte's Winston Cup career to date. He finished second in points and scored five of Pontiac's nine wins.
  • 2000PontiacAztekWeb22
    Pontiac's new Aztec SUV crossover was not yet on sale at the dealers, but the public got to view the midsize four-door hatchback during the 2000 show. One Aztec was displayed with its body off the chassis, exposing the vehicle's interior and mechanical components. Power train consisted of a 3.4 iter V-6 coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission. Aztec offered General Motors' Versatrak all-wheel drive system and four-wheel disc brakes.
  • 2000FordKomenFoundationWeb22
    The Susan G. Komen Brest Cancer Foundation and Ford Credit teamed up to bring awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection through the 'Race for the Cure' events across America. Displayed during the 2000 Chicago Auto Show was a Ford Windstar decorated with official 'Race for the Cure' artwork.
  • 2001BMW Z8@2000Web22
    On sale in April 2000, the 2001 BMW Z8 exotic sports car was a star attraction inside the German auto manufacturer's exhibit. With an aluminum body, the Z8 featured a 394 horsepower 5 liter V-8 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The BMW Z8 first appeared in the 1999 James Bond movie titled ""The World Is Not Enough." With a $128,000 window sticker, only 400 Z8 sports cars were imported to the United States during that model year. The design of the 2001 Z8 paid homage to the 1950s BMW 507 roadster.
  • 2000CAS VolvoExhibitWeb22
    One of the more attractive areas on the show floor was the Volvo exhibit. A spectacular geometric-shaped paneled roof seemed to float high above the cars. Positioned on a raised platform in the middle of the well-lit Volvo exhibit were two V70 wagons. Just to the right of the tall Volvo vertical sign are four more wagon models. The green car is a compact Volvo V40 four-door wagon. Several V70 wagons are to the right of the V40.
  • 2000AstonMartinDB7 Web22
    One of the exotic, limited-production automobiles at the 2000 show was the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante. A new 420 horsepower, 48-valve, all-alloy V-12 engine with 400 ft.-lbs. of torque could to the rear wheels, propel this supercar to a governed top speed of 171 miles per hour. Transmission choices were a six-speed manual and five-speed automatic. Handsome cockpit featured Connolly hide upholstered front bucket seats with adjustable cushions, backrests and headrests.
  • 2000Honda S2000Web22
    Honda's first sports car for the new millennium was the rear-wheel drive S2000. Up front was a 240 horsepower 2.0 liter inline all aluminum four-cylinder engine with an astonishing 8900 RPM red line. A six-speed manual was the only transmission available. The S2000 two-seater came with a power top, CD player, cruise control and keyless entry. There were no options offered other than the choice of red, white, silver or black exterior colors.
  • 2001Subaru@2000Web22
    Two new Subaru vehicles on display at the 2000 Chicago Auto Show, included the 2001 Subaru Forester posed on the right, and the ST/X concept on the left side. The ST/X resembled a car with a pickup-truck cargo bed, and was a thinly disguised version of the upcoming Baja four-door sport utility pickup. Baja production began in the summer of 2002.
  • 2000CAS HyundaiExhibitWeb22
    Within the Hyundai exhibit, three production and one concept vehicle are in view. A rear view of the Sonata four-door sedan is in the foreground, partially blocking the side view of a 2001 Santa Fe sport utility vehicle. In the center of the photo is a 3/4 front view of the HCD 5 Crosstour family sedan concept vehicle. On the far left is a rear view of a Tiburon two-door hatchback.
  • 2000DaewooLeganzaCDX Web22
    The stylish Daewoo exhibit featured a Leganza CDX 4-door sedan on a raised platform. Leganza was the largest sedan from Daewoo, about the size of a Nissan Altima. A peppy 131 horsepower 2.2 liter DOHC four-cylinder was connected to a four-speed automatic transmission. Renowned automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro was commissioned by Daewoo to create Leganza's exterior styling.