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With images of past auto shows in the rearview mirror, and modern downtown skyscrapers ahead, a car is heading south on Lake Shore Drive toward McCormick Place and the 2001 Chicago Auto Show (CAS). The CAS was celebrating its 100th anniversary (1901-2001), which included a rich history as one of the most innovative and best auto show in the country. Automotive concept vehicles included the Buick Bengal convertible, Ford Forty Nine dream car, Cadillac Vizon crossover, Jeep Willys, Chevy Borrego and Hyundai HCD6 Roadster.
Outside of McCormick Place South, a large banner commemorated the 100th-year anniversary of the first official Chicago Auto Show in 1901. The 2001 show logo was interfaced with the words '100 Years.' Printed on the lower section of the banner was the word Welcome,' in eight different languages.
Photographed from a high vantage point above the show floor, various Cadillac car and truck-based luxury vehicles wait to be positioned inside the Cadillac/GM exhibit. Portions of two Escalade sport utility vehicles are in the foreground, with a black four-door Audi A6 sedan mixed-in with the Cadillacs. Two white Cadillac DeVille front-wheel drive luxury sedans sit in the middle of the photo, and parked behind the forklift is a front-wheel drive Seville. Seen behind the long shipping crate near the top of the image, are the roof of another Seville and a side view of a rear-wheel drive Catera.
Special exhibits were in the lower level lobby of McCormick Place South. On display was a Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Edition, which was one of two official vehicles of the 2001 Chicago show and a First Look for Charity event door prize. The other vehicle was a Dodge Caravan minivan. The PT Cruiser was won by Anne & David Coupe.
DaimlerChrysler Executive Vice President of Product Development Rich Schaum presented the all-new 2002 Dodge Ram to the media during its world debut February 7, 2001. Completely new from the ground-up, the Ram was offered as a regular cab and Quad Cab configurations, with both two- and four-wheel drive. The Quad Cab model had four full-size rear-opening doors. Two new engines offered were the 3.7 liter Magnum V-6 with 212 horsepower, and 235 hp 4.7L Magnum V-8. A more potent 5.9L 245 hp Magnum V-8 was also available.
Mercury lifted the veil off the 2003 Marauder four-door muscle car during the 2001 Chicago Auto Show. First seen as a 1998 concept, the monochromatic black pre-production model was powered by a 300 horsepower 4.6 liter V-8 engine with 300 lb-ft of torque. Along with the engine, other high performance goodies included a beefed-up suspension, four-speed automatic transmission and 18-inch tires.
Pre-show preparations included the uncrating and assembly of hundreds of components that made up a manufacturers exhibit. Workers carefully raised a large Pontiac sign that would be displayed above the show floor. Several Pontiac models in the background are covered to protect them during construction. The vehicle on the raised curved platform is the 2001 Sunfire AV coupe first shown at the 2000 SEMA show. Also see photo 2001-35 for another view of the sign, and 2001-37 for another image of the Sunfire.
Dodge held the world debut of the completely new 2002 Dodge Ram at the 2001 Chicago show. To demonstrate its latest features, a special articulated Ram regular cab model, would begin as a complete vehicle, and then slowly come apart in sections, to expose the redesigned interior, engine compartment and chassis. For 2002, the Ram was offered as a regular cab and Quad Cab configurations, with both 2 and 4-wheel drive. The Quad Cab model had 4-full-size rear-opening doors. Two new engines offered in the Ram were the 3.7-liter Magnum V-6 with 212 horsepower, and 235 horsepower 4.7-liter Magnum V-8. A more potent 5.9-liter/245-hp Magnum V-8 was also available.
Available in Europe and Japan, but not in the United States, Mazda decided to display its Premacy models to assess the crowd's reaction. On the raised platform, two Mazda spokespeople demonstrated the ease of removing the rear seats for added cargo room. Premacy was fitted with a 130 horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes.
Several cameramen videotaped the exterior and interior of the new 2002 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, just moments after it was introduced to the media on Feb 7, 2001. The redesigned cabin featured four forward-hinged full-size doors, and the 74.6-inch cargo bed was the longest in the compact truck class. Three engines were offered, including the 143 horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, the 170 horse 3.3-liter V-6, and the 210 horsepower supercharged 3.3-liter V-6. All Frontiers were available with rear or four wheel drive.
A closeup 3/4 front view of the new 2002 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab. The redesigned cabin featured four forward-hinged full-size doors, and the 74.6-inch cargo bed was the longest in the compact truck class. Three engines were offered, including the 143 horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, the 170 horse 3.3-liter V-6, and the 210 horsepower supercharged 3.3-liter V-6. All Frontiers were available with rear-wheel or four wheel drive.
As the Chicago auto show celebrated it's100 anniversary in 2001, the First Look for Charity event marked its 10th year. The black-tie gala was on Thursday, Feb. 8, at McCormick Place South. Festivities began at 7 p.m. and ran until 10:30. Admission tickets cost $150, with all proceeds benefiting 17 local charities. A total of $1,707,750 was raised from the event. The ticket also gave a chance to win a new Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Edition, and a Dodge Caravan minivan. Three formal dressed people posed for a photo with the Batmobile from the 1989 Batman movie. The Batmobile was displayed in the General Motors Onstar exhibit, as well as to promote the Onstar safety system.
Two gentlemen dressed in formal wear stopped to admire a tuxedo-black Volkswagen New Beetle during the First Look for Charity evening at the Chicago Auto Show. This was the 100th anniversary of the annual Chicago show, and the 10th year for the black-tie benevolent event. Held Thursday, Feb. 8, at McCormick Place South, the First Look for Charity began at 7 p.m. and ran until 10:30. An admission ticket cost $150, with all proceeds benefiting 17 local charities. A total of $1,707,750 was raised. The ticket also gave a chance to win a new Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Edition, and a Dodge Caravan minivan.
Within the Buick exhibit, the new 2002 Rendezvous midsize sport utility vehicle was displayed during the 2001 Chicago show. Rendezvous was available as either front or all-wheel drive. On the right is a rear view of the LeSabre Custom 4-door sedan, which was America's best-selling full-size car at the time.
On the right, mounted on a slanted platform is the elegant Buick LaCrosse concept car. This 4-door hardtop dream machine was powered by a Northstar-based 4.2 liter V-8. Unique rear hatch slid into the roof, revealing a wagon-like storage area. As a nod to past Buicks, the LaCrosse featured portholes atop the front fenders. On the left is a rear view of the LeSabre Custom 4-door sedan, America's best-selling full-size car at the time.
A spectacular view inside the Pontiac exhibit illustrated the variety of production models and SEMA show modified vehicles on display during the 2001 Chicago show. In the foreground is the Aztek midsize sport-utility vehicle, partially blocking the view of a black Grand Am 4-door sedan. In the background, the 2001 Sunfire AV 2-door coupe show car was displayed high off the ground, on a curved platform.
A large portion of the 2001 GMC exhibit was filled with a stylish display for the 2002 Envoy. All new for '02, the larger Envoy replaced the aging Jimmy series. Standing 7-inches taller, Envoy was also 8 inches longer and a full 4 inches wider. Standard engine was GM's all-new all-aluminum Vortec 4200 inline-six engine, achieving V-8 performance at 270 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Built up from a new hydroformed steel frame, the 4-door, 5-passenger Envoy featured independent front suspension and five-link live rear axles, with an electronically adjustable air suspension an option. Contributing to a more stable, comfortable ride, the '02 Envoy had a wider track and rode on larger standard 17-inch Michelin tires and aluminum wheels.
Inside the Ford exhibit, three truck-based vehicles were on display. In the foreground is a 2001 Explorer Sport Trac midsize sport-utility vehicle, featuring a 4-door cabin and a 4-ft-long pickup bed. The lone power train on the Sport Trac consisted of a 4.0-liter V-6, coupled to a 5-speed automatic with overdrive. On the right is a 3/4 rear-view of the next generation of the best-selling sport utility vehicle in the world, a 2002 Ford Explorer. Two engines were available on the midsize Explorer SUV, a 210 horsepower 4-liter V-6 and an optional 240 horsepower 4.6-liter V-8. On the far left, a portion of the Explorer Sportsman concept can be seen.
Billed as Lincoln's first pickup truck, the 2002 Lincoln Blackwood was display at the '01 show, and went on sale in the spring of that year. Based on the Ford F-150 SuperCrew, the Blackwood was a luxury utility vehicle with four-full-size doors, and a stylish carpet and stainless steel trim Cargo Trunk.' An electrically operated rigid clam shell tonneau cover capped the truck bed, which Lincoln called a trunk.' In place of a traditional truck tailgate, the Blackwood featured dual side-opening rear doors. Power was supplied by a 300 horsepower 5.4 liter V-8, with a maximum towing capacity of 8,700 pounds.