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The cover of the 2006 show program. The vehicles awarded the 2 lucky individuals that held winning tickets during the First Look For Charity black-tie benefit. Nineteen area charities shared in more than ( ) million raised by the 2006 Chicago Auto Show's benevolent event, held the evening before the annual auto show opens for its 10-day public run.
A halo-shaped Chicago Auto Show marquee and show banners hang from the majestic glass ceiling of the Grand Concourse Galleria inside McCormick Place South at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show. Large arrows point to the South and North halls, which totaled 1.2 million sq. ft. of exhibitor space for the nearly 1,000 vehicles on display.
Inside the Toyota exhibit during the per-show preparations for the 2006 Chicago Auto Show, heavy-duty construction vehicles navigate around brand new production vehicles. Sitting in the foreground is a side view of the sixth generation, 2007 Camry four-door sedan.
A trio of 2006 Mustangs, construction ladders and rolls of carpeting share this pre-show scene along with a larger-than-life image of William Clay Ford, Jr., Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company on the video screen.
General Motors VP Brent DeWar addresses the assembled media during the debut of the 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche. This is the next generation of the multipurpose, full-size utility pickup. Avalanche features include a family of flex-fuel-capable engines, a wide combination of interior and exterior options and the ingenious Midgate access from cargo bed into the rear passenger compartment. The model next to DeWar is the Avalanche LTZ.
Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper (left) introduces the new #85 Silverado racing truck along with driver Dennis Setzer to the media on February 8. Setzer will pilot the high-performance pickup in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) to promote GM’s - Live Green Go Yellow E85 initiative. E85 fuel blend is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.
John Mendel, senior vice president, auto operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., enthusiastically praises the attributes of the sleek Honda Civic Si four-door sedan concept to the assembled media. Mendel said the concept shows styling cues for the new Civic Si sedan coming in the fall of 2006. Sports car performance is promised with a 197 horsepower engine, 6-speed gearbox, and 18-inch wheels.
On February 9, 2006, Toyota unveiled the 2007 Tundra full-size pickup truck during the Chicago Auto Show. The all-new Tundra stands five-inches taller, four-inches wider and gains10-inches in length. Under the power-bulge hood is all-new 5.7-liter i-Force V-8 engine manufactured at Toyota's Alabama engine plant, which is mated to a new heavy-duty 6-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the new 5.7-liter, the capable 4.0-liter V-6 and the legendary 4.7-liter i-Force V-8, are available. The new Tundra comes in 3-cab configurations, and in Base, SR5 and well-appointed Limited trim levels.
Kelley Enright, Central Region Communications Manager for the Chrysler Group of DaimlerChrysler (middle), waits to be interviewed by Brant Miller of NBC5 television. Chicago held the world debut of the 2007 Dodge Caliber SRT-4. With a 304 horsepower, 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual tranny, the Caliber SRT-4 can blast from 0-60 miles per hour in under six-seconds. Towering behind the group is a portion of the 24-foot tall, backlit Ram’s Head logo. The three-dimensional unit was illuminated by nearly 5,000 LED modules, was 28-feet wide and weighed approximately 70,000 pounds.
Peter Horbury, Executive Director Design North America stands next to the 2007 Lincoln Navigator during a media presentation at the Chicago Auto Show. A rear view of the new Navigator L model is on the far left. The 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid SUV is on the right, with a 2007 Lincoln MKZ projected on the screen in the background.
Subaru Corporate Communications Manager Michael Whelan points out new features of the 2007 B9 Tribeca Special Edition during its debut at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show. Distinguishing the Special Edition crossover vehicle from other Tribeca models were the new mesh grille design, chrome-finished 18-wheels and standard XM Satellite radio.
First Look for Charity ticket purchasers had chances to win a 2007 Infiniti G35 coupe and a 2006 Nissan Murano crossover SUV. Eric Stevenson of suburban Addison, Illinois held the winning ticket for the Murano and Nolan Erdman of DeKalb, Ill. won the 2007 Infiniti G35 coupe. Ticket sales for the 2006 formal event raised $2, 607,601 for 19 significant Chicago area charities.
Gentlemen dressed in formal wear and women in evening gowns sampled a variety of gourmet foods and drinks during the First Look for Charity evening at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show. The ticket holders also had chances to win a new Infiniti G35 coupe and a Nissan Murano crossover sport utility vehicle that year. Since 1992, the Chicago Auto Show has hosted the elegant affair; and raised upwards of $24 million for 19 Chicago area charities.
Chicago Auto Trade Association (CATA) President and Auto Show General Manager Jerry H. Cizek III share a humorous moment with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley while touring the Chevrolet exhibit. Cizek said, "We were discussing the fashion industry shows and their relationship with Chicago and wondering if the Auto Show could be a backdrop for the fashion show, too." Behind Cizek is the Chevrolet Camaro concept car, voted by those who attended the 2006 show as the “vehicle I most want to see in my driveway.”
A 3/4 front view of the custom Pontiac Solstice features the professional baseball’s Commissioner's Trophy on the hood. The trophy awarded to the 2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox is made of pewter and brass with 30 flags representing the 30 teams in the National and American League.
Mayor Richard M. Daley, a lifelong Chicago White Sox fan, was proud to pose with a specially decorated Pontiac Solstice at the 2006 show. The car's decor celebrated the 2005 World Series Champions White Sox and had the actual trophy on the hood.
An amazing aerial photo of the colorful Chevrolet exhibit inside McCormick Place South, looks directly down on the silver Camaro concept car on the far left and three Corvette models in the front row. Parked behind the red Vette is a silver Impala; behind the yellow Corvette ZO6 coupe is a Malibu Maxx SS.
Debuting in Chicago, the 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee comes equipped with the 6.1-liter Hemi V-8, producing 425 horsepower and 420 pound feet of torque. The engine is capable of blasting the SRT8 Super Bee from 0-60 mph in the low five-second range. The model on display is painted in ‘Detonator Yellow,’ with black hood and bumblebee stripes on the rear fenders. Other Super Bee enhancements include functional styling, world-class ride and handling, race-inspired interior appointments and benchmark braking.
A pair of 2006 Dodge Dakota trucks are put to the test on one of several DaimlerChrysler tracks situated on the show floor. Professional drivers took people through the courses, demonstrating the capabilities of the mid-size pickup’s suspension system. The 2006 Dakota model lineup expanded with four new high-performance models: Dakota TRX, TRX4 Off-Road, Dakota R/T and Dakota Night Runner.
Kids had the opportunity to drive battery-powered mini Jeep Wranglers around a circular track on the show floor, situated next to the full-size vehicle driving courses in the DaimlerChrysler exhibit.
With 36 percent share of the premier luxury SUV market, the Cadillac Escalade has upped the ante with the intro of the 2007 model. Its powerful 6.2-liter all-aluminum small-block V-8 is rated at 400 horses and comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Drive Shift Control. Luxury features include factory installed 22-inch chrome wheels; climate controlled front seats, power articulating running boards, power liftgate and IntelliBeam headlamps.
Buick’s elegant upper medium price model for 2006 is the Lucerne. The front-wheel drive sedan marks the return of V-8 power to Buick passenger cars with a 275 horsepower Northstar engine. A 197 horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 is also offered. Lucerne wears contemporary portholes in the front fenders– four on each side for V-8 powered models and three for V-6 versions.
A major attraction in the Audi exhibit was the new Q7 four-door SUV with dramatic coupe-like silhouette. The 2007 performance model comes equipped with a 350 horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 FSI engine, or a 3.6-liter V-6 with 280 horses. High ground clearance of 7.9 inches and Quattro permanent all-wheel drive allows for serious off-roading.
On display in the Ferrari and Maserati exhibit area was the new Ferrari F430 Spider. Painted Grigio Titanio (metallic silver), and featuring contrasting red leather interior, the F430 was a crowd favorite. Under a glass cover behind the driver is the 490 horsepower engine that accelerates the supercar from 0-60 in about four second and can top 193 miles per hour.
For 2006, the beautifully proportioned Aston Martin DB9 Volante sports car comes with the 450 horsepower, 6.0-liter all aluminum alloy V-12. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Shapely exterior panels use a combination of aluminum, magnesium, steel and advanced composite materials to achieve low weight and class-leading rigidity. The convertible roof is operated by the push of a button and retracts within just 17 seconds.
Windy City auto enthusiasts were treated to a look at Suzuki’s all-new, media-lauded 2006 Grand Vitara. The compact SUV offers innovative design, a 185 horsepower, 2.7-liter V-6 and up to 68.9 cubic feet of cargo room. Also new, are a full-time single-mode four-wheel-drive system and a full-time four-mode four-wheel-drive system.
Mercury's all-new 2006 Milan mid-size four-door sedan is the brand's new entry point vehicle. The 2.3-liter Duratec four-cylinder provides 160 horsepower flowing through either a five-speed manual or automatic. A 3.0-liter Duratec V-6 pumps out 221 horsepower through an advanced six-speed automatic transaxle.
Brand new for 2006, the Pontiac G6 GT and GTP convertibles feature true 2+2 seating and the two-piece clamshell-style retractable hardtop. Sleek styling is complimented by a new 3.9-liter V-6 rated at 240 horsepower, matched with a standard four-speed automatic or an available six-speed manual transmission.
Eos, according to Greek mythology, is the Goddess of Dawn and the name anointed to Volkswagen’s new front-wheel drive Eos retractable-roof cabrio. Two engine choices are available including the turbocharged, 2.0-liter inline four with 200 horses, or the 250 horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6.