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Chicago Auto Show - 2008

  • 2008Cover McCormickWeb22
    This year marked the 100th edition of the Chicago Auto Show, giving it the distinction of being the first North American auto show to reach 100 shows. The 2008 Chicago Auto Show utilized 1.2 million square feet of the McCormick Place complex, making it the nation's largest auto show. A complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles, experimental and concept cars filled the North and South halls, with a total of nearly 1,000 different vehicles. Debuts at this year's show included the '08 Dodge Challenger, '08 International LoneStar, '09 Suzuki Equator, '09 Acura RL , ‘09 Chevrolet Traverse, '09 VW Routan and VW Passat CC.
  • 2009DodgeChallenger JimPressWeb22
    One of the most anticipated debuts at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show was the World Introduction of the brand new Dodge Challenger. Chrysler Vice Chairman and President Jim Press unveiled the new generation pony car to the media on Wednesday, Feb 6th. A 6.1 liter HEMI V-8 that produced 425 horses and 420 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels powered the production version of the ‘08 Dodge Challenger SRT8. A five-speed automatic gearbox is standard, and comes with a lock up torque converter and AutoStick. All four wheels are equipped with red, painted Brembo calipers, and offer customers benchmark braking.
  • 2009ChevyTraverse@2008Web22
    General Motors Vehicle Line Director Sue Wilson introduced the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, and schedule for production in the third quarter of ’08. The Traverse was an expressively styled, well-equipped crossover offered in LS, LT and LTZ models; in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. The driving experience was supported by a 286 horsepower, 3.6 liter V-6, backed by a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission that channels power to a responsive, four-wheel independent suspension. The Traverse’s interior could be configured for seven or eight adults, and with 2nd-and 3rd row seatbacks folded flat haul 117.9 cu. ft. of cargo.
  • 2009ChevyTraverse@2008Web33
    General Motors Vehicle Line Director Sue Wilson faces the large group of media people as she introduced the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. The Traverse was an expressively styled, well-equipped crossover offered in LS, LT and LTZ models; in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. The driving experience was supported by a 286 horsepower, 3.6 liter V-6, backed by a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission that channeled power to a responsive, four-wheel independent suspension. The Traverse’s interior could be configured for seven or eight adults, and with second-and third row seatbacks folded flat, hauled 117.9 cu. ft. of cargo.
  • InternationalLoneStar@2008Web22
    A blast of bellowing white smoke and the deep-throated roar from a big bore diesel engine announced the arrival of the stunning International LoneStar at the 2008 Chicago Auto show. Behind the sleek chrome grille, the LoneStar featured advanced technologies geared specifically to the driving professional. Available with Cummins ISX engines rated from 435 horsepower to 600 hp, or a Cat C15 that ranged from 435 hp to 550 hp. Four choices in transmissions: Fuller 10, 13, 15, and 18-speed manuals, to the UltraShift 10 speed automated manual. Inside, the cabin appointments rivaled some apartments. Drivers could order a living room with crescent-shaped sofa that converted into a bedroom with a 42-in wide bed.
  • InternationalLoneStar@2008Web33
    Rearview of the International LoneStar moments after the big rig premiered at the 2008 Chicago Auto show. It was available with Cummins ISX engines rated from 435 horsepower to 600 hp, or a Cat C15 that ranged from 435 hp to 550 hp. Four choices in transmissions: Fuller 10, 13, 15, and 18-speed manuals, to the UltraShift 10 speed automated manual. Inside, the cabin appointments rivaled some apartments. Drivers could order a living room with crescent-shaped sofa that converted into a bedroom with a 42-in wide bed.
  • 2009AcuraRL@2008Web22
    Dick Colliver, executive vice president, sales, unveiled the new 2009 Acura RL at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. This was the world debut for the new RL, which was offered in three trims, RL, RL with Technology Package and RL with Technology Package Plus CMBS. All models received a 300 hp 3.7 liter V-6 engine, fitted to a Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic gearbox. The ’09 RL comes standard with new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, and a GPS-based solar-sensing climate control system. Inside, the '09 RL features a more elegantly styled five-passenger interior that includes more rear seat passenger room.
  • 2009AcuraRL@2008Web33
    Moments after the unveiling of the new 2009 Acura RL at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, the media were allow to examine the vehicle up close. This was the world debut for the new RL, and offered in three trims, RL, RL with Technology Package and RL with Technology Package Plus CMBS. All models received a 300 hp 3.7 liter V-6 engine, mated to a Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic gearbox. The ’09 RL came standard with new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, and a GPS-based solar-sensing climate control system. Inside, the '09 RL featured a more elegantly styled five-passenger interior that included more rear seat passenger room.
  • 2009CorvetteZR1@2008Web22
    Chevrolet entered the world of supercars with the release of the 2009 Corvette ZR1, on display during the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. The ZR1 became the fastest and most powerful car ever built by General Motors. Sub-4-second 0-to-60 mph runs and top speed of more then 200 mph were possible because of the supercharged 6.2 liter LS9 V-8 that produced at least 620 horsepower. Supporting the prodigious power output was a race-bred six-speed manual transmission with a dual-disc clutch; massive Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels.
  • 2009ChevyCorvetteZR1@2008Web33
    Chevrolet entered the world of supercars with the release of the 2009 Corvette ZR1, seen on display during the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. The ZR1 became the fastest and most powerful car ever built by General Motors. Sub-4-second 0-to-60 mph runs and top speed of more then 200 mph were possible because of the supercharged 6.2 liter LS9 V-8 that produced at least 620 horsepower. Supporting the prodigious power output was a race-bred six-speed manual transmission with a dual-disc clutch; massive Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels.
  • NissanGTR@2008Web22
    Nissan's new GT-R was billed as a multi-dimensional performance machine. The GT-R’s midship package offered the world’s first application of an independent transaxle four-wheel-drive system. Aerodynamic-shaped body combined steel, carbon fiber and aluminum panels for stiffness and lightness. Beneath the hood waited the “VR38” 3.8-litre twin turbo V-6 engine that produced 470 horsepower. Depositing the 360 lb ft of torque to the ground was the six-speed dual clutch transmission. Projected 0-to-60 miles per hour times were in the sub-4.0 second range. Large, four-passenger cockpit contained sculpted performance bucket seats.
  • NissanGTR@2008Web33
    Nissan's new GT-R was billed as a multi-dimensional performance machine. The GT-R’s midship package offered the world’s first application of an independent transaxle four-wheel-drive system. Aerodynamic-shaped body combined steel, carbon fiber and aluminum panels for stiffness and lightness. Beneath the hood waited the “VR38” 3.8 litre twin turbo V-6 engine that produced 470 horsepower. Depositing the 360 lb ft of torque to the ground was the six-speed dual clutch transmission. Projected 0-to-60 miles per hour times were in the sub-4.0 second range. Large, four-passenger cockpit contained sculpted performance bucket seats.
  • Lotus2Eleven@2008Web22
    The new Lotus 2-Eleven delivered on every level: brawn, brains and beauty. In other words, it was performance through lightweight taken to the extreme. Designed for only the most serious of driving enthusiasts, the Lotus 2-Eleven offered racecar performance, legendary ride and handling, and standard safety features usually associated with the Lotus Elise and Exige. Powered by a supercharged, intercooled 1796 cc engine, the 2-Eleven delivered an impressive 252 horsepower. And at a mere 1477 lbs dry weight with base specification, meant a power to weight ratio comparable to a 1960's Formula One racecar.
  • Lotus2Eleven@2008Web33
    A 3/4 rearview of the Lotus 2-Eleven at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. delivered on every level: brawn, brains and beauty. Designed for only the most serious of driving enthusiasts, the Lotus 2-Eleven offered racecar performance, legendary ride and handling, and standard safety features usually associated with the Lotus Elise and Exige. A supercharged, intercooled 1796 cc engine delivered an impressive 252 horsepower, and at a mere 1477 lbs dry weight with base specification, the power to weight ratio was comparable to a 1960's Formula One racecar.
  • 2009LincolnMKS@2008Web22
    The front-wheel drive 2009 Lincoln MKS luxury sedan was displayed during the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. Lincoln styling cues featured classic double wing grille, jewel-like headlights, sharp crease that defines the high beltline, subtle kick-up over the rear wheel, dramatic C-pillars, tall rear deck and large wheels. Available with all-wheel drive as an option, the MKS came equipped with the Lincoln exclusive, fuel-efficient 270 horsepower, 3.7 liter V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift. The '09 Lincoln MKS was the first vehicle to offer Ford’s new gasoline turbo direct injection engine technology. A luxurious cabin for five-passengers, and the symmetrical instrument panel blended smoothly into the large center console. The large trunk held a hardy 18.4 cu. ft. of cargo.
  • MayorRMDaley@2008Web22
    While attending the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, Mayor Richard M. Daley (center-left) together with Show Chairman Bob Loquercio, gave their support to a group of soldiers in the U.S. Army exhibit at the show, standing in front of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.
  • HummerH3T Alpha@2008Web33
    Carl Zipfel, Hummer Exterior Design Director talked about the 2009 Hummer H3T at a media preview before the opening of the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. The H37 featured a five-passenger crew cab and a separate five-foot-long bed. Along with its rugged good looks, the H3T offered exceptional off-road capability and a premium interior that was as functional as it was comfortable. Available in four trim levels, including five-cylinder models and the popular, V-8-powered H3T Alpha edition (shown above), the new model began production in the third quarter of 2008 at GM’s Shreveport, La., assembly plant.
  • 2009JaguarXF@2008Web22
    Resolutely true to the Jaguar philosophy of creating beautiful, fast cars, the 2009 XF went further, adding a new dimension to the marque. Displayed at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, the four door XF had the visual excitement of a coupe, but room inside for five adults to enjoy an interior wholly contemporary in style yet uniquely Jaguar. The XF was available to order depending on market, and scheduled for delivery to customers beginning in March 2008.
  • 2009MitsubishiEclipseGT@2008Web22
    On display at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse previewed its freshened front and rear bumper fascias, and the Eclipse GT sported a large rear spoiler. Three new colors were available: Maizen Blue pearl, Quick Silver metallic and Solar, a vibrant new yellow. New interior cloth fabrics gave all models a richer interior feel and appearance. Available as the four-cylinder GS and the V-6 GT. With 265 horses, the GT was teamed with a six-speed manual gearbox or available five-speed automatic. The GS model’s 162 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engfive5-speed auto.
  • 2009ToyotaVenza@2008Web22
    Toyota’s '09 Venza crossover vehicle was targeted exclusively for the North American market. The exterior featured an imposing front end, an optional panoramic roof with separate glass panels over front and rear seats, rear spoiler and wide wraparound taillights. The five-passenger interior had a lower rocker design and a higher ride height for better driver visibility and easier ingress and egress. Engine choices were a new 2.7 liter four-cylinder, or an available 268 horsepower 3.5L V-6. Both engines were mated with a six-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission, and Venza was available in front- and all-wheel drive configurations.
  • 2009PontiacVibe@2008Web22
    Displayed as a major attraction in the Pontiac exhibit during the 2008 Chicago Auto Show was the all-new 2009 Vibe compact crossover four-door wagon. Retaining the originals blend of style, performance and versatility, the re-energized Vibe reintroduced the popular all-wheel drive and performance-oriented GT models.
  • 2008RollsRoyce@2008Web22
    One of the most opulent and luxurious vehicle at the '08 show was the Rolls-Royce Phantom four-door sedan. Distinctive features include the chrome plated aluminum grille, long hood, and Spirit of Ecstasy mascot. A long wheelbase is crucial to achieve the classic Rolls-Royce look. The five-passenger Phantom features rear-hinged coach doors, discreet rear window, and 21-inch wheels and tires. An all-aluminum V-12 produces 453 hp and an incredible 531 lb ft of torque. With a gross vehicle weight of 6724lbs, the Phantom can still fly from 0-to-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 149 mph.
  • 2008RollsRoyce@2008Web33
    One of the most opulent and luxurious vehicle at the '08 show was the Rolls-Royce Phantom four-door sedan. Distinctive features include the chrome plated aluminum grille, long hood, and Spirit of Ecstasy mascot. A long wheelbase is crucial to achieve the classic Rolls-Royce look. The five-passenger Phantom features rear-hinged coach doors, discreet rear window, and 21-inch wheels and tires. An all-aluminum V-12 produces 453 hp and an incredible 531 lb ft of torque. With a gross vehicle weight of 6724lbs, the Phantom can still fly from 0-to-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 149 mph.
  • 2008RollsRoyceDrophead@2008Web22
    When creating the Phantom Drophead Coupé the RR design team drew inspiration from the classic J-class racing yachts of the 1930s. Concealing the convertible’s soft-top, the rear deck was made from 30 separate pieces of teak. Up front, the brushed steel hood is the largest panel made from anti-corrosion steel in the car industry, and the streamlined grille is also made entirely from stainless steel. LED technology is used for the headlights, and the coach doors are rear-hinged. Under the glimmering hood was a 6.75 liter V-12 that generated 453 hp and came mated to a six-speed automatic. The Drophead Coupe hit the scales at 5776 lbs., yet, the four-seater was able to zoom from 0-to-60 mph in 5.7 sec and electronically governed top speed of 149mph. Base price at the show was listed at $412,000.
  • 2008RollsRoyceDrophead@2008Web33
    This 3/4 rearview of the Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé captured the rear deck made from 30 separate pieces of teak directly behind the rear seating that concealed the convertible’s soft-top. LED technology was used throughout the vehicle, and the large coach doors were rear-hinged. Incredible performance from the 453 horsepower 6.75 liter V-12 and six-speed automatic gearbox. picked-up and moved the 5776 lbs.Drophead Coupe from 0-to-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and reached an electronically governed top speed of 149 mph. Listed base price at the show was $412,000.
  • 2008FordTransitConnect@2008Web22
    Ford selected the 2008 Chicago Auto Show for the American debut of the Transit Connect commercial vehicles. The Transit Connect was offered across Europe, and now in the U.S.A. to bring small business owners a new vehicle choice. With its maneuverability, it was ideal for urban use, where streets are congested and parking space for delivery limited. Transit Connect was a nimble as a compact car, and came powered by a standard, 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine connected to an automatic transmission. For its compact size and urban maneuverability, the cargo capacity was a massive 143 cubic feet, and could accommodate loads up to 6.5 ft. in length and 4.7 ft. in width.
  • 2008HistoryExhibit VintageAutosWeb22
    In 2008, the Chicago Auto Show became the first of its kind to celebrate 100 years of shows. In conjunction, a photographic history of the annual show was exhibited in the McCormick Place South Building. Complimenting the photos were actual vintage vehicles from the Hickory Corners, MI. Gilmore Car Museum.