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Chicago Auto Show - 2011

  • 2011Cover Acura2
    The 2011 Chicago Auto Show celebrated its 103rd edition with rave reviews and a 10 percent increase in attendance over the 10-day run when compared to the 2010 show. Two new vehicles, a 2011 Honda CR-Z and a 2011 Hyundai Sonata turbo, were awarded to the fortunate ticket holders during the First Look for Charity event held the evening before the show opened to the public on Feb. 11. Eighteen area charities shared in the $1,905,060 raised from the tickets sold for the black-tie fund-raiser. Four brands rolled out ride and drive tracks, including Jeep, Ford, Toyota and Chevrolet. Among brands unveiled at the 2011 show included the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Volkswagen GLI, Hyundai’s Genisis 5.0 R-spec and Veloster Rally Car and pictured on the right, the 2012 2Acura TL with Acura Vice President of Sales Jeff Conrad. The 012 Shelby GT350 convertible, Toyota Matrix and Chrysler 200 convertible were seen for the first time at this show, and Audi presented the TT RS for the first time anywhere in North America. Ram Truck announced a new trim package for the Ram Tradesman, and Dodge unleashed five new performance models. A bold experiment premiered on the second media day that proved auto shows and social media are a match made in marketing heaven.
  • 2012ChevyCamaro@2011Web22
    General Motors Vice President Global Design Ed Welburn unveiled the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show (CAS). This was the world debut of the ZL1, the fastest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet. It came equipped with an LSA 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 that produced an estimated 550 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. The engine was mated to a six-speed manual transmission with a dual-disc clutch system. And more than just power, the ZL1 packed performance technologies, highlighted by Magnetic Ride Control, chassis and suspension systems that helped it deliver balanced, track-ready handling and braking power to complement its high engine output. Advanced materials included a vented carbon fiber hood insert. Consumer voters who participated in the sixth annual "Best of Show" balloting, proclaimed the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as the “Best All-New Production Vehicle” at the 2011 CAS.
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    Moments after General Motors Vice President Global Design Ed Welburn unveiled the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show (CAS), the media swarmed around the brand new high-performance vehicle. This was the world debut of the ZL1, the fastest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet. It came equipped with an LSA 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 that produced an estimated 550 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. The engine was mated to a six-speed manual transmission with a dual-disc clutch system. And more than just power, the ZL1 packed performance technologies, highlighted by Magnetic Ride Control, chassis and suspension systems that helped it deliver balanced, track-ready handling and braking power to complement its high engine output. Advanced materials included a vented carbon fiber hood insert. Consumer voters who participated in the sixth annual "Best of Show" balloting, proclaimed the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as the “Best All-New Production Vehicle” at the 2011 CAS.
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    While Ford, per se, didn't have a press conference at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, nearby Shelby American Inc. took the occasion to introduce the 2012 Shelby GT 350 convertible, based as usual on the Ford Mustang. On hand to answer questions at the show were Shelby American, Inc. VP of Sales & Marketing Gary Patterson and President John T. Luft. Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the GT 350 convertible, the new edition featured several revisions from the 2011 GT350. Available were two versions of the 5-liter Coyote V-8 with natural aspiration, or supercharging, the latter ranging from 525 to 624 horsepower. Front styling and hood design were revised for 2012. Taillights and rear styling had been also changed with a salute to the 1967-68 Shelby Mustangs. Exterior color choices for the coupe or convertible included Race Red, Performance White or Kona Blue. Only 350 were scheduled to be built.
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    Rearview of one of the 2012 Shelby GT 350 convertibles introduced at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Based as usual on the Ford Mustang, the Shelby GT 350 was introduced at the show by Shelby American, Inc. VP of Sales & Marketing Gary Patterson and President John T. Luft. Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the GT 350 convertible, the new edition featured several revisions from the 2011 GT350. Available were two versions of the 5-liter Coyote V-8 with natural aspiration, or supercharging, the latter ranging from 525 to 624 horsepower. Front styling and hood design were revised for 2012. Taillights and rear styling had been also changed with a salute to the 1967-68 Shelby Mustangs. Exterior color choices for the coupe or convertible included Race Red, Performance White or Kona Blue. Only 350 were scheduled to be built.
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    Ram Truck Brand President and CEO Fred Diaz, debuted the new Ram Tradesman on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 9th, during a media event at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Diaz said, “The Tradesman is named for – and aimed at – the heart of our business.” He was referring to one of the pickup truck category’s largest traditional customer bases – hard-working commercial users. Billed as a value-priced option package, the Ram Tradesman came in short- and long-bed models, with prices starting at $22,780, including $975 delivery. Available in either two- or four-wheel drive, Tradesman was equipped with a 5.7-liter, 390-horsepower Hemi V-8 mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox. The powertrain combination gave Tradesman a tow capacity of 10,450 pounds.
  • 2012VWJetta GLI@2011Web22
    Jon Browning, Volkswagen Group of America CEO, unveiled the 2012 Jetta GLI at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. The GLI was the sport and performance edition of the Jetta and went on sale in May 2011. Priced from $23,475, not including $770 delivery, the two-liter, 200-horsepower four-cylinder came with a six-speed manual transmission. Paddle shifters were provided with a DSG version of the automatic. With or without DSG, this efficient powerplant averaged more than 30 miles per gallon of fuel in combined city and country drives. The three trim levels were base, Autobahn and Autobahn with navigation. The base GLI included a power sunroof, navigation system, trip computer, power for driver's seat, express windows, door locks and exterior mirrors, fog lights, chrome grille and window trim and disc brakes front and rear. Cloth seats were stitched in red. Metal trim included pedals and shift knob.
  • 2011ToyotaMatrix@2011Web22
    Making its debut at the Chicago Auto Show with new changes for MY 2011, the sporty five-door Toyota Matrix deftly combined a fun-to-drive spirit with the utility of a small SUV and excellent fuel economy. The second-generation Matrix displayed a sporty, dynamic shape, while maintaining impressive interior utility. New features incorporated restyled standard wheels, freshen exterior and interior design elements, the Toyota Care complimentary maintenance plan, and standard Smart Stop Technology. The 2011 Matrix came in two series: base Matrix and the sporty S grade. Powertrain choices included 1.8- and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines, a five-speed manual transmission, and either four- or five-speed automatic transmissions. All-wheel drive (AWD) with active torque control was available in the Matrix S, teamed to the 2.4-liter engine.
  • 2012HyundaiGenesis50RSpec@2011Web22
    During media days at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai’s Vice President Mike O’Brien made public the new Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec. Added to the Genesis palate for 2012, the 5.0 R-Spec featured a 5-liter, 429-horsepower V-8 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Stabilizer bars were larger as was the disc brake rotors, which measure 13.6 inches in front. The rear-wheel-drive sedan rode on unique 19-inch wheels. Color choices were black noir, platinum metallic and titanium gray. A more aggressive front fascia included a lower and wider air intake and LED accents. Headlight assemblies wrapped around the sleek fenders, and in the rear, exhaust tips poked through the bumper rather than extend out from under it. Besides a new engine and transmission, other new features included a lane-departure warning system, exterior mirrors that folded by power, heated rear seats and trim that looked like real wood.
  • 2011FordMustangMotorWeekWeb22
    On Feb. 9, 2011, during media days at the 103rd edition of the Chicago Auto Show -- Amy Marentic, Passenger Car and Utility Marketing Manager, accepts a MotorWeek "Driver's Choice Award" for the 2011 Mustang GT from host John Davis.
  • 2011CAS RibbonCuttingWeb33
    Ribbon cutting ceremony at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, was held on Friday, February 11. This formal procedure officially opened the 103rd annual event to the general public. On stage left to right, are Chicago Auto Show General Manager Dave Sloan, Show Chairman Kevin Mize, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, CATA Board Chairman Steve Foley, Jr., President and CEO Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau Don Welsh, and McCormick Place General Manager David Causton. Since 1935, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) has sponsored the show.
  • 2011CASFirstLookCharityWeb22
    Eighteen area charities shared in nearly $2 million raised by the 2011 Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity event, held the evening before the auto show opened its 10-day public run (Feb.10-19). Tickets to the fund-raiser were $250 each, and for the benevolent affair, the auto show was replete with a variety of food and beverage stations. The evening's entertainment included the North Mississippi All Stars, jazz impresario Rick Braun, and the incomparable KC and the Sunshine Band. A highlight of the black-tie occasion was the drawing for the event’s grand prizes, a 2011 Honda CR-Z and a 2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo. A total of more than $30 million has been raised for the Chicagoland charities over 20 years.
  • 2011ChevyVoltDrive@2011Web22
    For the second year in a row, the Chevrolet Volt was selected as “Best Green Vehicle” at the Chicago Auto Show (CAS). No doubt the Volt was bolstered by its dramatic indoor-garden test track and informative technology display arena at the 2011 CAS. GM called this four-passenger, four-door hatchback an "extended-range electric vehicle," because it had, in effect, two different drivetrains: an all-electric one (battery and motors) that drove the car for the first 40 or so miles after a full plug-in recharge, and a gas-powered hybrid system (with gas engine and fuel tank) that automatically took over after that to give about another 300 miles of range. Placing second with the 8,000 voters as Best Green Vehicle was the all-electric Nissan Leaf.
  • 2011ToyotaDriveCenter1@Web22
    For the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, Toyota built a 50,000 square foot experimental ride course located in the South Hall of McCormick Place convention center. The “Toyota Drive Center” had a strong construction theme, that involved natural elements such as gravel, mounds of dirt and logs to demonstrate the vehicles’ durability and agility in realistic conditions. Featured vehicles included: 4Runner, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, RAV4, Tacoma and Tundra. This was a ride-along-only program, with course driving handled by experienced, professional drivers. These drivers also performed a short, back-up-camera demonstration for participants. Toyota’s construction zone exhibit was the first in recorded history, and consumers received a complimentary Toyota baseball cap for participating in the program.
  • 2011ChevyCamaroPaceCars@2011Web22
    Appearing at the 2011 Chicago Auto show was a special-edition Chevrolet Camaro convertible that would be the official pace car of the 2011 Indianapolis 500. In honor of the classic 1969 Camaro pace car model, the 2011 edition came painted Summit White and accented with orange stripes and door graphics. The interior was trimmed in orange leather, with front-seat headrests embossed with the Indy 500 logo, along with white door panels and instrument panel trim. So that enthusiasts could purchase their own piece of history, showroom versions of the Indy Pace Car Replica were available with a production limited to 500 units. Included were the Inferno Orange striping and interior, Indy 500 decal lettering and badging, a 6.2 liter 426-hp V-8 (or 400 with automatic) and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. The 2011 Camaro Convertible became the 22nd Chevrolet and the seventh Camaro chosen to pace what is known as "the greatest spectacle in racing."
  • 2011FordExplorerRideWeb22
    The all-new 2011 Ford Explorer ride experience at the Chicago Auto Show (CAS) took the simple concept of a playground teeter-totter and transformed it into an exciting and compelling demonstration of Explorer’s exclusive Terrain Management System. Operated by a professional driver, with show-goers as passengers, the Explorer started out driving through sand to prove how it easily handled loose surfaces before beginning to ascend the teeter-totter ramp. The teeter-totter itself, was a steel structure 30 feet long and stood four feet tall. This dramatic presentation provided a memorable experience for riders and onlookers alike, as the vehicle drove up the ramp at an angle approaching 22 degrees. Onboard passengers gazed at the ceiling as Explorer continued its steep ascent. Once at the teeter-totter’s apex, Explorer began to descend the ramp. This is where the Terrain Management System’s Hill Descent Control activated to monitor speed and slippage, simulating the capability and control the all-new Explorer provided when drivers encounter steep downhill grades.
  • 2011FordExplorerRideWeb44
    The all-new 2011 Ford Explorer ride experience at the Chicago Auto Show (CAS) took the simple concept of a playground teeter-totter and transformed it into an exciting and compelling demonstration of Explorer’s exclusive Terrain Management System. Operated by a professional driver, with show-goers as passengers, the Explorer started out driving through sand to prove how it easily handled loose surfaces before beginning to ascend the teeter-totter ramp. The teeter-totter itself, was a steel structure 30 feet long and stood four feet tall. This dramatic presentation provided a memorable experience for riders and onlookers alike, as the vehicle drove up the ramp at an angle approaching 22 degrees. Onboard passengers gazed at the ceiling as Explorer continued its steep ascent. Once at the teeter-totter’s apex, Explorer began to descend the ramp. This is where the Terrain Management System’s Hill Descent Control activated to monitor speed and slippage, simulating the capability and control the all-new Explorer provided when drivers encounter steep downhill grades.
  • 2011FordExplorerRideWeb33a
    The all-new 2011 Ford Explorer ride experience at the Chicago Auto Show (CAS) took the simple concept of a playground teeter-totter and transformed it into an exciting and compelling demonstration of Explorer’s exclusive Terrain Management System. Operated by a professional driver, with show-goers as passengers, the Explorer started out driving through sand to prove how it easily handled loose surfaces before beginning to ascend the teeter-totter ramp. The teeter-totter itself, was a steel structure 30 feet long and stood four feet tall. This dramatic presentation provided a memorable experience for riders and onlookers alike, as the vehicle drove up the ramp at an angle approaching 22 degrees. Onboard passengers gazed at the ceiling as Explorer continued its steep ascent. Once at the teeter-totter’s apex, Explorer began to descend the ramp. This is where the Terrain Management System’s Hill Descent Control activated to monitor speed and slippage, simulating the capability and control the all-new Explorer provided when drivers encounter steep downhill grades.
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    On Feb. 18, during the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and officials from the City of Chicago announced the selection of 350Green, a developer of electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, to design, build and operate a network of 280 EV charging stations throughout the Chicago area. The project was billed as among the first and largest of its kind in the United States, and would help the City to address two of the most vexing challenges facing widespread adoption of EVs: range anxiety and access to a garage for overnight charging. 350Green planned to install and operate its stations in partnership with retail hosts across high-traffic urban shopping centers and other places near where Chicago-area EV drivers lived and worked. The project was valued at $8.8 million, with public funding of up to $1.9 million. 350Green would fund the remaining $6.9 million.