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Front cover of the free 2013 Chicago Auto Show 30-page program featured the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Buick Encore awarded to lucky ticket holders during the First Look For Charity evening event. On the right, crowds swarmed to the Chevrolet exhibit to be among the first to see the 2014 Corvette on display. Visually stunning, the ’14 Corvette’s sculptured, aerodynamic two-door hatchback exterior and track-capabilities was worthy of the iconic “Stingray” designation. This model marked the seventh-generation of “America’s Sport Car.”
Attractive spokeswoman Mary Beth smiles for the camera standing alongside the exotic 2013 SRT Viper in the MoPar Garage display, which featured a wide array of high performance parts from Chrysler Group's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) division.
A pretty model poses by the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee on display at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Since it was introduced in 1992, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has become the company’s top-selling model, with nearly five million sold worldwide.
A major attraction in the Cadillac exhibit at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show was the brand new 2014 Cadillac ELR, the first application of an extended-range electric vehicle technology by a full-line luxury automotive brand. The Cadillac ELR had an aggressive, forward-leaning profile that introduced a new, progressive theme in Cadillac’s design evolution. It carried over almost unchanged from the Converj concept that was a hit at the 2009 Chicago show. The overall shape was reinforced by a prominent, sweeping body line accented by 20-inch wheels pushed to the edges of the body. A classic 2+2 cabin layout was driver focused and fitted with leather-trim that blended authentic chrome and wood accents – and available carbon fiber trim – as well as a sueded microfiber headliner and steering wheel covered in leather and sueded microfiber.
Bill Fay, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager, posed with the redesigned 2014 Tundra full-size pickup at its unveiling at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Designed, engineered and built in the U.S., the new Tundra had a powerful front image and chiseled overall appearance. To satisfy the growing number of premium truck buyers, the '14 Tundra was offered in five distinct grades each with a “unique flavor” in the half-ton pickup market, and recognizable by different front grille designs. Newest model was the Tundra 1794 Edition with its heritage inspired by the ranch founded in 1794 where the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio. Three powerplants offered included the 5.7 liter V-8 that carried more than 2,000 pounds and towed over 10,000 pounds.
From Wolfsburg, Germany to the ‘Windy City’ came the debut of the limited-edition 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR. Media from around the world were on hand to witness it’s unveiling on Thursday, Feb. 7th at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. With this new car, Volkswagen had re-interpreted the 1970s GSR for the modern era. Yellow and black linked old and new. The body and the R-Line bumpers on the new GSR were predominantly yellow, the hood, trunklid, roof, and the exterior mirror caps all black. The new car had yellow/black stripes with “GSR” lettering above the side skirts and a large rear spoiler to complete the look. With it's wider stance, the 2014 Beetle GSR rode on 19-inch “Tornado” aluminum-alloy wheels shod with 235/40 tires. A badge on the steering wheel was marked with the special-edition number (1 through 3500) to emphasize the uniqueness of the car.
Expanding on the Fiat 500, an icon for more than 55 years, Fiat exhibited the larger 500L for 2014 at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Designed on the "small-wide" architecture, the 500L provided 26 inches more in length, plus six-inches more height and width. The '14 Fiat 500L stretched the Cinquecento's appeal by offering 42 percent more interior space with spacious seating for five. A 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine with a best-in-class 160 horsepower to the front-wheel drive came linked to six-speed transmissions. Buyers had a choice of trim levels, including the 500L Pop, Easy, Trekking and Lounge models. A trendsetting cabin environment featured an all-new Uconnect 5.0 system with a five-inch intelligently and intuitively designed touchscreen interface, handsfree calling and Bluetooth-streaming audio. Inside, there was a nearly 360-degree panoramic view provided by the exclusive glass A- to D-pillars and large (20.7 sq. ft.) dual-pane sunroof. For shopping or traveling, there was up to 23.1 cu. ft. of room in the luggage compartment.
Debuting at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show was the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickup. This next generation of the Sierra was the most advanced truck in GMC’s 110-year history. Sierra’s engine portfolio was updated. There was a 4.3 liter V-6, a 5.3L V-8 and a 6.2L V-8 offered, all from a shared EcoTec3 engine family. Each of the powerplants came connected to a six-speed automatic transmission with auto grade braking. Premium materials, attention to detail and purposeful technology defined Sierra’s all-new cabin. Crew Cab, represented more than 60 percent of retail Sierra buyers, had cabins for five or six passengers, and a choice between the 5-foot, 8-inch box, or a 6-ft, 6-in box. Regular cabs (2/3 passenger) continue with the 6-ft, 6-in. or 8-ft box lengths, while the extended cab (5/6 seater) came exclusively with a 6-ft, 6-in. box. For the first
A standout in the Comcast Business Class Garage exhibit at the 105th Chicago Auto Show was the light orange 2013 McLaren 12C Coupe. The mid-engine, two passenger sports car created 626 horsepower and 443 lb. ft. of torque from the 3.8 liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. All that power was directed to the 20-inch rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. Weight-saving started with the compact downsized engine, combined with the one-piece MonoCell cabon fiber composite chassis. Inside the cockpit, the airbags, steering column and a significant number of interior components were mount to a single one-piece pressure die cast magnesium beam that was 75 percent lighter than steel. Consumers have a wide range of material and color options to personalize their car, including exclusive Semi-Aniline leather.
Sports car buffs loved the completely redeveloped 2014 Cayman on displayed in the Porsche exhibit during the 2013 Chicago Auto Show – finished in ‘Racing Yellow’ paint. This was the third generation of the mid-engined, rear-wheel drive two-seater, with prominent new body lines and proportions; 2.4-inch longer wheelbase, new chassis and up to 60 pounds lighter than previous editions. The ’13 Cayman came standard-equipped with the 2.7 liter flat-six cylinder engine that created 275 horsepower. For thrill-seekers, the Cayman S provided drivers with a 3.4L six cylinder generating 325hp that easily clocked 0-to-60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and reached a top track speed of 174 mph. Engines came mated to either the six-speed manual or seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) (automatic) gearbox. To match the higher performance limits of the ’13 Cayman, the ceramic composite brake system with calipers painted yellow was available.
As seen in the photo from the 105th Chicago Auto Show, the 2013 Bentley Mulsanne featured a bold frontal design dominated by the traditional Bentley matrix grille and prominent, round inner headlights. The snow white Mulsanne displayed had a base price of $355,055. Racing was clearly in the Mulsanne’s bloodline. The long bonnet, short front and longer rear overhang help to convey a sense of dynamism and movement, reinforced by muscular haunches and sharply sculpted lines. With a gross weight of 7055 pounds, the Mulsanne easily zoomed from 0-to-60 mph in 5.1 seconds and had a governed maximum top speed of 184 mph – in complete comfort. Performance was provided by a 6.7 liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that pumped out 505 horsepower and an incredible 752 lb. ft. of torque. All that energy was sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox with electronic shift interface, sport mode and steering wheel mounted paddleshift. Inside, the cabin atmosphere of leather was complimented by knurled stainless steel, smooth wood veneers and cutting-edge technology.
Wall to wall lit taillights on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ attracted many people at the 105th Chicago Auto Show, Feb.9-18, 2013. The Lincoln MKZ midsize luxury sedan had the honor of being the first model created by the new Lincoln Design Studio. The sleek exterior was defined by a sweeping roofline, steeply raked windshield, classic split-wing grille (first used on 1938 Lincoln-Zephyr), crafted LED headlights in sync with the steering wheel, and thin, full-width LED taillight graphic. Standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost delivered 240 horsepower and a 20-percent increase in highway fuel economy versus the 2012 MKZ. Next, the optional 3.7L V-6 produced 300hp and five-percent improved fuel economy. Both of those engines utilized a six-speed automatic transmission with standard paddle shifters, and was matched to models with either the front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations. The ’13 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid was front-wheel drive and equipped with the 141hp 2.0-liter I-4 engine combined with an electric motor for a total rating of 188hp. Overhead in the five-passenger cabin was a retractable panoramic 15.2-square-foot glass panel. Supple leather, wood and metal composed the interior.
Recognized worldwide as masterpieces of style, the Maserati Grand Turismo convertible was a big hit at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Designed by Pininfarina, the droptop model featured long hood, short overhangs, three air intakes on front fenders, rear diffuser, triangular taillights that used 96 LEDs, and light alloy 20-inch birdcage design wheels. This was the only retractable softtop in its class to seat four adults. Not only did the Gran Turismo convertible deliver beautiful music from the Bose Surround Sound system, but delivered a high-performance, 433 horsepower 4.7 liter V-8 linked to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission.
At the 105th edition of the Chicago Auto Show was the new 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport Coupe in metallic paint called Blu Sofisticato tint. The body design was dazzling and seductive, with long hood, air-scooping front inlets, new light clusters and bumpers fitted with splitters that could be personalized in body-colored paint. At the rear, the smoked taillights enhanced the look of 96 LEDs and also improved visibility and safety. The sporty 2+2 cockpit was the results of in-depth ergonomic research, with body-hugging seats upholstered in leather and accented by Blu Sofisticato stitching. Performance was supplied by a 4.7 liter V-8, optimized to bring down friction as it delivered a smooth 460 horsepower to the rear wheels. Speaking of wheels, the new 20-inch Astro Design wheel rims and profound drilled and slotted discs came standard. Peeking through the rims, the Brembo calipers came finished in Blu Opaco Anodizzato. Buyers had a selection of a six-speed manual gearbox with a twin-disc clutch, or a six-speed automatic
Lamborghini models are always a hit when on display, and that went for the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Three variants were in the Comcast Business Class Garage exhibit, including this $217,940 Gallardo Coupe. Its mid-mounted 5.2 liter V-10 engine developed a whopping 560 horsepower and 397 lb. ft. of torque, and delivered it to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual. Optional was a robotized sequential system (E-gear) transmission with actuation by paddles on the steering column. While on the track, this 3,024 lb. supercar streaked from 0-to-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, and had a top speed of 199 mph. The frame of the car and body panels were made of aluminum, with thermoplastic ‘hang-on’ parts and an electronically controlled rear spoiler. This was the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini super sports cars, which have been handcrafted with passion and dedication since 1963 in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.
A three-quarter frontview of the Fisker Karma EcoSport in the Comcast Business Class Garage during the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The four passenger Fisker was courtesy of Patrick Dealer Group, and had a sticker price of $116.600. This was the 105th edition of the Chicago show, and as in the past, presented an opportunity for the public to learn first-hand about changing technologies in the automotive industry.
A three-quarter rearview of a Fisker Karma EcoSport in the Comcast Business Class Garage during the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The four passenger Fisker was courtesy of Patrick Dealer Group, and had a sticker price of $116.600. This was the 105th edition of the Chicago show, and as in the past, presented an opportunity for the public to learn first-hand about luxury plug-in hybrids.
On display at the 105th Chicago Auto Show in the Comcast Business Class Garage exhibit was the rare and exotic Lamborghini Spyder Perfomante Edizion Tecnica. The Spyder (convertible) was a work of art in Alcantar and carbon fiber that defined the principle of "form follows function." Not only was this Lamborghini sexy looking, it packed a 5.2 liter V-10 engine that pumped out a pavement-pounding 570 horsepower. The powerplant came mated to a six-speed transmission with robotized sequential system (E-gear) and actuation paddles on the steering column. Track times confirmed that the Lamborghini Spyder Performante Edizione Tecnica was like a guided missile, blasting from 0-to-60 in 3.9 seconds on its way to a 201 mph top speed. Showgoes agreed that the custom flat black finish gave this $288,255 model an even more menacing presences – but they loved it!
On display during the 105th edition of the Chicago Auto Show was the 2013 Jaguar F-Type. It represented a return to the company’s heart: a two-seat, convertible sports car focused on performance, agility and driver involvement.