2015 Press Conference Summary

For detailed information on each manufacturer press conference, click on the links below.

Thursday, FEb. 12

MAMA/CATA Automotive Breakfast

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The 2015 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview kicked off with the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) breakfast, where the Chrysler 200 was announced as the 2015 MAMA Family Vehicle of the Year and Alan Batey, General Motors VP and VP GM North America gave the keynote speech and announced production plans for the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

KIA NEWS CONFERENCE

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Kia introduced a the gas/electric Trail'Ster and 2016 Rio during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview.

HONDA NEWS CONFERENCE

Honda-2015-NewsHonda chose Chicago to make the world introduction for the 2016 Pilot seven-passenger crossover.

CHEVROLET NEWS CONFERENCE

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Chevrolet brought two new vehicles to the 2015 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview: the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2015 Silverado Custom.

ACURA NEWS CONFERENCE

Acura-2015-NewsThe all-new Acura RDX made its world debut during the 2015 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview. Acura also introduced the refreshed 2016 MDX.

NISSAN NEWS CONFERENCE

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The Nissan 370Z Roadster Concept, GT-R LP NISMO Racer Make World Debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

MITSUBISHI NEWS CONFERENCE

Mitsubishi-2015-NewsMitsubishi Motors Concept GC-PHEV Makes North American Debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

ECONOMIC CLUB OF CHICAGO LUNCHEON

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José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman, Nissan North America, Inc., delivered the keynote speech during the Economic Club of Chicago’s (ECC) luncheon at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview.

RAM NEWS CONFERENCE

Ram-2015-NewsRam introduced an all-new 1500 Limited Pickup, during the Media Preview of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The new Ram truck was designed for the luxury pickup driver in mind.

FORD NEWS CONFERNCE

Ford-2015-NewsFord made its world introduction of the all-new 2016 Police Interceptor utility vehicle during the Media Preview of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The new police vehicle was developed with input from the Ford Police Advisory Board, a panel of 25 experts from the law enforcement community, to handle the extreme rigors of police duty.

TOYOTA NEWS CONFERENCE

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Toyota announced the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Pro Series during the Media Preview of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The latest chapter in the TRD Pro Series includes the Toyota Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner. All three are designed with enthusiasts and off-roaders in mind.

MOTORWEEK DRIVERS' CHOICE AWARDS

Motorweek-Logo-CapMotorWeek named Ford's Mustang as the 2015 Drivers’ Choice Award during the Media Preview of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

Friday, FEb. 13

FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES BREAKFAST & NEWS CONFERENCE

Fiat Chrysler kicked off day two of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview with a news conference and traveling breakfast. Wendy Orthman, Midwest PR manager for Chrysler, welcomed the press to enjoy breakfast while listening to a brief summary of four of Chrysler’s newest models.

MAZDA NEWS CONFERENCE

Mazda-2015-NewsMazda introduced a number of factory accessories on its showcase MX-5 design concept during the Social Media Preview of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The original, first-generation Miata proved to be a sensation at its Chicago Auto Show debut over 26 years ago, in 1989.

HYUNDAI NEWS CONFERENCE

Hyundai-Logo-CapHyundai brought two new vehicles to the 2015 Chicago Auto Show Social Media Preview: the all-new Veloster Rally Edition and the Elantra GT.

BMW SOCIAL MEDIA EVENT

BMW-2015-NewsDavid Buchko, corporate communications director of BMW North America, walked the press and social media influencers around the BMW exhibit to discuss the company’s capabilities within the realm of technology.​

VOLKSWAGEN NEWS CONFERENCE

VW-2015-NewsVolkswagen announced Tanner Foust and Scott Speed are returning in 2015 to the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Team.  The team will compete this year with two Volkswagen Beetle GRC race cars. 

WOMMA AWARD PRESENTATION

WOMMA-Logo-CapThe Chicago Auto Show and Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) presented Honda with the third annual “Driving Engagement” award and Hyundai with the award for most socially-engaging exhibit at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.