Chicago Auto Show Announces Best of Show Winners
Sunday, February 18, 2007
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Director of Communications
Chicago Auto Show
Consumers pick their favorite vehicles and exhibit at the Chicago Auto Show
CHICAGO--Consumer voters proclaimed their auto show favorites in five categories, in the auto show's second annual Best of Show balloting.
Winners in the contest's five categories were:
- Best All-New Production Vehicle: Audi R8 (26% of vote)
- Best Concept Vehicle: Chevrolet Camaro Convertible (31% of vote)
- Best Chicago Auto Show World Introduction: Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Ron Fellows Special Edition (45% of vote)
- Best Exhibit: Jeep (31% of vote)
- Vehicle I'd Most Like to Have in My Driveway: Chevrolet Camaro (8% of vote)
Ten finalists in four categories were selected by a panel of elite automotive journalists. The fifth category, "Vehicle I'd Most Like to Have in My Driveway," allowed voters to choose from any vehicle on the show floor and write in their selection.
According to the results, more than a quarter of voters considered the Audi R8 the Best All-New Production Vehicle at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show. It was followed by the new BMW 3-Series convertible.
In the Best of Show's tightest category, four percentage points separated the top three finishers in "Vehicle I'd Most Like to Have in My Driveway." In the vote, the Chevrolet Camaro convertible gathered eight percent of the vote, followed by both the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford Mustang at four percent.
Camaro convertible also took Best Concept Vehicle honors. In 2005 the Camaro hardtop was bested by the Dodge Challenger. This year, the bow-tie brigade returned with a ragtop version that was easily one of the most popular vehicles at the show.
The star power of the Corvette helped the Ron Fellows Special Edition Z06 top the competition in Best Chicago Auto Show World Introduction. Runner up was another new General Motors product, the Pontiac G8.
About one-third of attendees considered the Jeep display to be the Chicago Auto Show's best exhibit. It featured a test track that included a steep hill, water and rocks. Runner up for best exhibit with 16% of the votes was the Dodge display that also featured a test track.
The Chicago Auto Show is produced by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association.