David Wilson, a senior at Lockport Central High School, designed the cover for the 1993 Chicago Auto Show program cover. At the show, and two years before an Oldsmobile Aurora would go on sale, a concept sedan by that name appeared at the Chicago Auto Show. It was the Cadillac Aurora concept that was billed as, "a vision of an International high performance sedan." Dodge displayed the first redesign of the full size Ram pickup in 22 years. Audi exhibited its sleek new Cabriolet for 1994, based on the Series 90 sedan platform. Auto show visitors also got to see a prototype of the reworked Toyota Supra, which went on sale in summer 1993. Plymouth Prowler prototype featured a retro look at two-seat roadster hot rod, and Chevrolet teased with an Impala SS performance sedan powered by a 300 horsepower Corvette V-8.
Long shot down the main aisle of the lower level, with the BMW exhibit space at right and Infiniti at left. Only tiny glimpses of vehicles are visible on either side of the aisle, which features a "World's Greatest" Chicago Auto Show entry portal and large "1993" numerals incorporated into the carpeting.
A green 100 sedan dominates this scene at the lower-level space for German-made Audi automobiles. Driver- and passenger-side airbags were new this year. At right, sitting on a raised platform, is a red Cabriolet (convertible), ready for sale as a 1994 model.
Scene at the lower-level space for Italian-made Ferrari sports cars. Two additional red Ferraris are visible, including a Testarossa on a raised platform at right.
Displaying "4x4 Ski Lift" lettering on its driver's door and carrying skis on its roof rack, a red Rodeo sport-utility vehicle sits on a raised display platform at the lower-level space for Isuzu trucks. Another Rodeo, holding a pair of kayaks, can be seen at right. A kiosk at far right, only partially visible, describes a ski tie-in to test-driving an Isuzu product. Rodeos got a more powerful engine this year, borrowed from the bigger Trooper.
A dark Range Rover County, wearing a front plate from Knauz of Lake Forest, sits at right in this scene at the exhibit space for the British maker of luxury sport-utility vehicles. All Range Rover models had the County designation this year, either standard or with a long wheelbase (LWB). Several additional models also are visible. Range Rover County LWB models used a 200-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 engine, versus a 182-horsepower 3.9-liter V-8 in the regular County edition.
A large Chevrolet sign featuring the familiar "bow-tie" emblem occupies the left side of this scene at the lower-level space for Chevrolet trucks, billed as "the most dependable, longest-lasting trucks." At right is a two-tone full-size half-ton (1500) pickup truck. Full-size models were available with rear-drive (C1500) or four-wheel drive (K1500). Another pickup, with black grille, sits on a raised platform near the center, toward the rear.
GMC presented its redesigned Sonoma compact pickup truck at the Chicago Auto Show, ready for introduction as a 1994 model. This "all-new" black Sonoma is sitting on a raised platform, beneath a sign promoting "the strength of experience."
Sporting whitewall tires and woodgrain bodyside trim, a family-focused Caravan minivan is the centerpiece of this scene at the lower-level space for Dodge trucks. Portions of several additional Dodge models can be seen, including a red pickup truck at far right and a full-size conversion van with raised roof at far left, toward the rear.
Only the front half of a blue Cherokee wagon is visible in the right foreground of this scene at the lower-level space for Jeep vehicles. Another Cherokee wagon sits on a raised round platform. At far left is the back end of a Grand Cherokee with V-8 engine, introduced for 1993 as the upscale Jeep wagon.
Hummers turned up regularly at the Chicago Auto Show in the early 1990s. Evolved from heavy-duty military models, the four-wheel-drive bruisers--from AM General Corporation--became favorites of celebrities. Two examples can be viewed in this scene at the AM General display area.
Three vastly different types of racing vehicles are featured in this display for Dodge Motorsports. At far left is a ground-hugging model for sports-car racing. A Dodge stock car is in the center. At right is a "monster" pickup truck, wearing grossly oversized tires.
Don't expect to see any of these startlingly-shaped coupes, looking like something out of an action-adventure comic book, on any ordinary highway. The bizarre red coupe in the foreground and its black counterpart, wholly devoid of trim but exhibiting plenty of sharp edges and angles, were presented to the public at the lower-level display space for Tirabassi Motor Works.
Total Finish Protection. That's the claim proffered at the display space for T.F.P., a polymer sealant that deals with paint oxidation, bug stains, and similar problems. A Pontiac Sunbird coupe is sitting beneath an awning, serving as a test bed for the product.
Highly polished wheels are the main attraction at the corner display space for Lucas Tires, arranged on two exhibit racks. Several tires also are visible. Adjoining this display is one for the AAA-Chicago Motor Club, which appears to be ready to offer free copies of the Chicago Tribune newspaper.
A white Ford Taurus is sitting at the display stand for Fox Security, a provider of Avital anti-theft products, claimed to be "the leading edge in auto security.
Humorous "no parking" signs, alarms, radar detectors, and wheels are among the items available at the display stand for Accessories Unlimited, in the aftermarket section of the Chicago Auto Show.
Old and new police cars make up this exhibit for the Chicago Police Department. One of the two cars is a modern Chevrolet Caprice. The other is a Chevrolet from the mid-1960s. Both are painted in the familiar blue/white color scheme.
During the 1993 auto show, Chevrolet gave Chicago a hint of the fore coming 1994 S-10 extended cab pickup truck with its Highlander concept. Painted in chartreuse and purple, the two-tone exterior featured custom removable roll bar, a sliding driver side second door, rollbar with driving lights, and a tool compartment on the left side of the bed. Power train consisted of a 4.6-liter V-6 with an automatic transmission.
One of the highlights of the 1993 Chicago Auto Show was the introduction of the Mustang Mach III. The open-air two-seat roadster had a carbon-fiber body, cutdown windshield, and 19-inch chrome five-spoke wheels. In addition to the inspired styling, the Mach III was equipped with a 450 horsepower, 4.6 liter V-8 engine, connected to a six-speed transmission. The supercharged engine could run on either gasoline or methanol, and propel the Mach III to 60 miles per hour from a standing stop in less than 4.5-seconds. Debuting in 1993, the Mach III gave the public a glimpse at the styling of the upcoming all-new 1995 Mustang.
Jauntily tilted on its special display platform, with its driver's door hanging open, Porsche's experimental Speedster--painted a dramatic red--is the centerpiece of this scene at the German sports car maker's exhibit space. Seating two occupants, this concept convertible harked back to Speedster of Porsche's distant past. Glimpses of a couple of regular-production Porsche models also are visible.