2014 MINI HARDTOP: Check out the evolutionary refinements to the Mini lineup at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Feb.8-17th. On display is the enhanced 2014 Mini Hardtop with revised body which has grown by some 4.5 inches in length. Its interior offers extended spatial comfort on all four seats as well as a luggage compartment volume expanded by 3 cubic feet to a total of 8.7 cubic feet. Hallmark brand design features such as the hexagonal contour of the radiator grille, side scuttles, circular headlights, upright rear light clusters and black periphery around the bottom edge of the body are reinterpreted. The wide track and short overhangs emphasize the vehicle's body as it sits powerfully on top of the wheels. From the side view, the window graphic tapering off to the rear creates a dynamic wedge shape. Unique in the segment: LED headlamps and adaptive light distribution. New engines with Mini TwinPower Turbo Technology include the 134 horsepower 1.5-liter three-cylinder and 2.0L four-cylinder with a peak output of 189hp. The powerplants can be match to new manual and automatic transmissions. Standard six-speed manual transmission differs from the predecessor in its optimized weight and improved shift comfort deriving from the use of carbon friction linings for the synchronizer rings. The available six-speed automatic offers improved efficiency, and shorter shift times can be operated in manual mode using shift paddles at the steering wheel. Acceleration from zero to 60 mph takes just 6.4 seconds, while the top speed is 146 mph. Road speed and engine speed along with other key driving-related information is shown in the newly designed instrument cluster on the steering column. The characteristic central instrument with an optional color display of up to 8.8 inches in size provides feedback on operations performed using the MINI Controller in the center console.

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Thursday, October, 16, 2014

Preparing Your Vehicle for the Long Chicago Winters

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Friday, October, 10, 2014

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Thursday, September, 25, 2014

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Tuesday, September, 16, 2014

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10/24/2014 10:33:04 AM

#FlashbackFriday to a cartoon from the Pope Manufacturing Co. in Hartford that ran during the 1907 Chicago Auto Show. It shows a horde of salesmen all vying for the attention of the prospective buyer who has loads of money. The ad concludes that the gentleman chose the 1907 Pope-Hartford. Can you guess how much it sold for

10/23/2014 2:36:03 PM

#ThrowbackThursday to the @Ford robot in 1966 and in 2014! Did you see it at either of these shows

10/23/2014 12:54:31 PM

The votes are in and the crowd favorite for the new #CAS15 is… the ad featuring the white car! Thanks to everyone who helped us choose the design for this year’s show. We hope to see you all in February

10/23/2014 8:00:02 AM

We’ve launched our new site for #CAS15 and it now features seamless social media integration. What do you think of it?: http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/

10/22/2014 3:00:00 PM

Today is the last day to win 2 tickets to the 2015 Chicago Auto Show by letting us know which ad is your favorite. What will it be blue, red or white

10/22/2014 9:15:05 AM

Check it out, we’ve launched our new #CAS15 site! Our favorite new features are the expanded social media feeds. Let us know what you think!: http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/

10/21/2014 12:00:01 PM

Fill In The Blank: My favorite design for #CAS15 is _______ (Red, Blue, White). One fan will win two tickets to the show

10/21/2014 9:04:05 AM

It's time for some more tagline trivia: Which automakers tagline is "The Ultimate Driving Machine"? #TriviaTuesday

10/20/2014 12:01:07 PM

Yes, fall has just begun, but if you're a Chicagoan, you know that means winter is right around the corner. Plan ahead this year and prepare your vehicle for the winter season ahead. We've complied five steps to help you get your vehicle winter-ready. http://bit.ly/1CwkC3r

10/20/2014 10:00:00 AM

Don’t miss your chance to cast your vote for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show design! We’re awarding tickets to one fan a day who selects either red, blue or white

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10/24/2014 2:12:07 PM

Give up latte a day and upgrade from a Nissan Versa to a Nissan Altima, really. http://t.co/eLOzEdYT4k @ChiAutoShow http://t.co/OE6vfq3Vp3

10/24/2014 12:04:08 PM

This #1907 cartoon ad features the 1907 Pope-Hartford, which sold for $2,750. #FlashbackFriday http://t.co/6Bg344RnEv

10/24/2014 8:45:51 AM

Flashing back to the delicious @Chevrolet #cupcakes we devoured at the 2014 @ChiAutoShow #FlashbackFriday http://t.co/qZJRfuyDEz

10/23/2014 2:57:51 PM

You're welcome @ChiAutoShow! - #GESGlobalTeam

10/23/2014 2:36:02 PM

#ThrowbackThursday to the @Ford robot in 1966 & in 2014! http://t.co/dNAyVB7pkC

10/23/2014 2:34:31 PM

@GESGlobal Thanks for noticing and sharing our new look!

10/23/2014 12:58:02 PM

@ChiAutoShow first look is Friday the 13th?! Spooky :-)

10/23/2014 11:25:43 AM

Daily Motoring News is out! http://t.co/RHXJH0aiJo Stories via @ChiAutoShow @LAPSINC

10/23/2014 10:08:26 AM

The Mustang Milano concept debuted at the 1970 @ChiAutoShow. Guess the design elements used in later models. #TBT http://t.co/M7nV2YqJwp