2014 VOLVO XC60: Volvo has made the most extensive refresh of the XC60 small premium utility since its introduction four years ago. Major change is the styling from the windshield forward, with new hood, front fenders and fascia, with shapely new headlights flanking a bold new grille wearing a larger Volvo Ironmark. The XC 60 is Volvo’s first crossover to offer sporty steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Standard on T6 AWD and R-Design, these paddle shifters let the driver shift manually with both hands on the steering wheel. For 2014, the XC60s gain a new shift knob for the floor-mounted shifter featuring piano black background with illuminated symbols for ease of viewing in the dark. This year, the Volvo XC60 offers three levels of performance, starting with the XC60 3.2. Its naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine provides 240 horsepower with ULEV II emissions rating or 230 horsepower with PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) rating. Front-wheel drive is standard while Volvo's All-Wheel Drive with Instant Traction is optional. The midrange XC60 T6 AWD offers an output for its 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine of 300 horsepower. All-Wheel-Drive with Instant Traction is standard on all turbocharged XC60s. At the top of the XC60 lineup is the T6 AWD R-Design. This model targets enthusiasts with a substantial performance upgrade. Its 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder delivers 325 horsepower, backed-by a chassis that employs stronger damping and a more direct steering gear for more precise communication with the road surface. All models are equipped with a six-speed “Geartronic” driver-adaptive automatic transmission. When properly equipped, the XC60 can tow up to 3,300 pounds. A new Sport Package including new sport seats and 20-inch Titania alloy wheels is offered on 3.2 and T6 AWD models. The available Climate Package gains a heated windshield and heated steering wheel this year. Among the XC60's list of interior upgrades is a new standard three-spoke steering wheel, Off Black dash top, wood décor trim on front door panels, cloth-covered B-pillars, metal trim around air vents, silver décor frame for the headlight module, Quartz headliner, new front door sill plates and a metal threshold for the cargo area. Speaking of cargo, the 2014 XC60 offers families 30.8 cu. ft. of room with the rear seats up, and up to 67.4 cu. ft. when rear seat back is lower.

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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

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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/

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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/

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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

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

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

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

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