2015 BMW i3: A must-see vehicle in the BMW exhibit during the 2015 Chicago Auto Show is the all-new  BMW i3 electric car, constructed in a revolutionary way from next-generation materials.  The i3 went on sale in the US market in the second quarter of 2014 as a 2015 model. This is BMW’s first truly purpose-built electric car, and first vehicle to utilizing the new"i sub-brand.  For 2015, the BMW i3 comes in three different worlds: Mega, Giga and Tera, all featuring LifeDrive architecture concept comprised of two modules; the Life Module, and the Drive Module. Think of the Life Module as the passenger cabin, or greenhouse. It is the first-ever mass produced Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) passenger cell in the automotive business. The Drive Module, which is constructed out of 100% aluminum, consists of the 22-kWh, 450 lb. lithium-ion battery, electric drive train, MacPherson strut and five-link rear suspension system and structural and crash components. The result is an electric car that weighs about 2,700 lbs (preliminary US figures). With the battery mounted in the rear, close to the drive wheels, the i3 gives impressive performance characteristics while also providing better traction.  Assisting the eDrive rear-wheel drive powertrain, are unique 19-inch tires that have low rolling resistance, and frame the light-alloy wheels. Offering a small turning circle of 32.3 feet, – a major benefit to driving in the city – the i3 still has a perfect 50-50 weight distribution.

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Thursday, October, 16, 2014

Preparing Your Vehicle for the Long Chicago Winters

Yes, I know fall has just begun. If you're a Chicagoan, you know that means winter is right around the corner. ...

Friday, October, 10, 2014

Subaru Fights Accidents With EyeSight

When Subaru introduced the all-new 2015 Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show this past February, much mention was made ...

Tuesday, October, 07, 2014

Chicago Auto Show Stars Hit the Road at MAMA Rally

This year's Midwest Automotive Media Association's Fall Rally featured a number of 2014 Chicago Auto Show ...

Monday, October, 06, 2014

MAMA Fall Rally Picks

Each fall, approximately 70 MAMA members flock to Autobahn Country Club of Joliet for the chance to jump behind the ...

Saturday, October, 04, 2014

Z06 Officially Fastest Production Chevy Ever!

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Friday, October, 03, 2014

SUVs for Everyone the '14 MAMA Fall Rally

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Thursday, September, 25, 2014

All-new 2015 Ford Edge Available Early Next Year

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Wednesday, September, 24, 2014

Volkswagen Beetles Out To Prove They Can Win

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Wednesday, September, 17, 2014

Hyundai Continues the Fight against Childhood Cancer

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Tuesday, September, 16, 2014

National Child Passenger Safety Week is Underway

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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

10/19/2014 2:00:01 PM

Want to win two tickets to the 2015 Chicago Auto Show? Vote for your favorite show design in the comments below: Red, Blue or White

10/19/2014 11:49:04 AM

Alshon Jeffery and a few other Chicago Bears players supported us and attended the Chicago Auto Show last year, and today we're supporting them. #BearDown

10/18/2014 11:20:01 AM

We’re in need of your help, #CAS fans! Which design do you prefer for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show? Blue, White or Red? We are awarding one random fan two tickets to the show

10/18/2014 10:42:04 AM

As of earlier this week, the 2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe is on sale nationwide. Remember when Honda brought one gamer's custom design to life at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

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10/22/2014 5:35:03 PM

I liked a @YouTube video from @chiautoshow http://t.co/fGbfIcC8Pf Cadillac Cimarron concept at the 1986 Chicago Auto Show

10/22/2014 4:32:15 PM

.@ChiAutoShow Blue. Always love top-down views of cars, it's clean and I love blue. :D

10/22/2014 2:13:00 PM

According to @Lexus Marketing Mgr Brian Bolain, the brand was originally intended for #BabyBoomer generation in one country.

10/22/2014 12:14:08 PM

@ChiAutoShow awesome picture my son got to sit in that stang during dyno run. Was so happy. good thing his pops knows stang trivia

10/22/2014 11:59:35 AM

USO BBQ for the Troops: http://t.co/zzdUiu8LVd via @YouTube

10/22/2014 11:51:48 AM

I added a video to a @YouTube playlist http://t.co/zzdUiu8LVd USO BBQ for the Troops

10/22/2014 11:23:23 AM

@ChiAutoShow - AWESOME Mark!

10/22/2014 9:38:52 AM

@RandomTardis That's correct!

10/22/2014 9:12:59 AM

@GiveMeAProject Thanks for your feedback. We're excited about the new features including the history section!

10/22/2014 9:09:00 AM

@AutoHallOfFame the article's source says the winner was J. Frank Duryea, whose average speed was 71/2 miles per hour.