BEST OF SHOW RESULTS -- CONSUMERS PICK THEIR FAVORITE VEHICLES AND EXHIBIT AT THE 2016 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW
For the eleventh consecutive year, consumer voters selected their favorites in five categories in the Chicago Auto Show's “Best of Show” balloting. The Chicago Auto Show is the only major auto show that polls its attendees’ favorite vehicles and exhibit.
In voting conducted over the 9-day public run of the nation’s biggest auto show, winners in the contest's five categories were:
Best All-New Production Lexus LC 500
Best Concept Vehicle: Buick Avista
Best Green Vehicle: Chevrolet Volt
Best Exhibit: Chevrolet
Vehicle I'd most like to have in my driveway: Ford GT
“Best of Show voting has become a benchmark measure for our exhibiting manufacturers, and winning in any category is quite significant,” said 2016 Chicago Auto Show Chairman Colin Wickstrom. “With more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space, it’s impressive when certain vehicles and displays rise above to capture the public’s attention.”
Each of the first four winners beat out seven other vehicles. The eight finalists in Best All-New Production Vehicle, Best Concept Vehicle, Best Green Vehicle and Best Exhibit were selected by a jury of automotive experts. In the fifth category, "Vehicle I'd most like to have in my driveway," voters could choose from any of the hundreds of vehicles on the show floor.
According to the results, voters considered the Lexus LC 500 the Best All-New Production Vehicle. Though the LC 500 was a run-away favorite, the Lincoln Continental and Chicago Auto Show world introduction Nissan Armada also garnered a considerable number of votes, finishing second and third, respectively.
The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt took the honors for Best Green Vehicle. The unique electric sedan has a battery range of up to 53 miles and a total cruising range of 420 miles. It topped runner-up Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid and third-place finisher Toyota Prius.
Best Concept honors went to the muscular Buick Avista. The striking coupe is a potential forbearer of a Buick sports car. A close runner-up for Best Concept was the striking Genesis Vision G.
Taking top honors as Best Exhibit was Chevrolet. The display featured four 20 ft.-tall, transparent screens with coordinated LED lighting and music surrounding a centerpiece screen that was 73-ft long. Four turntables around the exhibit highlighted new vehicles like the Trax and Bolt EV. Posting a close second was the extremely popular Jeep display followed by the Ford exhibit.
Every year the tightest race of all is the pick for “Vehicle I’d most like to have in my driveway.” This year was no different as the Ford GT and Bugatti Veyron battled neck and neck to the last day. Blue Oval fans mashed the gas on the final day to put the GT on top.
In all, nearly 6,000 consumers voted for best of show. Each consumer who voted was entered for a chance to win a 2016 Buick Encore. The manufacturer awards for Best of Show will be presented to the winners at the annual Midwest Automotive Media Association Spring Rally, held annually at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
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