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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Global Head of Design Ralph Giles Opens 2017 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview


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CHICAGO (Feb. 9, 2017) - The 2017 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview kicked off with a keynote address by Ralph Gilles, head of design for FCA - Global. Speaking to more than 400 media and manufacturer representatives, Giles was the keynote at the annual Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) breakfast at McCormick Place.

Gilles, who also serves on the Group Executive Council (GEC) for FCA, discussed the future of automotive design, indicating that science fiction is no longer a fictional concept and that the industry's approach to design will continue to evolve to meet the social needs of consumers, especially Millennials.

"Advanced driver assistance systems will become more the norm," he said during his keynote address. "Our designers are thinking about the future, they're talking about how we can take all the technology and contraptions and design and put it into an attractive, sensible package."

Gilles, who has been with Chrysler since 1992, also discussed the Chrysler Portal concept, a forward-thinking vehicle designed by a group of Millennials within the FCA organization. "We put our Millennial team members in a room and asked them, 'What do you want the car of your future to look like?' This is what they came up with."

Portal is a single-motor vehicle running on a lithium-ion battery capable of delivering an estimated range of more than 250 miles. It contains a Level 3 autonomous system and includes radar, sonar and Lidar technology.

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