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2015 Chicago Auto Show

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Kia showcases electric awd with Trail'ster concept

Kia showcases electric awd with Trail'ster concept

Ram revamps top-end Laramie Limited's styling

Ram revamps top-end Laramie Limited's styling

Acura drops new V-6 in RDX, boosting fuel economy

Acura drops new V-6 in RDX, boosting fuel economy

 
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  • BLOG

    Have no fear, Hyundai cracks the fuel-cell code

    11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
    RICHARD TRUETT: The hydrogen fuel cell debate is no longer a chicken-and-egg conundrum. The fuel cell vehicle has arrived first. It works.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Kia's hybrid for rough terrain

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
    Beneath its outdoorsy styling, which includes a rollback canvas roof and aluminum skid plates on the body of a Soul subcompact, Kia's Trail'ster concept sports an electric all-wheel-drive system and is powered by an electric motor combined with a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Toyota revises Avalon's ride and styling

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
    An updated version of the Avalon, Toyota's biggest sedan, arrives this fall with revised styling and a recalibrated suspension system.... Read More »

  • PHOTOS

    2015 Silverado Custom

    Based on the double-cab Silverado LS, the Custom package adds 20-inch aluminum wheels, chrome bumpers, a body-colored top cap above the front bumper, and chrome mirror caps and door handles. Engine options will include a 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8, with 355 horsepower and a 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6. Go to the Gallery »

  • PHOTOS

    2016 Chevrolet Equinox

    The refreshed Equinox features a revised front fascia with a deeper, wider grille, outlined in chrome and retaining the twin-port look of the current model. New light-emitting diode daytime-running lamps and fog lamps were added to upper trim levels. Go to the Gallery »

  • PHOTOS

    2016 Honda Pilot

    The redesigned 2016 Pilot has shed some 300 pounds by adopting a new platform and wider use of high and ultrahigh strength body materials that also help reduce noise and vibration, improve handling and increase rigidity. Go to the Gallery »

  • PHOTOS

    2016 Toyota Avalon

    The refreshed 2016 Toyota Avalon introduced at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Go to the Gallery »

  • PHOTOS

    2016 Acura RDX

    The 2016 Acura RDX was shown at the 2015 Chicago auto show. Go to the Gallery »

  • PHOTOS

    Ram Laramie Limited

    The Ram Laramie Limited was shown at the 2015 Chicago auto show. Go to the Gallery »

  • PHOTOS

    2016 Ford Police Interceptor

    The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor was unveiled at the 2015 Chicago auto show. Go to the Gallery »

  • NEWS

    Silverado's Custom package aims lower

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
    Chevrolet has made big inroads into the lucrative market for pricey pickups since a redesigned Silverado came out 18 months ago.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Honda to offer ZF 9-speed in Pilot

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
    American Honda Motor Co. will expand its use of a nine-speed automatic transmission from ZF Friedrichshafen AG, offering it in high-end models of the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot arriving this summer.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Mazda thinks beyond small cars in Mexico

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
    Mazda's production in its Salamanca, Mexico, plant could go well beyond the small cars it builds there.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Book it!

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
    The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, unveiled last week at the Chicago Auto Show, adds features aimed at improving what Ford says is already the most popular police vehicle in the country.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Honda suits up for new Ridgeline

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
    Honda is ready to get back into the pickup segment, with a redesigned Ridgeline that Honda expects to outperform its first effort.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Chevy Equinox gets nip and tuck

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
    The Chevrolet Equinox this fall will get its first cosmetic improvement in six years.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Ram not hot over scorching grille reviews

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
    Hot design topic at the Chicago Auto Show: the grille on the Ram Laramie Limited. The critics did not hold back.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Chevy looks to expand focus-group spots

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015
    It's some of the edgiest advertising that Chevrolet has shown in a long time: a commercial featuring various focus groups — little kids, seniors, bearded men, “rich housewives” — who are asked to compare a picture of a guy and his Colorado pickup and the same guy shown with a sedan.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Chevy gives Equinox nip, tuck for 2016

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
    Chevrolet is giving the Equinox a facelift this fall for the 2016 model year, the first cosmetic upgrade to the popular crossover in six years. The refreshed Equinox features a revised front fascia with a deeper, wider grille, outlined in chrome and retaining the twin-port look of the current model.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Honda Pilot sheds 300 pounds, boxy styling in major overhaul for 2016

    10:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
    Honda is giving the Pilot a major makeover as part of a three-pronged bid to jump-start its lagging U.S. truck sales and cash in on one of the industry's hottest segments.... Read More »

  • BLOG

    This is no way to run a railroad

    10:12 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
    LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE: I had originally intended to write this piece about the Chicago Auto Show’s great untapped natural resource, it’s location near the travel hub of North America. Not going to happen today.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Chevy Silverado Custom priced for core buyers, offers more chrome

    9:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
    Chevrolet, fresh off recent gains at the pricey end of the pickup market, is refocusing its aim at the everyman buyer with a more affordable, chrome-laden truck.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Toyota Avalon gets light freshening, suspension tuning for 2016

    3:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
    Toyota is giving its biggest car, the Avalon sedan, a light freshening for the 2016 model year. The biggest changes are to the car's four-wheel independent suspension system, which will be available in two settings.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Ford to unveil Police Interceptor Utility

    10:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
    It's not a 600-hp supercar, but Ford is unveiling a vehicle Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show that most people would find even more intimidating if it suddenly appeared in their rearview mirror.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Chevy adds GearOn edition to Colorado lineup

    11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
    Chevrolet is introducing a special edition Colorado pickup with an accessory system for mounting bikes, skis, kayaks and other outdoor toys. The GearOn model, to debut at this week's Chicago Auto Show, includes bars, a divider and cargo tie-down rings.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Chevy teases facelift for Equinox

    11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
    The Chevrolet Equinox crossover -- sales of which continue to march higher nearly six years into its current generation -- is getting a face lift. Chevy is scheduled to unveil a refreshed Equinox on Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    What's shakin' at the Chicago Auto Show

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2015
    Utility will be a main theme of the Chicago Auto Show this week. Among the global debuts: a freshened Acura RDX cross-over, a redesigned Honda Pilot crossover, a freshened Chevrolet Equinox crossover and a new Ram vehicle.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    A little taste of the Chicago Auto Show

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
    Kia Motors Corp. will unveil a rugged concept car with electric all-wheel drive next week at the Chicago Auto Show. The automaker released a teaser image that shows only the front third of the concept. It appears to be based on the Kia Soul, America's No. 1 selling subcompact car in 2014.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Pilot project: Honda SUV adds dash of style

    12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
    Honda is adding a dash of style to the chunky Pilot. The three-row, eight-passenger SUV arrives this summer with more curves and fewer sharp creases.... Read More »

  • NEWS

    Kia to unveil off-roader concept at Chicago show

    3:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
    Kia Motors will unveil a rugged concept car with electric all-wheel drive at the Chicago Auto Show, the automaker said today as it released a teaser image.... Read More »

Blogs from Chicago

RICHARD TRUETT
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Have no fear, Hyundai cracks the fuel-cell code
The hydrogen fuel cell debate is no longer a chicken-and-egg conundrum. The fuel cell vehicle has arrived first. It work
Feb. 17, 11:00 am U.S. ET
LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE
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This is no way to run a railroad
I had originally intended to write this piece about the Chicago Auto Show’s great untapped natural resource, it
Feb. 12, 10:12 am U.S. ET
Show Notes

Hyundai gets a jump on 2016

Hyundai gets a jump on 2016
1:10 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015

Hyundai is rolling out two 2016 models a bit early. The freshened Elantra GT, has a new and larger grille, panoramic sunroof and LED taillights. Inside, a revamped infotainment system allows the driver to send a text with a voice recognition system. ...


.... another Veloster

 .... another Veloster
1:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015

... in May, a special edition of the Veloster GT, the Rally Edition -- limited to just 1200 units -- will be available. The car features a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, which improves fuel economy by up to 7 percent, Hyundai says. Hyundai’s Blue Link system gets added capability. A remote package can b ...


Decked out

Decked out
10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015

A redesigned MX-5 Miata is headed to U.S. showrooms this summer and Mazda is ready to dress it up a bit for those looking to combine high performance with their leisure time. The

Finetuning

Finetuning
4:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

The refreshed 2016 Avalon received a formal introduction Thursday from Toyota Group Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay. It features two unique suspension systems to address diverse customer feedback and preferences. "One tuning prioritizes a comfortable ride for the XLE through Limited grades," Fay said ...


The bowtie's latest pickup

The bowtie's latest pickup
(GM)
12:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

Brian Sweeney, Chevrolet's U.S. chief, introduces the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Custom on Thursday. The Custom, based on the double-cab Silverado LS, adds 20-inch aluminum wheels, chrome bumpers, mirrors and door handles. Chevrolet expects most Silverado Custom customers to opt for a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine, ...


Catch it while you can

Catch it while you can
(LINDSAY CHAPPELL)
11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

The star of Honda's Chicago display is the redesigned 2016 Pilot SUV. But Honda Division Senior Vice President and General Manager Jeff Conrad also used the show stage to reveal a designer's rendering of the next-generation Ridgeline pickup. Honda will return to the U.S. pickup segment in 2016 with a redesigned ...


Shades of gray and silver ... and racing stripes

Shades of gray and silver ... and racing stripes
(RICHARD TRUETT)
12:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

Ford's latest GT supercar showed up in Chicago sporting shades of gray and silver. ...


Ready to race

Ready to race
(LINDSAY CHAPPELL)
10:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015

Nissan unveils the GT-R LM Nismo to a crowd Wednesday night just before the opening of the Chicago Auto Show. The racer is a departure from other Le Mans LM P1 vehicles in that it is a front-engine car. The 3.0-liter V-6 twin-turbo is augmented by a hybrid drive system in the rear. The car, which was first revea ...


Ready to shine

Ready to shine
12:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015

Carpenter Joel Tapper cleans-up the GMC Canyon midsize pickup display ahead of previews for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show at the city's McCormick Place. ...


Unwrapped

Unwrapped
(GM)
11:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015

Journeyman electricians Cesar Garcia, left, and Kevin Mattson prepare a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray for display Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, ahead of media previews at the Chicago Auto Show. ...