Subaru's redesigned Legacy sedan, Kia's Soul EV, Chevrolet's new Nissan-built small commercial van and two high-performance Volvos highlight the world debuts next week at the Chicago Auto Show.
Kia hopes to lure buyers from the Nissan Leaf sedan, the top-selling electric vehicle, with the larger Soul EV. Kia is targeting a 120-mile range on a single charge from teh vehicle's lithium ion battery pack. That would make the Soul EV's range nearly 50 miles greater than the Leaf's.
The 2015 Legacy, due this fall, will have a sleeker, sportier appearance.
The City Express, a version of Nissan's NV200 compact commercial van, gives Chevrolet a rival to the Ford Transit Connect aimed at small-business owners. The Transit Connect has owned the niche since establishing it in 2009. Last year, Ford sold a record 39,703 Transit Connects.
The City Express is one of at least eight production models scheduled to be introduced at the Chicago show.
Here's a look at the scheduled introductions.