Chicago Auto Show

2009 Chicago Show: Taurus SHO Returns, Triumphant
2009 Chicago Show: Taurus SHO Returns, Triumphant

•    What is it: A twin-turbo version of the 2010 Ford Taurus, bringing back the old “SHO” tag •    Key facts: 365-hp V-6 is the most powerful “EcoBoost” Ford will offer; paddle-shifted automatic should add to sporting feel; Ford’s SYNC system is standard •    On sale...Read More»

2010 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson
2009 Chicago Auto Show: Ford F-150 Dons Harley Drag

•    What is it: A dolled-up version of Ford’s new full-size truck •    The Basics: A standard Ford F-150 SuperCrew with Harley trim; includes interior leather, colorful add-ons, and plenty of chrome and enamel badges •    On Sale: Shortly •    Price: $40,000 (est.) Flames and...Read More»

2009 Suzuki Equator
2009 Chicago Auto Show: Suzuki Equator Goes Three Ways At Once

A year after introducing the Suzuki Equator (a lightly disguised Nissan Frontier) pickup at the '08 Chicago Auto Show, Suzuki rolls out three customized Equators designed and built by enthusiast publications. All three magazines were given a blank slate Equator to start with, both stylistically and...Read More»

bumblebee camaro
Bumblebee Camaro From Transformers 2 At Chicago Auto Show

At the upcoming Chicago Auto Show (Feb. 13-22), Chevrolet will introduce an updated Bumblebee Camaro; the same vehicle is said to make an appearance in the upcoming Transformers 2 movie coming to theaters June 26. We first saw the Bumblebee Camaro last fall at SEMA; the new version receives subtle...Read More»

2009 Nissan 370Z
Nissan Reconsiders Chicago Auto Show Dropout

"We have found a way to maintain a presence at the Chicago show through our dealers, while still demonstrating the fiscal responsibility required by these challenging times," said Nissan in a quote in an Automotive News article yesterday. The sixth automaker to pull out of Detroit's North American...Read More»

Detroit's Cobo Hall
Nissan a No-Show for Detroit, Chicago Auto Shows

Wonder if Joe Serra, co-chair of Detroit's North American International Auto Show, is still feeling so upbeat about this year's show now that Nissan Motor Co. has decided it won't be bringing its lineup of cars, models, spokespeople, and hundreds of armor all bottles to Cobo Hall. Yup, that's...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Portico
2010 Hyundai Portico a Chicago Show Go?

TheCarConnection.com's spies caught the new 2010 Hyundai Portico crossover testing in the California desert earlier this year--now, it's becoming clearer that the Portico is headed for a debut at the 2009 Chicago auto show. It would be the crossover's second Chicago appearance; the original Portico...Read More»

Is GMC Really Serious About the Denali XT?

Our story on the Toyota A-Bat concept got you talking -- so while you're thinking about small trucks with hybrid powertrains, help us figure out how serious GMC is about building that Denali XT concept that it unveiled at the Chicago auto show? True to its pre-show buzz, the Denali XT's a pretty...Read More»

Toyota Seriously Studying Small A-BAT Truck

Toyota Motor Corp. is studying whether there is room for a small truck that would fit underneath the existing Tacoma pickup truck. And in doing so, it’s putting the spotlight on a debate now raging among the industry's designers and product planners. Don Esmond, Toyota senior vice president...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

Is GM really working on a Camaro hybrid? One reader told us, in essence, no f-ing way, he "called and asked." Well, geez, who'd you call? The receptionist? We have better sources, dude. That sound emanating from the Dodge Challenger stand at the Chicago auto show? Not a HEMI, but the sound of an...Read More»

Scion’s Second '08 Release: tC 4.0

While a few automakers staged introductions of important new vehicles at the Chicago auto show--the Chevrolet Traverse, the redone Acura RL, and Ford’s Transit Connect among them--Scion’s low-key effort in the Windy City came in the form of a limited edition of the tC coupe. The second...Read More»

HHR Goes Flex-Fuel in '09

Chevrolet's presence at the 2008 Chicago auto show focused on the new Traverse crossover, but the little HHR wagon got some attention of its own in the form of ethanol. GM president Troy Clarke said in Chicago that, starting in the 2009 model year, the HHR will become a flex-fuel vehicle capable of...Read More»

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8
2008 Chicago Auto Show Coverage

Chicago's auto show is on - and TheCarConnection.com is reporting from the Windy City, through rain, sleet, snow and hail - maybe all four this evening, if predictions hold. This year’s Chicago auto show may seem like a subdued affair at the moment. We’ve only been able to confirm a handful of...Read More»

2008 GMC Denali XT Concept
2008 GMC Denali XT Hybrid Concept

GM’s future plans for rear-drive cars are speeding ahead, with the spring introduction of the new Pontiac G8 sedan. The G8 is the first of a new breed of rear-driven GMs that will emerge over the next few years, and one interesting spin on the new architecture could be a four-door pickup truck...Read More»

Journey News Continues: Couple to Wed at Chicago Show, Steve Perry Still Nowhere to Be Found

We told you yesterday about all the cliches we’re expecting in Dodge Journey reviews this coming Friday. But we really couldn’t one-up that any better than Dodge can--and the Chrysler brand is upstaging even the Chicago auto show by putting on a wedding at its show stand, complete with a...Read More»

We Wrote, You Wrote: TheCarConnection’s Top Comments

Over at People magazine online, they’re asking about lip gloss and diet tips and the latest Lindsay sighting--while you’re telling us about future cars, fuel economy, the environment and politics. Yep, we here at TheCarConnection.com have the smartest readers on the planet and we have the words...Read More»

HUMMER Web Site Nabs New H3T Truck

It's embargo time again for Chicago's auto show - and the new HUMMER H3T is the latest victim to fall. HUMMERguy.net's Web site says this photo was taken in anticipation of a Detroit show debut, but of course HUMMER had an HX concept for the ongoing Cobo affair earlier this month. The new HUMMER...Read More»

The Challenger Awaits, and the Embargo Game Goes Another Round

By now, you've seen them -- the Dodge Challenger photos dancing all around the Web, including the one at the top of this page. And no doubt you've seen more if you're a subscriber to some of the monthly enthusiast magazines out there--because Chrysler's public-relations policy is to dole out photos...Read More»

Rumor Mill: Ford Bringing Euro Van to Chicago?

Ford’s fresh from introducing the updated 2009 Ford Escape and ’09 Mercury Mariner at the Washington auto show. And in two weeks, the company’s truck portfolio will increase with the addition of the Transit Connect, an award-winning cargo van sold in Europe. Ford is expected to introduce the...Read More»

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