Chicago, it’s back, and it’s returned with a vengeance! The 2015 Chicago Auto is the largest and longest auto show in the nation. The location is again at the lakefront McCormick Place Convention Center, which provides plenty of room for automakers to display their awesome designs. With over 1 million square feet of exhibition space to explore, you will encounter lots of opportunities to see both concept and production vehicles that are newly revealed.
Many automakers staged the world debut of new concept vehicles, including the following: Kia Soul Trailster; Honda with a sneak peek of the Ridgeline rendering; Nissan 370z Nismo convertible; and the Mitsubishi GC-PHEV concept SUV. All these are concept vehicles, but we will soon see them transformed into production vehicles. The production vehicles revealed included the Honda Pilot, Toyota Avalon, Acura RDX, Chevy Silverado & Equinox, Dodge Ram 1500 Limited, Hyundai Veloster Rally Car, VW Golf R, Ford Explorer Interceptor, and the Ford Mustang GT350.
I am happy to share that yes, the highly talked about vehicles from NAIAS will be on display - the Ford GT and the Acura NSX. Both of these are stunning must see vehicles and certainly will be the talk of the show. Don’t forget about other great exhibitions including the Toyota, Dodge & Jeep test tracks. These provide a great way to experience firsthand how a vehicle reacts during harsh road conditions and/or the way car drives itself. There are also racing simulators at Hyundai, VW, State Farm, Ford and Toyota.
Alfa Romeo has returned to the auto show, bringing with them two just released beauties - the 4C and the 4C Spyder. Hyundai has a large display of SEMA project vehicles, as well as two vehicles created by local designers from Chicago, which are on display at the ABC 7 booth. Every manufacturer has great feature displays. Some of the outstanding ones that I recommend are Chevy Volt, Cadillac CTS-V & ATS-V, Jaguar F-Type, BMW M6, Mercedes, Lexus GS-F, Audi, and the Nismo line up at Nissan. Trust me, there is plenty to see!
If you are in mood to see exotic vehicles, make your way to the Super Car Gallery, where some of the most expensive and unique exotic vehicles you will see are all in one place. This is a jaw dropping display of high end vehicles you’ll only see in magazines and movies.
I’m saving the best for last of course. For all of you Chicago Blackhawks fans, be sure to make your way to the Chevy Dealership Family Fun area, brought to you by Chevy Drives Chicago. Here you can get up close and personal with the 2015 Chicago Blackhawks Theme Chevy Camaro SS Convertible that will be given away at the end of the season. There are also get fun games to play and merchandise for purchase.
This year’s Chicago Auto Show certainly packs a full day of excitement. Make sure to take your time and stop by every booth to check out their line ups. My wife and I certainly did, and we actually picked out our future vehicle that we will be purchasing soon. I promise you that you will find something to fit your needs or just something to dream about. Should you find something you are interested in, there will be local representatives to help assist you after the show. The Chicago Auto Show continues its run through Sunday, February 22, 2015.