Poet Carl Sandburg called Chicago "the city of big shoulders" and it's a description that fits its annual auto show. With more than a million feet of floor space and the largest public attendance in North America, the Chicago Auto Show isn't as glitzy as other shows, but its strength lies in focus on down-to-earth, hard-working vehicles that get the job done in the real world. That's not to say there wasn't a shortage of luxury vehicles. BMW launched its 740Ld xDrive diesel powered all-wheel drive flagship while SRT unveiled a Satin Vapor Edition of the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. But more often than not, the show is about vehicles like the the smaller Chevy Express delivery van. Other noteworthy trucks unveiled include the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Series pickup and Nissan's Frontier engineering study.

One of the more significant car launches was Subaru's new Legacy, while special trim packages on the Hyundai Veloster, Nissan Versa Note, Dodge Journey and Volvo's S60/V60 debuted as well. Kia also showed off an EV version of its Soul hatchback.

The show, which is held at the McCormick Place Convention Center, opens to the public on Saturday, February 8, running through February 17.

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