2018 Chicago Auto Show: Feast and famine
The Chicago Auto Show occupies a not-to-be envied position on the calendar, right between the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (which moved back a week this to mid-January) and the Geneva Motor Show, which is traditionally the first week in March. As a result, some years the pickings can be rather slim in the Windy City.
Making up for this dearth in new product launches, however, are the people. Tons of them. It is one of the highest attendance shows in the country and given its mid-winter dates, the perfect excuse to shake off cabin fever and kick some tires.
Still, there were some introductions of note at McCormack Place, including a trio of Toyota off-road rigs, a new take on the Ford Transit Connect Wagon, Hyundai’s hybrid and plug-in versions of its Sonata and the North American debut of the Volkswagen Arteon. And as a tribute to Subaru’s 50th anniversary, the company is offering a slew of limited edition models.
Previous Chicago Auto Shows
According to show organizers, the Chicago Auto Show was the first North American auto show to tally 100 shows. Officials also describe the Chicago Auto Show as the nation's largest, utilizing 1.3 million square feet of Chicago's McCormick Place complex, or enough floor space to accommodate 26 Boeing 747s. The Chicago Auto Show doesn't garner as much worldwide attention as the Hollywood or Motor City shows, but the Second City nevertheless plays host to a number of important new car introductions every year.
Ford took the wraps off of its brand new Expedition and Dodge introduced an SRT version of its Durango.
This year's SUV-centric show brought out the new Nissan Armada, updated versions of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport, plus Kia's first dedicated gas and electric hybrid called Niro.
Honda revealed a stylish new Pilot while Toyota unveiled a refreshed Avalon.
Subaru unveiled a new Legacy and Kia unleashed an Optima hybrid and Soul EV.
Where the 2014 Toyota Tundra and that Superman-themed Kia Optima were born.
Hyundai brought a pair of Elantras, while Acura offered up the first-ever ILX and a redesigned RDX.