Chicago Auto Show

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Chicago Auto Show
Chicago Auto Show.png
Genre Auto show
Date(s) February 14–22, 2015
Frequency Annually
Venue McCormick Place
Location(s) Chicago, Illinois
Country  United States
Years active 107
Inaugurated 1901
Attendance 1,000,000+
Organized by Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Website
www.chicagoautoshow.com
The title for the 2007 Chicago Auto Show.

The Chicago Auto Show is held annually in February at Chicago's McCormick Place convention complex. It is the largest auto show in North America.[1]

History[edit]

The event, first produced in 1901, has been staged more times than any other auto show in North America and continues to be one of the best-attended in the world. Over one million visitors attend each year. The Chicago Automobile Trade Association, which is the country's oldest and largest metropolitan auto dealer organization, producdes the auto show and has since 1935.

2008 marked the Chicago Auto Show's 100th iteration. It is the first auto show anywhere in the world to have achieved this distinction.

Due to the vast amount of space available, several auto manufacturers have implemented creative uses of their exhibit space in recent years. For example, at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show, Pontiac and Chrysler hosted free concerts at their exhibits. The BoDeans and OK Go are among those who performed at Pontiac's stage. Chrysler Group created the world's largest indoor test track, and allowed attendees to ride along on a test-drive of their SUVs and trucks in extreme simulated conditions in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.[2] Toyota configured a similar experiential ride course for the 2011 show.[3]

2015[edit]

The 2015 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 14 through February 22 and had a 7 percent increase in attendance compared to 2014. The show’s media preview day hosted 18 world premieres including the introduction of the Kia Trail’ster concept as well as consumer vehicles such as the Acura RDX, Chevrolet Equinox, Honda Pilot and Toyota Avalon.

Production car introductions[edit]

Concept car introductions[edit]

Race car introductions[edit]

2014[edit]

The 2014 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 8 through February 17, with press days starting on February 6.

Production car introductions[edit]

Concept car introductions[edit]

Race car introductions[edit]

2013[edit]

The 2013 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 9 through February 18, with press days starting on February 7.

Production car introductions[edit]

Concept car introductions[edit]

  • Chevrolet "Turbo" Camaro Coupe Concept
  • Dodge Charger Defiance Show Car
  • Kia Cross GT Concept [43]
  • Kia Optima Hybrid "Inspired by Superman" Concept
  • Ford Fiesta ST GRC Concept
  • Ford Focus TrackSTer Concept

2012[edit]

The 2012 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 10 through February 19, with press days starting on February 8.

Introductions and concepts:

In addition to the factory-built Chrysler 300, Mopar also showed three 75th anniversary accessory kits: the Dodge Dart "GTS 210 Tribute", Fiat 500 "Stinger", and Mopar Jeep Compass "True North".[51]

2011[edit]

The 2011 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 11 through February 20, with press days starting on February 9.

Introductions and concepts:

2010[edit]

The 2010 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 12 through February 21, with press days starting on February 10.

Introductions and concepts:

2009[edit]

The 2009 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 13 through February 22, with press days starting on February 11.

Introductions and concepts:

Also, the Ford Transit Connect was re-introduced as an official 2010 model, after pre-production units were displayed for the first time in the U.S. at the previous year's show.

2008[edit]

The 2008 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 8 through February 17, with press days starting on February 6.

Introductions:

The show also had a special U.S. Army area, open to the public, which displayed military vehicles and featured Army-related activities and video games.

2007[edit]

The Ford "Airstream" Concept car.
The "Zap" Concept car.

The 2007 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 9 through February 18, with press days starting on the 7th.

Introductions:

2006[edit]

The 2006 Chicago Auto Show.
A Toyota concept car shown at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show.

The 2006 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 10 through February 19, with press days starting on the 8th.

Introductions:

2005[edit]

The Jeep testdrive "hill" at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show.

The 2005 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 11 through February 20, with press days starting on the 9th.

Introductions:

2001[edit]

Introductions:

1998[edit]

Production car introductions[edit]

  • Acura 3.5 RL Special Edition
  • Acura Integra Type-R SCCA Race Car
  • Acura NSX SCCA Race Car
  • Cadillac Seville
  • Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
  • Chevrolet Tahoe Z71
  • Chevrolet TrailBlazer
  • Chrysler Town & Country Limited
  • Dodge Viper GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited
  • Jeep Cherokee Classic
  • Mitsubishi Galant
  • Nissan Quest
  • Kia Sportage Convertible
  • Ford SVT F-150 Lightning
  • Ford F-150 NASCAR Special Edition
  • Ford SVT Mustang Cobra Bondurant
  • Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 Supercab
  • Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Toyota Tacoma Xtracab
  • Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited

Concept car introductions[edit]

  • Pontiac Grand Prix Concept:Cure by Cynthia Rowley
  • Cadillac DeVille Concours Concept:Cure by Michael Kors
  • Chevrolet Venture Concept:Cure by Joe Boxer's Nicholas Graham
  • GMC Jimmy Concept:Cure by Tommy Hilfiger
  • GMC Sierra DEUCE Concept
  • Ford Libre Concept
  • Nissan Frontier 4-door Concept
  • Infiniti Q29 Roadster
  • Kia Minivan Concept
  • Toyota T150 Concept

1992[edit]

More than 1,000 vehicles were on display, from the automotive manufacturers and other groups.

Production car introductions[edit]

  • Audi 90[81]
  • Buick Skylark Sedan[81]
  • Ford Escort GT[81]
  • Ford SVT Mustang Cobra[81]
  • Ford SVT F-150 Lightning[81]
  • Infiniti J30[81]
  • Mazda 626[81]
  • Mercury Tracer[81]
  • Subaru Legacy Touring Sports LE Wagon[81]
  • Toyota Camry Wagon[81]

Concept car introductions[edit]

  • Geo Back Packer Tracker Concept
  • Geo Beach Low-Rider Tracker Concept
  • Geo Baja Race Tracker Concept
  • Geo Biker Tracker Concept
  • Geo Snow Tracker Concept
  • Ford Explorer Drifter Concept
  • Ford Boss Bronco Concept
  • Saab 9000CD Turbo Flex Fuel Concept[81]
  • Toyota Avalong 4-door convertible concept[81]

1990[edit]

  • Geo "Californina Concept" Storm
  • Geo Tracker "Hugger" Concept

1968[edit]

Production car introductions[edit]

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