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Newest Technology on Display at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

It’s hard to imagine the Chicago Auto Show getting even bigger. They already boast over 1 million square feet of show space. But with 55,000 additional square feet of space added for this year’s show, that’s exactly what’s happening. The industry is bigger than ever! Friend of Cars On Line, Doug Bennett was at this year’s show to photograph some of the top displays.

There’s something for everyone!

The Chicago Auto Show gave participants a chance to take some of the industry’s newest vehicles out for a drive on one of the show’s five indoor test tracks. Mazda, Kia, Ford, and Subaru let show goers get behind the wheel and take vehicles onto the road. Ford had it’s famous mustang on the dynamometer, and Chevy brought something for kids and adults alike to enjoy; a life-sized LEGO Batmobile!

Want more from the Chicago Auto Show? Click here to go to their webpage. The show runs through February 20th, 2017.

Chicago Auto Show 2016


Chicago Auto Show 2016: Celebrating the Advance of Auto Culture

The 108th annual Chicago Auto Show is underway in Chicago, Illinois this week. It’s a celebration of all things automobile, with an emphasis not just on where the industry has been, but also where it’s going. They present an impressive showcase of cars that are as much about the technology and the software that drives them (sometimes literally) as they are about chrome and curves. The horizons of tomorrow’s auto culture are changing, and the Chicago Auto Show is the perfect place to see the aesthetics of the old era blend with the new. The Chicago Auto Show dedicates more than one million square feet to car culture, making it one of the largest indoor car shows in the world. With the industry poised to deliver some of the most game-changing cars in decades, it’s at shows like this that we’ll get the first glimpses of that new horizon.

A 2016 Ford GT was one of this year’s show stoppers. It has a tear-drop shape inspired by an aircraft fuselage. Every slope and shape are designed to minimize drag and optimize downforce and stability. It comes equipped with a 600-plus-horsepower twin turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine that’s mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transaxle that provides exceptional driver control. The rear spoiler is keyed to speed and deploys and adjusts in height and/or pitch angle depending on conditions.

Nearly 1,000 of the industry’s latest vehicles, interactive displays, cutting-edge technology, and family-friendly events found a place on this year’s show floor. Here’s more photographs from friend of Cars On Line, Doug Bennett.

Go to the Vehicles on Display page to see more of what 2016’s Chicago Auto Show has to offer.

More than just a show about cars though, the Chicago Auto Show is where many aftermarket manufacturers are unveiling new technologies for use in every car. Rand McNally held a press release to announce their new in-car electronic system OverDryve. It’s a device for the 1.2 billion cars worldwide that don’t currently have access to the advanced tech features of today’s luxury vehicles. It’s a dashboard tablet designed for use with any car for a small fraction of the cost of a system included in a newly manufactured vehicle.


Here’s more from their press release:

OverDryve provides simple and intuitive access to:
* A voice-controlled smart assistant
* Hands-free calling and texting
* Music from drivers’ favorite sources
* Audible news, weather, traffic and sports
* Forward collision warnings
* A dash camera and available high-resolution wireless backup camera
* Customizable gauge clusters and vehicle information
* Available tire pressure monitoring
* Award-winning trip planning and navigation
* An FM radio
* Wired and wireless connectivity to in-dash radios
* And available roadside assistance and accident notification


Everything about OverDryve was designed with the driver in mind. It features an elegant user display that provides access to key items at a glance. It comes with a clever, easy to install magnetic mount, making attaching and removing the device a snap. Keeping safety at the forefront, some OverDryve features are disabled while the device is on the mount and in driver mode. Off the mount – for passengers in the car or after the drive – OverDryve is a fully loaded entertainment tablet that can be used to watch movies, access social media, and check email.

The device is due in stores later this spring and is expected to retail at $399.

Chicago Auto Show 2015


Chicago Auto Show 2015

The Chicago Auto Show is one of the Midwest’s largest automotive affairs. It’s been the place to see some of the industry’s hottest cars, from production vehicles available now to concept cars that are as much art as auto. This year’s show had more than 1,000 vehicles on display and more than 1 million square feet of show floor space.  There were three indoor test tracks, outdoor ride and drive experiences, celebrity appearances and more! We’re told this year’s show has a renewed focus on consumer-ready production vehicles, but that’s not saying there weren’t many amazing specialty cars to ogle over. Here’s some of the photographs Cars On Line friend Doug Bennett took while he attended the show last Saturday. Click the photographs to see them larger.

2015 Toyota FT-1 Concept Car


The Toyota FT-1 is the “spiritual pace car for the new direction of Toyota Global Design.” It has an opulent graphite and saddle color combination, “function-sculpting,” a retractable rear wing that deploys at higher speeds and a transparent glass hood.


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Maserati GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition



2016 Lincoln MKX


The 2015 Lincoln MKX remains a standout in the premium midsize utility segment. Options can include 20- and 22-inch polished aluminum wheels. The 3.7-liter V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission are standard.


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2016 Jaguar F-Type Convertible


The 2016 Jaguar F-Type comes with a 340 horsepower V8 engine, rear wheel drive and an automatic or manual transmission.


2016 Chevrolet Volt


Chevrolet increased the battery storage capacity on the 2015 Volt to 17.1 kWh and included OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that includes 3GB/three-month data trial. The paint is Iridescent Pearl Tricoat.



2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang


The new 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang features a high-revving, naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 engine developed for track-focused Mustangs. That means it has more than 500 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque.


2015 McLaren 650S Spider


The V8 3.8L Twin Turbo engine on board this 2015 McLaren 650S Spider delivers 641 horsepower and can reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 204 mph.


2015 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster


Show-goers were calling this 2015 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster a “21-century Batmobile, or perhaps a road version of the stealth fighter bomber.” It’s powered by a 6.5-liter V12 48V MPI engine that produces 700 horsepower and 690 pound-feet of torque.



2015 Dodge Viper


Showgoers were the first to see a 1 of 1 Viper GT Edition from Dodge. We’re told the production edition will be available in 8,000 custom colors!



2015 Corvette Z06


“The Corvette Z06 is the most capable, world-class Corvette model, ever.” It features a supercharged LT4 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 625 horsepower and 635 lb-ft of torque to the rear-wheel drive.


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2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse


The best of both worlds in elegance and performance are available in the 2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. It can sprint from 0-to-62 mph in 2.6 seconds thanks to an output of 1,200 horsepower. They say it’s the fastest production roadster ever built.



2014 Corvette C7 Stingray


The seventh generation of “America’s Sport Car” goes farther than ever thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering. We’re told it has a 6.2L LT1 V8 engine that produces 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. It can reach 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.



2015 BMW i8 Hybrid


The new 2015 BMW i8 Hybrid introduces a groundbreaking eDrive plut-in hybrid technology and doesn’t sacrifice power. It can accelerate to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds while reaching a fuel economy of 94 miles per gallon.



2014 Chicago Auto Show

Chicago Auto Show entrance

You might want to visit the 2014 Chicago Auto Show this week to find out how to improve your cars IQ. The word here is that cars are getting “smarter.” You’ll see Infiniti’s “steer-by-wire” system that uses only electronics to steer your car, no mechanical hydraulic linkage anymore. At the Ford display you can view Ford’s C-MAX Solar Engergy concept where a hybrid car can be recharged using solar panels. Now cars can park themselves, steer around obstacles and keep you in the correct lane all by themselves. General Motors’ hands-free integration with Apple Siri personal assistant is on dislay. By 2015 GM says they will offer a rolling 4G LTE hot spot to keep you connected to the internet. Technology continues to change or lives, and new automotive technologies are leading the way.

As the 2014 Chicago Auto Show opened this past weekend it promised an exciting line-up of events with hundreds of different vehicles on display covering 1 million square feet of show floor space, with three indoor test tracks and six outdoor test drives. This is the 106th Annual edition of the show, the largest new car dealer show and manufacturer’s exhibition in the country. This is where the car buying public can come and see all the top car manufacturers showing off their 2014 and 2015 models.  The show runs February 8-17, 2014.  Photo journalist Doug Bennett covered the opening weekend for Cars On Here are some of the top attractions at this year’s 2014 Chicago Auto Show. 

2015 Ford F-150

From nose to tailgate the 2015 Ford F150 is all new for 2015. Modern-day aluminum alloys used by the military helped Ford  shed 700 pounds in body weight and therefore it is said to get 25 miles per gallon on the highway. The radical new look and all new technology is drawing a lot of attention here at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.  With all the technology available to auto manufacturers today they call this the “smartest” Ford truck ever built. Features such as a 360-degree rear camera, dynamic trailer hitch assist and a host of driver-assist technologies put F-150’s at the head of the class. For the first time, high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys are used throughout the F-150 body.


2015 Corvette Z06

You’ve probably seen the new Corvette Stingray. But wait till you see the 2015 Corvette Z06, which is now being billed as the greatest Corvette supercar ever from Chevrolet. It is the first Corvette Z06 to offer a supercharged engine, and thanks to a stronger aluminum frame, a removable roof panel. The heart of the 2015 Corvette Z06 is the all-new LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, expected to deliver an estimated 625 horsepower. Standard seven-speed manual transmission includes the Active Rev Match feature, or there is an all-new eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission designed to enhance both performance and MPG. The body is said to create the greatest dynamic downforce ever for a Corvette.


2014 Camaro Z/28

For the first time since reintroducing the present generation of Camaros Chevrolet has introduced the 2014 Camaro Z/28. This one will not disappoint. Chevrolet says it is the fastest Camaro ever. The heart of the new Z/28 Camaro is the lighter, naturally aspirated 7.0L LS7 first introduced in the Corvette Z06. Improved speed comes from three areas: Increased grip: The Z/28 is capable of 1.08 g in cornering acceleration, due to comprehensive chassis revisions. Increased stopping power: The Z/28 features Brembo carbon ceramic brakes capable of 1.5 g in deceleration, and consistent brake feel, lap after lap. Reduced curb weight: The naturally aspirated Z/28 weighs 300 pounds less than the supercharged Camaro ZL1, with changes ranging from lightweight wheels to thinner rear-window glass. Performance starts with the 7.0L LS7 engine, rated at an SAE-certified 505 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque. A close-ratio six-speed manual transmission is the only transmission offered and power is distributed to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, rather than traditional clutch packs, for optimal traction.


2014 Kia GT4 Stinger

One concept car that will wow the crowds this week at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show is the Kia GT4 Stinger, designed and conceived as a prototype by the “gearheads” at Kia’s Irvine, California plant. The color you see here is “Ignition Yellow.” They say it is a powerful rear-wheel drive prototype that is a true enthusiast’s machine. It is powered by Kia’s proven 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct-injected four-cylinder engine, with the potential for more than 400hp. The 2014 Chicago Auto Show will run through February 17.


Toyota FT-1 Concept Car

Shimmering under the lights at the Toyota display, the incredible Toyota FT-1 prototype is probably the best looking concept car in the 2014 Chicago Auto Show this year. With an F1 inspired racing cockpit this incredible prototype had an unusual beginning. First devised by Calty Design Research in the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo game environment, the FT-1 leapt from the computer screen into reality. Visually, the Toytoa FT-1 Concept design is heavily influenced by Toyota’s long sports car tradition that includes vehicles such as 2000GT and most recently, FT-86 (Scion F-RS). The new FT-1 at the Chicago show wears what Toyota calls, “Function-sculpting” design language shaped by the wind into a curvaceous, muscular body form.


Honda FCEV Concept Car

Way over the edge, Honda’s new FCEV concept car looks like it should be surrounded by Star Wars troopers. FCEV stands for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, a possible styling standard for the next generation fuel cell vehicles. Honda’s next generation fuel cell-electric vehicle launching in 2015 will contain the world’s first application of a fuel-cell powertrain packaged completely in the engine room of the vehicle, allowing for efficiencies in cabin space. They say the power density is now 3kW/L, an increase of 60 percent, with the stack size reduced 33-percent. The next generation Honda FCEV is anticipated to deliver a driving range of more than 300 miles with a quick refueling time of about three minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa.

 For more about new cars on display at the show, Click here to link to Chicago Auto