Skip to content

February 9, 2018

2018 Chicago Auto Show: New vehicles big and small

by Paul Daniel

It’s the largest show in North America

Mark and I love this show and have been making the trip down south from Milwaukee for a long time. Besides seeing the latest from the auto manufacturers, we spend time catching up with our fellow reporters. And we got some exercise walking two miles in the one million square foot exhibit area at McCormick Place. The best-remembered intro, or re-intro, was Ford’s Transit van when actor Jim Belushi appeared and played Sweet Home Chicago.

Other fun stuff

Smallest car intro

Earlier this year Ford turned back the clock by introducing this Bullitt Mustang. For the kid in every one of us Ford rolled out this LEGO 1968 Mustang Fastback at the Chicago Auto Show. It’s an easy kit to build with just 183 blocks and priced affordably at $14.99. Own a classic without busting your budget.

 Most ways to spend more money after you buy your truck.

Nobody was even close to Mopar who came up with 200 ways with aftermarket products to lighten your wallet and displayed examples in a Ram pickup and Jeep Wrangler.

Best Media Kit

Most of the manufacturers have gone to pushing us to a special section of their websites for more information, images, and b-roll video except for Mopar. While they have no real competition in media kits, they always one up themselves. Mopar’s media kit this year utilized one of their product cans and tucked inside was a USB stick containing all their info and designed like a stick shift. Very clever!

Largest information center

Hands down, the Ram, where not just one 12-inch display but two stacked are available as an option.

Best turn/brake light on a concept vehicle

No contest, the Lexus LF-Limitless, which blended the light around the rear corner.

 

Most fun exhibit

Ok, I’m biased on this but love Camp Jeep and was anxious to get a ride in the new Wrangler since I’m in the market. Get there early or be prepared to wait for an hour.

Worst drawing of a Corvette

This is my feeble attempt to render a Vette at the Chevrolet design studio. And I wanted to be a car designer at one time. The Chicago Auto Show wraps up on February 19th.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Note: HTML is allowed. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to comments

Ran When Parked

Interesting Automobiles

LNB Shop

Best Shop on Earth

Classic Recollections

Every car has a story!

The Dodge Kid

Life with a 1970 Challenger R/T

Peake Ram Fiat

Chrysler - Dodge - Jeep - Ram - Fiat

ORANGE TRACK DIECAST

A PLACE FOR ALL HOT WHEELS FANATICS

Motor Sports Newswire

Worldwide Press Release Distribution

Dynamic Drive

A Queer Connoisseur's Consumption of Vintage Automobilia

Smokey the Jeep

The adventures and evolution of a lifelong dream

Women AUTO Know

Master of Your Personal Automotive Universe

Bimmer Repair

We Only Repair The Ultimate Driving Machine

Mustang Maniac

The home to Classic Mustang Restorations

320mph

Muscle Cars and Hot Rods

Lone Star Classic Cars

Buy. Sell. Trade. Consign.

Wheeler Motors Headlines

Where you get some wheely good information!

Classic Fast

If it's fast, I'm writing about it.

The Best CAR Blog Ever

Yes it is!! All about Cars and More Cars..Just Cars!

sonzay CAR_tography

the history of cars according to one man

Here All Week

An entertainment from Dick Stein's Little Studio

One Man And His Mustang

A Classic '66 Ford Mustang Coupe v8 Full Restoration Guide