2013 VW Beetle TDI is Back With a Frugal Vengeance: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

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2013 VW Beetle TDI is Back With a Frugal Vengeance: 2012 Chicago Auto Show
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With the newest version of VW’s iconic Beetle already on sale, Volkswagen is expanding the car’s product range and appeal with a diesel powered model. Unveiled today at the Chicago Auto Show, the Beetle TDI makes use of a familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to make 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Along with that… Continue Reading...

2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

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2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition: 2012 Chicago Auto Show
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The original Mazda Miata was debuted at the Chicago Auto Show all the way back in 1989, so it seems fitting that Mazda is showing off a new special edition of the current Miata at the 2012 Chicago Auto show. The Miata special edition will be a hard car to get a hold of with… Continue Reading...

Shelby GT500 Convertible Unveiled: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

Shelby GT500 Convertible Unveiled: 2012 Chicago Auto Show
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The cloth dropped from the 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show today, delivering a topless blast of fast that we’ve been eagerly awaiting. Just like a bottle of Bacardi 151 rum, this car is wickedly strong and gets its job done fast. With that in mind, here’s the lowdown on Ford‘s… Continue Reading...

2013 GMC Acadia Unveiled: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

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2013 GMC Acadia Unveiled: 2012 Chicago Auto Show
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GMC unveiled its 2013 Acadia crossover, alongside a surprise reveal of the more luxury-oriented Denali trim level, today at the Chicago Auto Show. The 2013 model will feature the same 3.6-liter V6 engine making 288 horsepower, though Tony Disalle, vice president of GMC marketing said the new Acadia will benefit from a new Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed… Continue Reading...

Kia Track’ster Concept is a 250-HP Track-Worthy Crossover: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

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Kia Track’ster Concept is a 250-HP Track-Worthy Crossover: 2012 Chicago Auto Show
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Kia, you’re such a tease. Today at the Chicago Auto Show, the Korean automaker revealed what it’s calling the Trak’ster Concept. But this sport cross came with a disclaimer, “there are no current plans to produce the Track’ster”. Boo! Hiss. Of course, that has to be the case, with this wild widebody and 250 hp… Continue Reading...

2013 Nissan 370Z Revealed With New Look, Sort of: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

2013 Nissan 370Z Revealed With New Look, Sort of: 2012 Chicago Auto Show
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Nissan unveiled the refreshed 2013 370Z today at the Chicago Auto Show, though little is different over the 2012 model year. The same 3.7L DOHC V6 making 337 hp sits under the hood, or 350 hp out of the NISMO tuned version. A new euro-tuned suspension is the only performance-minded change to the updated Z… Continue Reading...

2013 Acura RDX Video – First Look: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

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Enthusiasts may not like the fact that the 2013 RDX no longer has Honda’s Super Handling AWD system, or its impressive turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. But enthusiasts don’t buy cars like the Acura RDX… not enough of them anyway. As a result, Acura has revamped the RDX with a softer approach, with added utility and a… Continue Reading...

2013 Acura ILX Video – First Look: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

2013 Acura ILX Video – First Look: 2012 Chicago Auto Show
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First shown in concept form a month ago at the Detroit Auto Show, Acura has revealed its new entry-level ILX sports sedan at the Chicago Auto Show today. Based on the Civic platform it certainly doesn’t look it, though it does share some very familiar powertrains. With a base 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, there’s also a 2.4-liter… Continue Reading...

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT; Hatchback Gets a Stylish New Look: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

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2013 Hyundai Elantra GT; Hatchback Gets a Stylish New Look: 2012 Chicago Auto Show
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Replacing the dull-looking Elantra Touring for 2013 is an all new five-door Hyundai, which along with sporty Euro-hatch looks gets a marketing-friendly “Elantra GT” name. The GT is powered by the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine found in the other Elantras, though it fails to make Hyundai’s hallowed 40-mpg mark. Instead, estimated fuel mileage is 28/39… Continue Reading...

2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe to Hit Honda Where it Hurts: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe to Hit Honda Where it Hurts: 2012 Chicago Auto Show
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Set to be unveiled later today at the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai is expanding its Elantra lineup with a two-door coupe. De-dooring the Elantra is part of the company’s strategy to pull younger buyers in who they say are willing to sacrifice practicality for coupe appeal. It’s also a product targeted squarely at the Honda… Continue Reading...

2013 Acura RDX Targets a New Crowd: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

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2013 Acura RDX Targets a New Crowd: 2012 Chicago Auto Show
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Revealing the all-new second generation RDX compact luxury crossover on the eve of the Chicago Auto Show, Acura admitted it made some mistakes in the past. The previous generation RDX was targeted at your urban males, putting the focus on performance. It should come as no surprise that it was then a big hit with… Continue Reading...

2013 Acura ILX Hides its Civic Roots Well: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

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2013 Acura ILX Hides its Civic Roots Well: 2012 Chicago Auto Show
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On the eve of the Chicago Auto Show, Acura has revealed the newest addition to its lineup, the ILX. A compact premium model, it shares its chassis and powertrains with the Civic, though little else. Looking nothing like a Civic, with a sleek Acura design, it’s actually significantly larger, measuring 2-inches more end-to-end and almost… Continue Reading...

Nissan 370Z Update Revealed Before Chicago Auto Show [Video]

Nissan 370Z Update Revealed Before Chicago Auto Show [Video]
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  The Nissan 370Z will officially debut tomorrow at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, but the details for this update were released today by the Japanese automaker. The updates for the 370Z will be almost strictly paint and plastic, with new Euro-tuned shock absorbers being the only new feature that will add to the performance of the car…. Continue Reading...

2013 Hyundai Elantra Touring to Bow at Chicago Auto Show

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Touring to Bow at Chicago Auto Show
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Recently the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Touring was spied testing in Canada, and it appears that the second generation of its Hyundai Elantra Touring model will make its American debut at the upcoming 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The new Elantra Touring won’t be the only Elantra variant making its debut as the Korean automaker is also… Continue Reading...

2012 Chicago Auto Show Preview: Acura to Volkswagen

2012 Chicago Auto Show Preview: Acura to Volkswagen
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Did you think that every automaker’s secrets were revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit? Think again. At least ten new models will debut at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, which kicks-off this Wednesday, February 8th. Here’s a quick round up of what to expect: Acura The ILX Sports Sedan will debut,… Continue Reading...

Kia Track’ster Photo Released: Chicago Auto Show Preview

Kia Track’ster Photo Released: Chicago Auto Show Preview
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Kia‘s new Track’ster concept is set to be debuted at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, and Kia is building more hype today as the Korean brand released a new photo of the sporty crossover. While it is only a picture of the back end of the car, it shows some interesting design elements, namely the “C” shaped… Continue Reading...

Toyota Planning Life-Sized Monopoly Ride Expereince At Chicago Auto Show

Toyota Planning Life-Sized Monopoly Ride Expereince At Chicago Auto Show
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Toyota‘s display at this year’s Chicago Auto Show is going to fun. That’s because the automaker is teaming up with Hasbro to bring the Toyota Hybrid MONOPOLY Ride Experience to show visitors. A mini road course based on the Monopoly board game will be set up, which will take up 30,000 square feet of space…. Continue Reading...

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Revealed: Chicago Auto Show Preview

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Revealed: Chicago Auto Show Preview
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The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI will be going on sale this summer and will make its official debut at the upcoming 2012 Chicago Auto Show. VW has fed us some information ahead of its debut, however, revealing that it’ll be available in three trim levels and is expected to get 29-mpg city and 39-mpg highway…. Continue Reading...

2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition: 2012 Chicago Auto Show Preview

2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition: 2012 Chicago Auto Show Preview
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Mazda will debut its 2012 MX-5 Miata Special Edition at the upcoming 2012 Chicago Auto Show, a limited-production model of just 450 units. The special edition MX-5 will feature a black-only power retractable hard top. Other features exclusive to the special edition model includes two new exterior colors, 17-inch gunmetal wheels, black exterior accents, heated black… Continue Reading...

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible Confirmed for Chicago Auto Show

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2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible Confirmed for Chicago Auto Show
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Ford will unveil its 2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible in the Windy City next week at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The Shelby GT500 is shaping up to become one hell of a sports car and its convertible variant just might be the ultimate, top-down cruiser. Powered by a potent 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine, the GT500… Continue Reading...

Kia Trackster Concept Teased Ahead of Chicago Auto Show

Kia Trackster Concept Teased Ahead of Chicago Auto Show
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Kia is looking to create some excitement at next week’s Chicago Auto Show, debuting a new concept car called the Track’ster. Based on the brand’s popular Soul crossover, the hopped-up Track’ster will be the “ultimate performance” Soul and feature sleek new body that does away with two doors for an aggressive coupe look. There are… Continue Reading...

Mopar Edition Dodge Dart GTS 210 Tribute

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Mopar Edition Dodge Dart GTS 210 Tribute
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Mopar has treated us to some automotive delights this morning by releasing Chrysler vehicles decked out with Mopar parts in celebration of the aftermarket parts companies 75th anniversary. The Dodge Dart GTS 210 Tribute is a race inspired package that takes the already sporty looking Dart to a new level of performance. The exterior of the… Continue Reading...

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Set for North American Debut: 2012 Chicago Auto Show Preview

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Set for North American Debut: 2012 Chicago Auto Show Preview
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The refreshed 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser will make its North American debut at the upcoming 2012 Chicago Auto Show on the media preview day on February 8th. The refreshed iconic SUV gets updated exterior styling with a new front grille and headlights with HID low-beams, LED daytime running lights, chrome side molding, redesigned outer side… Continue Reading...

2012 Mopar Jeep Compass “True North” Details Released

2012 Mopar Jeep Compass “True North” Details Released
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Chrysler released details on the Mopar Jeep Compass “True North” today, along with three other vehicles meant to mark their 75th anniversary, all of which will be on display at the 2012 Chicago International Auto Show. Here’s what we’ve learned about the modified Compass since we published our earlier story featuring photos of all four cars…. Continue Reading...
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