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Recap of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show

Recap of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show is one of the most anticipated automotive events each year not only because of the size of its venue, which is over 1 million square feet of showcase space in McCormick Place, but also due to the length of time that it runs. It is almost 10 days of vehicle displays, food vendors, product demonstrations and interactive family fun.  

About the Show 

Originally started in 1901 as an independent operation, the show has been produced and owned by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association since 1935. Attendance grows each year and is estimated to bring in more than 1 million visitors annually. The Chicago Auto Show reached its 100th anniversary back in 2008, the first show to achieve this worldwide.  

Although the Detroit Auto Show officially starts the auto show season at the beginning of the year, with its large press presence and vehicle executives on-hand, Chicago's show amasses more in attendance and has more exhibition space.

While at the Chicago Auto Show, Lexus debuted the new LC500, a sleek luxury sport coupe with a 5.0 liter V8 engine that produces 467 horsepower.

2016 Highlights

For 2016, luxury brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover and Maserati opted out of the Detroit show, but Chicago had them in full attendance. In terms of vehicle launches or new product introductions, the Chicago Auto Show didn't provide much news for high-end brands. 

None-the-less, some of the big names in the car industry were there. Here's what they unveiled: 

  • Porsche has a new 911 Targa 4S, an all-wheel drive variant of its hot open-roof sports machine.   
  • Jaguar showed off the new XE, a sexy and performance-oriented smaller sports sedan, and the F-Pace, their seductive and exhilarating SUV.   
  • And last, but certainly not least, Lexus debuted the new LC500, a sleek luxury sport coupe with a 5.0 liter V8 engine that produces 467 horsepower. A Lexus representative at the Auto Show said they're going for the Maserati Gran Turismo buyer.  

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