Not a lot for pure EV enthusiasts at this years Chicago Auto Show --- real HEAVY attendance yesterday so may have missed something but here are a few highlights:
Chevy -- they did have an accessible Bolt (just one) that you could get in, etc. along with a rep nearby to answer questions; also the new Volt; a few people seemed interested but no where near what the Corvette and of course trucks and SUV's that all mfg's seem to be featuring swarmed around.
Nissan --- one sad looking LEAF SV next to tall bill board size display on zero emissions; nothing new
VW -- all gas powered cars; no EV's or PHEV's at all; new Tiguan and Atlas SUV's worth a look
BMW/MINI -- featured all their PHEV's; the i3 on display was a ReX version; people were pouring over that one
Volvo -- had the PHEV XC90; nothing new there
Audi -- had the A3 e-tron but no concept EV/PHEV cars that we've been hearing about
Kia -- had a large video monitor running showing the Kia Soul EV but not one on display (still don't sell it in the Midwest) did have the Niro hybrid
Hyundai -- they did bring their Ioniq EV; sorry but the materials they used on this seem really cheap, perhaps that will keep the price down; no of course 200+ mile range yet; mid range EV commuter; a more practical solution may be their PHEV version which would get 31 EV range but then the new Volt tops that easily
Mercedes Benz -- featured the AMG variant on many models, no B-class EV
Smart -- they had two of their ED's on display as well as a funky ICE smart customized with a stereo system that basically filled the entire car and was able to stage its own concert (with a rep nearby)
Acura/Honda -- great display on the new NSX (huh, its actually a hybrid; albeit not an inexpensive one though!) as well as refreshed versions on their mainstream cars, etc.
Mazda -- my son's favorite was there; a Miata RF that the rep raised and lowered the top on for us; having owned 2 previous Miata's this one is indeed quite special; tiny trunk but who needs it; looked great in red
Jaguar -- really would have liked to see that concept i-Pace SUV but wasn't there; F-Pace did look great; my show favorite is their '17 F-Type R
As for other ICE's worth a look; Alfa Romeo showed off a few gorgeous new models and the Kia Stinger appears to be interesting depending on its interior fittings as well as the new Porsche 718 (Cayman/Boxster)
If you have time to go during the week, I'm sure that would be best if you want to avoid the crowds -- the economy must be doing OK with the turn out this year; with gas prices so low perhaps that's holding back some of the pure longer range EV's or we simply need to wait a few more years. Lots of drive events both inside and out for those interested as well.
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