Attended the Chicago Auto Show yesterday and actually came away a bit disappointed on the LEAF --- static display on one of those plexi-glass knee-high pedestal's At least did see it 'in person' and happened to be there while the spokesmodel was talking (the pedestal was just big enough for the car so she had to stand in front out it!). In person, the car does appear a bit bigger than I thought (bigger than my '06 Mazda3 hatch anyway); the rear isn't very 'graceful' (quite a bustle for lack of a better word) and the headlights are quite a statement -- the car shown was the typical shade of blue however Nissan had a new red Juke nearby under the same lights so I could easily imagine it in my preferred color. Nissan was rather low key at this show; at least much lower than other mfg's ---
Chevy went full-tilt with a ride along of a number of Volt's on an indoor 'park like' test track -- they also had several cars in different colors that were unlocked and available to check out inside and out, along with of course several other 'new' Chevy's (Camaro convertible among others). After sitting both front and back I was impressed, the materials could be a bit higher grade but it was a pretty good, not $41K good but good! I happen to also like the Caddy CTS Sport Wagon which was of course has a much higher grade of both utility and materials -- much different mission but after all these are all 'vehicles' and it's amazing the choices that we all have to pick from, GM is really trying hard this year and we should give them some credit (at least this attempt in the midwest).
Ford showed the 2012 Focus, but they pulled the EV version after 'first night' (a premier black-tie event for charity - $250/person); the ICE Focus was actually a nice looking car, inside and out, decent room and very modern (especially the hatch which they say will be the only version for the EV). The Ford Marketing folks say they do want to 'beat' the LEAF to the Chicago market this fall so we'll see, also, the target is close to $30K (not $40K) --- other EV's from last year were no shows (Tesla, Fisker) but all the hybrids new and old were in full force.
The smart ED (someone in marketing perhaps did this on purpose?) was actually a great idea for smart as most compaints center around the transmission shifts so electric drive single speed works great; just a bit too expensive (we own an '08) although an awful shade of green -- not a real great show for EV's but this being Chicago we have a way to go ...
2018 smart ED Brabus (leased)
Sapphire Blue Metallic
2017 Tesla Model 3 LR RWD; EAP; 19" sport wheels
2015 VW e-Golf LE (traded-in for Model 3)
2012 Nissan LEAF SL (traded-in at 5 yrs; 46K miles)
EVSE: 10/07/11 Schneider EVlink