The show's highlights - 2006 Chicago Auto Show
February 9, 2006
BY DAN JEDLICKA AUTO REPORTER
Where do you go with only about an hour or so to visit the top 10 exhibits at the Chicago Auto Show? After all, it generally takes three to four hours to cover this larger-than-ever event, even with good walking shoes.Dodge Challenger: Dodge also needs a rear-drive Mustang fighter, as was its slick, classic 1970-74 Challenger. Dodge has done an amazing job making this sexy concept coupe resemble the old Challenger while keeping it looking modern. A 425-horsepower Chrysler Hemi V-8 lurks under the hood. Bet on production status, judging by showgoer reaction at the Detroit show. It may be produced within three years, if not sooner.
A quick trip through the show often depends on what type of vehicles interest you. Sexy sedans? "Crossover'' vehicles? Sports cars? SUVs? Hybrids? Concept cars?
The show here once provided entertainment by performers such as magicians and dancers. But high-tech vehicle exhibits have taken over, with such things as elaborate lighting and vehicle highlight films shown on giant screens, accompanied by thunderous sound systems.
The auto industry has become far more competitive with a much larger number of players, and the big automakers want to grab as much of your attention as possible for sales pitches at exhibits.
Well, fine. But you're in a hurry, so here are 10 show attractions that really shouldn't be missed.
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Promising concept trio: The Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler Imperial are the show's concept car highlights. The Camaro and Challenger likely will be built as rivals to the popular Ford Mustang, which has no significant American competitors. And DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler group could use a flagship sedan such as the Imperial.
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