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  • 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI, Chicago Auto Show, Feb 2012

    You had to look closely to see what made it special, but the white Beetle on Volkswagen's stand at the Chicago Auto Show had three chrome letters on the liftgate that gave it all away: TDI. That's VW's name for its diesel models, and the car on display was actually the first official U.S. showing of the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI, which will go on sale later this year. It's fitted with the familiar 140-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel that's also seen in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI and Golf TDI. It puts out a useful 236 pound-feet of torque, and can be paired with either a six-speed manual...

  • 2013 Nissan 370Z
    2013 Nissan 370Z Live Gallery: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    It may seem like just yesterday that the 370Z replaced the 350Z, but it's been three years--time for a mid-cycle refresh. For the 2013 370Z, it's a very, very mild one, as revealed today at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The most noticeable changes are the removal of the controversial "fangs"--small...

  • 2013 GMC Acadia Denali introduction, Chicago Auto Show, Feb 2012
    2013 GMC Acadia Live Photos: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    Earlier this morning GMC revealed the refreshed 2013 Acadia crossover. With a bold new grille up front, and a slightly altered rear-end, the large people mover is ready to take on the competition in an ever growing segment. Remember the GMC Sierra All Terrain Concept? Well the new grille is almost...

  • 2012 Kia Optima SX Limited
    2012 Kia Optima SX Limited Live Photos: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    Did you spend hours after the Super Bowl trying to figure out exactly which model of Kia Optima was shown in its “Sandman” ad? It turns out that Kia chose the ad to introduce an all-new, range-topping version of its popular Optima sedan. Called the Optima SX Limited, the car hits...

  • Kia Track'ster Concept
    Kia Track'ster Concept Live Photos: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    If you’ve always wanted a Kia Soul with a bit more grunt, and greatly improved handling, your ride may soon be here. Kia is calling its new Track’ster a concept, but we suspect a version could see production if enough fans tell Kia, “build this.” For driving enthusiasts...

  • 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible
    2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible Live Photos: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    If you prefer your mega-horsepower pony cars in topless flavor, the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible may be just what you’ve been looking for. Like its coupe stablemate, the new GT500 convertible packs a supercharged 5.8-liter V-8, good for 650-horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque...

  • The 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition

    Last week, Mazda teased the release of a 2012 MX-5 Miata Special Edition, to be launched at this week’s Chicago Auto Show. Now we’ve got pictures of the car in red, and a few more details, including price. The 2012 MX-5 Special Edition will be built in a limited run of just 450 units, and will come in either Velocity Red or Crystal White Pearl, both with a black power retractable hard top (PRHT), black side view mirrors and black gunmetal 17-inch wheels. All Special Edition models begin with range-topping Grand Touring level trim, which includes heated leather seats, automatic...

  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT, Chicago Auto Show, Feb 2012
    2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Live Photos: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    With the sporty and stylish Elantra Coupe on the stage, you might be wondering if the more practical 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT is getting any attention. If you're a hatch-head, after all, it's the one you're interested in. Though the Elantra's styling themes, introduced with the sedan, translate well...

  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe, Chicago Auto Show, Jan 2012
    2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Live Photos: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    Today is a big day in the Windy City for Hyundai, as two new versions of the Elantra have been unveiled. The sporty-looking Elantra Coupe in particular is drawing eyes. These live photos show it looks as good in person as it does in the polished official shots. The two-door version of the Elantra...

  • Kia Track'Ster Concept
    Kia Track'ster Concept: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    With its Soul, Kia already has one of the most distinctive small-car designs on the market. But what if you were to chop a couple of doors, widen the body, install a turbocharged engine and all sorts of other upgrades? That seems to be exactly the idea behind Kia's Track'ster Concept at the 2012...

  • 2013 GMC Acadia
    2013 GMC Acadia First Look: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    The GMC Acadia has been on the market for five years, and at long last, GM has an updated version coming for the new model year. Now, GMC has revealed the refreshed 2013 Acadia at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Up front the Acadia gains a new three-bar grille and LED daytime running lights with a more...

  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT
    2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Preview: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    A sporty coupe wasn’t the only new Elantra variant Hyundai had planned for this week’s 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The South Korean automaker has also used the event to unveil its new 2013 Elantra GT, a practical five-door hatch version of the award-winning Elantra sedan. The new 2013...

  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

    We’ve known about a sporty coupe version of the award-winning Hyundai Elantra for a while now, with even some spy shots of the car appearing last November. Hyundai has now taken the wraps off its two-door Elantra, with the car making its official world debut this week at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show as the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe. When it goes on sale this spring, the new Elantra Coupe will offer buyers sporty styling, gas mileage as high as 40 mpg, and the option of a six-speed automatic transmission. Some other features that’s sure to entice buyers are an available 7-inch...

  • 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible
    2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible Drops Top In Chicago

    Ford made waves at last month’s Detroit Auto Show by unveiling its new 650-horsepower 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Now the automaker has dropped the car’s sledgehammer of a V-8 into the Mustang Convertible body to bring us the new 2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible, which makes its...

  • 2013 Acura RDX
    2013 Acura RDX Debuts At The 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    Just a month ago, the 2013 Acura RDX Concept was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Today, ahead of its official debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, Acura has lifted the veil on the production version. As you might expect, it is very similar to the concept. As the second generation of Acura's...

  • 2012 Acura ILX 2.4
    2013 Acura ILX Preview: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    At January's 2012 Detroit Auto Show, Acura showed off a thinly-veiled sedan concept dubbed the ILX Concept. Now, just a month later, it's revealing the production version of the ILX compact sedan at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Based on the Civic, the new ILX is Acura's competitor for cars like the...

  • 2013 Nissan 370Z
    2013 Nissan 370Z Preview: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    Nissan's 370Z coupe and convertible receive a mild update for the 2013 model year, and the updates are on display at this year's Chicago auto show. A new front fascia features LED daytime running lights. Nissan has ditched the controversial "fangs" on the front end for a cleaner overall appearance...

  • Second teaser for 2012 Kia Track-ster Concept
    Kia Track'ster Concept Teased Again Ahead Of Chicago Auto Show

    Kia is preparing to wow audiences at this month’s 2012 Chicago Auto Show with a new hot hatch concept based on its popular Soul. A second teaser for the new concept, which will go by the name Kia Track’ster, has been released today, revealing the rear end of the sporty three-door...

  • 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition

    The Mazda MX-5 Miata is getting a bit long in the tooth, having been on the market, though with a few significant upgrades, for nearly seven years. To keep customers interested, the company has released a number of special-edition models. The latest is an appearance package for the PRHT (power retractable hard top) model, and it looks pretty smart if you ask us. The color scheme is a simple monochrome black-on-white in the example image, but the 2012 MX-5 Miata Special Edition will be available in one other exclusive color not yet revealed. The white on the preview car is called Crystal White...

  • 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
    2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Preview: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    The 2012 Chicago Auto Show is just under a week away from its press day opening, but Volkswagen is heating up expectations with its new Beetle TDI. The oil-burning clean diesel Bug promises 29 mpg city and 39 mpg highway--all wrapped in the Beetle's new look. Following the 2.5-liter and Turbo...

  • 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser (European model pictured)
    2013 Toyota Land Cruiser To Debut In Chicago

    Toyota’s legendary Land Cruiser recently celebrated its 60th anniversary in Japan, and the go-anywhere off-roader has been on sale in the U.S. for better than 50 years. Like many, it’s picked up a few pounds and a few inches in girth over the years, and it’s also gone a bit soft...

  • Pietro Gorlier shows off the Mopar '12 300
    Mopar Celebrates 75th Anniversary With Four Custom Vehicles

    What began as a contraction of the words “motor” and “parts,” first trademarked on anitfreeze in 1937, has grown into a worldwide umbrella brand covering parts, service and accessories for Chrysler products. Counting the current Chrysler Group products alone, the Mopar brand...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
    Report Says Chevrolet Might Launch Special-Edition Camaros Twice A Year

    According to Autoblog, Chevrolet will continue to crank out different editions of the Camaro. There's the ZL1 top-dog, of course, and a still-rumored Z28 could still hit showrooms along with perhaps a slightly-more fuel-efficient V-6 model. Other special editions we could see this year? An edition...

  • Audi's TT RS at the Chicago Auto Show
    2012 Audi TT RS Makes U.S. Debut At 2011 Chicago Auto Show

    We’ve known that the awesome Audi TT RS--and its RS5 big brother--would be making it to the U.S. in 2011 for some time now, and at this past week’s 2011 Chicago Auto Show the TT RS finally made its local debut. Unfortunately, there are still no plans to bring over the Roadster version...

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