Chicago Auto Show
JOHN DAVIS: The Windy City is suffering through a nasty winter with record low temperatures. Still, things were “all systems go” for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: Subaru unveiled the 2015 Legacy sedan. More conservative than the LA concept- the look has evolved. Slightly larger, it loses its manual transmission. The CVT auto still works with flat 4 and 6 power, and standard all-wheel drive, with a new brake-based Active Torque Vectoring system.
Lincoln refreshed its Navigator body-on-frame SUV to counter Cadillac’s all-new Escalade. Behind a more handsome twin-wing grille now sits Ford’s twin turbo EcoBoost V6 engine. The interior also gets a going over with revised MyLincoln Touch.
BMW is overhauling its X3 crossover for 2015-- with a refreshed exterior and interior, new rear wheel drive only models, and a diesel engine option.
Diesel will also be coming to the 7 Series sedan in the form of this 740 long wheelbase xDrive model.
Volvo made a statement with two Polestar models: the S60 sedan and V60 5 door, both with a turbocharged six cylinder good for 345 horsepower- in their signature Rebel Blue paint.
Kia joined the plug-in EV game with the 2015 Soul EV, featuring a 27kWh lithium-ion polymer battery good for 80-100 miles of range. This debuted alongside a refreshed Optima Hybrid, due out this spring.
Chevrolet truck news included their big CNG bi-fuel Silverado Heavy Duty pickup, and this small City Express commercial van --which is based on Nissan’s NV200.
Toyota revealed a new TRD Pro Series off-roading package for their Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner lines…
And Nissan put a 4-cylinder Cummins turbo-diesel in its mid-size Frontier to see what show goers might think.
YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: And that’s what the wind blew in for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, and our round up of this week’s Motor News.