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Roundup: Chicago Auto Show 2016

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The V8 engine in the 1LE is beefed up to 455 horses
The V8 engine in the 1LE is beefed up to 455 horses
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The new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE debuted at the Chicago Auto Show with aggressive suspension tuning and a track-ready look
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The new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE debuted at the Chicago Auto Show with aggressive suspension tuning and a track-ready look
The V8 engine in the 1LE is beefed up to 455 horses
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The V8 engine in the 1LE is beefed up to 455 horses
Automatic transmissions are not an option for these muscular Chevys
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Automatic transmissions are not an option for these muscular Chevys
Complementing the muscular Camaros on display, this Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition also has a heavy-duty counterpart in the 2500 Midnight model
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Complementing the muscular Camaros on display, this Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition also has a heavy-duty counterpart in the 2500 Midnight model
Offroad equipment is combined with a monochrome black look and Goodyear Wrangler Duratec tires
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Offroad equipment is combined with a monochrome black look and Goodyear Wrangler Duratec tires
The 'Midnight' name makes sense from this angle
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The 'Midnight' name makes sense from this angle
These are still working pickup trucks, of course, including the blacked Z71 badging
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These are still working pickup trucks, of course, including the blacked Z71 badging
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is making its Windy City debut at the show
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The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is making its Windy City debut at the show
The Bolt enters production before the end of 2016 and is an all-electric car
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The Bolt enters production before the end of 2016 and is an all-electric car
With more than 200 miles of expected range, Chevrolet thinks that this battery electric hatchback will be the next step in EVs
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With more than 200 miles of expected range, Chevrolet thinks that this battery electric hatchback will be the next step in EVs
The Bolt EV can charge to 80 percent in less than an hour through a DC fast charging system
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The Bolt EV can charge to 80 percent in less than an hour through a DC fast charging system
The Bolt EV debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2015
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The Bolt EV debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2015
Also on display in the Chevrolet booth is the 2017 Trax
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Also on display in the Chevrolet booth is the 2017 Trax
The Niro Hybrid stole the show for Kia’s unveilings, continuing the concepts that have been shown over the past year or so in a new production design destined for showrooms in 2017
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The Niro Hybrid stole the show for Kia’s unveilings, continuing the concepts that have been shown over the past year or so in a new production design destined for showrooms in 2017
A subcompact crossover, the Niro is a Hybrid Utility Vehicle designed by Kia's design center in California
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A subcompact crossover, the Niro is a Hybrid Utility Vehicle designed by Kia's design center in California
A new 1.6-liter engine and small traction motor power the Niro
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A new 1.6-liter engine and small traction motor power the Niro
The Niro's interior is similar to other Kia models with elevated seating that makes the little car seem larger when inside.
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The Niro's interior is similar to other Kia models with elevated seating that makes the little car seem larger when inside.
Several technologies seek to maximize fuel economy in the Niro, including advanced use of navigation GPS to anticipate topography
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Several technologies seek to maximize fuel economy in the Niro, including advanced use of navigation GPS to anticipate topography
Continuing its electrification strategy, Kia also introduced a new-generation Optima Hybrid and an all-new Optima Plug-in Hybrid
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Continuing its electrification strategy, Kia also introduced a new-generation Optima Hybrid and an all-new Optima Plug-in Hybrid
In both the hybrid and the plug-in version of the 2017 Kia Optima, a new engine and new technologies within it to improve fuel efficiency by up to 20 percent over the Optima's current-generation hybrid
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In both the hybrid and the plug-in version of the 2017 Kia Optima, a new engine and new technologies within it to improve fuel efficiency by up to 20 percent over the Optima's current-generation hybrid
Kia also sought to keep trunk space as large as the gasoline model through creative packing of the hybrid and plug-in's battery packs
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Kia also sought to keep trunk space as large as the gasoline model through creative packing of the hybrid and plug-in's battery packs
At a special pre-show event for VIP guests and press, Nissan unveiled the all-new 2017 Armada sport utility
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At a special pre-show event for VIP guests and press, Nissan unveiled the all-new 2017 Armada sport utility
The full-sized family SUV sees completely updated exterior looks and a new, more modern interior to match
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The full-sized family SUV sees completely updated exterior looks and a new, more modern interior to match
A new 5.6-liter V8 engine comes with the new Armada as well, adding power and fuel economy through a new seven-speed automatic transmission
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A new 5.6-liter V8 engine comes with the new Armada as well, adding power and fuel economy through a new seven-speed automatic transmission
Toyota's big debut at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show was the new Tacoma TRD Pro line, with their beefy offroad gadgetry
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Toyota's big debut at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show was the new Tacoma TRD Pro line, with their beefy offroad gadgetry
Like other vehicles in the Toyota Racing Development suite, the Tacoma TRD Pro features factory-installed all-terrain excellence
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Like other vehicles in the Toyota Racing Development suite, the Tacoma TRD Pro features factory-installed all-terrain excellence
This new paint color for the Tacoma TRD Pro is called Concrete and it definitely grabs eyes
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This new paint color for the Tacoma TRD Pro is called Concrete and it definitely grabs eyes
Components on the new Tacoma TRD Pro include specially-designed Bilstein shocks, a limited slip differential, a locking rear differential, and a quarter-inch aluminum skid plate
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Components on the new Tacoma TRD Pro include specially-designed Bilstein shocks, a limited slip differential, a locking rear differential, and a quarter-inch aluminum skid plate
An extra inch of suspension lift is standard on the Tacoma TRD Pro models, as is the Class IV towing receiver
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An extra inch of suspension lift is standard on the Tacoma TRD Pro models, as is the Class IV towing receiver
Also on display in Chicago is Honda's new Ridgeline for the 2017 model year, which debuted in Detroit
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Also on display in Chicago is Honda's new Ridgeline for the 2017 model year, which debuted in Detroit
The Ridgeline will be sold as a midsize pickup and keeps all of the features previous Ridgeline fans loved
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The Ridgeline will be sold as a midsize pickup and keeps all of the features previous Ridgeline fans loved
Nissan showed off their Winter Warriors concepts in Chicago
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Nissan showed off their Winter Warriors concepts in Chicago
Featuring three popular crossover models, the Nissan Winter Warriors include a Rogue, Murano and Pathfinder trio of track-clad snow chewers
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Featuring three popular crossover models, the Nissan Winter Warriors include a Rogue, Murano and Pathfinder trio of track-clad snow chewers
The Murano looks especially impressive in this concept
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The Murano looks especially impressive in this concept
Ram Trucks unveiled two new off-road heavy-duty pickup truck packages to include this new package for the Ram 2500
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Ram Trucks unveiled two new off-road heavy-duty pickup truck packages to include this new package for the Ram 2500
This offroad package includes several options that those who spend time off the pavement prefer, such as a protective skid plate and better suspension tuning
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This offroad package includes several options that those who spend time off the pavement prefer, such as a protective skid plate and better suspension tuning
All of the 3/4-ton capability of the Ram 2500 remains intact with the new packaging
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All of the 3/4-ton capability of the Ram 2500 remains intact with the new packaging
Ram also debuted a new Power Wagon at the Chicago Show for the 2017 model year
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Ram also debuted a new Power Wagon at the Chicago Show for the 2017 model year
The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 Crew Cab begins the Power Wagon build with unique graphics, detailing, and equipment adding in to become the truck whose name is synonymous with offroad
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The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 Crew Cab begins the Power Wagon build with unique graphics, detailing, and equipment adding in to become the truck whose name is synonymous with offroad
Several of the 2017 Power Wagon's details are similar to those found on the Ram Rebel, but much of its equipment is unique to only this model
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Several of the 2017 Power Wagon's details are similar to those found on the Ram Rebel, but much of its equipment is unique to only this model
Unique equipment includes this Warn 12,000-pound winch with 125-feet of line integrated into the Power Wagon's front bumper
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Unique equipment includes this Warn 12,000-pound winch with 125-feet of line integrated into the Power Wagon's front bumper
The tires on the 2017 Power Wagon are Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac whose tread pattern is embossed on the seating inside the truck
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The tires on the 2017 Power Wagon are Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac whose tread pattern is embossed on the seating inside the truck
Toyota is showcasing its new racing endeavors with this RAV4 Rally from the TRD team
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Toyota is showcasing its new racing endeavors with this RAV4 Rally from the TRD team
The 1LE comes with a traditional V8 powerhouse and a new 335 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 as well
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The 1LE comes with a traditional V8 powerhouse and a new 335 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 as well
The V8 engine in the 1LE is beefed up to 455 horses
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The V8 engine in the 1LE is beefed up to 455 horses
The all-new Optima Plug-in Hybrid from Kia
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The all-new Optima Plug-in Hybrid from Kia
The all-new Optima Plug-in Hybrid from Kia
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The all-new Optima Plug-in Hybrid from Kia
The all-new Optima Plug-in Hybrid from Kia
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The all-new Optima Plug-in Hybrid from Kia
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Now open to the public and well underway, the 2016 Chicago Auto Show features some electrifying debuts, a few things just for fun, and everything in between. Although the press reveals for the 2016 show were slow this year, the longest running auto show in the US is always worth a look.

Chicago hosts the largest automotive show in the United States, with each year being an illustration of just how large the industry has become. Here are some highlights of the latest and greatest from the Windy City.

At a special pre-show event for VIP guests and press, Nissan unveiled the all-new 2017 Armada sport utility
At a special pre-show event for VIP guests and press, Nissan unveiled the all-new 2017 Armada sport utility

The 2017 Nissan Armada was one of the few vehicles to debut in Chicago. This big sport utility is the flagship for the make's SUV line and features a completely new exterior and interior along with an improved engine and drivetrain.

Speaking of SUVs, conversion experts at BraunAbility showcased their latest, a Ford Explorer upgraded to an "MXV" model with full wheelchair access. The vehicle will be available later this year through BraunAbility's 200-dealership network.

On the electric vehicle front, Kia came on strong with its electrification strategy, showcasing not one, but three new hybrids. The Niro Hybrid drew the most attention at the Kia stand with a production model destined for showrooms in 2017. Kia claims its Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV) is small, versatile, and efficient.

A subcompact crossover, the Niro is a Hybrid Utility Vehicle designed by Kia's design center in California
A subcompact crossover, the Niro is a Hybrid Utility Vehicle designed by Kia's design center in California

Kia also showed two versions of the Optima sedan, both hybrids. An all-new Optima Hybrid that improved fuel efficiency over the last-generation hybrid by 10 percent and, in a first for the brand, an Optima Plug-in Hybrid was debuted. Also slated for 2017 production, the vehicle is capable of going up to 27 miles (43 km) on a single charge in all-electric mode and recharges in as little as three hours when fully drained.

Of course, pickup trucks are a staple at any US auto show, and Chicago was no different with Toyota unveiling a new Tacoma TRD Pro model. This carries the extreme offroad TRD Pro nameplate to the all-new Tacoma, which was completely re-done for the 2016 model year.

This new paint color for the Tacoma TRD Pro is called Concrete and it definitely grabs eyes
This new paint color for the Tacoma TRD Pro is called Concrete and it definitely grabs eyes

Not to be ignored, Nissan showcased its Winter Warrior concepts. These are three track-clad crossovers made to ply the snowy tundra of Illinois and beyond. A Nissan Pathfinder, Murano, and Rogue are all being shown in Chicago during the show.

Ram Trucks showcased a new design update for the always-popular Power Wagon offroad monster. This three-quarter ton pickup with dirt on its mind sees a few updates to its exterior, some paint changes, and equipment upgrades. Ram Trucks also has a new Off-Road package for their heavy-duty pickup truck lineup to complement that Power Wagon showcase.

The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 Crew Cab begins the Power Wagon build with unique graphics, detailing, and equipment adding in to become the truck whose name is synonymous with offroad
The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 Crew Cab begins the Power Wagon build with unique graphics, detailing, and equipment adding in to become the truck whose name is synonymous with offroad

Other vehicles being shown include the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV, alongside some blacked-out track updates for the Camaro SS and sinister new Silverado options. Honda is also showcasing their new Ridgeline pickup truck, which will enter showrooms in the U.S. later this year. Finally, Toyota is showing off their RAV4 rally racer for the TRD team.

If you can't make it to the show in person, you can check out the live web cams.

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3Deuce27
The Camaro 1LE has the same power output as the stock SS. There is no increase of power output with the 1LE package. It is primarily a handling package with increased braking effort.