I spent around 6 hours at the Chicago Auto Show on Saturday, saw some nice
rides, missed some others.
I didn't see Aston Martin or Ferrari :-(
I didn't have to stand around handing out bags as brochures for 8 hours :-D
Most creative special edition car name: "Thunder Bunny" VW Rabbit concept
Longest wait to sit in a vehicle: toss-up: U.S. Army's Bradley Fighting
Vehicle and DCX's ride on a skating rink.
Biggest bang for the buck: U.S. Army - Bradley, Cobra Attack Aircraft,
Model who obviously did not know what she was doing: Toyota model walking
around the Tundra display with a carpenter's tool belt worn backwards
The crowds seemed slightly less than last year for many exhibits, but Toyota
and Lexus were both mobbed. I don't know if this is because they were both
near the entrances, but we pretty much had to wait to get close to and sit
in any Toyota and Lexus. The Honda, Acura, Nissan, and Infiniti displays
did not seem as crowded as Toyota, Scion, and Lexus.
Toyota had several Tundras on display. The Double Cab has a fair amount of
back seat room, the Crew Max cab had room for back seat passengers to really
stretch out. Interior comfort and appointments were comparable to the new
The 2008 Highlander looks like it is a little bigger than the current
generation with a strong resemblance to the current generation Rav4.
The FT-HS concept looks better in person than in photos.
The Scion xD looks more like an xB than the xA it replaces.
I might enjoy riding in the reclining/massaging rear seat in the LS 460L
instead of being behind the steering wheel!
The Chevy Silverado is very nicely done and I'd bet that it will make a
pretty big dent in F150 sales.
The Corvette still draws crowds.
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