Chicago Auto Show

Chicago Auto Show

Toyota revealed at the Chicago Auto Show, the all-new Sport Edition Urban Runner, a new package that adds new dimension in style, value, and upscale luxury to the capable SUV. Sales will begin in early February at a price of $34360.

Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition Urban Runner

Standard exterior features include 18-inch six-spoke aluminum alloy wheels, unique rear spoiler, color-keyed grille, Urban Runner badging, XREAS Sport Enhanced Suspension badging, chrome exhaust tip, and black-painted tubular side steps and tubular roof rack with crossbars. The 4Runner Urban Runner is available in only three exterior colors, Black, Titanium Metallic and, new to 4Runner, Blizzard Pearl.

Inside, the Urban Runner features a new audio system with an integrated portable Tom Tom personal navigation device, a Toyota first. With a paid subscription for additional services through Tom Tom, the device can keep users informed with real-time traffic and weather updates. An optional Tom Tom power kit and mounting device makes it easy to transfer the navigation unit to other vehicles.

Press release after the jump.

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The Chicago Auto Show was the occasion for revealing the Traverse, which is the Chevy version of the Buick Enclave Buick Enclave . It was the main attraction of the press preview days, introduced by the company as a family oriented vehicle by the vehicle line director, Sue Wilson. She had her kids and husband – who they said is a teacher - with her as she drove the new Traverse onto the stage to introduce it to the assembled media. (Perhaps they’ll get the NEA to endorse the thing.)

Chevrolet expects the Traverse to be a great success, and they probably know what they’re doing. They’re so sure of this vehicle - they anticipate that it will outsell the combined totals of the Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook Saturn Outlook , and GMC GMC Acadia, all of which are built on the same Lamda platform as the Traverse - that it is dedicating the entire Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant (the one originally built to assemble the first Saturn Saturn s) to building the Traverse. GM recalled 1500 plus UAW workers at the Spring Hill plant. They had been laid-off for the past 18 months. As this is written, they’re training to build the Traverse.

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You may not have noticed it, but in the people mover segment of the auto market, what the car makers refer to as “family,” there is something of a war.

On the one side, you have General Motors and Ford. And a bunch of Japanese, such as Nissan.

Their rallying cry is “CROSSOVER.”

On the other side, you have a much more muted crowed, whose rallying cry is, “God, please don’t call it a ‘minivan.”

On that side you have, of course, Chrysler and Dodge.

And, now, you add Volkswagen.

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The star of the North American International Auto Show sat on the main floor at McCormick Place in Chicago, less than a month after her show-stopping debut in Detroit.

Barely noticed.

The Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept was so stunningly beautiful when driven onto the show stage at Detroit that even those journalists who talk incessantly during these reveals were momentarily stunned into low murmurs.

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Yes! Roadster made its North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show. At its debut the German carmaker also released the pricing for its all new roadster: $77,995 for the 255-hp, naturally aspirated version and $97,995 for the 355-hp turbo roadster.

With a weight of only 890 kg, the two-seater is powered by a 3.2 liters V6 engine that delivers 255 hp. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 4.8 seconds. It this is not enough for you, then you will be able to order the 3.2 Turbo version, that delivers 355 hp and has a weight of 930 kg. The Turbo version will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.8 seconds and will hit a top speed of 175 mph.

Options include: $149 cupholder, $595 heated seats, $2,795 adjustable sports suspension, $2,995 air conditioning, $749 front and rear parking sensors.

Porsche presented today at the Chicago Auto Show, the 2009 Cayenne GTS, the latest edition of the Cayenne family. According to Porsche the new Cayenne GTS will offer the best on-road characteristics of any Cayenne to date.

Porsche Cayenne GTS unveiled in Chicago

The GTS features the same 4.8 liter, direct injection V-8 engine as the Cayenne S but a larger intake manifold and other modifications allow it to produce an impressive 405hp. And for the first time in North America, you can have a Porsche V-8 paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

Porsche Cayenne GTS unveiled in Chicago

The GTS is equipped with 21-inch alloy wheels carrying 295/35 R21 tires that, when combined with standard air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management, offer remarkable street handling that most would never equate to a sport utility vehicle.

The GTS is on sale at a price of $69,300.

Press release after the jump.

BMW has announced at the Chicago Auto how its intention to compete in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) beginning in 2009. And the idea car to do it is a racing version of the latest generation M3.

BMW M3 American Le Mans Series (ALMS)

On creating the racing version, BMW needed to make an already sporting car even more sporting. This task was accomplished using a BMW P65 race engine that delivers 485 bhp.

Also the race version of the BMW M3 is wider and significantly lighter than its production equivalent, enabling it to perfectly transmit the power of its V8 to the track. Widespread use of carbon-reinforced plastic (CRP) provides proof of substantial weight reduction. As with the production version, the race car’s roof is manufactured from this high-tech material.

Press release after the jump.

Hyundai announced today at the Chicago Auto Show the pricing for the all new 2009 Sonata. With an all-new interior, enhanced suspensions and revised powertrains boasting even more horsepower and improved fuel economy, the new Sonata is now on sale at Hyundai dealerships. Pricing start at $18,795 for the Sonata GLS and go up to $26,345 for the Sonata Limited.

For 2009, Sonata raises the bar for value and standard safety technology in the mid-size segment. Hyundai’s sales leader boasts new features ranging from standard USB/iPod auxiliary inputs to available navigation and sport-tuned suspension. Combined with Sonata’s continued leadership in safety – it remains the only mid-size sedan under $20,000 with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) – the 2009 American-made Sonata is the smartest choice in the competitive mid-size sedan segment.

2009 Hyundai Sonata - pricing announced

The new, second-generation Theta II 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine delivers more horsepower and quicker acceleration. Fuel economy numbers are 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway with the standard five-speed manual transmission or the newly available five-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®. The Theta II is rated at 175 horsepower and 168 lb.-ft. of torque. This high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine now features Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) on both camshafts and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine breathing.

Sonata’s 3.3-liter V6 engine now pumps out 15 more horsepower and three more pound-feet of torque (249 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 229 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm). This newly refined powerplant features all-aluminum construction, dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, CVVT on both camshafts and stiffer hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement. A variable intake system is added for 2009, which further broadens its power curve, improving off-the-line acceleration and passing performance. New mileage figures for V6-powered Sonatas are 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway.

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Hyundai unveiled today at the CHicago Auto Show the 2009 Elantra Touring, a sportier, more functional variant of Hyundai’s popular Elantra sedan.

Elantra Touring is powered by the same fuel-efficient 2.0-liter, in line four-cylinder found in the Elantra sedan. This sophisticated 16-valve powerplant employs Dual Overhead Camshafts (DOHC) and Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) for a very broad power band, coupled with high fuel efficiency and low emissions.

Hyundai Elantra Touring

The Elantra Touring’s exterior dimensions (176.2 inches long, 69.5 inches wide and 59.8 inches high) make it a great fit in the compact five-door segment, while its long wheelbase (106.3 inches) means that Elantra Touring offers class-leading interior volume.

UPDATE 12/23/2008: Hyundai has just released prices for the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring. Pricing starts at $18,495 for the 2.0-liter (only one offered) 138 hp hatchback/wagon. The price starts to climb when the customer begins to add options with the most expensive model being $19,995 featuring a Premium-Sport package.

More details after the jump.

Suzuki unveiled at the 2009 Equator, Equator RMZ-4, Quay and Quad Concept. The 2009 Equator will be built at Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn.

The 2009 Equator is powered by a fuel efficient 2.5-liter DOHC inline four with 152 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque or an optional 4.0-liter, V6 DOHC engine producing a class-leading 261 hp with 281 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to either a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission (I4 and V6) or five-speed manual transmission

Equator also features a variety of available wheel and tire packages, including 16-inch off-road style wheels with rugged 265/75R16 tires and 17-inch wheels with 265/65R17 tires.

Suzuki Equator

The all-new Equator features a contemporary exterior design with a number of unique Suzuki elements, including hood, front fenders, grille, bumpers, front fascia and tailgate. Both Equator Extended Cab and Crew Cab models offer an available high-utility bed that includes a factory-applied spray-on bedliner and an extensive tie-down system with adjustable tracks, providing ultimate cargo hauling flexibility through the use of five special "C" cross-section rails mounted in the bed.

Press release after the jump.

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