2023 Chicago Auto Show Recap/Gallery: Step in the Right Direction

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

2023 chicago auto show recap gallery step in the right direction

The Chicago Auto Show has often been a dreary event from a new-vehicle launch perspective. A fun event for consumers, sure, but often overshadowed in terms of vehicle debuts by the shows in Detroit, New York, and Los Angeles.

This year felt different. While there were only three automakers that had major debuts -- Subaru, Volkswagen, and Toyota -- the show felt quite busy.

Some of that was a bit of catchup as I checked out vehicles that launched between the 2022 L.A. show last November and now. Some of that was related to the drumbeat of the non-show news cycle. But there seemed to be a consensus among attending media and PR professionals that the show seemed to signal better signs to come. Even if the debut schedule was a tad light. There just seemed to be a feeling in the air.

I suppose it helps that the weather was relatively warm for Chicago in early February. I think there's also a sense that while the COVID pandemic is very much not over, there may be light at the end of the tunnel. The world has already mostly returned to pre-pandemic normal (though some of us are still masking. I still mask most of the time but I've been letting my guard down slowly).

Furthermore, there seems to be a sense that maybe the supply chain and chip problems that plagued the auto industry will peter out and maybe the market madness that has sent both new and used-car prices soaring could ease up.

We'll see if I am right -- vibes are subjective, after all, and not a particularly reliable factor in predicting the future. In the meantime, here's a random assortment of vehicles I shot pics of during the media days. Some you may have seen before -- either from our L.A. show coverage or over the past few days -- but I figure a nice photo dump will help you ease into the weekend.

Check 'em out below, after the photo credit tag and newsletter promo.

[Images © 2023 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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  • Aaron Aaron on Feb 12, 2023

    The 300 looks great, but the Ram looks rather odd.

    • Tassos Tassos on Feb 12, 2023

      the 300 always looked good because of its long wheelbase and short overhangs.

  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Feb 12, 2023

    The RAM looks like something from a '90s sci-fi show.

    • Luke42 Luke42 on Feb 28, 2023

      Thata what they want you to think, given the concept they're trying to demonstrate.

  • Saeed Hello, I need a series of other accessories from Lincoln. Do you have front window, front and rear lights, etc. from the 1972 and 1976 models
  • Probert Wow - so many digital renders - Ford, Stellantis. - whose next!!! They're really bringing it on....
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  • Aidian Holder I'm not interested in buying anything from a company that deliberately targets all their production in crappy union-busting states. Ford decided to build their EV manufaturing in Tennessee. The company built it there because of an anti-union legal environment. I won't buy another Ford because of that. I've owned four Fords to date -- three of them pickups. I'm shopping for a new one. It won't be a Ford Lightning. If you care about your fellow workers, you won't buy one either.
  • Denis Jeep have other cars?!?