QOTD: 2023 Chicago Auto Show Edition

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

This afternoon I will be moving my base of operations from Chicago's North Side to its Near South Side for the duration of the week. That's because it's time for the press days for the 2023 Chicago Auto Show.

We're expecting debuts from Toyota, Volkswagen, Subaru, and perhaps more. In fact, I will be checking out the Toyota Grand Highlander tonight.

The Chicago Auto Show has lost thunder, from a new-car debut/media-days perspective, over the past 15 years or so. And three or four debuts, while a step up, isn't exactly a return to the good old days.

Then again, as I've written before, I suspect press days at auto shows will never have the impact they once did. That's not because of Covid -- though the pandemic probably didn't help -- but because automakers were doing more and more off-site events so that they could capture a larger share of the news cycle instead of having their news buried in a day of press conferences.

Still, there will be news made in Chicago this week. I ask of you, then, B and B -- what are you looking forward to from this show?

Sound off below.

[Image: Chicago Auto Show]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Feb 08, 2023

    Tim, let us know if Toyota displays a new compact pickup or mentions it during the Chicago Auto Show.

  • VoGhost VoGhost on Feb 08, 2023

    Let us know if BYD is in the building. I know they aren't planning to enter the US immediately, but it seems unwise to cede the North American market if your intent is to take on Tesla in the fight for global domination.

    • Jeff S Jeff S on Feb 09, 2023

      I would like to know that as well. The only thing I could think of that might prevent BYD from delaying entry into the US would be the increasing anti-China sentiment but at some point they will enter the US market.

  • Sobhuza Trooper Sobhuza Trooper on Feb 13, 2023

    No Ram (or Dodge) Dakota?

  • Flameded Flameded on Feb 28, 2023

    Need more auto show articles.