Chicago 2014: A Wrap-Up From The Floor And A Full Gallery

After two days of walking the floor at this relatively quiet show, here’s a recap of what has happened:

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Chicago 2014: 2014 BMW 740Ld

BMW has debuted a diesel-equipped version of its flagship 7-series sedan in the US. Jack will not be driving one.

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Chicago 2014: Nissan Versa Note Gets "Sporty"

Nissan has added a few “sports car-inspired” design cues to its practical grocery getter.

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Chicago 2014: S60 & V60 Polestar Performance Models

Two new, performance-oriented Volvo models made their North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show.

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Chicago 2014: I Like The 2015 Lincoln Navigator

The consensus regarding the 2015 Lincoln Navigator seemed to be unanimously negative. I know this because Doug DeMuro wrote an editorial saying he believed in Lincoln, until he saw the new Navigator, and everyone agreed. Which is what they seem to do. As long as he writes in that suspiciously self-deprecating manner. And broken up sentences, just like this.

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Chicago 2014: Subaru Legacy Goes CVT Only
Chicago 2014: Nissan Displays Diesel Frontier
Chicago 2014: Toyota TRD Pro Ups The Off-Road Ante
Chicago 2014: Kia Soul EV Debuts
Volvo V60 Polestar To Bow In Chicago
Production-Ready Subaru Legacy To Make 2014 Chicago Auto Show Debut
  • Dukeisduke The US Postal Service uses some of these, complete with a custom grille that replaces the three-pointed star with a white-painted USPS eagle logo.I've never seen very many of these. About 50/50 split between the commercial versions and passenger versions.
  • Dukeisduke It's interesting that the Olds has a column shifted three-speed, while the nicer Buick still had to make do with a floor shift.
  • Dukeisduke A '51 Chevy Styleline De Luxe 4-door next to it, in the same color (Fathom Green) as the one my grandfather owned. It has a couple of accessories visible - bumper guards, like on my grandfather's, and the rear fender moldings above the taillights, which his didn't have.
  • Scott Do any car companies research demographics?going after a shrinking car buying market isn’t a recipe for success.hazrd a guess that most people in their prime car buying years don’t know anything about broncos or give a sht about a heritage model. Going to die on the vine. Bad strategy and failure for future growth
  • MaintenanceCosts The Jeep 4xes are impressive vehicles, even after accounting for the expected Stellantis/FCA lack of reliability. A Wrangler is not of any use to me but this powertrain in a Grand Cherokee L will be on my test-drive list when it inevitably happens.I just wish the gas engine were something other than a coarse and ugly-sounding four. These cars with either the Pentastar or the six-pot Hurricane would rocket right to the top of the list, although I'm sure they would sacrifice a couple of mpg when running on gas.