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Chicago Auto Show: Huge and Green

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Chicago Auto Show (Pictured: 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel)

Boasting massive floor space and several model debuts, the Chicago Auto Show will open its doors to the public from Feb. 9 through Feb. 18. Larger than the Detroit Auto Show, though technically not considered one of the world’s major auto events, the Chicago show nevertheless makes the most of its gigantic floor space. This year the CAS will feature the unveiling of the flashy new hybrid Kia Cross GT, the Chevy Cruze Diesel, Ram ProMaster, and the Toyota Tundra. More a consumer show than an industry event, CAS occupies Chicago’s McCormick Place, a sprawling architectural wonder that hosts some of the nation’s largest trade shows and entertainment events.

Chicago Auto Show: Video

For a short review of Chevy’s new Cruze Diesel, see the video clip above. Chevrolet is hoping to cut into Volkswagen’s Jetta TDI market with the sleek 2014 Cruze Diesel, which happens to be the carmaker’s first diesel passenger offering in more than a quarter-century! Auto analysts say this car’s release is proof positive that diesel has finally gone mainstream in the U.S. market, where the fuel has been slow to catch on. Aiming for an early summer rollout of the new model, Chevy claims its fresh Cruze will rival its head-on competitor Jetta in terms of interior styling as well as engine power. The car boasts 42 mpg and places the U.S. automaker smack in the middle of the hottest segment of the global vehicle market, clean diesel.

Chicago Auto Show

The CAS has cut out a niche for itself in the area of performance vehicles, becoming the nation’s preferred stage for automakers who want to show off their newest power models. At this year’s show, Chrysler will reveal another version of its Mopar custom vehicle, which is a turbo Dodge Dart that has been heavily accessorized.

For more about the big show in the Windy City, see the official website for the Chicago Auto Show:

Larry Bell writes about cars, gadgets, business, and history. He has been a professional writer and editor for over 20 years and enjoys all car-related topics, especially electric and hybrid vehicle news. Larry covers the auto industry for MPA and often reports live from the floor of major shows in Detroit, LA, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas and elsewhere.

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