Pickups, application vehicles to star during Chicago Auto Show

Automakers are pushing into a Windy City this week with a swift of new and updated pickups and application vehicles to betray for a 2016 Chicago Auto Show.

Major reveals approaching by Friday embody a all-new Kia Niro, a hybrid application car — and a redesigned Nissan Armada SUV. Updated pickups, crossovers and SUVs also are approaching from Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Ram Truck and Toyota.

“That has been a trend for this uncover for utterly a while, and we see that continuing,” pronounced IHS comparison researcher Stephanie Brinley, adding a Niro, Armada and a refreshed chronicle of a Chevrolet Trax are a most-anticipated debuts of a show. “The Trax, even yet it’s only a teenager face-lift, we consider that’s critical given it brings a record and reserve that car needs to compete.”

Many attention experts design a Niro to take a Chicago spotlight for Kia Motors Corp. The South Korean automaker has expelled few sum on a supposed “HUV” outward of a teaser print and press releases that announced it will be formed on a new dedicated eco-car height and powered by a downsized gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain.

Michael Sprague, Kia Motors America executive clamp boss and arch handling officer, pronounced a association sees “a lot of opportunity” for a tellurian car in a hybrid market.

“If we demeanour during vehicles like a (Toyota) Prius, they’re offered hundreds of thousands of those vehicles in annoy of gas prices still going down,” he told The Detroit News during a new phone interview. “There are still consumers who like a thought of a record and a environmental-friendliness of a car like this.”

Industry analysts have characterized a Niro as a Prius-fighter for Kia. The automaker has grown significantly given entering a United States marketplace roughly 20 years ago.

“A car like a Niro is another event for us to bond with consumers that we’re not already joining to,” Sprague said.

Nissan is gripping a entrance underneath wraps, though has reliable it will betray an “all-new” car on a eve of a automobile uncover Wednesday in Chicago. Many experts design a Japanese automaker to exhibit a Armada, that is overdue for a redesign and has historically common a height with a Titan pickup, that a new chronicle of was denounced during a 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet, in further to phenomenon an updated subcompact Trax, will uncover a new 1LE indication for a Camaro. Blacked-out editions of a Colorado midsize pickup and full-size and heavy-duty versions of a Silverado also will be shown.

Other approaching debuts embody special-edition versions of a Ford Explorer, including a wheelchair permitted chronicle and sporty coming package; different Ram Truck debuts; special-edition Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup; updated Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models; and Detroit-inspired “Alloy Edition” packages for a Chrysler 200S and 300S sedans.

The Chicago Auto Show is deliberate a “consumer show.” It traditionally facilities mainstream vehicles and annually attracts some-more than 1 million people.

“It’s a good venue, and as a consumer uncover it’s still impossibly important,” Brinley said. “And during a finish of a day, everybody is out to sell cars.”


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2016 Chicago Auto Show

Media previews: Thursday and Friday

First Look for Charity: 7-11 p.m. Friday

Public show: Saturday by Feb. 21

Location: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive

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