Trends in Automobiles and Auto Show Practices Seen during a Chicago Auto Show

Across North America, there is an automobile uncover in a new city during unchanging intervals. The Detroit Auto Show now has a many unveilings of new models and a many press coverage. The Chicago Auto Show is incomparable in both block footage and consumer attendance.

When attending Chicago Auto Show press day information sessions, a bizarre thing happens. You hear in each press conference, “We’ll see we again subsequent month (March, 2016) during a New York Auto Show.” Press during automobile shows tends to be rather intimate. You’ll mostly see open family people contend hello to reporters on a initial name basis. You competence wish to consider about this when we investigate your subsequent car.

Most of a automobile manufacturers have usually selling and open family member on site. Many of those leave as shortly as their press discussion is over. There are exceptions. Volvo’s CEO of North America Lex Kerssermakers gave a luncheon speech. It was co-hosted by The Economic Club of Chicago and a Chicago Auto Show about his prophesy for a company.


I have beheld one automobile association violation a manners of rendezvous during a Chicago Auto Show a past dual years. Kia Motors America, Inc. has open family people on palm like each automobile association during a show. They also had product mangement exectutives like Vice President, Product Planning Orth Hedrick and Manager, Long Range Strategy Steve Kosowski onsite. They stayed onsite for both press days – interacting with people and holding product feedback.


Their patron focused enlightenment is on arrangement everywhere we look. Their executives uncover this in their actions as they deliver marketplace heading products. They denounced a all-new Kia Niro Hybird during a Chicago Auto Show.

Available in early 2017, a Kia Niro Hybird will be a new crossover application automobile (CUV). They started from blemish with a design. First they did marketplace investigate about what consumers didn’t like about hybirds. The answer? The demeanour and feel isn’t so great. So they set out to build a hybrid that had style, and practiced complicated tools to revoke weight. For example, a automobile has no customary 12 volt battery. A smaller engine cell transalates into some-more room inside a cabin. The load area has some-more space than a Toyota Prius. Kia estimates that a Niro Hybrid will grasp an considerable 50 miles per gallon. This is an alleviation of 15-17 miles per gallon over aspirant models.

While Kia is a automaker that tender me a many a past dual years per their prophesy and strategy, we still had ideas to offer: diminution a distance of a camera apparatus behind a examination counterpart to urge sightlines, give high-crime, civic area drivers a choice not to get a sunroof in a oppulance package and urge headroom for high torso drivers. Additionally in Chicago, Kia needs to supplement several dealerships to have a clever play network.

Will Kia’s indication of automobile uncover rendezvous change Kia’s marketplace share dynamics in a years ahead? Will others follow their lead? Time will tell. One thing is for certain, I’m looking brazen to my initial expostulate of a Kia Niro Hybrid.

The proclamation of a all-new Kia Niro Hybrid by Kia Motors

David Dalka is a Business Model Editor during a Wiglaf Journal.

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