The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show for consumers, even if most manufacturers don’t use it to unveil their most important new cars and concepts. Still, it’s located in the massive and beautifully designed McCormick Place in downtown Chicago and it has many of the new cars you’ll want to see.
I spent Thursday and Friday walking the show with other members of the media before the show opens to the public today, and a number of cars caught my eye. I’ve listed a number of them below though it’s by no means an exhaustive list of the show’s highlights. Most were not introduced at this show, but you’ll want to look for these cars and see them up close.
The 50th Anniversary Mustang was completely redesigned for 2015 and was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show. This was my first opportunity to see it up close, and I have to admit I liked it more after seeing it in person. I’m still not thrilled with the dramatic change with the styling of the front headlights, but they do fit the new design. The more dramatic fastback is easier to appreciate when you see this car in person, and overall it’s an impressive design. Ford only has one at this show so make sure to look for it. You can see more photos of the Mustang from the show here along with official photos here.
When you find the new Mustang, you can’t help but notice the classic powder blue convertible right next to it. This is the first Mustang convertible sold and it’s a beauty. See more photos here.
It has a see-through acrylic hood insert that lets you see the diesel engine and it sports a killer red and black paint job. The Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner will definitely grab your attention, which is precisely what Nissan wants as they promote this vehicle as a “technical study” to guage consumer reaction to a possible diesel version of the Frontier. Read more about it here.