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Highlights from the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

Highlights from the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

By Jeff Youngs, February 12, 2013
One of the world's largest auto shows, both in terms of size and attendance, takes place each February inside the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, Illinois. This year, the 2013 Chicago Auto Show provides the first opportunity for consumers to see several new models that are debuting in the Windy City. Here, we provide a brief overview of the new cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans that are coming soon to dealerships near you.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel
With the introduction of the 2014 Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, General Motors seeks to compete with the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, offering equal fuel economy, greater power, and more equipment at a competitive price. According to Chevrolet, the new 2014 Cruze Diesel gets 42 mpg on the highway, accelerates to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds, and costs $25,695. The price includes automatic transmission, aluminum wheels, leather seats, Chevy MyLink smartphone connectivity, and a free 2-year maintenance plan. The new Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel goes on sale in the summer of 2013.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Preview
2013 Chevrolet Cruze Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Chevrolet Cruze Quality Ratings
Chevrolet Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Chevrolet Cars Buyer's Guide

2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core
Take one Chrysler 300 SRT8, strip out $4,000 of equipment, and you've got the new 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core model, equipped with cloth seats and all the go-fast hardware that is standard on the regular model. The new price is $45,990, after adding the destination and gas-guzzler charges.

2013 Chrysler 300 Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Chrysler 300 Quality Ratings
Chrysler Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Chrysler Buyer's Guide

2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Redline and SRT8 Core
Two new versions of the 2013 Dodge Challenger are on display in Chicago. The new R/T Redline model adds a unique appearance to the existing Challenger R/T, while the SRT8 Core model eliminates some standard equipment, including the leather seats, in exchange for a lower price tag.

2013 Dodge Challenger Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Dodge Challenger Quality Ratings
Dodge Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Dodge Buyer's Guide

2014 Kia Forte 5-Door
The 2014 Kia Forte 5-Door is completely redesigned, offered in EX and SX trim levels, each equipped with a sport-tuned suspension, FlexSteer electric steering with three driver-selected effort levels, reversing camera, and Kia's UVO infotainment system and new eServices telematics technology. The SX trim adds a 201-horsepower turbocharged engine, 18-inch wheels and tires, LED taillights, and dual exhaust outlets. Options include leather, heated front and rear seats, ventilated driver's seat, heated steering wheel, navigation, premium sound system, power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.

2014 Kia Forte 5-Door Preview
2013 Kia Forte Hatchback Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Kia Forte Hatchback Quality Ratings
Kia Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Kia Buyer's Guide

2013 Mopar '13 Dodge Dart
Just 500 units of this limited-production Dart will be offered in 2013, all painted black with an offset Mopar Blue racing stripe and a Mopar body kit. The vehicle is equipped with a turbocharged, 160-horsepower, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox, fortified by a sport suspension, upgraded brakes, revised steering, and 18-inch aluminum wheels with performance tires. Inside, the driver seat is wrapped in Mopar Blue leather, and matching accents decorate the cabin.

2013 Dodge Dart Summary, Photos & Specs
Dodge Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Dodge Buyer's Guide

2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO
Nissan has a few changes in store for the 2014 370Z NISMO model. New dark gray trim with thin red stripes wrap around the lower part of the car, and both the mirror caps and spoiler are the same shade of gray. Solid Red paint replaces Magma Red on the outside, while on the inside a new Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and NISMO red tachometer debut.

2013 Nissan 370Z Summary, Photos & Specs
Nissan Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Nissan Cars Buyer's Guide

2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition
Just 150 units of the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition are planned, all 2-seaters due to the removal of the rear seat. Additionally, the GT-R Track Edition gets a recalibrated suspension, upgraded brakes, carbon fiber trim pieces, and high-grip front seats with unique trim. The vehicle goes on sale in May of 2013.

2013 Nissan GT-R Summary, Photos & Specs
Nissan Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Nissan Cars Buyer's Guide

2013 Nissan Juke NISMO
The 2013 Nissan Juke NISMO is a performance-tuned version of the automaker's crossover SUV, one that delivers more power than before, and rides on a lowered performance suspension and smoked-finish 18-inch aluminum wheels. Offered in white, black or silver, the 2013 Juke NISMO has an exterior body kit designed to increase aerodynamic downforce by 37% and includes LED running lights and red mirror caps. Inside, an Alcantara-wrapped sport steering wheel is standard, along with performance seats, synthetic suede upholstery, and Nissan's I-CON technology, which it likens to "a great smartphone." Buyers choose between a manual gearbox or a CVT, and between front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

2013 Nissan Juke Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Nissan Juke Quality Ratings
Nissan Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Nissan Trucks, Utilities & Vans Buyer's Guide

2013 Nissan NV200
A compact cargo van designed for use in cities, the 2013 Nissan NV200 is priced at less than $20,000 (destination charge not included), is rated to get 24 mpg in combined driving, provides 122.7 cubic feet of cargo volume, and can tote a payload of 1,500 pounds. Options include upgraded trim, Bluetooth, and NissanConnect smartphone pairing with a hands-free text messaging assistant and a navigation system.

2013 Nissan NV200 Preview
Nissan Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Nissan Trucks, Utilities & Vans Buyer's Guide

2014 Ram ProMaster
Chrysler re-enters the full-size commercial van market with the 2014 Ram ProMaster, which is based on a European model called the Fiat Doblo. Buyers choose from a variety of payload, wheelbase and cargo sizes, as well as between a standard 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a 3.0-liter diesel 4-cylinder boasting 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The biggest model carries 530 cubic feet of cargo, and the most heavy-duty model offers a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 12,500 pounds.

2014 Ram ProMaster Preview
Ram Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Ram Buyer's Guide

2014 Toyota Tundra
The restyled 2014 Toyota Tundra is built on the same platform and offers the same powertrains as the current Tundra does, but gets revised suspension tuning, recalibrated steering, new front styling forward of the doors, new cargo box, and a new interior. The new 2014 Tundra is also offered with a new touch-screen audio system with Entune connectivity and telematics, as well as a blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert technologies. It goes on sale in September of 2013.

2014 Toyota Tundra Preview
2013 Toyota Tundra Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Toyota Tundra Quality Ratings
Toyota Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Toyota Trucks, Utilities & Vans Buyer's Guide

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR
Commemorating one of the more collectible Volkswagen Beetles of the 1970s, the 2014 Beetle GSR is painted yellow and black, equipped with a turbocharged engine, and rides on a sport suspension and 19-inch aluminum wheels with P235/40R19 tires. In conjunction with the Beetle GSR's introduction in Chicago, Volkswagen announced that its familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will deliver 10 extra horsepower as a mid-year change in the 2013 VW Jetta GLI and the 2013 Beetle Turbo, and in next year's Beetle GSR.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Summary, Photos & Specs
Volkswagen Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Volkswagen Buyer's Guide

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo R-Line Convertible
For 2014, the Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible will be offered in R-Line trim, which adds unique 19-inch aluminum wheels, performance tires, bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights, leather sport seats, flat-bottom steering wheel, and metallic interior trim.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Summary, Photos & Specs
Volkswagen Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Volkswagen Buyer's Guide

2013 Volkswagen GTI Special Edition Models
To close out the current version of the Volkswagen GTI in advance of a redesigned model coming for 2014, Volkswagen will build two limited-edition versions called the Wolfsburg Edition and the Driver's Edition. The Wolfsburg Edition arrives first, a base model equipped with 18-inch Laguna-style wheels, floor mats with red accents, and a retro-themed shifter knob. The Driver's Edition includes these items plus navigation, power sunroof, partial leather seating, certificate of authenticity, and special GTI-themed tchotchkes. Both special-edition versions of the 2013 VW GTI are offered in a choice between white, black and gray paint.

2013 Volkswagen GTI Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Volkswagen GTI Quality Ratings
Volkswagen Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Volkswagen Buyer's Guide

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