The city of Chicago held the nation's biggest car show in mid-February, where many of the world's largest car makers came to show off new vehicles and technology. Here are some of the key takeaways from the Chicago Auto Show:
Luxury coupes are becoming more popular
In recent years, luxury car makers have put more of a focus on sedans, but that could be changing in the near future. According to Chicago Now, luxury coupes were one of the highlights of the auto show. For example, BMW has created a 2- and 4-series line of coupes that are expected to become variants of the 1- and 3-series sedans. Cadillac and Lexus also introduced luxury coupes, so if you are interested in a smaller version luxury car, be on the lookout for these vehicles in the next year or so.
Chevrolet introduces a small van to compete with Ford
Ford has the Transit Connect in the small van market, and Chevrolet revealed the 2015 City Express at the Chicago Auto Show to help compete with Ford's model, according to The New York Times. Some of the best features of this vehicle include a fold-flat front set to help store long cargo items, floor-mounted D-rings, and vinyl flooring. The goal of the 2015 City Express is to provide urban business owners with a capable vehicle that offers low operating costs.
Ford unveils the F-150 Tonka
Pickup trucks have long been a favorite of working men, but many models lack the visual appeal of other types of cars. Well, Ford is trying to change that with the introduction of the F-150 Tonka, which was created with a partnership between Tuscany Motor Co. and Hasbro. According to PickupTrucks.com, the F-150 Tonka will be available to any Ford dealership in North America, and is designed to grab the attention on the roads while still providing the workability of a half-ton pickup.
Volkswagen announces a project to build rallycross track Beetles
The VW Beetle has been a consumer favorite for quite some time, and it was announced at the Chicago Auto Show that the car is going to be making an appearance on the rallycross track in the near future. Volkswagen partnered with Andretti Autosport to build two rallycross Beetles that will be driven by Tanner Foust and Scott Speed at the Summer X Games in Austin, Texas. The two Beetles will be all-wheel drive and come with a 560-plus-horsepower turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engine.
After visiting the Chicago Auto Show you might have a good idea of what your next new car will be. But, don't forget about insurance, as this should play into your decision. If you're planning on buying one of the cool new luxury coupes offered by BMW, Cadillac, and Lexus, chances are you'll pay more for insurance. Browsing online insurance quotes may help you save, as you can compare some of the best policies based on price and coverage options.