Novelty Cars of the 2012 Chicago Auto Show

July 17th, 2012 | News & Events | auto show, cars

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo at Chicago Auto Show

Car shows are one of America’s favorite pastimes especially for car enthusiasts. This year the Chicago Auto Show was one that will certainly be talked about amongst car enthusiasts for quite a long time. Every year Chicago tends to outdo itself and this year was no different. Check out these Chicago Auto Show 2012 highlights in case you couldn’t be there in person.

Over 8,000 people conjoined for the show and reveled in the 1,000 cars that were showcased. This year’s show was spread over 1.2 million square feet, making it one of the largest car show forums ever.

Every year the Chicago Auto Show awards 2012 Car and Truck of the Year Award trophies and this year there were plenty of close running contenders. Receiving the Car of the Year award was the Veloster manufactured by Hyundai. The 2013 Veloster is more than reasonably priced, starting in the low $17,000’s and also gets phenomenal gas mileage on both city and highway streets. The three door, four seat hatchback is available in multiple color and trim options and received some of the highest safety ratings in 2012 cars.

Track of the Year Award Ford F 150 EcoBoost

The truck of the year award went to the Ford F150 EcoBoost for its ultra green options, fuel economy and safety ratings. Audi proudly received two awards; one for their 2012 A-7 Sedan and another for their coveted but pricey R8Spyder convertible.

But this year it wasn’t just the awesome awards being given that stole the show. The Autobytel showcased a few never before seen cars that had spectators in awe. The new and special edition Mazda Miata was present in all its glory, as was Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback. Many people though really looked forward to seeing the much anticipated Nissan 370Z which met their expectations, as did Shelby GT500 convertible.

2012 Track of the Year Award Ford F 150 EcoBoost

Corvette lovers gawked at the Blueflame 6 C1 which happily shared floor space with the equally impressive Mustang Cobra R; the first ever to come off the assembly line.

The 2012 Kia Track’ster loosely based on the Kia Soul was also a head turner with its all wheel drive and 250 horse power. Closely following behind was Acura’s first hybrid, the ILX who sat proudly next to its sister the RDX which this year is lighter in weight and hosts a V6 instead of the former 4.

But the show wasn’t just about cars. Hosting its 21st ‘First Look for Charity’ the fundraiser raised an astounding $ 2 million which will be dispersed between 18 different local charities. As many as 20 restaurants participated this year to include Roy’s Restaurant and Real Urban BBQ.

And there was entertainment to be enjoyed as well. The Blues Traveler shook the stage in ways that only they can, as the guests transitioned from one station to another, admiring cars, stopping to snack and some even renewed their license at this year’s Secretary of State Booth; a first time event in Chicago.

2013 Cadilac Escalade  at Chicago Auto Show 2012

For their part Cadillac raffled off not one, but two cars-a 2013 Escalade and a 2013 Cadillac SRX. And did we mention they threw in a year’s worth of gas? That alone made this giveaway well worth while and with raffles like that, even casual folks didn’t mind the much enforced and strict black tie attire.

If simply looking at the cars wasn’t enough to get your goat, Eamonn DiGaetano was hired to give anyone who so wished a complimentary ride in the new 2012 Jeep Wrangler, a job that the former swimming teacher adores. Riders got to enjoy driving over boulders, rough terrains and slopes as DiGaetano showed them what this little engine that could was capable of. This interactive experience kept the crowd pleased throughout the event.

2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon at Chicago Auto Show 2012

What onlookers were really buzzing about was how many cross over cars made their entrances this year and with the gas prices having been so unstable in 2011 and into 2012 fuel efficiency was also the topic at hand, as car manufacturers tripped over themselves in a wild competition of who could make the fuel friendliest and most efficient vehicle, knowing that would be a huge determining factor for prospective car buyers this year and into 2012.