The Teutuls Like The New Challenger, A Bag Full Of Money Or Possibly…

Paul, Sr. and Paul, Jr., Teutul, of Orange County Choppers and American Chopper fame, were around to introduce the new Challenger. As far as celeb/car introduction pairings go, this one was mostly inoffensive and made some sort of sense as this car will be popular with those buying a third car as a way to blow some… » 2/11/08 10:00am 2/11/08 10:00am

Chicago Auto Show: Commercial Trucks And Vans

Commercial trucks and vans aren't quite as romantic as the latest sports car, but that doesn't mean we should ignore them. There's a segment of the population that gets excited about a big, mean work truck. Though we kind of like the Ford Transit Connect, we're still more moved by the full-sized, extended-length Dodge… » 2/08/08 1:00pm 2/08/08 1:00pm

Chicago Auto Show: 1969 Mercedes 300SEL 6.3 Turns Us Into Dragons

Though we may all dream of owning a 6.9, the 300SEL 6.3 was the original German Q-ship. This $55,000 sedan's 6.3-liter V8 produced 250 horsepower, 369 ft-lbs of torque, and could propel the nearly 4,000-pound hunk of beautiful metal to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. That's pretty good today and outrageous in 1967. We were… » 2/08/08 12:15pm 2/08/08 12:15pm

Chicago Auto Show: International MaxxPro

International didn't just bring it's super shredder semi, the International LoneStar to the show. They also brought the US Military's latest wheeled transport, the International MaxxPro. The imposing vehicle is basically a purpose-built mobile bomb shelter, capable of taking a hit from any direction, as well as fording … » 2/08/08 12:00pm 2/08/08 12:00pm

Chicago Auto Show: Army Stryker Engineer Squad Vehicle

Though the International Lonestar may have been the largest reveal of the show, the Army's LAV III Stryker Engineer Squad Vehicle may have been the biggest and meanest thing at the show. One of the engineers gave us a tour of the ESV, which is responsible for mine detection and removal, setting down lane markers and… » 2/08/08 11:15am 2/08/08 11:15am

Chicago Auto Show: 2008 BMW E92 M3 GTR Reveal, Now With Video

We brought you the news BMW in cooperation with Rahal-Letterman racing would be returning to the track with the 2008 BMW E92 M3 GTR next year. What we didn't do was show you the video of the monster being unveiled. While Bobby Rahal was in attendance the embearded David Letterman was nowhere to be seen as Martin… » 2/08/08 10:30am 2/08/08 10:30am

Chicago Auto Show: 2009 Mitsubishi Galant, Three Varieties of Boring

In case you were wondering, Mitsubishi did bust out a trio of updated Galants on Thursday, and we were monumentally underwhelmed. The Galant Sport, Galant Sport V6, and the Galant Ralliart all took a bow. The cars are available with a mix and match of the 2.4 L 4 cyl MiVEC, 3.8 L V6, and 3.8L V6 equipped with MiVEC,… » 2/08/08 10:00am 2/08/08 10:00am

Chicago Auto Show: The Volvo XC70 SR Surf Rescue Vehicle, For When Hof …

Somehow we missed this XC70 SR at the SEMA show last year, overwhelmed as we were with things covered in pink carbon fiber. Unless you've passed out due to blood loss from a shark attack, you'll notice the five-inch lift and 20-inch wheels. While the XC70 SR sports the ubiquitous (on concept trucks) LED lightbar, it… » 2/07/08 2:30pm 2/07/08 2:30pm

Chicago Auto Show: 2009 International LoneStar, Biggest Unveil of the…

There's a funny thing about auto shows; from the outside, they appear to be all glitz and glamor, high-dollar extravaganzas to draw the attention of the nearest journalist, and later the consumer. In actuality, they are crushingly boring, highly stressed, cynical, irritating events which grow tiresome from both the PR… » 2/07/08 2:15pm 2/07/08 2:15pm

Chicago Auto Show: Alton Truck Company F650 Is An Adventure In…

While the automakers may be disappointing us with vanilla reveals, we have to hand it to the crew at the Alton Truck Company for taking the kind of effort a certain segment of the automotive aftermarket world puts into Civics and applying it to this Ford F-650-based SUV. Weighing in at a paltry 25,999 pounds, this… » 2/07/08 1:30pm 2/07/08 1:30pm

What Would You Badge Engineer If You Ran An Automaker?

We know you're as thrilled as we are about the Chicago Auto Show's bevy of platform prostitution badge re-engineered vehicles and North American introductions of cars we've already seen. We know that you're all particularly taken with the likes of the VW Routan and the Suzuki Equator, two vehicles that wouldn't… » 2/07/08 1:00pm 2/07/08 1:00pm

Chicago Auto Show: 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Even though they already dropped the press shots of the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse and Spyder, the cars are making their official debut here at Chicago. Mitsubishi looked to borrow some mojo from past Eclipse models as they included previous versions in their display. The upgrades to the new version are largely cosmetic,… » 2/07/08 12:30pm 2/07/08 12:30pm

Chicago Auto Show: Volvo Goes To The Dogs

While we were hoping we'd get something along the lines of the R-Line, Volvo surprised us with an event about buckling up your dogs. Yeah! Apparently, the XC90 has a special dog cage in there and the people at BarkBuckleUp.com want dogs secured safely so that, in the event of an accident, the animal isn't killed or… » 2/07/08 12:00pm 2/07/08 12:00pm

Chicago Auto Show: Dub Magazine Turns Chryslers Into Pentabortions

Dub Magazine, a publication known for highlighting the understated beauty of lightly customized automobiles, set up a display of lowered Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler vehicles made even odder looking with the addition of ridiculous rims. While it almost works on some vehicles, like the already chromey Chrysler 300 and… » 2/07/08 11:00am 2/07/08 11:00am

Chicago Auto Show: Toyota Corolla, Meet Dave

We don't remember seeing this at SEMA, because if we had, we would have made fun of it there as well. Nonetheless, the placard claims this Toyota Corolla SE Prototype was first shown at the infamous tuner show, and we claim it was first seen somewhere in a Ford studio run by Dave "Big Balls" Horbury. Seriously — check… » 2/07/08 10:30am 2/07/08 10:30am

Chicago Auto Show: Second City Swag Watch

No journalists can leave the Chicago Auto Show without a bagful of little trinkets from automakers and suppliers (under $25, always). For the purpose of full disclosure and minor amusement, we had our CAS intern, Kevin Bradley, throw together a list of all the swag we received on the first day. We can also thank K-Brad … » 2/07/08 9:30am 2/07/08 9:30am

Chicago Auto Show: Is The YES! 3.2 Roadster For Real? Yes!

We had a chance to check out the YES! 3.2 Roadster and YES! Roadster 3.2 Turbo and we were, as opposed to other moments in the day, actually pleased with what we saw. We'll start with the good news. The base YES! Roadster 3.2 weighs 890 kg, sports a 255 hp VW V6 and scoots to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. The better news … » 2/06/08 6:45pm 2/06/08 6:45pm

Chicago Auto Show: Hyundai Reveals 2009 Sonata, Elantra Touring And…

Hyundai showed off a refreshed model in the 2009 Hyundai Sonata, a new model in the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring and a far off concept in the iBlue Concept.The news from the Sonata is the addition of the first nav system and dual-zone climate control. The news for the Elantra Touring is that it does look Mazda3-ish up… » 2/06/08 4:45pm 2/06/08 4:45pm

Chicago Auto Show: BMW to Return to Racing in 2009, Bringing M3

Hot on the heels of the 2008 BMW M3 release, those rascally Germans have developed a racing variant to further develop the incredible tech already present in the stock automobile. In 2009 BMW will return to racing with team Rahal Letterman Racing in the American Lemans Series. We'll be bringing more details and pics » 2/06/08 4:25pm 2/06/08 4:25pm

Chicago Auto Show: 2009 Ford Transit Connect Variants Take Bow

We saw the first two versions of the 2009 Ford Transit Connect a little earlier, but now we've seen 'em up close and personal. Four differently outfitted models of the light duty van were shown off in an effort to showcase the vans versatility. The first two we saw were dressed up for a wine delivery company and a… » 2/06/08 3:51pm 2/06/08 3:51pm