Worst Automotive Press Release: Potato Head Edition

The headline of the press release we just received moments ago: "Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head To Visit Chicago Auto Show." Seriously. Full press release below. » 2/19/09 12:30pm 2/19/09 12:30pm

Top 12 Post-Apocalyptic Survival Vehicles Of The 2009 Chicago Auto Show

Being a truck show, the staggering number of post-apocalyptic survival vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show make Chicago the place to be for the end of the world. Who knew? Here's the 12 best. » 2/16/09 11:45am 2/16/09 11:45am

Transformers 2: Bumblebee II Camaro Gets A Close-Up

Cleaning out our memory cards this morning, we realized we hadn't run anything on the rest of the Chevy Autobots unveiled in Chicago. Hooray for me, right? Without further ado, here's the Bumblebee "II" Camaro. » 2/13/09 10:30am 2/13/09 10:30am

New Scope Ford F-650 XUV


Name: New Scope Ford F-650 XUV
Type of Apocalypse: Zombies
Why: The New Scope Truck Ford F-650 Super Duty is very, very ridiculous. Between the zombie-smashing diamond plate front bumper, te six swingin' doors, and the giant diesel tanks running down the side, it's got apocalypse machine written all over it. Though… » 2/12/09 5:00pm 2/12/09 5:00pm

Chevrolet Sting-Ray Concept


Name: Chevrolet Sting-Ray Concept
Type of Apocalypse: Robot Apocalypse
Why: The Chevrolet Stingray concept debuted here at the Chicago Auto Show, and aside from being a seriously badass Corvette concept car its Transformers alter-ego Sideswipe would be great in something like a robot apocalypse. Of course such a… » 2/12/09 5:00pm 2/12/09 5:00pm

International Navistar MaxxPro

Name: Navistar MaxxPro
Type of Apocalypse: Military Industrial Apocalypse
Why: The Navistar MaxxPro is the US military's Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP. Essentially it's an enormous armor plated truck with a blast force dissipating V-shaped floor, perfect for pretty much any form of apocalypse which… » 2/12/09 5:00pm 2/12/09 5:00pm

Suzuki Makai Concept


Name: Suzuki Makai Concept
Type of Apocalypse: Rising Ocean Levels
Why: If Al Gore is right (and he always is) pretty soon we'll be up to our necks in globally warmed ocean water when the Greenland ice sheet and the South Pole melt into the sea. We may be forced to live on the mountaintops but that doesn't mean we… » 2/12/09 5:00pm 2/12/09 5:00pm

1936 Auburn Speedster


Name: 1936 Auburn Speedster
Type of Apocalypse: Unstoppable Life-Ending Global Catastrophe
Why: A meteor or comet related apocalypse is statistically inevitable, and considering the astronomic community spends some amount of time hunting for Earth threatening bodies means they'll probably eventually find one. In… » 2/12/09 5:00pm 2/12/09 5:00pm

XBox Skateboarding Jeep Wrangler Unlimited


Name: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited XBox Display
Type of Apocalypse: Skateboarders grind the world to an end
Why: Putting aside Ray's tussle with Chrysler for a moment, this Jeep Wrangle has been put together as a display which sickeningly panders to the x-treme kids showing up at the Chicago Auto Show. It wears a crown of… » 2/12/09 5:00pm 2/12/09 5:00pm

Ford Transit Connect


Name: Ford Transit Connect
Type of Apocalypse: General Apocalypse/City Disintegration
Why: The 2010 Ford Transit Connect debuted at the Chicago Auto Show and brought with it hope to everyone looking for a compact, relatively cheap, fuel efficient vehicle to use in a retreat from the disintegration of society which is… » 2/12/09 5:00pm 2/12/09 5:00pm

Cheap Trick Chevy Avalanche


Name: Cheap Trick Chevrolet Avalanche
Type of Apocalypse: Rock & Roll really does destroy society
Why: The Cheap Trick modified Chevrolet Avalanche is the perfect vehicle for an end-times reminiscent of those depicted in the 1981 classic Heavy Metal. No other vehicle could so effortlessly traverse a futurescape ruled… » 2/12/09 5:00pm 2/12/09 5:00pm

1930's Era Supercharged Ford Madness


Name: Cobbled Together Hot Rod
Type of Apocalypse: Hipsterpocalypse
Why: The hipster threat is a real and growing problem. It is not inconceivable the world's disaffected annoying teenagers in search of an identity will lead to a global apocalypse. This displayed Ford didn't come with any information, but lets just… » 2/12/09 5:00pm 2/12/09 5:00pm

The Jeep Kid Zone


Name: Jeep Kid Zone
Type of Apocalypse: Chryslerpocalypse
Why: This one is largely irrelevant and extremely esoteric, but these little PowerWheels Jeeps stationed in the "Jeep Kid Zone" are the perfect way to save you from the Chryslerpocalypse. You probably haven't read it anywhere, but a large majority of auto… » 2/12/09 5:00pm 2/12/09 5:00pm

Renntech Mercedes GLK Pikes Peak Rally Racer


Name: Renntech Mercedes GLK Pikes Peak Rally Racer
Type of Apocalypse: Water World- Like Flooding
Why: This one is admittedly kind of a stretch, but if global warming does its thing and we're stuck with oceanfront property in Pennsylvania, racing to mountaintops for a land grab is going to be important. Enter the… » 2/12/09 5:00pm 2/12/09 5:00pm

Mitsubishi Racing Lancer


Name: Mitsubishi Racing Lancer
Type of Apocalypse: Collapse Of Society
Why: Sadly, Mitsubishi has canceled its global rally program, but that didn't stop the Racing Lancer from showing up in Chicago. Of all the cars here, its probably the most capable of high speed extra-highway transit. With a diesel engine and… » 2/12/09 5:00pm 2/12/09 5:00pm

Ford Active Park Assist System

Ford announced its new Active Park Assist system before the Detroit Auto Show, but here, in one of McCormick Place's many labyrinthine parking garages, is the first time we've tested it. » 2/12/09 1:00pm 2/12/09 1:00pm

Hyundai Shows Off 460 HP Prototype Supercharged Tau V8

The Chicago Auto Show featured the Hyundai Genesis Coupe pricing and the debut of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec, but it's this 480 HP prototype supercharged Tau V8 that has our gears turning. » 2/12/09 12:30pm 2/12/09 12:30pm

2009 Chicago Auto Show: Day One

We've wrapped up day one in the windy city and to bid fair well until tomorrow we've put together all of the highlights from first day of the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. » 2/11/09 7:45pm 2/11/09 7:45pm

Oshkosh SandCat Makes Other SUVs Feel Weak And Puny

Every year at the Chicago Auto Show, there's a military section full of goodies aimed at capturing the Pentagon's hearts and pocketbooks. The Oshkosh SandCat may do so with a dash of shock and awe. » 2/11/09 6:50pm 2/11/09 6:50pm

2009 Mazda Miata MX-5: 20 Years Of Beer And Sushi

We just came back from the Mazda Miata MX-5 20th birthday party here at the Chicago Auto Show where they trotted out past concepts, race cars, and most importantly, beer and sushi. » 2/11/09 6:30pm 2/11/09 6:30pm