Auto Show Post-Apocalyptic Survival Vehicle Threat Level Downgraded To …

The Chicago Auto Show's normally a reliable home for new post-apocalyptic survival vehicles. This year it seems the threat of apocalypse has been downgraded from red to orange because there just aren't that many new offerings. » 2/12/10 2:00pm 2/12/10 2:00pm

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 it … » 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 writers … » 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