The 2016 Chicago Auto Show is days away. Chicago Auto Show Chairman Colin Wickstrom and Joe Wiesenfelder of Cars.com spoke with ABC7’s Roz Varon about what’s new this year.
Wiesenfelder introduced the Chrysler Pacifica, the first-ever hybrid minivan with several family-friendly features. He also showcased the Buick Avista, a sleek, sporty concept car that WIesenfelder said has impressed many people so far.
He also compared the Chevy Volt to the Chevy Bolt, which will be out next year. They’re both electric cars. The Volt can travel more than 50 miles on a charge. When the gas engine kicks in, it can go about 40 miles per gallon. The good news is, it can run on regular fuel instead of premium. But what’s special about the Bolt is that is can travel about 200 miles on a charge. After government credits, the total cost is about $30,000, which is relatively affordable for an electric car that can go that far.
Wickstrom said there were major changes to the layout of the show this year, aimed at enhancing the consumer experience. Many people who are expected to attend this year’s show are looking to buy a car, Wickstrom said. So the floor is set up in a way that makes it easier for people to compare vehicles. There are also fun indoor and outdoor tracks for people to take test drives.
Wickstrom also encourages people to attend a gala Friday night, called First Look for Charity. The event raises money for 13 charities and features a raffle with a free car as a prize. To buy tickets, visit www.firstlookforcharity.org.