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Concept cars big draw at 2013 Chicago Auto Show

February 6, 2013 2:48:49 PM PST
The Chicago Auto Show doesn't open until Saturday, but we have a preview today. ABC7's Roz Varon took several of the new concept vehicles for a test drive at McCormick Place.

Concept cars are always an auto show favorite! We got to test drive many of the ones that will soon be in production.

Fuel economy is big this year. The Chevrolet Spark EV is all electric and fun to drive.

"You can charge it 80 percent in 20 minutes," said Chevy communications manager Annalisa Bluhm. "It goes 0 to 60 in 8.6 seconds, which is better than the Nissan Leaf, and it's 400 pound-feet of torque is better than a Porsche 911."

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid that gives the driver choices: all electric, gas and electric, or all gas.

"It can go 21 miles on all electric power, top speed 85 mph electric mode, total range gas and electric 620 miles," said Ford program manager Shawn Lightner."

The Cadillac ELR extended range electric vehicle, which goes into production later this year, goes 35 miles on electric then switches to regular fuel for another 300 miles.

More diesel-fueled vehicles will be on display this year, like the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The revised styling includes an 8-speed transmission that gets 30 mpg.

Feeling the need for speed? The 2014 Nissan GT-R fits the bill. At 0 to 60 in 2.7 seconds, it's the fastest car Nissan makes. It will be out by summer of this year. Start saving now. Sticker price: a cool $99,000.

The Chicago Auto Show opens Saturday and runs through February 18 at McCormick Place.


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