Concept and Technology Garage returns to Chicago Auto Show

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About a dozen car manufacturers offered up an opportunity to test their best before the Chicago Auto Show. (WLS)

They're sleek, stylish, innovative and fun - about a dozen car manufacturers offered up an opportunity to test their best of the best before the Chicago Auto Show opens to the public at the Concept and Technology Garage Wednesday.

"This is the Nissan Titan XD. This is for the guy looking for a little bit more towing, a little bit more capability than a half ton but doesn't want the expense of going up to a 3-quarter-ton truck," said Richard Miller, director of product planning for Nissan.

For safety, it has proximity sensors all the way around, alerting you if you're too close to an object. The round-view monitors give you a 360-degree display all around the truck.

Kia's concept - based on the Kia Optima, which is a production car - is not a convertible, but a topless car.

"It's inspired by Miami and the South Beach scene, so we've taken the top off, we've got some interesting doors to show you!" said James Hope, national product manager, Kia Motors.

Even the name, the A-IA optima, is Florida-themed, after the famous highway.

Focusing on the family, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has an entertainment system that comes with several games built into it. The high-tech safety system is impressive.

"There's forward collision warning, forward collision stop, it's got a back-up system with sensors that will actually stop the vehicle if it senses something across the vehicle," said Aamir Ahmed, Uconnect marketing manager.

And for drivers wanting something fast, the Shelby GT 350 revs at 8,200 RPM with 526 horsepower.

See more coverage of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show here. Don't miss ABC7's live broadcast from the show on Saturday, Feb. 13 starting at 6 p.m.

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