Concept and Technology Garage returns to Chicago Auto Show

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This is the auto manufacturers' opportunity to show off their newest cars, concepts and designs - and the media's opportunity to test them out! (WLS)

The Chicago Auto Show doesn't open until Saturday, but the Concept and Technology Garage offered a preview on Wednesday. It's the auto manufacturers' opportunity to show off their newest cars, concepts and designs - and the media's opportunity to test them out!

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The Kia Stinger Federation GT has a heavily-modified exhaust, 400 horsepower, and lots of enhancements. The starting price is in the low 30s.
"It's a cool looking vehicle. The production one's cool enough, but this ratchets it up another level!" Kia product manager Neil Dunlop said.

The Polaris Slingshot is neither a car nor a motorcycle.

"Here is Illinois it's actually classified as an autocycle. You just need a regular driver's license to drive it," said Garrett Moore, Slingshot product manager.

The Grand Touring Limited Edition just came out last week. It's a super fun ride, and at only 1,750 pounds, it gets nearly 30 mph on the highway. The starting price is about $20,000.

Nissan is bringing back its Star Wars-themed vehicles in bigger and better versions!

"One is the Altima and it's taken inspiration from the Tie Fighter, the classic Tie Fighter from the Star Wars movies, and there's motion to the vehicle with the sound," said Jeremy Meadows, Nissan marketing senior manager.

The Nissan Rogue is inspired by Poe Dameron's X-wing, with that special relationship between pilot, craft and droid.
If you want to go old school, check out the F-1 1950 Ford truck with manual transmission, manual steering, a choke and a hand brake. Ford just celebrated 100 years of trucks, so they brought this baby out for eye candy.

Fast forward to 2018, the re-designed Mustang GT has extra power, a sleeker frame and an active valve exhaust ranging from quiet mode to track.

Volkswagen is showing off the 2019 Arteon in Kurkuna Yellow, and the 2018 Jeep Wrangler has its first new design in 11 years.

We're just getting started. There will be nearly 1,000 vehicles when the show opens on Saturday.

Be sure to tune in for our hour-long special on the 2018 Chicago Auto Show at 6 p.m. Saturday.

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