Chicago Auto Show 2017: What's new from Toyota, Ford, Dodge, Chrysler

Friday, February 10, 2017 12:28PM
The 2017 Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place opens to the public on Saturday and runs through Feb. 20.

CHICAGO - The 2017 Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place opens to the public on Saturday and runs through Feb. 20. It's the largest auto show in the country, with hundreds of cars and trucks and five indoor test tracks.

One of the hot trends at the show this year is the subcompact SUV. ABC7's Roz Varon spoke on the 2018 Toyota C-HR, a smaller Toyota RAV4, and the 2018 Ford EcoSport, a smaller Ford Escape.

Mark Trostle, head of design at Dodge, introduced the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, which is touted to be the fastest, most capable three-row SUV. It will make it's debut at the auto show. Kelley Enright of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles spoke on Chrysler's multi-brand track, which includes an acceleration lane, slalom and brake zone.

Chicago Auto Show 2017: 2018 Dudge Durango SRT

Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor at, spoke on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, which received top honors from the website for quality, innovation and value.

Chicago Auto Show 2017: Chrysler Pacifica

Chicago Auto Show Co-Chairman John Hennessy talked about what's new this year's show.

Chicago Auto Show 2017 Co-Chairman John Hennessy

Chicago Auto Show: Know before you go

Roz also shared the best strategy for getting around the show, since things have changed this year.

From sporty to practical, luxury to economical, foreign and American, there are more than 1,000 vehicles covering over 1a million square feet at the Chicago Auto Show.

"For us here, it's all about our customers. Over 70 percent of the people that visit the show this year will buy a car this year," Hennessy said.

It's best to get the lay of the land ahead of time.

First, download the auto show app. It will tell you what's going on every day and where to find everything with the show floor map.

New this year is paperless information with e-pass. No more bags of brochures. Just scan the QR code reader on your ticket, enter your information once and then at every exhibit, scan your ticket. The information will be sent via email.

There are two new indoor test tracks this year. Visitors should try both if they can!

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