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Highlights many at Chicago Auto Show

November 18, 2010

Consumers turned out en masse Feb. 10-19 for the Chicago Auto Show’s 98th edition, and they left in good spirits for what is regarded as the launch of local dealers’ spring selling season.


Enthusiastic, multilingual media coverage contributed to an excitement for what awaited on the show floor. Automakers raised the curtain on 15 production and concept vehicles during the show’s two-day Media Preview. The list includes: 

Dodge Rampage Concept

Kia Multi-S Concept


2007 Chevrolet Avalanche

2007 Dodge Caliber SRT4

2007 Dodge Nitro

2007 Hyundai Accent

2007 Hyundai Entourage

2007 Lexus ES350

2007 Lincoln Markz AWD

2007 Lincoln Navigator

2007 Mitsubishi Gallant Ralliart

2007 Nissan Quest

2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca

2007 Toyota Tundra

2007 Volkswagen Golf 

$24,200 disbursed in ACE awards


Effective salespeople in the displays netted a combined $24,200 under the Award for Customer Excellence (ACE) program. Salespeople at all vehicle exhibits were evaluated each day by incognito judges who rated the salespeople using various criteria. 

Twenty-six salespeople won the $100 cash award two or more times over the show’s 10-day run.


Len Donnells of Joe Rizza Acura (Orland Park), James R. Flikkema of Flikkema Saab (Lansing), and Sam E. Gage of Honda of Lisle all won the award four times. Three-time winners included Craig Brown of Bentley of Northbrook, Edward Kucic of Napleton Cadillac (Park Ridge) and Ken Walter of Ed Napleton Dodge (Oak Lawn). 

Food drive nets 5½ tons


Late weekday crowds benefited the Chicago Christian Coalition League by contributing more than five tons of canned foods. The CATA extends a $5 discount off regular adult admission to those who bring three cans of food Wednesday through Friday at the show.