Friday, February 17, 2012
2012 Chicago Auto Show, and a Blues Brothers update
The biggest story, of course, is that demolition has finally begun on the Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, Illinois, near Chicago. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you probably know this mall because one of the most memorable car chases in movie history was filmed on location there. Who can forget that crusty ’74 Dodge Monaco barreling through the Toys ‘R Us and leveling kiosks in the 1980 hit The Blues Brothers?
The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year.
Ford debuted their 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500 convertible. Formerly available only in a coupe, Pony Car fans can now enjoy 650-hp with the top down. Unlike the coupe, however, Ford decided to limit the top speed of this car to 155-mph, as opposed to the 200-or-so that the coupe can achieve.
There were a few other world premieres in Chicago, particularly by Japanese and Korean makes. Volkswagen brought out a turbo-diesel Beetle. Jeep showed off a Compass concept. And you could see the 2013 GMC Acadia for the first time. There’s always something to see if you’re interested.