Exciting cars from the Chicago Auto Show

All car lovers know that the US produces some of the most thrill-inducing cars in the world. From the famous Ford Mustang to the Chevrolet Impala, the US’s automotive industry dreams up some truly trademark cars.

While America is a very different country to Britain, with large open roads that favour muscle cars and trucks contrasted against our more city-based driving experience, the Chicago Auto Show is a chance for manufacturers to show off their newest models. Some of them really caught the eye…

 

Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid

Alternative fuel vehicles are still relatively slow to catch on, but hybrids are doing a great job of bridging the gap between energy-conscious and efficient.

This Kia Optima hybrid is going to be a popular choice, offering 154 horsepower in a 2-litre, 4-cylinder engine that pairs with an electric motor that can either give you 27 miles of electric-only driving or 600 miles of overall range.

 

Nissan Armada

A very USA-styled Nissan, the Armada is based on the Patrol and the Infiniti QX80 but is powered by a V-8 engine. This is a truck that looks like an SUV thanks to some keen styling changes by Nissan, but is still destined for heavy work with a tow capacity of 8,500lbs (3855kg) – making it a potential buy for UK workers who need a high performing truck like the Mitsubishi L200 Warrior with SUV style.

 

Kia Niro

Another Kia that turned heads, the Kia Niro hybrid is a small crossover vehicle that will try to rival the Toyota Prius in terms of small city hybrids that offer great fuel economy. This model can apparently achieve 50mpg.

 

Honda Ridgeline

Another pick-up truck built for the US market but potentially interesting to UK buyers who want something a bit fiercer. It offers a 3.5 litre V-6 engine and has both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations alongside some attractive styling and a spacious interior.

 

Fiat 124 Spider

With the popularity of the Fiat 500, you could be forgiven for thinking Fiat is all about city cars. However, you’re definitely mistaken – Fiat was once renowned for producing the world’s most beautiful roadster, the Fiat 124 Spider. At the Chicago Auto Show, the Spider is getting a much-needed update. Targeted for a 2017 release, the Fiat 124 Spider is a beautiful machine complete with Italian styling, powered by a 160-horsepower 1.4-litre engine.

 

If you’ve ever wanted to buy a Fiat but wanted something a bit nippier, keep your eyes open for the Spider.

 

 

 

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