Cars of tomorrow: 5 new car specs released at 2018 Chicago Auto Show

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The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon.

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon. (Photo: Daniel Byrne)

VW revealed the 2019 VW Arteon at the Chicago Auto Show, a midsize car it hopes will break through in an otherwise weak market. The German brand banks on Arteon’s coupe-like design, safety features and peppy powertrain to appeal to consumers who aren’t ready to give up on cars.

 

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At the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, an enclosed snow dome

At the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, an enclosed snow dome at the Nissan exhibit showcases the one-off Nissan 370Zki “snowmobile” (Photo: Nissan, Nissan)

The Nissan 370Z Roadster has been turned into a 332-horsepower snowmobile, of sorts. The rear wheels have tracks like on a tank or bulldozer, and the front wheels have skis. The result is that it can go skidding through the drifts.

 

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With space for up to seven, 2019 Ford Transit Connect

With space for up to seven, 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon easily switches from work to play to accommodate entrepreneurial small business needs, hobbies and grandkids. Transit Connect Wagon offers segment-exclusive diesel engine and new driver-assist technologies, including standard Automatic Emergency Braking. (Photo: James Lipman)

The 2019 Ford Transit Connect is meant to accommodate entrepreneurial small-business needs, hobbies and grandkids. Transit Connect Wagon will offer a diesel engine and new driver-assist technologies, including standard automatic emergency braking.

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The Toyota TRD Pro trucks are meant for taking on the

The Toyota TRD Pro trucks are meant for taking on the toughest trails (Photo: Toyota)

 

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New dual-center exterior stripes are tailored to emphasize

New dual-center exterior stripes are tailored to emphasize the functional yet aggressive exterior designs of the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T and SRT models.  (Photo: FCA US)

Buyers of the Dodge Durango’s performance versions, the R/T and the SRT, will get factory-applied stripes, and there will be an available performance exhaust system to make the SUV sound hot as well.

Sure, it’s just a cosmetic touch, but the idea gives the SUV something to make it stand apart on the road from other non-performance versions. In one glance, other drivers will see who paid more to own the road. It won’t come cheap:

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