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2003 Chicago Auto Show
Changes from last year's layout
by Rick Smith

The 2003 Chicago Auto Show will soon arrive in Chicago and the show is now being constructed while I write this article. Because the auto industry is so dynamic, I thought it might be interesting to examine the changes in the show floor layout between 2003 and previous years.

The Big Three

The three largest booths (Ford, General Motors and Chrysler) appear to be both in the same location and identical in overall size to last year's show, but there appears to be some "shuffling" within these booths. These largest booths include 20 different marques:

  • Ford - Mercury / Lincoln / Ford / Mazda / Land Rover / Volvo / Jaguar / Aston Martin

  • General Motors - Hummer / Buick / Chevrolet / Saturn / Saab / Cadillac / Oldsmobile / GMC / Pontiac

  • Chrysler - Jeep / Chrysler / Dodge


    Notable booth omissions to this year's exhibitors are:

  • Daewoo
  • Vespa
  • Panoz (will be in Shell exotics)
  • Rolls Royce (Bentley is present, however)
  • deTomaso (missing from prior years)


    New exhibitors to the 2003 show are:

  • Maybach
  • Scion
  • Regency


    Exhibitors that have moved locations from last year and/or have changed in size are:

  • Isuzu (moved to center)
  • Mini (smaller)
  • Exotic Cars (Shell) (slightly moved)
  • Avanti (smaller)
  • Kia (slight move, smaller)
  • OnStar
  • Audi (moved from center to far corner -- have been in this area in past shows)
  • Sports Car Club of America
  • Volo Auto Museum
  • Explorer Conversions (moved to center)
  • Maserati (moved)

    Identical size and location

    The rest of manufacturers' booths appear to be identical in size and location to their booths' last year. They are:

  • Toyota / Lexus
  • Honda / Acura
  • Nissan / Infiniti
  • Mitsubishi
  • BMW
  • Volkswagen
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Hyundai
  • General Motors
  • Porsche

    Looks like 2003 will be an exciting show with plenty of new models to see.

    Dated: February 8, 2003

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