Uber is working with BYD to lease the automaker's E6 five-door hatchback EV to the ridesharing drivers in Chicago, as part of the pilot program. The test already includes about 25 drivers and could grow to around 200.
A story on FiveThirtyEight suggests that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's bid for a second term could be derailed by the controversial red-light camera program there, with particularly short yellow-light times showering drivers with $100 citations.
The refreshed 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT wears a brand new face that features broad, chrome-accected horizontal slats at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Inside, buyers can spec an updated infotainment system and ventilated driver's and passenger's seats.
The 2016 Ram Laramie Limited debuting at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show doesn't even try to hide its position as the top trim for the pickup, with massive emblems at the front and rear. Inside, it pampers passengers in Natura Plus leather.
Acura is giving the RDX a refresh after just three years on the market. The front and rear feature sharper lines and LED lighting at both ends. There's a now a nine-speed automatic gearbox, and the 3.5-liter V6 has a little more power. Plus, the crossover is available with even more tech.
The Kia Trail'ster concept tries to give the Soul some offroad-ready looks, but the really interesting part is its hybrid all-wheel drive powertrain. It combines a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder up front and an electric power for the rear axle to make a total of 220 hp and 285 lb-ft.
Judging by the vintage videos that the Chicago Auto Show has been uploading, the Windy City event was among the best places to check out the latest vehicles and watch some dancers in the late '80s and early '90s. The latest proof of that is the jumping, somersaulting Jitterbugs from 1986 along with their very unenthused backup dancers.
Since no one seems to want to follow my advice and erase all memory of the 1980s, every so often, I stumble upon something like this – a video showing the highlights of the 1987 Chicago Auto Show. And it's terrible. Yet oddly priceless.
Chicago's long-delayed fast-charging network for plug-in vehicles is up and running after being taken over by the NRG Evgo program that's underway in Texas as well as the Pacific Northwest, Phoenix, Nashville and Washington, DC.
Remember seeing your buddy's flimsy fake ID in college that said he was 35 and several inches shorter than he really was? Well, Chinese criminals have apparently come up with a potentially terrifying alternative by crafting nearly perfect false driver's licenses and shipping to the US by the hundreds. To the naked eye, they're indistinguishable from the real thing.
Chicago may once have been known as the home of the mob in US with Al Capone running things, but for several years in the 2000s it looks like a completely legal racket may have made the city millions. A recent Chicago Tribune investigation has turned up some disturbing data about how the Windy City's network of red-light cameras used to be operated that may have given out thousands of bogus tickets.
We don't typically report on real estate here at Autoblog, but what we have here is no ordinary building or plot of land. This Chicago-area house was immortalized in the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off as the childhood home of Cameron Frye, Bueller's best friend, but more importantly, as home to the (fortunately replicated) Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder that played, as much as Matthew Broderick himself, a starring role in the film.