Coming less than a month after the auto industry's biggest exhibition in Detroit, the recent Chicago Auto Show had a distinct flavor all its own. Instead of hybrids and electric cars, Chicago's get-together featured diesels and turbochargers.
Chevrolet stole the show with the rollout of its new, diesel-powered Cruze, while Volkswagen took a cue from the past by introducing a peppier version of its classic Beetle GSR. Not to be outdone, Nissan rolled out two cars derived from its Motorsports division and Toyota unveiled a redesigned version of its well-known Tundra truck.
From turbocharged powertrains to infotainment systems to diesel engines, following are some of the most promising innovations from the Windy City.
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GM's 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine produces 148 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque -- a hundred lb-ft more than the Chevy Cruze's gasoline-burning counterpart.