After Hours in the Second City

Gary S. Vasilash
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The Chicago Auto Show is held each year at McCormick Place. In terms of longevity, it is second only to the New York Auto Show. However, points out Dave Sloan, general manager of the show, the New York Show was earlier than in 1901, when the Chicago Show was first held, after World War II the Chicago Show was up and running sooner, so it has been held more times than any other show in the U.S. (This is the 109th.)

In term of size, it is large, as well, taking up more than 1-million square feet of space in McCormick Place.

Sloan says that McCormick Place is so capacious—with 2.7-million square feet of exhibit space and an addition 700,000 square feet of meeting rooms—that it would be possible to hold the New York, Detroit and Los Angeles Shows simultaneously in Chicago.

Sloan talks about the show and overall industry trends to Autoline’s John McElroy and me on this edition of “Autoline After Hours.”

Then John and I are joined by Mark Scarpelli, recently named chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association (and a car dealer in suburban Chicago). Scarpelli talks about the trends that he sees going on in the industry, including issues related to direct sales and mobility services, both of which have implications on dealers.

Diaz

Nissan’s Diaz

Because Chicago is known as a “truck” show, we then talk with Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, who, earlier in the day, introduced the 2017 Titan King Cab, the fifth configuration for the pickup that the company has launched in the last year. Diaz talks about the new truck and Nissan’s growing competitiveness in the truck space.

2017 Nissan TITAN King Cab

Then we’re joined by two Chicago-based journalists, Kirk Bell of Motor Authority and Paul Brian of ABC stations, and we discuss the Chicago Auto Show, as well as a wide array of trends, news and developments in the auto industry.

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