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Indoor Tracks, Test Drives Return To Auto Show

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    Chicago Auto Show
    The popular Jeep test track returns in 2014.

    The Chicago Auto Show will again feature three indoor test tracks and up to six outdoor test drives in 2014.

    Returning are Chrysler’s multi-brand test track and its wildly popular Jeep off-road course.

    2008 Auto Show - Test Track with Rob Elgas

    [CHI] 2008 Auto Show - Test Track with Rob Elgas
    Take an off-road test drive with NBC5's Rob Elgas at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show! (Published Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009)

    Toyota also returns with a track of its own, but for 2014 it will feature trucks within a proving ground that features a see saw, water crossing and 15-foot hill climb.

    For attendees looking to spend a little time behind the wheel, the Chicago Auto Show will again feature six outdoor test-drive opportunities.

    Take A Ride In The 2014 Corvette Stingray

    [CHI] Take A Ride In The 2014 Corvette Stingray
    Charlie Wojciechowski and Art Norman test drive the brand new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. (Published Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013)

    “Last year, more than 75,000 people took part in our test tracks or test drives,” said John Webb, 2014 Chicago Auto Show co-chairman. “It’s a great way to experience the show and learn about the capabilities of different vehicles.”

    Test tracks have been a Chicago Auto Show tradition for eight years.

    Back in 2005, Jeep built its first indoor test track at the Chicago Auto Show and has returned every year since.

    In addition to Jeep, Chrysler and Toyota, past Chicago Auto Shows have featured test tracks from Ford and Chevrolet.

    Last year, manufacturers that hosted outdoor test drives included Cadillac, Ford, Kia, Hyundai, Nissan and Subaru.