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February 13, 2015 Washington Post carchat

2015 Chicago Auto Show

Good Morning Warren and friends,

I’m at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show (#cas15). It’s a great show; relaxed, but full of information. It’s the auto show that allows me to catch up and see some cars I didn’t have time to look at other shows.

Someone asked about the Honda Pilot last week. The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV made it’s global premiere at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

The Pilot was re-engineered from a nicer 3rd row to better fuel efficiency and more safety.

Honda’s press releases say the Pilot has better recharging with 2.5-amp output, to charge iPads or smartphones while in use. Additional ports and plugs include an auxiliary jack for nearly any audio player, an HDMI port for a gaming console, two headphone jacks, two 12-volt power outlets and a 115-volt outlet to power just about anything.

The 2016 Pilot delivers more refined, powerful and fuel-efficient performance than ever before courtesy of its new 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder deactivation technology. For improved fuel efficiency, the Pilot will include available Idle Stop technology that shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, instantly and smoothly restarting the engine when the driver lifts their foot off the brake pedal.

It includes Honda’s popular LaneWatch display, Blind Spot Indicators, a standard Multi-Angle Rear View Camera, and available Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control and a Honda-first Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system.

To show the dichotomy of the show Nissan brought out the new Nissan Nismo (Nismo = Nissan Motorsports) racecar that will race in the 24 hour Le Mans in France this summer and a beautiful 370Z Nismo concept convertible.

There were other great vehicles; a Ford GT in two shades of grey, a Toyota Avalon Touring that looked big enough to be a Lexus, a Dodge Viper that went to an extreme to show that you can have a Viper in any, and all, colors and all the supercars that can be found on Driving the Nation facebook.

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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.