2017 Chicago Auto Show Women’s Day

Woman Making a PurchaseAnyone who assumes that auto shows are only of interest to the men in this country is greatly mistaken. In today’s market, women have just as much interest in cars as men. And, in fact, analysts have discovered that women have a say in 80% of vehicle sales, whether they’re buying a car themselves or weighing in on the decision.

It’s clear that women are taking the wheel more often these days, both literally and otherwise, so it’s wise of the Chicago Auto Show to host an annual Women’s Day. This year’s Women’s Day took place February 15th. A thoughtful itinerary was prepared specifically for the interests of women, featuring specific lineups, vendors and networking opportunities.

In many cases, female shoppers look for the practical offerings, versus speed or sporty design. Women are often looking out for their family, and value space, safety, and convenient features meant to make their life easier. However, that’s not always the case, as each year’s CAS Women’s Day proves. What women want in their vehicle is just as idiosyncratic as each individual shopper.

Still, even if the CAS Women’s Day isn’t capable of predicting exactly what each female consumer is looking for, it still provides a chance for today’s women to run the show.

What are your thoughts? We at Packey Webb Ford are always happy to hear what the wants and needs of our customers are, so let us know what your car options are by commenting below!

New Ford Police Interceptor Headed to Chicago Auto Show

Most new cars that debut at auto shows are vehicles you immediately want to sit in and take out for a drive. However, Ford brought something to the Chicago Auto Show, which could cause you to run away rather than climb inside—it’s a new Ford Police Interceptor.

This is an updated version of the popular Explorer-based police vehicle. It’s powered by a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 304 horsepower and 279 lb-ft of torque (although an optional 365-hp EcoBoost V6 is also available). The police vehicle also comes with standard all-wheel drive, and improved handling thanks to an eFord Police Interceptornhanced underbody structure.

With the introduction of the Explorer-based Interceptor, Ford has reclaimed a lot of its police business, which lagged after the Crown Victoria went out of production. Law enforcement agencies appreciate the space and capabilities offered by a larger SUV, but still have the option of a Taurus-based sedan if they want.

Ford has introduced a lot of new technology specifically for its law enforcement clientele, including something called Surveillance Mode, which uses the car’s backup camera to detect when someone is approaching the vehicle from the rear, and then locks all the doors and flashes the lights to keep officers safe.

Look out for these vehicles in your rearview mirror later this year!