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2019 Chicago Auto Show kicks off, eyeing future development of auto industry

  The all new Kia Motors USA 2020 Telluride is seen during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  CHICAGO, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year.

  There will be 20 debuts during the show, with Subaru, Volkswagen, Toyota, Ford, Ram, Mazda, Land Rover, Nissan, Chrysler, Harley-Davidson and Alfa Romeo all presenting their new cars.

  Joachim Eberhardt, Jaguar Land Rover North America President and CEO, introduced the 2020 Range Rover Evoque at the show. He addressed technology and consumer trends in the industry moving forward, saying that with the development of new technology and electrification, there would be "more changes in the next 10 years than the last century" in the auto industry.

  "The world of mobility tomorrow is destination zero," he said. "Zero emissions, zero accidents, and zero congestions."

  Eberhardt also said that future development would focus on "safer, cleaner and more efficient vehicles".

  He pointed out that autonomous and shared vehicles will transform global mobility, particularly in metropolitan areas, and that "self-driving vehicles will be on and off roads, co-existing with vehicles with drivers."

  "Chicago is big show," said Jeep Track Manager Sergio Armenta. "We have set up a great track this year, with a 35 degree climb and real boulders." Jeep's 15 vehicles are ready for test drive.

  Four indoor tracks and seven outdoor ride and drives are set up at the show this year for visitors to gain first-hand driving experience.

  Started in 1901, Chicago Auto Show had been held more times than any other auto show in North America. The show this year utilizes more than 1 million square feet of the McCormick Place Complex and will run until Feb. 18.

  The all new 2020 Land Rover Evoque is unveiled during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  The Lexus concept LC Convertible is seen during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  Photo taken on Feb. 7, 2019 shows an overview of the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  The Ford Motor Company's all new 2020 Mustang Shelby 500 GT is seen during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  The all new Jeep Gladiator pick-up truck is seen during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Ram Trucks Chassis 5500 is seen during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  People visit the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  The Lexus concept LC Convertible is seen during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  The Cadillac CT6 is seen during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  The all new 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is unveiled during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  The all new Kia Motors USA 2020 Telluride is seen during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  A 2019 Jeep Rubicon takes media members on an obstacle course during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  The Ford Motor Company's all new 2020 Mustang Shelby 500 GT is seen during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  People visit the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  The all new Toyota Supra is seen during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  A 2019 Jeep Rubicon takes media members on an obstacle course during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)

  Jim Morrison, head of Ram Truck Brand, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of North America, talks about the class leading towing during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview at McCormick Place in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 7, 2019. The 111th Chicago Auto Show, the largest in the United States, kicked off Thursday with nearly 50 auto manufacturers showcasing nearly 1,000 vehicles at the McCormick Place this year. (Xinhua/Joel Lerner)