For the 11th consecutive year, consumer voters selected their favorites in five categories in the Chicago Auto Show's "Best of Show" balloting.
The Chicago Auto Show is the only major auto show that polls its attendees' favorite vehicles and exhibit.
The results were as follows:
Best All-New Production: Lexus LC 500
Best Concept Vehicle: Buick Avista
Best Green Vehicle: Chevrolet Volt
Best Exhibit: Chevrolet
Vehicle I'd most like to have in my driveway: Ford GT
The Chicago Auto Show took place Feb. 13-21. For more information, visit ChicagoAutoShow.com .
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