The Chicago Auto Show kicks off next week with more cars under one roof than any other US exhibition. Hot on its heels, the Osaka Automesse is a heaven for car customizers and automotive audio-visual fanatics.

Chicago Auto Show
February 10 - 21
Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Chicago Auto Show spans 1.2 million square feet (more than 100 000 square meters) of space and displays over 1000 vehicles. With more space than is available at other events, manufacturers stage large exhibits here, such as test tracks and even rock concerts. This year will be the 102nd edition, making it the oldest show in the world.

Hermance Vehicle Efficiency Award
February 10
Chicago, Illinois, USA

This award was founded in honor of Toyota's hybrid guru David Hermance and recognizes the most efficient new car on the market with the greatest consumer appeal.

Osaka Automesse
February 12-14
Osaka, Japan

Last year's Automesse welcomed over 230,000 attendees to the Osaka National Exhibition Centre, and organizers expect even more this year. Features include car tuning exhibits and a huge A/V display, featuring 5.1 channel DVD systems, LCD displays and MP3 players.

Nascar Sprint Cup
February 14
Daytona Beach, Florida

The first race of America's most popular spectator sport kicks off in Florida, with the biggest, richest and most prestigious race - the Daytona 500. Forty-three drivers will compete for the Sprint Cup.

Geneva Motor Show
March 2
Geneva, Switzerland

The 80th edition of the Geneva Motor Show covers seven halls and 80,000 square meters. Ranked among the most important exhibitions for international manufacturers, almost everyone has something to say - there are 60 press conferences planned on the first day alone.

World Car of the Year Awards Finalists Announced
March 3
Geneva, Switzerland

The 59 international automotive journalists on the jury for the World Car of the Year Awards will announce their three finalists from the ten-car shortlist at the Geneva Motor Show. The final award is presented on April 1.

Bahrain Formula One
March 14
Sakhir, Bahrain

The first Grand Prix race of the season begins in Bahrain, with the return of a racing legend to the fray - seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. Can he beat the record lap time for the Bahrain circuit, set by himself in 2004?

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