CHICAGO (WBBM) — Attendance is up, and so is the mood at this year’s Chicago Auto Show.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bob Roberts reports that the automakers say the “fun” car is no longer on the critical list.

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Last year, automakers seemed too consumed about survival to think much about fun. But this year, that has all changed.

Dodge rolled out its Grand Caravan RT, a minivan geared toward guys that has been nicknamed the “man van.” Dodge president Ralph Gilles toyed with the idea for years.

“It’s just about having a little fun with something that you have to own,” Gilles said.

The Mustang-Camaro rivalry has revved up, with Ford rolling out its Boss 302, while Chevrolet vice president Rick Scheidt touts his ZL1.

“It’s full of high-tech, it’s got the 6-2 supercharged engine, it looks good inside and out,” Scheidt said. “So we’re really pleased.”

Even Hyundai says it’s thinking fun with its soon-to-be-debuted Veloster, which is being shown at the Auto Show. First it will race, then arrive midsummer in showrooms.