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101 Best Illinois Automotive Startups – The Future of Transportation

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This article showcases our top picks for the best Illinois based Automotive companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Automotive industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top Illinois Automotive Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

KMart

KMart

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KMart is a large retail store that sells discounted merchandise.

Tenneco

Tenneco

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Tenneco is a global manufacturing company, is pioneering global ideas for cleaner air, and smoother, quieter and safer transportation.

Tenneco

Navistar

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Navistar manufactures commercial trucks, buses, defense vehicles, and engines.

Tenneco

CDK Global

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CDK Global is transforming how cars, trucks, and vehicles of all kinds are marketed, sold, and serviced around the world.

Tenneco

CoPilot

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CoPilot is an assisted commerce platform that provides expert partner services for car purchases.

Tenneco

PartsTrader Markets Limited

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Online marketplace for auto parts trading more than $1.4B per annum with tens of thousands of business users in the US and New Zealand.

Tenneco

LotLinx

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LotLinx’ is a SaaS provider of Digital Retailing and Marketing technologies and for the Automotive Industry.

Tenneco

Titan International

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Titan International, the leader of both Titan and Goodyear Farm Tire brands, offers a full line of wheels, tires and undercarriage products.

Tenneco

Wheels

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Wheels is a world’s first automotive fleet leasing and management company.

Tenneco

ForeverCar

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ForeverCar is an online web portal that simplifies the auto repair experience

Tenneco

Dealer Inspire

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DealerInspire is a website platform for the auto dealership industry, offering customized solutions for website building.

Tenneco

ClearFlame Engines

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ClearFlame decarbonizes heavy-duty engines while reducing operating costs, to protect the future from the challenge of diesel fuel.

Tenneco

DRIVIN

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DRIVIN sources, acquires, delivers and markets used-cars for its network of dealer partners, utilizing data and technology platforms.

Tenneco

Carlease

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Leasing a car has never been easier. You find the perfect car – we’ll find the best financing and deliver to your door.

Tenneco

MVTRAC

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MVTRAC is the leading provider of on-demand data solutions for auto finance.

Tenneco

Milton Industries

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Milton Industries is provider of professional-grade pneumatic tool accessories.

Tenneco

Cars.com

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Cars.com is a online destination that helps car shoppers and owners navigate every turn of car ownership.

Tenneco

Fueloyal

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Connected Vehicle Application Platform

Tenneco

MAX Digital

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MAX Digital is a cloud-based digital retailing software company that provides software and sales enablement.

Tenneco

BayRu

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BayRu is an e-commerce shopping and shipping specialist and is eBay.com’s exclusive drop shipping partner.

Tenneco

Insurance Auto Auctions – IAA

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We sell lightly damaged, repairable, high grade vehicles at all IAA branches

Tenneco

Endurance

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Endurance Warranty offers extended auto warranties through auto dealerships as well as direct-to-consumer platforms.

Tenneco

AKHAN Semiconductor, Inc.

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AKHAN Semiconductor, Inc. is a fab-lite semiconductor company in the U.S. specializing in diamond semiconductor materials and devices

Tenneco

vAuto

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VAuto provides web-based inventory management solutions for retail automotive dealerships in the United States.

Tenneco

GAINSystems

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GAINSystems Advanced software to help companies achieve supply chain and inventory optimization.

Tenneco

LKQ Europe

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LKQ Corporation is the largest nationwide provider of alternative collision replacement parts and a leading provider of recycled engines

Tenneco

Allied Buying Corporation

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Allied Buying Corporation (ABC) is the leading buying group in the Foodservice Equipment and Supply Industry.

Tenneco

Edward Don & Company

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A Woodridge, Ill.-based distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies.

Tenneco

Downers Grove

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The Village of Downer’s Grove, IL, is a suburb with convenient Rail and Road access to Chicago.

Tenneco

Essendant

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Essendant is a purpose-driven company that strives for more than just business success.

Tenneco

International Truck and Engine Corporation

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International Truck and Engine Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of medium and heavy trucks and mid-range diesel engines.

Tenneco

Leapfrog Online

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Leapfrog Online is a digital direct marketing firm developing programs for Fortune 500 marketers that find and monetize the right customers.

Tenneco

Emkay

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Emkay leases fleets of vehicles to corporations, They can manage the fleet too.

Tenneco

CarAdvise

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Vehicle maintenance and repair, simplified.

Tenneco

Friedman Corporation

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The Friedman Operating Group acquires, manages, and builds vertical software companies.

Tenneco

Wanxiang America

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Wanxiang America Corporation designs and manufactures automotive components for the OEM and after-market sectors.

Tenneco

Hendrickson

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Hendrickson is a designer and manufacturer of suspension systems and components for heavy-duty trucks.

Tenneco

BWAY

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BWAY is one of the largest manufacturers of rigid metal and plastic containers in North America.

Tenneco

Edsal Manufacturing

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Edsal is the market leader in steel shelving products for garages, tool sheds and basements.

Tenneco

GVW Group

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GVW Group provides strategic expertise for early stage, high growth, and mid-sized companies.

Tenneco

Signode Industrial Group

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Signode Industrial Group makes the bulk transportation of goods possible.

Tenneco

MAT Holdings, Inc.

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MAT Holdings is a logistics company specializing in manufacturing, marketing, and distribution services.

Tenneco

Power Solutions International

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Power Solutions International, Inc., is a global producer and distributor of a ranges of high performance

Tenneco

Montway Auto Transport

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www.montway.com – We’re a five-star rated, nationwide car shipping company. Let us help you move your car! Need tips? http://www.montway.

Tenneco

Automotive Keys Group (AKG)

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Automotive Keys Group is a high-growth specialty automotive products business providing industry solutions to its customers.

Tenneco

Truck Centers, Inc.

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Truck Centers is a transportation company offering training center and dealership services.

Tenneco

ShowMeTheParts

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ShowMeTheParts is an online aftermarket auto parts catalog that carries an extensive selection of automotive parts.

Tenneco

Transdev North America

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Transdev North America is the largest private sector operator of multiple modes of transit in North America, providing bus, shuttle.

Tenneco

Cognizant

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Cognizant is a manufacturer, engineering services and high quality engineered component sourcing company.

Tenneco

Horizon Hobby

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Horizon Hobby develops, markets, and distributes radio control hobby products; model trains; and educational, toy, and other hobby products.

Tenneco

American Access Casualty Company

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American Access Casualty Company is an insurance company offering auto insurance products and claim services.

Tenneco

Xtreme Xperience

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Xtreme Xperience makes the world’s best exotic cars accessible for everyone to enjoy on real racetracks.

Tenneco

NTN Bearing

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NTN Bearing is manufacturing and supplying bearings, velocity joints, and other industrial & automotive equipment.

Tenneco

Grantek

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Grantek is an industrial automation company offering manufacturing automation and plant maintenance services.

Tenneco

Auto Driveaway

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Auto Driveaway operates as a vehicle delivery provider.

Tenneco

Power Stop LLC

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Power Stop is an automotive company specializing in performance brake kits.

Tenneco

Amsted Rail

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Amsted Rail is an engineered system solutions provider.

Tenneco

Impact Auto Auctions

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Impact Auto Auctions is the Canadian salvage auto auction with the largest facility footprint, strong buyer base & high auction returns.

Tenneco

Nissha Co., Ltd.

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Provides introduction of Nissha’s business fields and history.

Tenneco

Furnas Electric Co

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Furnas Electric Co is electrical and motor control products.

Tenneco

Brake Parts Inc LLC

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Brake Parts is an automotive company that manufactures brake parts.

Tenneco

Royal Die & Stamping

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Royal Die & Stamping is a manufacturer providing superior components to the Automotive, Electronics and Telecommunication industries.

Tenneco

Gold Eagle

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Gold Eagle is a 85 year old brick and motor distributors company.

Tenneco

TTX Corporation

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TTX is a railcar pooling company. Founded as Trailer Train in 1955 by the Pennsylvania Railroad

Tenneco

C.E. Niehoff & Co.

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C.E. Niehoff & Co. is an automotive company providing designs and manufacturing brushless alternators.

Tenneco

Crash Champions

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Crash Champions is a provider of automotive collision repair services.

Tenneco

C&K Trucking, LLC

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C&K Trucking is a transportation company that offers intermodal trucking services.

Tenneco

Sundaram – Clayton Limited

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Sundaram – Clayton Limited is a supplier of aluminium and magnesium castings for the automotive industry.

Tenneco

ContMid Group

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ContMid Group is a manufacturer of custom-engineered and safety-critical metal fasteners for automotive supply chain and other uses.

Tenneco

AutoMeter Products, Inc.

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AutoMeter Products, Inc. is a high technology company focused on performance and racing automotive instrumentation and electronics.

Tenneco

Greenclick Technologies

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Greenclick is a car sharing, car renting platform

Tenneco

SupplyCore Inc.

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SupplyCore is a logistics company that offers distribution and warehousing services.

Tenneco

MacLean-Fogg

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MacLean-Fogg is a worldwide enterprise currently operating 40 global manufacturing facilities.

Tenneco

HFI.

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HFI is an automotive company that provides foam molding, leather lamination, and automotive manufacturing services.

Tenneco

A.M. Castle & Co

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A. M. Castle & Co. (NYSE:CAS) is the foremost provider of specialty products, services, and supply chain solutions. We are recognized as a

Tenneco

M&K Truck Centers

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M&K Truck Centers is a transportation company that provides trucks, trailers, and luxury sports coaches.

Tenneco

Gerber Collision & Glass

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Gerber Collision & Glass provides quality auto collision and glass repair services.

Tenneco

NWC Body Works Inc

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NWC Body Works is a full service truck, trailer and equipment facility providing sales , service, repair, manufacturing and transport parts.

Tenneco

EV Energy Group

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We sell electric car charging solutions designed to help accelerate the adoption of EV sales worldwide.

Tenneco

Bergstrom Inc.

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Bergstrom is a transportation company that provides commercial truck, off-highway machines, and specialty vehicles.

Tenneco

OTOBOTS

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Otobots is an on-demand mobile automotive services company.

Tenneco

U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission, LLC

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U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission is an industrial automation company that supplies roller chains and power transmission components.

Tenneco

DWG Holdings

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Leading R&D destination and technology conglomerate of CEE & CIS regions

Tenneco

R.R. Donnelley Logistics

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RRD logistics is a service for optimize the transportation and delivery process runed by donnelley logistics.

Tenneco

JC Whitney

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JC Whitney supplies automotive spare parts and accessories.

Tenneco

Gerald Auto Group

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Gerald Auto Group is a car dealership located in North Aurora, Illinois.

Tenneco

NISSAN TRADING CORPORATION AMERICAS

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NISSAN TRADING CORPORATION AMERICAS is an automotive company specializing in purchasing, warehousing, and supply chain management.

Tenneco

Ervin Equipment, Inc.

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Ervin Equipment is a transportation company that sales new and used transportation equipment.

Tenneco

CIT Trucks

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CIT Trucks is a commercial truck dealership group representing Kenworth, Volvo, Mack, and Isuzu.

Tenneco

National Lift Truck, Inc.

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National Lift Truck, Inc. is a business supplies and equipment firm dealing in sales and rentals of industrial and construction equipment.

Tenneco

SC Aviation, Inc.

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Private Air Charter, Aircraft Management, and Aircraft Maintenance

Tenneco

United Road Towing

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United Road Towing provides towing, recovery, impound, and vehicle management solutions for the automotive industry.

Tenneco

Knapheide

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Knapheide is an automotive company that manufactures auto parts and accessories.

Tenneco

Gibson Consulting G-4, LLC

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Gibson consulting is a management consulting company offering strategic, transportation and distribution management services.

Tenneco

Eagle Express Lines, Inc.

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Eagle Express Lines is a transportation company providing delivery services.

Tenneco

SD Wheel

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SD Wheel is an online automotive parts store that offers wheels, rims, tires, and suspension.

Tenneco

Napleton Automotive Group

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Napleton Automotive Group is a car dealership offering Volkswagen, Honda, Porsche, and Aston Martin cars in Oakbrook Terrace.

Tenneco

RCM Industries, Inc.

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RCM Industries is an engineering company specializing in aluminum die casting services. in North America.

Tenneco

Kay Manufacturing

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Kay Manufacturing is a company that creates tight-tolerance parts for automotive, aerospace, power sports and agricultural industries.

Tenneco

Associated Packaging, Inc.

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Associated Packaging is a packaging and containers company that offers packaging equipment, system integration, and technical service.

Tenneco

Steiner Electric

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Steiner Electric is a wholesale company specializing in electrical, automation, and industrial products.

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