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101 Top Illinois Automotive Companies and Startups of 2021

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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.

Lordstown Motors

Lordstown Motors

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Lordstown Motors is completing the engineering and development of the first full-electric pickup truck.

CDK Global

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.

CDK Global

KMart

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KMart is a large retail store that sells discounted merchandise.

CDK Global

Navistar

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

CDK Global

Tenneco

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

CDK Global

CoPilot

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

CDK Global

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.

CDK Global

LotLinx

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

CDK Global

ForeverCar

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

CDK Global

Wheels

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

CDK Global

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.

CDK Global

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.

CDK Global

Dealer Inspire

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

CDK Global

DRIVIN

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

CDK Global

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.

CDK Global

MVTRAC

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

CDK Global

Milton Industries

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

CDK Global

BayRu

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

CDK Global

Cars.com

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

CDK Global

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

CDK Global

BWAY

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

CDK Global

Endurance

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

CDK Global

vAuto

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

CDK Global

GAINSystems

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

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Insurance Auto Auctions – IAA

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

CDK Global

LKQ Corporation

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

CDK Global

Allied Buying Corporation

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

CDK Global

Chicago Miniature Lighting

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Chicago Miniature Lighting is a provider of lighting systems to the Automotive, Aerospace, Marine, Commercial & Industrial Markets.

CDK Global

MAX Digital

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

CDK Global

Edward Don & Company

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

CDK Global

Essendant

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

CDK Global

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.

CDK Global

CarAdvise

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Vehicle maintenance and repair, simplified.

CDK Global

MacLean-Fogg

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

CDK Global

Edsal Manufacturing

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

CDK Global

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.

CDK Global

Friedman Corporation

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

CDK Global

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.

CDK Global

Wanxiang America

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

CDK Global

GVW Group

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

CDK Global

Royal Die & Stamping

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

CDK Global

Emkay

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

CDK Global

Power Stop LLC

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

CDK Global

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.

CDK Global

EV Energy Group

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

CDK Global

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.

CDK Global

American Access Casualty Company

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

CDK Global

Lindemann Chimney Supply

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Affordable Chimney Repair Services

CDK Global

Signode Industrial Group

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Signode Industrial Group makes the bulk transportation of goods possible.

CDK Global

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.

CDK Global

Hendrickson

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

CDK Global

Power Solutions International

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

CDK Global

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

CDK Global

Downers Grove

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

CDK Global

OTOBOTS

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Otobots is an on-demand mobile automotive services company.

CDK Global

Furnas Electric Co

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Furnas Electric Co is electrical and motor control products.

CDK Global

Nissha Co., Ltd.

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Provides introduction of Nissha’s business fields and history.

CDK Global

Greenclick Technologies

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Greenclick is a car sharing, car renting platform

CDK Global

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.

CDK Global

Autoplicity

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Autoplicity is an online store for aftermarket and replacement auto parts.

CDK Global

R.R. Donnelley Logistics

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

CDK Global

AutoMeter Products, Inc.

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

CDK Global

Xtreme Xperience

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

CDK Global

MAT Holdings, Inc.

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

CDK Global

SupplyCore Inc.

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

CDK Global

Black Horse Carriers

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Black Horse Carriers is a transportation company providing transportation services.

CDK Global

Cognitive AI Technologies

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Cognitive AI Technologies develops Carloudy, a head-up display for cars.

CDK Global

HFI.

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

CDK Global

DWG Holdings

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

CDK Global

Grantek

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

CDK Global

Electro-Motive Diesel

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EMD also referred to as “EMD”, designs, manufactures and sells diesel-electric locomotives and diesel power engines.

CDK Global

United Road Towing

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

CDK Global

Roadside Protect

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Roadside Protect is a leading provider of specialty roadside assistance programs.

CDK Global

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.

CDK Global

TTX Corporation

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

CDK Global

Brake Parts Inc LLC

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Brake Parts is an automotive company that manufactures brake parts.

CDK Global

JC Whitney

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JC Whitney supplies automotive spare parts and accessories.

CDK Global

Swap Motors

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Swap Motors is an online automotive e-commerce platform

CDK Global

TPI – Tire Profiles

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Tire Profiles is an automotive Technology that creates an environment to create trust and build a customer experience with education,.

CDK Global

AutoAccessoriesGarage.com

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AutoAccessoriesGarage.com is an e-retailer specializing in the automotive performance parts and accessories.

CDK Global

Gerald Auto Group

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

CDK Global

Amsted Rail

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Amsted Rail is an engineered system solutions provider.

CDK Global

Auto Driveaway

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Auto Driveaway operates as a vehicle delivery provider.

CDK Global

CJT Koolcarb Inc

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CJT Koolcarb Inc is a Drill, reamer and end mill manufacturing company.

CDK Global

Cognizant

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

CDK Global

NTN Bearing

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

CDK Global

SOCIALDEALER

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SOCIALDEALER enables automotive dealers and OEMs create, manage, and monitor social profiles, reputation, and content.

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Green Family Stores

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Green Family Stores is a car dealership offering Volkswagen, Nissan, Audi, and Subaru vehicles in Jacksonville, IL.

CDK Global

3Discovered

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3Discovered is a commercial-grade market exchange platform for 3D printable designs currently under development.

CDK Global

ClearFreight

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ClearFreight is a logistics company specializing in international logistics and export services.

CDK Global

Carrectly

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Auto Maintenance That Doesn’t Suck. On-Demand, Anytime, Anywhere.

CDK Global

IPgallery

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Founded in 2000, IPgallery is a software development and integration company.

CDK Global

Clarcity

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Clarcity is an online platform that enables employees to find and book airline tickets, hotel rooms, and vehicles for business travel.

CDK Global

Real Time Freight (Cloud based TMS powered by Truckstop.com)

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Real Time Freight is a logistics company that provides transportation management services.

CDK Global

ArcelorMittal USA

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ArcelorMittal USA is a supplier of quality steel and mining products in global steel markets.

CDK Global

Bergstrom Inc.

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

CDK Global

M&K Truck Centers

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

CDK Global

Knapheide

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

CDK Global

ShowMeTheParts

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

CDK Global

Radiac Abrasives, A TYROLIT Company

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Radiac Abrasives is an automotive company that manufactures conventional bonded and superabrasives.

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The Numina Group

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The Numina Group is an IT company specializing in material handling services.

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