The Chicago Auto Show has long been a haven for truck introductions, and this year’s edition was no exception. Chevrolet, Nissan, and Toyota all showed off new trucks, while competitors rolled out concept cars and production vehicles.
We were there and are now bringing it to you! From pickups and concepts to hybrids and electrics, we offer some of the eye-catching new designs from the nation’s largest auto show.
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At the Chicago show, Nissan rolled out the Frontier Diesel Runner pickup, a “project truck” that will help the company’s executives gauge market reaction to a Nissan mid-size pickup with a diesel engine. Its 2.8-liter, four-cylinder Cummins diesel produces about 200 HP and 350 lb-ft of torque, while boosting fuel economy by 35 percent over a V-6-powered, two-wheel drive version of the Frontier. (Source: Jeff Granbery for Nissan)
Anand I also agree with you as per new technology and fuel efficiency is concerned. But still spending a hell on a truck and then burning it off road doesn't seems wise. But yet I would say all those people who can afford a truck can enjoy it the way they would like.
@ far911, apparently your argument is quite valid. It looks odd roaming around off-road in an expensive new vehicle. But then it looks odd because we are used to seeing old vehicles at such places. So it is more of a cultural thing. New advanced vehicle may be costly to buy but new vehicles burn less fuel than old ones. Besides, new vehicles with technological advancements offer some other obvious benefits.
@mrdon: Yes its always better to have hands on experience. Then only you will gain experience in a real life scenario. That is more important and valuable than the professional qualification these days.
Yes, the Toyota off-road course was probably the most spectacular exhibit for attendees. But there were others...Ford had the Mustang pinball game, Toyota had the teen driving simulator and Ford had an off-road simulator. Toyota also had its FT-1 on the Gran Turismo game, which could be "driven" by attendees.
The question of whether engineers could have foreseen the shortcut maintenance procedures that led to the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 in 1979 will probably linger for as long as there is an engineering profession.
More than 35 years later, the post-mortem on one of the country’s worst engineering disasters appears to be simple. A contractor asked for a change in an original design. The change was approved by engineers, later resulting in a mammoth structural collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216 more.
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