“The Chicago Auto Show draws the nation’s biggest crowd of actual car consumers. And, MotorWeek was on hand for all the news blowing out of the Windy City for 20-16.” 

Nissan kicked things off with an all-new Armada full-size SUV. Like the Infiniti QX80, it’s now based on the full-framed Nissan Patrol, as assembly shifts from Tennessee to Japan. A 5.6 liter v8 stays under the hood, now with 390 horsepower, as cheap gas gives this brute a new lease on life.

At the opposite end of the yardstick, Chevrolet showed a “freshened” Trax subcompact crossover. Styling tweaks and equipment upgrades should keep it competitive.

Chevy rolled out a pair of pickups; Midnight Editions of the Colorado…and Silverado.

For enthusiasts, there’s a new Chevrolet Camaro 1LE performance package, available with V8 or first-time V6. Upgrades include revised suspension and brakes, a short throw shifter, dual-mode exhaust, and the Corvette’s performance data recorder.

Over at FCA, Ram debuted a new Power Wagon, based on their 2500 Heavy Duty Pickup.

Hyundai showed an updated Santa Fe…and Santa Fe Sport crossover.

While Kia produced a “jolt” with the production Niro hybrid crossover-their first model on a dedicated gas-hybrid platform. Kia also pulled off the wraps on both hybrid and plug-in hybrid Optima sedans.

Toyota brought some attitude to Chicago with this TRD Pro Tacoma pickup…

Ford showed up with an industry-first: an Explorer with a sliding side door and ramp for wheelchair access…

The Chicago-built Explorer felt the love even more with this Special Appearance Package; it includes 20” wheels, a unique grill, and an upgraded interior. 

“So, that’s the latest car buzz from “Chi-Town”, and this week’s MotorNews.”