As the Chicago Auto Show kicks off, the team at Daily News Auto HQ has been hunkering down as Winter Storm Niko barrels up the Northeast.
But like they say, “The show must go on!” Blizzard be damned, we will still report news from the automotive industry.
Snuggle up around the fire with a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy this Thursday edition of the Daily Drive-Thru.
FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE.NEWS: Nissan introduces King Cab body style for Titan, Titan XD during Chicago Auto Show
At the Chicago Auto Show today, Nissan introduced a larger-bodied version of the Titan and Titan XD called the “King Cab” body style.
This fuller-size pickup includes a “rear seat delete” option, which strips the rear seat in favor of a flat load floor and wall-mounted tie-down hooks for increased capacity.
The King Cab is powered by Nissan’s 5.6-liter Endurance V8 with a 7-speed automatic making 390 horsepower and towing capacity of 9,420 pounds.
Check out the Nissan King Cab Titan and Titan XD here.First Look: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT gives more reasons to look to Korea for a European hatchback
13 photos view gallery First Pictures: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT
Between the Honda Civic Hatchback’s return, Chevy’s new Cruze hatch and Ford bringing the Focus RS to the states, America has got the hots for the hatch.
Debuting at the Chicago Auto Show, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT sports 55.1 cubic feet of space with the seats folded down, way more than you’ll get in the Civic and Cruze hatches.
Expected to go on sale this summer, the 2018 Elantra GT has two engine options: a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder making 162 horsepower and the GT Sport’s 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 201 horsepower (which we think you’ll prefer).
Learn more about the Elantra GT here.Toyota eyes off-road performance with 2018 RAV4 Adventure and TRD Sport Packages for Sequoia, Tundra
Building on the success of its off-road TRD packages, Toyota debuted three more off-road ready cars at the Chicago Auto Show today.
The RAV4 Adventure features either front-wheel drive with an active limited slip differential or an all-wheel drive option with dynamic torque control.
Both the Sequoia and Tundra come in 4x4 or 4x2 layouts with a 5.7-liter i Force V8 engine making 381 horsepower.
See all the specs on these models here.General Motors’ Maven car-sharing service expands to Atlanta
General Motors announced that it will expand its Lyft express drive car-sharing service in Atlanta to include Maven cars.
The city will get a fleet of 50 GM cars from the Chevrolet Cruze to the Cadillac Escalade, starting at $8/hour plus taxes, including gas and insurance.
Atlanta becomes the 17th city in North America to get GM’s car-sharing service, which now faces increased competition from BMW’s ReachNow to Mercedes’ Car2Go services.
Learn more about GM’s Maven expansion here.GALLERIES: Nissan goes dark with Midnight Editions
9 photos view gallery Gallery: Nissan goes dark with Midnight Editions
Nissan announced its expansion of its blacked-out “Midnight Edition” packages to six core models: the Sentra, Maxima, Altima, Rogue, Murano and Pathfinder.The Infiniti Q50 lineup gets bigger with the new 2017 Signature Edition model
8 photos view gallery Gallery: 2017 Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition Photos
Infiniti released its Signature Edition 2017 Q50, featuring a 300-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine. Loaded with a whole suite of creature comforts, the Q50 gets special 17-inch alloys and optional all-wheel drive.The Infiniti QX80 Signature Edition returns for 2017
9 photos view gallery Gallery: 2017 Infiniti QX80 Signature Edition Photos
Along with the Q50, Infiniti announced the Signature Edition 2017 QX80, powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine making 400 horsepower. The QX80 has optional seating for up to eight and gorgeous Saddle Tan leather seats.
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