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2016 Nissan Titan XD’s Classification is Hard to Define – In the Best Way

There’s a lot to love about the handsome, rugged, and powerful 2016 Nissan Titan HD–but the thing that may attract the most buyers is its classification (or lack thereof). Thanks to the Titan’s 5.0L V8 Cummins engine that puts out 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque, and a steel frame that’s more powerful than most ½-ton models, the XD technically falls somewhere between ½-ton and ¾-ton classifications.

2015 Nissan Titan XD
2015 Nissan Titan XD

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD boasts the efficiency of a diesel engine, but maintains the power to tow a massive 12,000 pounds, making it the best of both worlds. According to, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD’s classification falls somewhere between a V8 gas-powered ½-ton and a diesel-powered ¾-ton, offering a completely new option for truck enthusiasts looking for efficiency and power, not one or the other.

Add to the XD’s power and efficiency a rugged, athletic design, and a modern, comfortable, and spacious interior, and you have a workhorse of a pickup that can also handle a daily commute and long family road trips without breaking the bank.

Here at Blackburn Nissan, we can’t wait to get our hands on the 2016 Nissan Titan XD. Look for more details, including official fuel economy numbers and pricing, to be released later this year!

History of the Chicago Auto Show

Downtown Chicago
The home of the Chicago Auto Show!

The Chicago Auto Show was first held in March 1901 inside the Coliseum exposition hall. The ticket price was 50 cents for the general public. The event was held at the Coliseum for 35 consecutive showings. Starting in 1935—the 36th show—the Chicago Auto Show moved to the International Amphitheatre. Samuel Miles, known as the Father of the modern auto show, served as show manager from the show’s inception to 1932. A wooden track allowed the public to drive and dispelled worry about the “horseless carriages.” Occasionally, one of the cars would break off the track and crash.

The 1940s eventually rolled around. This time, costumed entertainers appeared during the Dame Fashion stage show. The ‘Dame’ wore a skirt 16 feet wide which concealed new cars. When a new car was ready to be unveiled, the ‘skirt’ opened and the car drove out. A Nationality Queen contest embraced Chicago’s “melting pot” likeness as well.

After the United States’ involvement in World War II, the first official car show was held in 1950—the 42nd Chicago Auto Show. It was titled “Wheels of Freedom,” ran for nine days, and brought in 478,000 visitors.

Each decade, more changes were seen at the event. More cars, new models, and more visitors all arrived in the 60s. In the 1970s, small cars became trendy and stole the show. In 1980, the floor space expanded to 600,000 square feet and 700 vehicles filled the area. The 72nd Chicago Auto Show took place in 1980, drawing in 946,215 visitors. Numbers grew throughout the decade. More next-generation cars and concepts made their debut in the 1990s.

At the turn of the century, Mayor Richard. M. Daley stated that nothing had shaped the 1900s more than the automobile. In 2010 we saw many of the predecessors and first generation models we can still see on roadways today.

This year, 2015, marks the 107th Chicago Auto Show. Floor space has expanded to over a million square feet at the McCormick Place. 107 years later, the hype, excitement, and awe inspired by the Chicago Auto show is still in the air. We at Blackburn Nissan are excited to see what models we’ll soon have in our showroom.

If you’re interested learning more about the history of the Chicago Auto Show, read about it on the event’s website.

Nissan’s New Project: The Frontier Diesel Runner

Frontier Diesel RunnerAt the Chicago Auto Show, Nissan pulled out the big guns, the diesel guns that is. The automaker debuted the Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner pickup truck; and now they’re asking you to help them out as they continue to develop it for production.

Nissan asks that you take their survey and offer your opinion on the diesel-powered Frontier as well as your general knowledge of diesel engines.

Before you take the survey, here’s what we know of the Frontier Diesel Runner so far:

The truck, which is based on Nissan’s 4×2 Frontier Desert Runner model, is loaded with a Cummins’ 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Performance numbers haven’t been released yet for the project, but Nissan’s senior VP of Sales and Marketing, Parts, and Service, said in a press release, “I drove it and tried as hard as I could to hurt the baby. I abused it and pushed it as hard as I could. The thing handled everything I could throw at it with ease.

Frontier Diesel Runner“I was quite impressed – impressed with the get-up-and-go, the torque, the horsepower, and everything that the truck is going to mean to the potential truck buyer if we end up bringing it to market,” he added.

Check out this video, and then head over to take the survey. There could be a $100 Amazon gift card in the mix for you.

Don’t forget to let us at Blackburn Nissan know your first impressions of the Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner as well.