The summer driving season is right around the corner, and car enthusiasts by the thousands will be gearing up for it by attending the DFW Auto Show – an annual five-day spectacular that features the latest and greatest in motor vehicle magnificence.
Beginning at 4 p.m. on March 22 and lasting until March 26 at 7 p.m., the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center’s over 650,000 square feet of space will be decked out in automotive splendor, with virtually every nameplate imaginable showcasing models onlookers can feast their eyes upon, and perhaps even take for a spin in the now expanded Ride & Drive event – a huge draw for perusers and serious shoppers alike.
Don Herring, DFW Auto Show chairman, explained why car shows really resonate with the public.
“Auto Shows have been around for almost 120 years, and they continue to be one of the most effective ways to reach consumers who are in the market for new vehicles,” Herring explained. “Where else can you find more than 650 trucks, SUVs, sedans, sports cars and energy-efficient vehicles representing nearly all major manufacturers, all in one easily ‘walkable’ venue?”
11 million hybrid purchases worldwide expected in 2017
Gas-guzzling automobiles are growing fewer and farther between, as automakers have endeavored to make their models more fuel efficient. Hybrid vehicles are known for their gas sipping prowess, which is why 11 million of them are expected to be sold worldwide by year’s end, according to Future Market Insights. Several hybrids will be on the scene over the nearly week-long extravaganza in the Big D, including the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid, Ford EcoSport, and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.
Luxury model suppliers well-represented
Lovers of luxury are sure to have their appetites whetted as well, as the likes of Aston Martin, Bentley, Maserati, McLaren, and Rolls Royce are all slated to make an appearance. High-end vehicles today go for roughly $98,150, according to the most recent data from vehicle valuation firm Kelley Blue Book, making the appropriate auto insurance policy extremely important to protect such an investment
The list of automakers at the venue runs from A to V.”
In addition to showcasing the models themselves at the Dallas Auto Show, exhibitors will demonstrate all the bells and whistles of the vehicle interiors, as many autonomous functions now come standard, not only on passenger cars, but on pick-up trucks and sports-utility vehicles. It’s rather fitting that these will be demonstrated in the Lone Star State, as Texas has been designated as a “proving ground” for fully automated vehicles. Earlier this year, the Texas Department of Transportation announced the state was 1 of 10 selected by the government to host self-driving safety examinations.
As for what automakers specifically will be at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center starting March 26, the list is long – literally from A to V (Acura to Volkswagen).
Chapman noted that dozens of models will be available for a test drive.
All this and so much more is what’s under the hood at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center March 22-26. Tickets start at just $7 for senior citizens, and children 5 and under get in for no charge. Adult day passes cost $14.
Check out the website for more information on frequently asked questions and directions to the venue.