Why the DFW Auto Show is worth the drive for industry insiders

It’s like your dealership’s showroom, but bigger.

A lot bigger, unless you have a showroom of more than a half-million square feet like the floor of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX.

But a giant showroom floor filled with gleaming cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers, minivans and exotics – and crowded with shoppers, company representatives, auto enthusiasts and the just plain curious – is what you will find at the DFW Auto Show running tomorrow through the weekend.

It’s a good place to get a look at where the industry is – and where it’s headed – as the show will feature about 700 models from nearly 40 manufacturers, including a few 2019 models, and providing the “ideal opportunity” to compare design, styling and pricing of every major line.

Photo credit: Ford Motor Company via newspressusa The 2019 Ford Ranger pickup will be one of the featured vehicles at the DFW Auto Show.

Photo credit: Ford Motor Company via newspressusa
The 2019 Ford Ranger pickup will be one of the featured vehicles at the DFW Auto Show.

Show organizers didn’t miss the opportunity to link the event to Valentine’s Day on Wednesday.

“The DFW Auto Show is taking the love affair with the automobile to a whole other level,” said a press release about the event, which runs through Feb. 18.

“As someone who grew up in the automotive industry, I love cars,” said Don Herring, Jr., chairman of the auto show, which is produced by the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association. “And if the annual attendance at our shows is a proper gauge, consumers in the Metroplex love cars too.”

The trade association comprises about 200 franchised dealerships in 11 North Texas counties that represent more than $10 billion in new- and used-car sales annually.

The DFW show falls between larger North American (Detroit) and New York international auto shows.

Besides a lineup of all-new or redesigned 2018 models, the show will feature 2019s including:

  • Ford Ranger, Edge and Mustang Bullitt Specialty Vehicle
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Lincoln Nautilus and MKC
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • RAM 1500
Photo credit: General Motors via newspressusa The 2018 Buick Enclave will be one of the current year’s models in the spotlight.

Photo credit: General Motors via newspressusa
The 2018 Buick Enclave will be one of the current year’s models in the spotlight.

This year’s models in the spotlight include:

  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio
  • Buick Enclave
  • Chevrolet Equinox and Traverse
  • Ford Expedition and F-150
  • GMC Terrain
  • Honda Accord and Clarity Plug In
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Infiniti Q50
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Kia Stinger and Rio
  • Lexus LS 500 and RX 350L
  • Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe
  • MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross CUV and Outlander PHEV
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom
  • Subaru Crosstrek
  • Volkswagen Atlas and Tiguan

In addition, The High End area includes vehicles from Aston Martin, Bentley, Maserati, McLaren and Rolls-Royce, the return of Lamborghini and Ferrari, and first-time exhibitor Karma.

Don’t miss this show, because there’s a good chance your competitors won’t.

Photo credit: Aston Martin via newspressusa The Aston Martin DB 11 also will visit the DFW Auto Show.

Photo credit: Aston Martin via newspressusa
The Aston Martin DB 11 also will visit the DFW Auto Show.

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