2015 DFW Auto Show Spotlights 2015s, 2016s, Ride & Drive Events

For 33 years, the DFW Auto Show has been THE tool for consumers who are researching and refining the new vehicles that are on their shopping lists. This year, the doors to the Dallas Convention Center will open March 25-29 with an offering of more than 650,000 square feet of vehicles showcasing the latest in cutting edge design, technology and fuel economy.

  “I’ve been going to the Show since it’s inception when it was held at Market Hall and the ‘Cars were the Stars’ “, said Don Herring Jr., 2015 DFW Auto Show chairman.  

“I started actively working it in 1994, and have enjoyed working it each year. Over the years different manufacturers have come and gone, many concept cars have wowed visitors, but the excitement and atmosphere of the Show has always been the best part.  When 400,000 people come to see the latest models at a Show that includes almost every manufacturer and takes up almost all of the Dallas Convention Center, there is nothing else like it.  The Show has grown to a size that no one could have imagined back in the 80′s and truly has become one of the largest five-day shows in the country,” he said.

Some manufacturers are even getting a heard start on next year by spotlighting their 2016s including: the Texas debut of the Toyota Tacoma; Texas debut of the Nissan Titan; Acura ILX, MDX and RDX: Audi A6 and A7; Buick Cascada; Cadillac ATS V Coupe; Chevrolet Volt; Fiat 500X; Ford Explorer and Mustang Shelby GT350; Mazda CX5 Grand Touring and M6G Grand Touring; and Nissan Black Edition GT-R.  Mazda also has confirmed that the 2016 MX-5 Miata and the CX-3 will be at the Show, which will be the first time they will be seen at a Texas Auto Show. Other highlights include the world debut of a new RAM Concept Truck and Dallas debut of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor!

Visitors can “dream” in the High End area where Aston Martin, Bentley, McLaren, Maserati and Rolls Royce will showcase their $100,000+ vehicles including: Aston Martin Rapide, DB9, V12 Vantage and V8 Vantage; Bentley Flying Spur and GT Speed Convertible; Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte; McLaren MSO Edition 650S, one of only six in the U.S.; and Rolls Royce Wraith. Aston Martin also will be spotlighting the One-77, one of only 77 in the world and the first of three to be allowed in the United States. In addition, the DFW Auto Show is pleased to announce that Alfa Romeo will be a highlighted exhibitor this year.

Visitors can “dream” in the High End area where Aston Martin, Bentley, McLaren, Maserati and Rolls Royce will showcase their $100,000+ vehicles including: Aston Martin Rapide, DB9, V12 Vantage and V8 Vantage; Bentley Flying Spur and GT Speed Convertible; Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte; McLaren 650S MSO Edition, one of only six in the U.S.; and Rolls Royce Wraith. Aston Martin also will be spotlighting the One-77, one of only 77 in the world and the first of three to be allowed in the United States. In addition, the DFW Auto Show is pleased to announce that Alfa Romeo will be a highlighted exhibitor this year.

Returning for the second consecutive year will be the indoor RAM Trucks Ride & Drive where professional drivers will steer participants through an interactive adventure zone in a 2015 RAM 1500.  The track will feature a 13-foot high, 30-yard long, 30-degree iconic RAM Mountain, as well as a 12 x 25-foot section of terrain simulating fallen logs that highlight the vehicle’s ground clearance. 

The outdoor Ride & Drive Friday-Sunday will feature more than 60 vehicles from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC Trucks; Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and RAM; Ford, Kia, Mazda and Toyota to choose from for test drives through the streets of downtown Dallas.

“Ride & Drives have become extremely popular with consumers as well as excellent marketing opportunities for manufacturers over the years, and the DFW Auto Show is the ideal venue for this type of event, “Herring said.

This year, the DFW Auto Show is proud to once again be joining forces with the North Texas Food Bank  (NTFB) for yet another “Fuel Up North Texas” event. Not only will DFW Auto Show attendees receive $1 off a $12 admission for one donated canned good, but the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association (DFW NCDA) dealer members are being challenged to collect food from their employees, families and customers. According to the NTFB, items that are especially needed include: peanut butter, canned tuna or chicken, canned or dried beans, low sodium soups, stew, chili and canned vegetables. 

“Three years ago, the Show donated 4,824 pounds of food to the North Texas Food Bank. This year, the $1 off a regular admission price of $12 will be offered to attendees all five days of the Show, so we have every reason to believe that we will surpass 2012’s contribution,” said Lee Chapman, president of the DFW NCDA.

“Hunger is a reality for one out of five people in Dallas County, so we are grateful that the DFW Auto Show has committed to help us Drive Out Hunger. We look forward to seeing the NTFB truck filled with nutritious food for hungry children, families, and seniors thanks to the show’s attendees,” said Jan Pruitt, president and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank.

Additional exhibits and displays to round out a full entertainment experience at the Show include: approximately 100 classic vehicles from Corvette Classics, Dallas Classic Chevys, Lone Star Corvette Club, North Texas Mustang Club, Pack Automotive Museum and Z Club: an Aftermarket Area with an array of products and services; and first time exhibitor Southwest Heritage Racing Association, which will feature classic dragsters.

And because the DFW Auto Show is billed as a “family event”, “Kids’ Zone” Powered by Kidventure will return Friday evening through Sunday. The area, which will once again be sponsored by the Classic Family of Dealerships, will feature a 24-foot inflatable duel slide, a Monster Truck Bounce House, Adrenaline rush Obstacle Course, a Grand Prix for kiddos 5 years old and under and an Art Center Station.

Hours of the show are: 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 25 and 26; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 29. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for senior citizens 65 and older and children ages 6-12, and children 5 and under are admitted free. $1 discount coupons are available at participating franchised new car dealerships. For more information, and to purchase tickets online, visit DFWAutoShow.com.

 

2014 DFW Auto Show Gate Tops 400,000

2014 DFW Auto Show Gate Tops 400,000

DFW Auto Show officials are very happy. Because after 10 years, attendance for the five-day event finally climbed into the elusive 400,000s again!

“The last time the gate reached 400,000 was in 2004. This year we hit 406,924, which was a five percent increase over 2013’s attendance,” said Lee J Chapman, president of the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association. “We had terrific coverage from TV, radio, print and social media, all of which promoted the strong lineup of vehicles we had at the Show. I think a lot of consumers were enticed by the Texas unveiling of the Italian super car Pagani and the world debut of the Ford Expedition. The manufacturers really hit it out of the ballpark with the vehicles they brought to the Show this year, and consumers responded by coming out in droves!”

Included in the more than 700 vehicles on display at the Dallas Convention Center were a variety of “all-new” 2104 models as well as close to 20 2015s. Featured on the list of all-new 2014s were : Acura RLX Sport Hybrid; Aston Martin Vanquish Volante; Bentley Flying Spur; BMW 228i Coupe and 435i Convertible; Cadillac ELR; Chevrolet Stingray Coupe and Convertible; Jeep Grand Cherokee; Land Rover Range Rover Sport; Lexus IS250F Sport; Maserati Ghibli; MINI Hardtop; Mitsubishi Outlander; Nissan Rogue; Rolls-Royce Wraith; Volkswagen GTI; and Volvo V60 Wagon. The list of 2015s included: Audi A3 sedan; Cadillac Escalade; Chevrolet Colorado, Silverado, Silverado HD and Tahoe; Ford F-150, Mustang and Super Duty; GMC Canyon, Sierra HD and Yukon; Lincoln MKC; Porsche Macan; and Subaru WRX STI Launch Edition.

“The DFW Auto Show also applauds the efforts of our local dealers who worked with the manufacturers in securing the vehicles that were brought to the Show. And we believe the Show’s success this year can be attributed to everyone working together to bring an entertaining and informative event to consumers,” Chapman said.

This year, DFW Auto Show attendees were able to experience all the capabilities of a variety of new cars, trucks and SUVS at both indoor and outdoor Ride & Drive events. At the inaugural indoor RAM Trucks Ride & Drive, professional drivers steered participants through an interactive adventure zone in a 2014 RAM 1500. The track also featured a 13-foot high, 30-yard long, 30-degree iconic RAM Mountain, as well as a 12 x 25-foot section of terrain simulating fallen logs that highlighted the vehicle’s ground clearance.

Outside, more than 30 vehicles were offered for test drives through the streets of downtown Dallas by Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, RAM and Fiat; Chevrolet, Buick and GMC; Cadillac; Kia; Ford; and Mazda.

“The RAM Trucks Ride & Drive was a fantastic anchor to the Show’s floor plan this year. We had a lot of positive feedback from consumers who participated in this event as well as the outdoor Ride & Drive. These events are a great way for manufacturers to showcase the innovative technologies of their vehicles, and, each year, more and more consumers respond to the opportunity to do some extensive vehicle-buying research,” Chapman said.

The 2014 DFW Auto Show also featured a 30,000 square foot shopping experience at the Aftermarket Hall with a variety of products and services for everyone including automotive insurance, leather cleaner, chamois, garage flooring and cabinetry, hitches and die cast cars. In addition, there were demonstrations by Car Wrap City and Traxxas, the ultimate in remote control cars.

Additional highlights of the Show included: The “Kids’ Fun Zone” Powered by Kidventure and sponsored by the Classic Family of Dealerships, which featured a variety of activities and inflatables for children of all ages; and a Community Service that promoted the Boys & Girls Club of Collin County; the Girl Scouts; Texas Adopt a Greyhound Society; and Texas Auto Burglary & Theft Prevention.

The DFW Auto Show also was pleased to present 13 vehicles from the Pack Automotive Museum. “We were very honored to be able to showcase just a few vehicles from Sam Pack’s amazing private collection,” Chapman said. “This display was truly a hit at the Show this year.”