2016 DFW AUTO SHOW OFFERS SPRING BREAK ‘STAYCATION’ OPPORTUNITIES

The 2016 DFW Auto Show returns to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, March 16-20, for its 35th Anniversary. The event also, said Don Herring Jr., 2016 DFW Auto Show chairman, falls during Spring Break week in North Texas, which is a bonus for families looking for “staycation” opportunities. “The DFW Auto Show has always been the best place in the Metroplex for serious car shoppers to look, compare, test drive and dream,” Herring said. “With 650,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 700 new vehicles, the Show provides consumers with hours of research possibilities, including conversations with manufacturers’ product specialists.” An impressive lineup of all new or redesigned vehicles for 2016 is scheduled for the DFW Auto Show this year including; Buick Cascada; Cadillac CT6; Chevrolet Camaro, Malibu and Silverado; GMC Sierra; Honda Civic and Pilot; Hyundai Tucson; Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night and Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition; Lexus RX; Mercedes-Benz C450AMG Sport, GLC and GLE; MINI Clubman and Convertible; Mitsubishi Outlander and Lancer Final Edition; Nissan Altima, Sentra and Titan XD; Scion iM; the Texas debut of the Toyota 4Runner TForce Special Edition; and Volvo XC90 The spotlight also will be on a variety of 2017 models, including two Texas debuts – Acura NSX and Mazda CX-9. The 2017 Audi R8 will make its Texas public debut, and the 2017 Bentley Bentayga will make its Dallas public debut. Additional 2017s include: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio; Audi A4, R8 and Q7; Buick LaCrosse; Cadillac XT5; Chrysler Pacifica; Fiat 214 Spider; Ford Escape, F-150 Raptor, Focus RS, Fusion and Super Duty F-250; GMC Acadia; Honda Ridgeline; Hyundai Elantra, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport; Infiniti QX30; Jaguar F-Pace and XE; Kia Sportage; Lincoln Continental and MKZ; Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe and GLS 550; Mitsubishi Mirage; and Porsche 911. Visitors also can dream in the High End area where Pagani, Aston Martin, Bentley, McLaren, Maserati and Rolls Royce will showcase their $100,000+ vehicles. The Rezvani Beast X, a $300,000+ supercar will make its U.S. debut. This year’s DFW Auto Show will offer two Ride & Drive opportunities. Returning for the third consecutive year will be the indoor RAM Trucks Ride & Drive where professional drivers will steer participants through an interactive adventure zone in their choice of four RAM models. This event will be held all five days of the Show. The outdoor Ride & Drive, Friday-Sunday, will feature more than 60 vehicles from Acura, Buick, 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. “Our Ride & Drives continue to gain momentum every year. These events are a great way for consumers to acquaint themselves with innovative technology and safety features that the vehicles have to offer. The product specialists are very knowledgeable about their respective vehicles, so consumers are ensured the best hands-on driving experiences possible,” Herring said. Spring break activities for the whole family include the “Kids’ Zone” Powered by Kidventure and sponsored by the Classic Family of Dealerships. This year, Kids’ Zone will be on site all five days and will feature a 24-foot inflatable duel slide, a Monster Truck Bounce House, Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Course, Grand Prix for kiddos five years old and under, and an Art Center Station. On Saturday, March 19, the Easter Bunny will make an appearance from noon to 4 p.m. In addition, there will be live music and autograph signings with local sports celebrities on Saturday as well.   “We know mom and dad come to the Show to look at vehicles, but we also want the kiddos to have a fun experience at the DFW Auto Show as well. The Kids’ Zone is the perfect respite for kids of all ages, and Saturday is sure to be an exciting day, too” Herring added. 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, Evo Club, Lone Star Corvette Club, North Texas Mustang Club, Pack Automotive Museum, and Z Club; and an Aftermarket Area with an array of products and services for the home and auto. Hours of the show are: 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 16 and 17; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 20. 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.     ABOUT THE DFW NCDA The Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association (DFW NCDA) is a trade association that is comprised of approximately 200 franchised new car dealerships in 11 North Texas counties that represent more than $10 billion in new and used car sales annually. The DFW NCDA serves both dealers and consumers through legislative issues, education and training, and community relations, with an emphasis on building a strong future for its dealer members and a rewarding shopping experience for their customers. The DFW Auto Show at the Dallas Convention Center and the DFW Auto Show in Fort Worth are two of the nation’s premier auto shows that are developed, presented and showcased by the DFW NCDA. Visit www.dfwncda.com for more information.

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