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Cowtown to Cartown at 2016 DFW Auto Show

2016 DFW Auto Show - Fort Worth, Texas


Moovin’ On Up!
Cowtown to Cartown at 2016 DFW Auto Show

We’ll open with this: I’m not the only one thinking Dallas-Fort Worth, with three auto shows between late September (State Fair of Texas) and March (Dallas-Fort Worth Auto Show in Dallas), has two auto shows too many. In a region interconnected by only-God-herself knows how many freeways, we remain fully dependent on personal transportation, which allows me to believe people in and around Tarrant County could drive (yeah, DRIVE) to a car show in downtown Dallas. Trucks populate the State Fair, upscale luxury attempts to define the Dallas show, and Fort Worth – we’ll guess – is left with upscale pickups. The marketing dollars – if focused on but one regional show – could produce something truly buzzworthy, but a guy like Donald Trump will get elected before that happens.

As the following press release details, Fort Worth’s auto show opens this Thursday, December 1st and runs thru Sunday at the Tarrant County Convention Center . If you like new cars and trucks, it’s a must see. And if you’re shopping for a new car or truck (me), or just trying to devise a reason as to why you should put off a new car purchase (the wife), nothing will serve you better than back-to-back tire kicking followed by a visit to your dealer and a demo drive. Here, then, are most of those details.

2016 DFW Auto Show - Fort Worth, Texas

2016 DFW Auto Show to Showcase MY 2017s,
Ride & Drive Events, Classic Car Corral

It’s an exciting time in the automotive industry! The buzz continues to build about self-driving cars. And even though we may not completely be ready to turn over the wheel to computers, advancements in technology have made driving safer, easier and even more enjoyable! Beginning Dec. 1, consumers can feast their eyes on the latest and greatest from a variety of manufacturers at the 2016 DFW Auto Show in Fort Worth.

“I love the car business…Technology-driven trends are revolutionizing the industry, and what better place for consumers to learn all about these advancements than the Auto Show.” – Jim Hardick (show chairman)

An impressive lineup of all-new 2017 vehicles is scheduled to appear at this year’s DFW Auto Show in Fort Worth including: Audi A4 and Q7; Cadillac XT5; Chevrolet Bolt EV and Cruze RS Hatchback; Chrysler Pacifica; Honda Civic 5-door and Ridgeline; Hyundai Elantra and Santa Fe; Jaguar F-Pace and XE; Kia Cadenza and Niro; Land Rover Evoque Convertible and Discovery Sport; Lincoln Continental; Mazda3 and Mazda MX-5 RF; Mercedes-Benz C43, GLC300 and S550 Cabriolet; Nissan Pathfinder and Rouge; Porsche 911 and Boxster; Subaru Impreza; Toyota 86; and Volvo S90.

For the first time ever, the RAM Truck brand is bringing the RAM Truck Territory experience, 30,000-square-feet of unique truck-focused interactive ride experience for consumers to the show. The RAM Truck Territory experience is the ultimate in truck adventure, demonstrating the power and capabilities of the RAM Truck brand vehicle lineup. Professional drivers navigate attendees through the interactive course in a RAM 1500, RAM 1500 Rebel, RAM 2500, all-new RAM 2500 Power Wagon or RAM 3500.

Outside, Auto Show attendees can get up close and personal with a variety of vehicles from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota at the Ride & Drive event. Located at the Water Garden adjacent to the Convention Center, the driving experience is complimentary with Show admission. Product specialists will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate all the amenities and driving capabilities the vehicles have to offer.

“This is a great opportunity to see how some of the vehicles from inside the Show handle on the streets of downtown Fort Worth,” Hardick said. “Everything from compacts to sedans and SUVs to pickups will be available to test drive from these three manufacturers.” The Outdoor Ride & Drive Event will be held from 1 to 6 pm Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1 and 2; and 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4. Participants must be 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. (And – of course – be of sound mind and sober. – ed.)

This year, the DFW Auto Show in Fort Worth is pleased to present the Classic Car Corral, a four-day event that will take place in the Annex at the Fort Worth Convention Center. According to David Hershey, organizer of the Classic Car Corral and vice president of Creative Services for CBS11/TXA21, the Classic Car Corral will showcase the very best of automotive history from nearly every decade. The display also will feature a special tribute to the legendary vehicles from the No. 2 movie of 1977, “Smokey and the Bandit”.

“Visitors also will get to see a replica Kenworth 18-wheeler rig similar to the one Jerry Reed drove in the original movie; several black Trans Am replicas made famous by the ‘Bandit’, Burt Reynolds; and a 1977 Pontiac LeMans police car represented by Buford T Justice, portrayed by the late, great Jackie Gleason,” Hershey said. Also scheduled to appear are the North Texas Mustang Club display and several movie replica cars, Hershey added.

Show Hours are 1 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1 and 2; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $11 for adults, $5 for senior citizens 65 and older and children 6 to 12 years old, 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

David Boldt

Boldt, a long-time contributor to outlets such as, Kelley Blue Book and Autoblog, brings years of experience in automotive retail, journalism and public relations. He is a member of the Texas Auto Writers and L.A.'s Motor Press Guild, and serves as a board member for the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA). David is the Managing Editor at txGarage.

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