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Our Austin-based contributor, Alan Pease, will be attending the Houston Auto Show’s media preview this week. Prior to his reporting, we offer this preview, provided by the show’s organizers.

The 34th Houston Auto Show – presented by the Houston Chronicle – kicks off this coming Wednesday, April 5th at 12 noon. Billed as the largest auto show of the south, the Houston Auto Show is produced by the Houston Automobile Dealers Association.

As always, the Houston Auto Show is promising to keep the cars the stars. The Houston Auto Show this year welcomes nearly 800 vehicles within the 800,000 square feet of NRG Center.

The following brand new 2017 vehicles will also be at the show.
Alfa Giulia
Buick Encore & Envision
Chevrolet Bold EV
Fiat 124 Spider
Genesis G80 and G90
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
Kia Stinger GT and Niro
Mazda CX-5 & MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback)
Mercedes Benz G63
Nissan Rogue Sport
Porsche Panamera 4S
RAM Power Wagon

Plus, the 2017 show includes a reconfigured RAM Ride & Drive Experience, new aftermarket vendors, and additional entertainment elements including live music throughout the weekend. And on the other end of the automotive spectrum, McLaren Houston will debut an all-new McLaren model on Friday.

Test Drives Available
The Houston Auto Show provides you with the opportunity to test drive more than 70 vehicles in one place. This is your chance to evaluate the latest models from major car manufacturers in a no-pressure, no-hassle environment (while driving at ridiculously low speeds – ed.)

Classic Cars
What’s an auto show without classic cars? Admire the beauty of the past scattered within the offerings of today at the Houston Auto Show. More than 50 classic cars will be on display in the NRG Center lobby and on the show floor.

Aftermarket Expo 2017
Your favorite Aftermarket Expo specialists will be there with their hottest new builds, along with new, exciting companies joining them with everything from the extreme to the ultra-luxury to the off-road. Innovative companies that convert the mundane into the magnificent(!), along with the latest technologies in car wraps, lift kits, tires and rims will be on display.

Live Music Friday through Sunday.
The 2017 Houston Auto Show is partnering with Lone Star Beer to bring you live music Friday through Sunday. Guests will hear the sounds of Strange Days, Vinyl Ranch, The Navigators and Soul Creatures throughout the weekend.

Mecum Auto Auctions
In addition to the Houston Auto Show, Mecum Auto Auctions (Apr 6-8) is this same weekend, and the same location, NRG Center. Mecum will offer 1000 plus cars at auction over 3 days (For more information and to buy tickets go to

Houston Auto Show pricing:
$12 for adults
$5 for kids 6-12 yrs old
Free for kids under 6
NRG: $12 for parking.
SPECIAL NOTE: On Thursday, April 6, veterans and active military with a valid military I.D. can attend the Houston Auto Show for just $1.

Wednesday – Friday 12 noon – 9.30pm
Saturday 10am – 9.30pm
Sunday 10am – 7pm
For more information and to buy tickets go to
Additional discount coupons can be found online.

Also, check out our video from last year’s Houston Auto Show!

Alan Pease

Alan Pease is our Central Texas correspondent, covering city, county and state government, as well as all that's taking place at the Circuit of the Americas. Alan is a long time automotive and motorcycle industry professional, and covered the approval, development and opening of the Circuit of the Americas for Autoweek magazine. Prior to writing for Autoweek and txGarage Alan designed and executed over 350 individual press introductions, drive routes, and ride-and-drive events for BMW cars, BMW Motorcycles, MINI Cooper, Aston Martin, Jaguar Cars, and several General Motors divisions. Press introductions took him across the entire United States (including Alaska), as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. Alan also raced in the Inaugural Iron Butt Rallye, riding as a Factory Rider for BMW Motorcycles. He finished the 10 day, 10,000 mile solo rider race tied for 1st place. He lives in Austin, Texas, and can be reached by email at .

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