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‘Tis the Season: The DFW Auto Show Fort Worth Revs Up Cowtown


‘Tis the Season: The DFW Auto Show Fort Worth Revs Up Cowtown

Last week the New York Times’ Wheels Section speculated on the decline – if not actual death – of the traditional auto show. The reporting was from Paris, despite the Los Angeles Auto Show taking place – presumably – as the Times article was written. At txGarage we believe the auto show still has plenty of life. For more years than I can count we’ll still be driving, and if you enjoy filling your car or truck with gas you’ll do that long after Chelsea Clinton is elected president. And if you see it as we see it, take in all that is the new car market at the Fort Worth Auto Show, beginning – as you’ll see below – on Thursday, December 6th. With the industry pushing new product on top of end-of-the-year deals, it’s a good time to replace that saddle with a new one. – Ed.

The DFW Auto Show Fort Worth, sponsored by the Star-Telegram, has been a Tarrant County institution for more than six decades. And for a few years now, it has been a “must do” activity during the holiday season. The Show will return to the Fort Worth Convention Center Dec. 6-9.

“Downtown Fort Worth is always busy year-round, but the excitement level is really amped up during December! The DFW Auto Show Fort Worth not only offers a high level of entertainment value, but it gives consumers in the market for a new vehicle the opportunity to see what the manufacturers have in store for 2019,” said Jim Hardick, 2018 DFW Auto Show Fort Worth chairman.

The impressive line-up will feature a variety of all-new or redesigned 2019s including: BMW X4 and X5; Chevrolet Blazer and Silverado; Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid; Ford Edge and Ranger; GMC Sierra; Hyundai Santa Fe; Infiniti QX50; Jaguar i-Pace; Kia Forte; Lexus ES and UX; Lincoln Nautilus; Mercedes-Benz C-Class; Nissan Altima; Porsche Cayenne; Ram 1500; Subaru Ascent and Forester; Volkswagen Jetta; and Volvo S60 and XC40.

This year’s outdoor Ride & Drive Event, sponsored by CBS 11, will be bigger and better than ever, according to Hardick. Chevrolet, Ford, Ford Ranger, Honda and Toyota will feature more than 30 models ranging from hybrids and compacts to SUVs and pick-ups. A course has been mapped out through the streets of downtown Fort Worth so that consumers can get a feel for how the vehicles perform, while product specialists demonstrate all the bells and whistles.

“Ride and Drives are a terrific enhancement to Auto Shows. They offer a complete experience for consumers who are serious car shoppers,” Hardick added.

Participants must be 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. For a full schedule, visit

CBS 11 returns with the Classic Car Corral for the third consecutive year. According to David Hershey, organizer of the Classic Car Corral and vice president of Creative Services for CBS11/TXA21, the Classic Car Corral will feature examples of some of the finest vehicles ever manufactured, representing the very best of automotive ingenuity throughout the years. Nearly every decade will be on display, and auto show guests will be able to vote for their favorite vehicle as part of the People’s Choice Award.

“The entire DFW Auto Show Fort Worth really is a celebration of the auto industry. Visitors can see what inspired manufacturers decades ago at the Classic Car Corral and then visit the manufacturers’ exhibits to see the technological advances that have been made over the years,” Hardick said.

Show Hours are 1 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and 7; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. 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 contributor to outlets such as, Kelley Blue Book and Autoblog, brings to his laptop some forty years of experience in automotive retail, journalism and public relations. He is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, Chicago's Midwest Automotive Media Association and L.A.'s Motor Press Guild. David is the Managing Editor of txGarage and the automotive contributor to Dallas' Katy Trail Weekly.

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