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THE 2019 HOUSTON AUTO SHOW: PREVIEW OF A PREVIEW

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THE 2019 HOUSTON AUTO SHOW: PREVIEW OF A PREVIEW

With less than one week until the Houston Auto Show opens to the public, we take a quick look at what’s coming to Houston’s NRG Center.

BUT FIRST, A WORD (OR TWO…) FROM THE SPONSORS.

The Houston Auto Show is produced by the Houston Automobile Dealers Association, and presented by the Houston Chronicle. Featuring car makers of all types, it offers an opportunity to test drive more than 80 vehicles under one roof. “With more vehicle reveals than ever before, the 2019 Houston Auto Show is highly anticipated,” said RoShelle Salinas, Executive Vice President of the Houston Auto Dealers Association. “We’re ecstatic to open Preview Night to the public for the first time, serving as a benefit for the Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. Once again, the HADA brings Houston another spectacular Auto Show.”

THE BIG, BIG, BIG SHOW

The 36th Houston Auto Show is the largest auto show in the South, and the first place in 2019 where you can fully experience (and in some instances, drive) the latest cars,  trucks and SUVs from more than 40 automakers. The Houston Auto Show covers over 800,000 square feet of NRG Center, with the latest offerings in automotive technology.

THE PREVIEW NIGHT GALA

For the first time in thirty-six years, the exclusive Preview Night Gala will benefit Texas Children’s Hospital, and will open to the public on January 22nd at NRG Center. During Preview Night and the public days of the Auto Show, visitors will be the first in Texas to see vehicles like the long anticipated 2020 Jeep Gladiator and an all-new Ram Heavy Duty truck, along with additional high-demand vehicles. The 2019 Show will also include show staples, such as exhibits from aftermarket vendors.

Tickets to the ‘Havana Nights’ event (they are – we think – unveiling a ’52 Bel Air – ed.) are $250 a person, of which $100 of the ticket is tax deductible. Included in the ticket are fine cocktails, tasty cuisine, live music, and ceremonious vehicle reveals. Visit www.houstonautoshow.com/preview-night for more information.

VEHICLE DEBUTS

Vehicles debuting for the first time in the Houston area include the Jeep Gladiator, Ram Heavy Duty, Audi E-Tron, Toyota Corolla Hybrid, and the Toyota Prius AWD

In addition, the Ford Ranger, the Chevy Silverado and the Nissan Titan will be there, as well as luxury offerings from Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, Lotus, and Aston Martin.

MANUFACTURERS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR

With approximately 800 vehicles to choose from, consumers can learn all there is to know about every new car, without the pressure (except self-imposed pressure…) to make a new vehicle purchase. Manufacturer participants include; Acura, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Genesis, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, JEEP, Kia, Land Rover, Lamborghini, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo.

AND THERE’S FUN STUFF TO DO!

Stop by The Great Outdoors and test the off-road vehicles during CAMP JEEP. Plus discover the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator. In addition, returning this year is the RAM TEST TRACK for indoor off-roading and capability testing.

THE CLASSICS WILL BE THERE

For the automotive enthusiast, the Houston Auto Show will also exhibit more than 50 classic vehicles throughout the lobby of NRG Center and in a specialty classic sections featuring trucks from all generations.

FOOD TRUCKS!

Plus, a fun new feature is the addition of a Food Truck Parkway that will consist of five different food truck options available, Friday thru Sunday.

WHEN? WHERE? WHAT’S IT COST?

The 2018 Houston Auto Show at the NRG Center is open daily, Wednesday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 27.  Show hours are:

Wed. – Fri.      Noon – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday          10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday            10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12, and $5 for children between six and 12-years old when accompanied by an adult; kids under six are free. For more information, visit www.houstonautoshow.com

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 contactalanpease@gmail.com .

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