DFW Auto Show 2015 – You know you want to

The 2015 Jeep Renegade. Photo: Sonny Bynum


Let it never be said that the auto industry doesn’t know how to put on a show. If you’re in the Dallas area this weekend, and you are in the market for a new car, an automotive enthusiast or just a fan of fun, this is your official notice that you are welcome and encouraged to go. Even from the perspective of industry insiders, this is fun, and a pretty good deal.


The 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 Texas Ranger concept truck. You should see the saddle stitching on the seats. This writer calls it a match made in heaven. Photo: Sonny Bynum


The BIG Texas auto show is pretty special, just for Lone-Star-type reasons (read: trucks), but first let’s talk about auto shows in general, for the uninitiated. Here are a couple of the things that you can get at an auto show that are hard to get anywhere else:

  • The new vehicle lineup of all participating brands (which is pretty much all of them), all in one place. Stroll around, browse at everything, sit in the driver seats, smell the new car smells – get an overview of where the car world is right now.


The 2015 Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan. You think this one is nice? You should see the Equus. After doing very well in the full-size luxury sedan market in Asia, the Equus is now available in select U.S. markets. Photo: Sonny Bynum


  • Almost zero pressure to buy. There are people working the show floor, and they will approach you to inform, and if they can, to connect you with a dealer. But mostly, they’re just really nice people trying to get through a long, working weekend. They just want you to enjoy yourself and be informed. However, they really know what they’re talking about, so ask, ask, ask your questions.


A 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata, with aftermarket, heavy duty roll bar for all of that convertible sport coupe off-roading that the kids are doing these days. Ogle at your leisure. Photo: Sonny Bynum


  • The fun stuff that the brands pull out just for the shows. The Ram Experience jumps to mind. It’s a two-part Ram initiation. The first part is an indoor obstacle course that is sort of like being a passenger is a real-world roller coaster. A bouncy and bumpy one. Quite The second part is about two dozen miniature Ram trucks for the kids to drive around in a penned environment. Downside: good luck pulling your kids out of it, once they get the hang of steering.


The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado two-door midsize truck. A serious and headline-grabbing entry as a new model in a segment that was recently dominated by the Chevy S-10. Photo: Sonny Bynum


There are concept cars, models that are still in the process of being designed (neither of which you will likely be able to do more than just see on the show floor) and flagship vehicles. Even for the jaded, it’s a lot of fun in one place, with plenty of great food and facilities to boot, and overall, a pretty cheap date.

The whole thing is going down at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Do not tarry. Go.

Website: dfwautoshow.com

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