2017 Houston Auto Show kicks off Wednesday

HOUSTON – The 34th Houston Auto Show is the largest auto show in the south, and the only place where you can see, hear, touch and even drive cars and trucks from nearly 40 of the world's top automakers.

The show will honor veterans, welcome families and feature live music.

The Houston Auto Show features 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, McLaren, Mercedes Benz, MINI, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Toyota, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo. 

"(It is) moving to April because of the Super Bowl. (It) gave us even more time to plan additional attractions for this year's Houston Auto Show," Wyatt Wainwright, president of HADA said. "We're excited to welcome car enthusiasts, families and veterans to the only place car buyers can see, touch and drive the widest variety of vehicles without the pressure of buying today."

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The newest additions for the 2017 show include a reconfigured RAM Ride & Drive Experience, new aftermarket vendors, a family day welcoming Dora the Explorer and a military appreciation day.

In honor of Texas veterans and active military, the Houston Auto Show and Houston Automobile Dealers Association is supporting the construction and placement of the new Texas War Memorial. On Thursday, veterans and active military with a valid military I.D. will be able to enter the Houston Auto Show for $1.
Proceeds from ticket sales, up to $125,000, will go toward the Texas War Memorial. Veterans will also be honored during a special ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in the lobby of NRG Center.

On Friday, from noon to 4 p.m., the show will host an exclusive family time with special guest, Dora the Explorer. Admission into the Houston Auto Show is always free to children younger than 6. On Friday, adults with children will receive a $2 discount with a printed coupon.

Friday through Sunday, guests will hear the sounds of Strange Days, Vinyl Ranch, The Navigators and Soul Creatures.

The show will be home to nearly 800 vehicles within the 800,000 square feet of NRG Center.

The 2017 Houston Auto Show at the NRG Center is open daily, Wednesday through Sunday.  Show hours are Wednesday through Friday noon until 9:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12 and children age 6 to 12 are $5 when accompanied by an adult, kids younger than six are free.

From Wednesday to Friday, coupons for $2 off are available online and at participating Houston area new car dealerships. For more information, visit www.houstonautoshow.com.