MARCH 2020 • VOLUME 26 • ISSUE 1

Dallas Auto Show Provides Consumers with Full Experiential Event

Dallas Auto Show 2020Genesis GV80

The 2020 Dallas Auto Show is kicking off a brand-new decade with a host of redesigns of some of the manufacturer’s most popular models as well as a sneak peak of what is coming for 2021. The auto extravaganza will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center March 18-22.

“Our motto is ‘Shop, Compare and Drive’. And there certainly is no better place in North Texas during the month of March to do just that,” said Don Herring, Jr., 2020 Dallas Auto Show chairman. “This year’s event will feature hundreds of cars, trucks, SUVs and even EVs that are garnering a lot of media attention these days. Product specialists will be on hand to help serious car shoppers find the perfect fit for their families, and the outdoor Ride & Drive event will assist in that decision-making process.”

The 2020 Genesis GV80 will be making its Texas debut at the Dallas Auto Show, with the 2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible making its Texas Auto Show debut. Additional 2021 models headlining the event include: Chevrolet Tahoe and Trailblazer; Ford Mustang Mach-E; GMC Yukon Denali; Kia Seltos; Toyota RAV4 Prime, Trail Edition 4Runner, Trail Edition Tacoma and Trail Edition Tundra; and Volkswagen Atlas Facelift. There also will be a strong showing of a variety of all-new 2020s, including: Buick Encore GX; Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury, CT4 V Series and CT5 V Series; Chevrolet Corvette; Ford Escape, Explorer and GT500; Genesis GV80, Hyundai Palisade, Sonata and Venue; Kia Telluride, Soul and Sportage; Lincoln Aviator and Corsair; Nissan Sentra and Titan; Subaru Legacy and Outback; and Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

“We are particularly excited this year to see what the manufacturers have in store for consumers this year and into 2021. North Texans love their cars and trucks, so the Dallas Auto Show is a great platform to showcase these impressive vehicles,” said Jim Hardick, chairman of the North Texas Automobile Dealers.

Chevrolet, FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram), Ford, Honda and Toyota will invite auto show attendees to test drive some of their newest cars and trucks at the Ride & Drive event, sponsored by Cumulus Radio Dallas. “Ride and Drives just enhance the overall auto show experience, and they are more than just a ‘spin around the block’ these days,” Herring said. “Technology on vehicles is reaching a whole other level, so actually testing some of these new innovations can be especially valuable to consumers who may still be uncertain as which vehicle they want to buy.”

The CBS 11 Classic Car Corral will return to the 2020 Dallas Auto Show. Visitors will witness beautiful examples of automotive history, power and innovation on full display. “From Mustangs to Mercurys and Corvettes to Camaros, the CBS 11 Classic Car Corral will not disappoint car enthusiasts,” said David Hershey, VP of creative services for CBS 11. Visitors also will be invited to stop by the CBS 11 tent to vote in the “People's Choice Award” competition.

Hours of the show are: 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 18; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 19, 20 and 21; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 22. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for senior citizens 65 and older and children ages 6-12, $10 for military with ID, 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 discounted tickets online, visit DallasAutoShow.com.

Dallas Auto Show 20202021 Lexus LC500 Convertible
Dallas Auto Show 20202021 Ford Mach-E
Dallas Auto Show 20202021 Chevrolet Tahoe
Dallas Auto Show 20202021 Kia Seltos
Dallas Auto Show 20202021 Toyota RAV4
Dallas Auto Show 20202021 Volkswagen Atlas
Dallas Auto Show 20202020 Cadillac CT5 V
Dallas Auto Show 20202020 Lincoln Aviator
Dallas Auto Show 20202020 Nissan Titan
Dallas Auto Show 20202020 Subaru Legacy


15 Schools Set to Participate in Auto Tech Competition

Dallas Auto Show 2020Students will be tasked with interpreting, diagnosing and repairing a number of “bugs” on their vehicles.
Dallas Auto Show 2020Phase 1 will feature eight Workstations designed to test the capabilities of the students

Fifteen schools have been matched with NTXAD dealer mentors for the 2020 Dallas Auto Show Auto Tech Competition, which will be held on Saturday, March 21 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

The teams, comprised of two high school seniors each, were selected to participate in the competition based on their scores from preliminary ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) tests in Maintenance & Light repair, Steering & Suspension, Brakes and Electrical. The finalists were then partnered with NTXAD new-car franchised dealerships to help them train for the competition. The Auto Tech Competition will begin at 7 am on Saturday, March 21 with breakfast, sponsored by Sewell Automotive Companies. Phase 1, which will feature eight workstations designed to test the capabilities of the students., will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m. These workstations include: Precision Measuring, Safety & Environmental, Technical Information Retrieval, Electrical, Interview, Fastener Station, STEM and Future Opportunities (no points will be given at this station). Phase II, On Vehicle Inspection & Repair, will be held following lunch, sponsored by Dallas Area Audi Dealers.

“Each two-student team will have an allotted amount of time in which to interpret, diagnose and repair a number of pre-assigned problems on the vehicle, based on the repair order for that vehicle. Each correctly repaired ‘bug’ will be worth a set number of points depending on the level of difficulty,” explained George Arrants, vice president for ASE.

Scores combined from Phase I and Phase II will determine the winners. In addition, the student with the top score from each Workstation will be recognized. An Awards Ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the Competition The prize for each student on the first-place team is a financial award to support post-secondary automotive technology education at one of the three DCCCD programs (Brookhaven, Cedar Valley or Eastfield College), Collin College or Tarrant County College. This award is being generously provided by The Carroll Shelby Foundation.

In addition, Snap-on will donate prizes to each first-place team student (Automotive Tool Set with Tool Storage valued at $3,000), each second-place team student (Automotive Tool Set with Tool Storage valued at $2,000) and each third-place team student (Power Tools Kit valued at $1,000).

The Team Instructor at each of the 15 schools participating in the Competition will each receive a complimentary Registration to the ASE Conference in Frisco, Texas, in 2020. Value: $500.

“Dealers need students, and students need dealers. This is a great opportunity for high school auto tech programs to showcase their students’ skills and to partner with dealerships to form long lasting relationships,” said Jim Hardick, NTXAD chairman.

2020 Dallas Auto Show Auto Tech Competition Participating Schools
and Dealership Mentors

 Corsicana High School  Stewart Toyota
 Creekview High School  Lonestar Toyota of Lewisville
 Dubiski Career High School  Sewell Cadillac Grapevine
 HEB Buinger CTE Academy  Classic Chevrolet
 James A. Ratteree Career
 Development Center
 Toyota of Irving
 Plano East Senior High School  Five Star Ford Dallas
 Plano Senior High School  Ewing Subaru of Plano
 Richardson High School  Courtesy Nissan
 R.L. Turner High School  Five Star Ford Carrollton
 South Garland High School  Trophy Nissan
 Terrell High School  Platinum Chevrolet
 Waxahachie High School  Waxahachie Autoplex
 WH Adamson High School  Audi Dallas
 Wilmer-Hutchins High School  Don Herring Mitsubishi South


Dallas Auto Show VIP First Look Celebrates Service

The Dallas Auto Show VIP First Look will Celebrate Service on Tuesday, March 17. The event will be held in Upper F Lobby at the Dallas Convention from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests will be treated to hors d’eouvres and cocktails, as well as coffee and dessert. Guests also will enjoy a VIP viewing of the 2020 Dallas Auto Show.

The Dallas Auto Show would like to thank the VIP First Look sponsors:

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019


Show Provides Exhibitor Credential Pickup Information

During the five-day run of the 2020 Dallas Auto Show, March 18-22, there will be designated days and hours for exhibitor credential pick-up.
Please note the following:

Please note that the Exhibitor Credentials Service Desk will be located inside the Show Office in D220 of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
The desk will be open during the following hours:

If you have any questions regarding exhibitor credential distribution,
please call the NTXAD office at (214) 637-0531.