This Blog Post is sponsored by SheBuysCars, Mazda (#DFWAutoMazda), Toyota (#DFWAutoToyota), and Kia (#DFWAutoKia).
I was invited to attend the premiere gala for the DFW Auto Show by SheBuysCars. I was very excited and a little nervous about what to expect. I like cars, but I am no car expert and I generally like what I like. So, this event was going to be very interesting.
The gala consisted of live music, great food, unlimited drinks with an open bar, and the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the auto show. Once inside, it was like being at my own personal auto show. Our next day “Media Day” was full of press conferences until lunch, a Texas inspired selection of delectables, followed by the Ride & Drive opportunity to test drive your choice of Toyota, Mazda, and Kia brand cars. I drove the Toyota Prius, Kia K900, and the Mazda 3. All of the cars were very nice and had all of the amenities I look for in a car.
Steve Curtis, vice president, of Corporate Communications with Toyota Motor North America introduced the new 2016 Toyota 4Runner. Mr. Curtis also spoke about the recent relocation of the Toyota Headquarters to Plano, Texas and future community involvement.
Jesse Billauer founder of Life Rolls On stole the show along with the Ford Explorer at the Ford press conference. Jesse was paralyzed during a surfing accident and later adapted a surf board so he could continue doing what he loved. For me, I really connected with Jesse and his work with special needs children. His foundation along with LRO volunteers host surf and skate events for young people affected by spinal cord injuries. This opportunity shows kids that you can do whatever you want no matter the circumstances. Just because you are in a wheelchair does not mean you cannot surf or skateboard or follow your passion.
The Ford Explorer I am referring to is the BraunAbility MXV. This wheelchair accessible SUV is how Jesse rolls and I don’t blame him. Minivans are not for everyone. But with this SUV, it can be custom made for up to two wheelchairs, the door slides apart, the ramp glides out, and the front seats can be removed to allow for the person in the wheelchair to drive or ride in the passenger position. If you would like more information about Jesse and his foundation Life Rolls On go to www.liferollson.org.
The new Signature Mazda CX-9 was a show stopper. That new Machine Gray Metallic color looks like someone just poured it on and the Auburn-colored Nappa leather interior just sets it off. It will fit 7 comfortably and now you do not have to take out that car seat to access the third row. This crossover SUV is luxury and will definitely compete with the other luxury brands. *The 2016 Mazda CX-9 is not on sale at this time and is expected to go on sale in late-spring 2016.
The Rezvani BEAST was on full display at the Auto Show. Who can resist 0-60 in 2.7 seconds, a slight 1600 pounds, and a cost of $159,000? Plus, it is all American made! Be ready though, there are no doors to open, you have to climb in race car style. If you want to ride around town like Chris “Breezy” Brown, go ahead and place your order. You will definitely get the looks that come with having a fast car. When you get it you can come by and pick me up for a ride, but you will have to help me get in and out! 🙂
I had to take pictures of some of my favorites to go along with this post.
I hope you have enjoyed my take on the 2016 DFW Auto Show. I enjoyed myself, made some new blogger friends, met some great people, and had fun looking at all of the new cars. Technology really is something! You better watch out because you will be riding and not driving pretty soon!
*The 2016 DFW Auto Show is open Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for senior citizens 65 and older and children ages 6-12, 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 DFWAutoShow.com