Houston Auto Show 2018 Celebrates 35 Years

Updated on July 27, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

KIA Stinger on display
KIA Stinger on display | Source

Houston Auto Show 2018

The Houston Auto Show 2018 was terrific! They began exhibiting vehicles to Houstonians back in 1983 at the Astro Hall, which is now called the NRG Center. It has grown over the years and offers people a chance to see vehicles of all different types and prices. One can also test drive cars at that location. The one pictured above is a KIA Stinger, which was on a turntable inside of the NRG Center.

My husband and I decided to attend the Houston Auto Show to see some new model cars and have some fun at this annual event. Instead of going from one dealership to another, this was an opportunity to see more than 700 vehicles in one place and do some comparison shopping.

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Parking outside NRG Center Outside NRG CenterSubaru Test Driving area outside the NRG Center with Astrodome & NRG Stadium in backgroundEntrance Hall inside NRG Center1932 Pierce Arrow on display in the entrance hall of NRG Center
Parking outside NRG Center
Parking outside NRG Center | Source
Outside NRG Center
Outside NRG Center | Source
Subaru Test Driving area outside the NRG Center with Astrodome & NRG Stadium in background
Subaru Test Driving area outside the NRG Center with Astrodome & NRG Stadium in background | Source
Entrance Hall inside NRG Center
Entrance Hall inside NRG Center | Source
1932 Pierce Arrow on display in the entrance hall of NRG Center
1932 Pierce Arrow on display in the entrance hall of NRG Center | Source

NRG Center

There were numerous vintage autos on display in the lobby as well as inside the 700,000+ square foot showroom of the NRG Center. My husband likes looking at older vintages as well as new ones. We have attended some car shows like the annual one at Towne Lake in Cypress to look at well preserved older vehicles.

January 24th to the 28th were the dates for the 2018 auto show. We knew enough to wear comfortable shoes because there would be lots of walking entailed in viewing this massive show. After we exited the car show, we walked around the Astrodome, where we spotted, and I got to photograph some beautiful western sculptures. So we accumulated many miles of walking that day!

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Classic Cars on display at Houston Auto Show2018 Ford Mustang Inside the NRG CenterPORSCHE vehicles on display
Classic Cars on display at Houston Auto Show
Classic Cars on display at Houston Auto Show | Source
2018 Ford Mustang
2018 Ford Mustang | Source
Inside the NRG Center
Inside the NRG Center | Source
PORSCHE vehicles on display
PORSCHE vehicles on display

Many Automakers Participate

Forty of the world's automakers participated in this show. Some of them included the following manufacturers: Volvo, Acura, Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo, Subaru, Aston Martin, Toyota, Audi, Ram, BMW, Porsche, Buick, Nissan, Chevrolet, MINI, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Dodge, McLaren, Fiat, Maserati, Ford, Mazda, Genesis, Lotus, GMC, Lincoln, Honda, Lexus, Hyundai, Lamborghini, Infiniti, Land Rover, Jaguar, JEEP and Kia.

There was plenty of eye candy at this car show! The 2003 Aston Martin is collector owned with only 1,356 miles on it. It was #50 of 99 built for the U.S. market according to a sign posted by this beauty. For those who like cars, much like James Bond was known to drive, new ones were on display and could be purchased like the one pictured below for $203,950.00.

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2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 ZAGATOROADSTER2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 ZAGATOROADSTERAston Martin suggested retail price of $203,950.00
2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 ZAGATOROADSTER
2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 ZAGATOROADSTER | Source
2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 ZAGATOROADSTER
2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 ZAGATOROADSTER | Source
Aston Martin suggested retail price of $203,950.00
Aston Martin suggested retail price of $203,950.00 | Source

Houston Auto Show Camp Jeep

Camp Jeep was a fun exhibition to watch. The video below shows what it was like to take a ride through this obstacle course while inside one of their Jeep vehicles.

Camp Jeep was also one of many places in which one could sign up to win a car. My husband and I signed up to possibly win one of 3 different vehicles while attending this year's Houston Auto show. People could also sign up to hopefully gain some Astros tickets. Did we win? No, but it was fun to dream of winning!

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Camp Jeep inside the NRG CenterCamp JeepCamp JeepCamp Jeep
Camp Jeep inside the NRG Center
Camp Jeep inside the NRG Center | Source
Camp Jeep
Camp Jeep | Source
Camp Jeep
Camp Jeep | Source
Camp Jeep
Camp Jeep | Source

Astros Participate in Auto Show

January 26th, 2018 at the Honda exhibit, George Springer, who is a Houston Astros outfielder and the 2017 World Series Most Valuable Player, was there from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to sign autographs. Many of our Astros are continuing to do that in various places around town. Houston Astros fans continue to form long lines in anticipation of getting those autographs and getting to meet our ballplayers in person.

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Inside the NRG Center attending the auto showMuch to do and see at the auto showModel vehicles for sale at the auto show
Inside the NRG Center attending the auto show
Inside the NRG Center attending the auto show | Source
Much to do and see at the auto show
Much to do and see at the auto show | Source
Model vehicles for sale at the auto show
Model vehicles for sale at the auto show | Source

Star Wars

People were lining up to take photos next to this Star Wars figure. This Nissan Titan AT-M6 was outfitted to appear as the truck with a powerful cannon as it appeared in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

At times the truck would seem to shudder, and groaning type sounds would emanate from it. You can see some of that in the video below.

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Star Wars exhibit at the Houston Auto ShowStar Wars vehicleStar Wars exhibit
Star Wars exhibit at the Houston Auto Show
Star Wars exhibit at the Houston Auto Show | Source
Star Wars vehicle
Star Wars vehicle | Source
Star Wars exhibit
Star Wars exhibit | Source

Comparing the Autos

It was fun to get to check prices and to sit in many of these vehicles, checking them out for comfort. Numerous people were taking advantage of doing some test driving on site. Dealers were even offering incentives for people to do that.

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Inside the NRG Center for the Houston Auto ShowMap of inside NRG Center for 2018 Houston Auto ShowInside the NRG Center
Inside the NRG Center for the Houston Auto Show
Inside the NRG Center for the Houston Auto Show | Source
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Map of inside NRG Center for 2018 Houston Auto Show
Map of inside NRG Center for 2018 Houston Auto Show | Source
Inside the NRG Center
Inside the NRG Center | Source

Spending Time There

There were plenty of chairs and tables where people could relax and even eat and drink. Numerous food vendors were on site.

The show was open for 9 1/2 hours on Wednesday through Friday and even several hours longer on the weekend. With everything going on both inside and outside, visitors could easily spend quite a bit of time there if desired.

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Sign: New Evora 400 with 400 Horse Power And here was the new Evora 400 with 400 Horse Power
Sign: New Evora 400 with 400 Horse Power
Sign: New Evora 400 with 400 Horse Power | Source
And here was the new Evora 400 with 400 Horse Power
And here was the new Evora 400 with 400 Horse Power | Source

Annual Event

Attending the 2018 Houston Auto Show was an eye-opening event and so much fun. If you did not get there to see it for yourself, hopefully, my photos and the videos gave you some idea of what it was like to attend this event. You can always plan to participate next year!

The address of NRG Center is 1 NRG Pkwy., Houston, Texas 77054.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Many people appear to enjoy these types of shows, whether they are interested in purchasing a new vehicle or not.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      I like looking at vintage models and concept cars. This may be a good place to spend a few hours when they decide to schedule it again.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      They also hold boat shows at least once annually in the NRG Center. We have not gone to one of those since we have no interest in owning a boat.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      It did take quite some time to wander through the place. Those that took cars out for test drives would have spent even more time there. It is good that they had some food, tables at which to sit, and restrooms.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      I agree that it is a convenience to see all types of cars grouped instead of going from one dealership to another when looking for a vehicle. They do similar things here for boat shows.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      3 months ago

      Probably, it's one of those things I never got around to doing. I went to a boat show once, many years ago.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      This looks like a great event. It's unusual to be able to compare so many cars in one place. It must have taken some time to take it all in.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      It would be nice to compare the cars together instead of going from one dealership to the other. I drive a Honda CRV and I love it. I think the auto dealers around here are too competitive to share space.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      With your love of aircraft, I would think that you would also enjoy auto shows since both are mechanical wonders of engineering.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      3 months ago

      An auto show seems a fun place to visit. Oddly, I never got around to attending one. Thanks for posting.

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