Houston Auto Show starts today

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Cory Crow reminds us that the Houston Auto Show gets underway today.

I haven’t been to the show in a number of years, largely for the reasons described in Brett Clanton’s story for the Chronicle:

There will be plenty of cars and trucks to drool over this weekend at the Houston Auto Show. But there also will be a few glaring absences.

Some of the highest-profile vehicles making the rounds at auto shows this year won’t be stopping in Houston — again.

Never mind that Houston is the fourth-largest city in the nation, one of the biggest U.S. markets for new-vehicle sales or that the nine-day Houston Auto Show attracts more than half a million visitors.

With a few exceptions, automakers save their best stuff for more prominent auto shows in Detroit, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and a handful of other regional and international events.

That has been the case as long I can remember (about 11+ years living in Houston now), which is why I only make it out to the show every 4-5 years.

It’s a shame that event planners can’t convince the exhibitors that Houston is a world-class market deserving of a world-class auto show — but it’s still a fun time, especially if a person hasn’t been in a while.

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