Ever wonder what gives cars that impossibly beautiful shine at auto shows?
Lise Pibaral knows, but he’s not telling.
“It’s a secret,” Pibaral said as he polished a freshly waxed 2017 Chevrolet Malibu that will be among about 300 vehicles displayed at this weekend’s DFW Auto Show in Fort Worth.
The show, which is expected to draw thousands of spectators — everyone from true gear heads to casual drivers to those wealthy enough to spend just under $125,000 for a Porsche 911 Carrera S — starts Thursday and continues through Sunday at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
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You can go up a 13-foot mountain, and into a bank with a 30-degree tilt.
Marianne Jones, auto show spokeswoman, describing Truck Territory feature.
Pibaral, who works for a company called Professional Detailers and plies his trade at 30 to 40 car shows a year, appeared to be joking as he declined to specify what was in the spray bottle he was using on the Chevy. And yet, he didn’t crack a smile — instead returning to his practice of polishing each car beginning at the front and working around it clockwise.
Trucks and technology are the buzzwords at this year’s auto show.
With gas prices well below $2 a gallon, pickups and sport utility vehicles are selling like hotcakes, both nationwide and especially in Texas.
One new feature at this year’s show is an indoor obstacle course known as the Dodge RAM Truck Territory.
“You can go up a 13-foot mountain and into a bank with a 30-degree tilt,” said Marianne Jones, communications director for the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association, which puts on the show each year.
At the Dodge RAM Truck Territory, professional drivers can take guests for a spin, showing how the trucks perform while climbing the “mountain” made of steel, or driving around a 30-degree bank that resembles a miniature version of a turn at Texas Motor Speedway.
Payload and towing areas are also available to show attendees just how much work the trucks can do. Vehicles in the Dodge RAM Truck Territory experience include RAM 1500, RAM 1500 Rebel, RAM 2500, RAM 2500 power wagon and RAM 3500.
As far as technology goes, there will be no completely self-driving cars at the Fort Worth show, officials said. However, many automobiles will feature driver-assist features that help motorists avoid collisions, park and stay in their lane.
“Technology-driven trends are revolutionizing the industry, and what better place for consumers to learn all about these advancements than the auto show,” Jim Hardick, show chairman, said in a statement.
Some of the 2017 model vehicles that are expected to be hot attractions include:
▪ A convertible version of the 2017 Land Rover Evoque, a popular small luxury vehicle with high-riding seats that make for great sightseeing.
▪ A Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Platinum Edition, priced at $92,985, that promises a wallet-friendly 46 mph.
▪ A Jaguar F-Pace sport utility vehicle.
▪ Nearly 300 other Chevys, Fords, Nissans, Volkswagens, Audis, BMWs and many other makes will also be on display.
In addition to the indoor course, there will also be an outdoor driving area near the Fort Worth Water Gardens where visitors can take vehicles for a spin around downtown.
DFW Auto Show
Thousands of North Texans are expected to check out more than 300 2017 model vehicles.
When: 1 to 10 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St.
Cost: $11 adults; $5 seniors 65 and older, children 6-12; free for children 5 and under. Coupons for $1 discount available at participating dealerships. Cash only accepted on site.