Photos: Highlights of The 2015 Houston Auto Show
The 2015 Corvette showcased at the Houston Auto Show--Photo by Joseph Earnest
by Joseph Earnest January 24, 2015
Newscast Media HOUSTON—The 2015 Houston Auto Show is transforming NRG Center, providing great visual displays that exhibit the latest and greatest automotive innovation. More than 500 of the newest model year import and domestic vehicles, including Texas debuts will cover 700,000 square feet of space at NRG center.
The show was open to the media only between January 17-18, then on January 21, it was flung open to the general public, and will continue until January 25.
Newscast Media was invited to capture all the eye-candy at the event as shown below in the highlights:
BMW showcases the 2014 BMW i8. The TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder comes with a motor that has 357 horses and a pricetag of $136,650. The 2015 model will be out later this year—Photo by Joseph Earnest.
The 2014 BMW i8 rear view. This ultimate driving machine does 155 miles per hour, and does 0-60 in only 3.8 seconds—Photo by Joseph Earnest.
The 2015 4.4 liter BMW X5 SUV has a Turbo V-8 engine with 575-Horsepower, and an 8-speed automatic transmission.—Photo by Joseph Earnest.
Rear view of the 2015 BMW X5.—Photo by Joseph Earnest.
BMW's X4 xDrive28i. is a variation of the X5 but rivals it pound-for-pound in terms of performance, comfort and safety.—Photo by Joseph Earnest.
Just as nothing needs to be added to gold to make it more beautiful, the products of Mercedes Benz speak for themselves. While BMW is manufactured in Bavaria, Germany, its rival-city Stuttgart has produced one of the most admired and enduring luxury vehicles amongst motorists. The Houston Auto Show showcased the entire Mercedes family including the C-Class, E-Class, M-Class, S-Class and the G-Class. —Photo by Joseph Earnest.
The CLA brings an international sensation to life with nothing lost in translation. While the CLA 250 comes with an engine that has 208 horses, the CLA 25's engine has 355 HP. They start at $31,500 and $48,500 respectively.—Photo by Joseph Earnest.
The Mercedes GLA is the smaller version of the G-Class family that sits five people and debuted a year ago.—Photo by Joseph Earnest.
The 2015 GL450 is a 7-speed automatic transmission SUV with 362 horses and 369 pound-ft Torque. It is equipped with the 4MATIC permanent all wheel drive.—Photo by Joseph Earnest.
Front view of the GL Mercedes SUV which retails at $60,000 and gives the driver 22 miles per gallon on the freeway and 19 MPG in the city.—Photo by Joseph Earnest.
Side view of the 2015 GLK 350 Mercedes retailing at $37,900. It consumes 4.8 gallons of gasoline every 100 miles. On the freeway this baby gives the driver 25 miles per gallon while in the city 21 MPG. The GLK comes with a 302 HP engine, and a 7-speed automatic transmission. —Photo by Joseph Earnest.
Front view of the GLK 350 Mercedes.—Photo by Joseph Earnest.
Created to conquer challenges on six continents, the 36-year evolution of the G-Class keeps elevating the pinnacle of refinement. From its advanced lighting to its classic upright shape, its purposeful elegance is both unmistakable and irrefutable. You can have one for a cool $115,400.—Photo by Joseph Earnest.
Front view of the G-Class.—Photo by Joseph Earnest.
Jaguar has done it again with the Project 7 F-Type sports car. With a 5.8 liter V8 Supercharged 550 hp engine, this 8-speed has sport suspension with adaptive dynamics. The pricetag ranges from $65,000-$99,000, depending on the features included. —Photo by Joseph Earnest.
Rear view of Jaguar's F-Type. —Photo by Joseph Earnest.
Not to be outdone by Jaguar, Audi was true to its slogan "Truth in Engineering." The 2015 Audi R8 blurs the lines between art and performance with exotic styling and the handling performance to match.
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Side view of audi's R8. Starting at $115,900, the R8 comes in either V8. V10 or V10-plus engines with a 4.2 liter 430-hp engine.—Photo by Joseph Earnest
U.S. automakers certainly aren't letting foreign manufacturers dominate the auto industry as is evident with this in-your-face 2015 Chevy Camaro.—Photo by Joseph Earnest
The new 2015 Camaro underlines the iconic design that makes Camaro a modern classic. Design cues represent a laser-like commitment to style and performance, while functional, powerful and solution-driven results offer plenty of capabilities without compromising attitude.
—Photo by Joseph Earnest.
Corvette is a triumph of design and engineering. But Chevrolet didn’t stop there. With advanced technologies, a race-proven bloodline and a supercharged engine, the all-new 2015 Z06 is a world-class supercar. The 2015 Corvette Z06 features a carbon-fiber hood and, for the first time ever, a removable carbon-fiber roof panel. The use of carbon fiber strips away weight, lowering the vehicle’s center of gravity and maintaining optimal weight distribution for precise handling. —Photo by Joseph Earnest
The 2015 Cadillac XTS is a tribute to enticing comfort, spacious design, performance with a tenacious purpose and intuitive technology. It exudes the indulgent feeling of a limousine. The pricetag ranges from $44K - $73K.—Photo by Joseph Earnest
Front view of the 2015 Cadillac XTS. —Photo by Joseph Earnest
The 2015 GMC Sierra is in a class of its own. Style meets substance inside the 2015 Sierra. From the exceptional storage space in the center console, to comfort and convenience features, Sierra truly has no peer. Sierra's available in 5.3L V8 engine, 4.3L V6 and a 6.2L V8 is the most powerful engine at 420 HP. Price starts at $26, 605. —Photo by Joseph Earnest
Escalade made a late entry into the SUV market when Cadillac also introduced the SRX. While the Escalade isn't as attractive in terms of aesthetics as the Ford Explorer, this monster of an SUV is still one of the most popular on the market. Ranging from $72, 970-$97,940 this Next Generation Escalade which previously existed solely in the hearts and imagination of the world’s finest designers and artisans, comes with a 6.2L V8 paired with a smooth-shifting 8-speed transmission and 420 horses.
—Photo by Joseph Earnest
Perhaps the most beautiful grille of all American-made vehicles, this 2015 Ford Explorer made a radical redesign from its once-ugly boxy body-style to a design that is soft on the eyes and is sure to be imitated by rival automakers. The price ranges from $30,700-$43,100 depend ing on features one chooses to include.—Photo by Joseph Earnest
Chrysler oozes innovation, and the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee was designed to deliver a fuel economy of up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway and 22 in the city. With a pricetage of $29,995, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is made for epic performance on and off road.—Photo by Joseph Earnest
Dodge has moved away from a grill that lacked artistry, to a more handsome and rugged grille with the word RAM etched in the middle. Having owned a RAM before, which was this journalist's first vehicle, it boggles my mind why dodge got rid of the "Ram head" with horns in 3D, and now simply uses the image in relief. A story is told how the name "Ram Charger" was acquired. An employee reportedly asked the head of the design department, "What happens when a ram charges at you?" The employee replied, "You dodge." It was then that the name Dodge Ram was adopted.—Photo by Joseph Earnest
Side view of the 2015 Dodge Ram.—Photo by Joseph Earnest
The Jeep Wrangler has replaced General Motors' Hummer as an off-road vehicle. Why Hummer would abandon its off-road family starting with the H1 to the H3 is anyone's guess. Jeep, produced by Chrysler Corporation has several versions of the Wrangler shown above. The legendary Jeep Wrangler takes style and adventure to new heights.—Photo by Joseph Earnest
Lexus showcased its 2015 RC 350 F Sport with an engine that comes with 306 HP, and acceleration from 0-60 in 5.8 seconds at a pricetag ranging from $47,875-$49,705.—Photo by Joseph Earnest
The 2015 Lexus GX 460 truck comes with a 4.6 liter V8 engine at a pricetag of $49,085. This luxury vehicle, rather than use a key to start the engine, uses a push-button Start/Stop and comes with a backup camera and a power moonroof.—Photo by Joseph Earnest
The new 911 Carrera GTS. Pure, direct, precise. A cool $115,195 will get the sports enthusiast one of these, with a maximum acceleration from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and maximum power of 430 horses.
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The 2015 Porsche Cayenne. Inside and out this vehicle exudes one thing above everything else: enthusiasm. For life and for the road. Price range: $58,300 - 113,600.—Photo by Joseph Earnest
Lamborghini. Sometimes products speak for themselves.—Photo by Joseph Earnest
Side view. —Photo by Joseph Earnest
If you are child of the 80s, you might remember the movie The Italian Job that made the Mini famous. An offshoot of the Mini Cooper, the Mini Hardtop has made a big comeback particularly for city dwellers who are keen about maximizing or should I say minimizing (no pun intended) parking space.
—Photo by Joseph Earnest
Cockpit of the Mini Hardtop.—Photo by Joseph Earnest
2015 Aston Martin starting at $314,395. Need I say more?—Photo by Joseph Earnest
A car show would be incomplete without Batman and his Batmobile. —Photo by Joseph Earnest
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