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2017 HOUSTON AUTO SHOW CONTINUES TO EXPAND

2017 HOUSTON AUTO SHOW CONTINUES TO EXPAND

April 5-9, 2017 at NRG Center

HOUSTON (March 7, 2017) – The 34th Houston Auto Show, presented by the Houston Chronicle, is the largest auto show of the south, and the only place where you can see, hear, touch, and even drive, the most heart-racing cars and trucks from nearly 40 of the world’s top automakers. 2017 has more in store than ever before, honoring veterans, welcoming families and heart pumping live music, alongside the industry’s best in automotive greatness. Additionally, Mecum Auto Auctions is the same weekend and will help turn NRG Park into a full on auto-extravaganza.

The Houston Auto Show, produced by the Houston Automobile Dealers Association and presented by the Houston Chronicle, features almost 40 car makers and offers an opportunity to test drive more than 70 vehicles all in one place. Manufacturer participants include; Acura, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Genesis, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, JEEP, Kia, Land Rover, Lamborghini, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes Benz, MINI, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Toyota, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo.

“Moving to April because of the Super Bowl, gave us even more time to plan additional attractions for this year’s Houston Auto Show,” said Wyatt Wainwright, president of HADA. “We’re excited to welcome car enthusiasts, families and veterans to the only place car buyers can see, touch and drive the widest variety of vehicles without the pressure of buying today.”

The newest additions for the 2017 show include a reconfigured RAM Ride & Drive Experience, new aftermarket vendors, and additional entertainment elements including live music throughout the weekend, presented by Lone Star Beer, a family day welcoming Dora the Explorer and a military appreciation day.

In honor of Texas veterans and active military, the Houston Auto Show and Houston Automobile Dealers Association is supporting the construction and placement of the new Texas War Memorial. OnThursday, April 6, veterans and active military with a valid military I.D. will have the privilege to enter the Houston Auto Show for just $1.Proceeds from ticket sales, up to $125,000 will go towards the Texas War Memorial. Veterans will also be honored with a special ceremony at11:30 a.m. in the lobby of NRG Center before doors open to the public.

On Friday, April 7 from noon to 4 p.m., the Houston Auto Show will host family time with special guest, Dora the Explorer. Families can discover their next vehicle or dream about the car they wish they had and treat the children to fun with their favorite cartoon character. Kids under 6 are always free into the Houston Auto Show and from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 7 adults with children will receive a $2 discount withprinted coupon.

Adding to the festive atmosphere of heart-pounding excitement brought on by new cars, the Houston Auto Show is partnering with Lone Star Beer to bring you a line-up of music Friday through Sunday. Guests will hear the sounds of Strange Days, Vinyl Ranch, The Navigators and Soul Creatures throughout the weekend.

Keeping the cars the stars, the Houston Auto Show will be home to nearly 800 vehicles within the 800,000 square feet of NRG Center. McLaren Houston will debut an all-new McLaren model Friday of the Houston Auto Show and attendees will also get a chance to admire the following brand new 2017 vehicles, plus many more:

Alfa Giulia

Buick Encore & Envision

Chevrolet Bold EV Premier

Fiat 124 Spider

Genesis G80

Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Kia Stinger

Mazda CX-5 & all new Mazda MX-5 RF

Mercedes Benz G63

Nissan Rouge

Porsche Panamera 4S

RAM Power Wagon

Fan favorite exhibitors return to the Aftermarket Expo with their hottest new builds, along with new exciting companies joining them with everything from the extreme to the ultra-luxury to the off-road. Innovative companies that convert the mundane into the magnificent will bring out fresh eye-candy and the latest technologies in car wraps, lift kits, tires and rims, and even bed-liners. Lastly, for true admirers of automation, the Houston Auto Show will also exhibit more than 50 classic vehicles throughout the lobby of NRG Center and in a specialty classic car section.

The 2017 Houston Auto Show at the NRG Center is open daily,Wednesday, April 5 through Sunday, April 9. Show hours are:

Wed. – Fri. Noon – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12 and $5 for children six to 12 years old when accompanied by an adult, kids under six are free. From Wednesday toFriday, coupons for $2 off are available online and at participating Houston area new car dealerships. For more information, visitwww.houstonautoshow.com.

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Mopar and Mistletoe – Gift ideas for your HEMI, Dodge, and Chrysler enthusiast.

  • From ornaments to hats to Crate HEMI® Engine Kits, Mopar has products available to suit every budget, passion and lifestyle
  • Shop from comfort of home on Black Friday and Cyber Monday via WearMopar.com or Mopar.com
  • Online discounts at WearMopar.com help stretch shopping dollars
November 23, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Mopar brand is ready to “HEMI® power” the kickoff of the holiday shopping season with new products and gear — everything from Mopar ornaments, apparel, charms and watches to Crate HEMI Engine Kits, restoration parts and more — that are perfect for the car enthusiast on your gift-giving list come Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

Those shopping for that Mopar-obsessed someone that has been extra “nice” this year can visit www.WearMopar.com or www.Mopar.com to make purchases online, avoid Black Friday crowds and also take advantage of special discounts. The WearMopar.com official site for Mopar gear and merchandise will offer special discounts via promo codes to help fill up the space beneath the tree without emptying the pocketbook.

“Mopar has recently rolled out unique new products just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers,” said Bill Harry, Head of Marketing, Mopar. “Best of all, it’s simple and easy to purchase Mopar gear at WearMopar.com or parts and accessories from an FCA US LLC dealer via Mopar.com.”

Online holiday discount offers at WearMopar.com include free shipping on all orders placed on “Cyber Monday” (November 28) when using the promo code CYBERMON. Shipping is also free at WearMopar.com throughout the entire month of December for orders of $30 or more when using promo code FREESHIP30.

A sampling of new Mopar products and gear available this holiday season include:

Stainless Steel Watch — $192.95
Watch features a 44mm stainless steel case with fixed top ring, double layered dial with luminous index, luminous hands and quartz chrono date movement. Stainless steel crown with color filled, stainless steel back cover and stainless steel buckle. Solid stainless steel bracelet, with a 5-year warranty.
https://www.wearmopar.com/wear-mopar/itemdetail.htm?item=A73462842N

Pandora® Glass Gem Charm — $71.95
Authentic Pandora cut glass charm with sterling silver rim, engraved and colorfilled with Mopar logo on one side. Available in black.
https://www.wearmopar.com/wear-mopar/itemdetail.htm?item=A73792842N

Heritage Coaster Set — $44.95
Set of four Heritage logo stone coasters with cork backing. Packaged in Mopar gift box.
https://www.wearmopar.com/wear-mopar/itemdetail.htm?item=A73489942N

Finish Line Cap — $17.95
A cotton poly cap with adjustable velcro closure, Gray/Black with blue stitching. Mopar Racing Flag logo is embroidered on front of cap.
https://www.wearmopar.com/wear-mopar/itemdetail.htm?item=A73569942N

Infinity Scarf — $35.95
Dress up your Mopar gear with this Infinity Scarf, made of 100 percent polyester with rolled hem edge and branded with sublimated Mopar logo on one side. Available in gray.
https://www.wearmopar.com/wear-mopar/itemdetail.htm?item=A73772542N

Fifties Ad Bottle Opener — $63.95
Utilize your Moparian sense with this combined metal sign and bottle opener! Measures 14.5 inches wide by 4.5 inches high, available in silver.
https://www.wearmopar.com/wear-mopar/itemdetail.htm?item=A73889742N

Garage Blackout Tee by Detroit Shirt Company – $27.95
Soft finish, superior quality, USA Made, imprinted with the Mopar Garage logo and made of 50 percent ring spun cotton / 50 percent polyester. Available in heather black.
https://www.wearmopar.com/wear-mopar/itemdetail.htm?item=A73402842

Oil Filter Ornament — $39.95
Another unique holiday ornament added just this year, hand-crafted in Poland and made of glass, this custom-made ornament measures four inches in length and is painted using high gloss enamel with glitter edges. Packaged in gift box; limited quantities available.
https://www.wearmopar.com/wear-mopar/itemdetail.htm?item=A73820042N

Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kits — $1,795
Drop modern Mopar HEMI engine power into classic Mopar vehicles with the new Mopar 345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit for the 5.7-liter engine and Mopar 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit for the 6.4-liter HEMI. Kits can be paired with model year 1975 and earlier vehicles and many other makes and models — even Santa’s sleigh. The kits include a power distribution center, a powertrain control module (PCM), engine and chassis wiring harnesses, an accelerator pedal, O2 sensors, ground jumper, charge air temperature sensor and in-depth information sheets on installation.
www.Mopar.com/CrateHEMI

Mopar Restoration Parts Website
Surprise your Mopar gearhead with that hard-to-find grille, decal or sheet metal piece for their classic Mopar vehicle restoration through the new restoration parts web resource, www.Mopar.com/restoration. Connect with more than 45 approved Mopar restoration parts licensees and more than 9,000 products to assist in restoring muscle-car era glory.

About Mopar Brand
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked in 1937 with the launch of an antifreeze product, but it truly made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era. From Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, the brand soon expanded to include technical service and customer support.

Today, Mopar is the service, parts and customer-care brand of FCA US LLC and distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 25 customer contact centers globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for FCA brands.

Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles. This offers a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.

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The Future Looks Bright: Headlight Restoration

Headlight restoration is one of the most effective ways to increase night time visibility, and give your vehicle’s headlamps a shiny new look. With the winter sun lazily calling it an early night, you can be sure knowing that you are getting the best output from your headlights. NOT TO MENTION–It’s amazing how much more confident in your vehicle’s appearance you’ll be after seeing the results of Beckwith’s Car Care Headlight …Read More

BARRETT-JACKSON TO START OFF 2017 WITH STAR-STUDDED DOCKET FOR 46TH ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE AUCTION

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Grammy winner Steven Tyler to sell an extremely rare Hennessey Venom GT Spyder (preview) to benefit Janie’s Fund
  • Zora Arkus-Duntov’s 1960 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) 1 (preview), an important piece of American automotive history and one of the most anticipated vehicles on the docket
  • Over 140 vehicles from the Charlie Thomas Collection will sell throughout the nine-day event, all at No Reserve

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. – Nov. 17, 2016Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, will kick off 2017 with a world-class Gala and star-studded docket during its 46th Annual Scottsdale Auction, Jan. 14-22, 2017, atWestWorld of Scottsdale. The Scottsdale Auction docket is taking shape with early highlights, such as Steven Tyler’s personal 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder selling for charity and the 1960 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) 1 used by Zora Arkus-Duntov in his advancements of the Corvette in the 1960s.

“We’re going to fuel the excitement we built up during our 45th anniversary year with our 2017 Scottsdale Auction,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Charity remains a pillar of our organization,and after our success in 2016 we surpassed $91 million raised for charity to date. We’re looking forward to another great contribution when Steven Tyler drives his personal Hennessey Venom GT Spyder across the block to benefit Janie’s Fund. I’m confident this, as well as the more than 1,500 collectible vehicles we’ll have in Scottsdale, will set the stage for another banner year at Barrett-Jackson.”

Tyler’s rare supercar is the fifth of only 12 Hennessey Venom GTs ever created and first of the Spyder convertibles. In March 2016, it recorded a top speed of 265.6 mph, making it the world’s fastest convertible sports car. It will cross the auction block at No Reserve, with 100 percent of the hammer price benefiting Janie’s Fund, an initiative created in partnership with Tyler and Youth Villages to bring hope and healing for many of the country’s most vulnerable girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect.

Another Scottsdale highlight will be the auction of the historic CERV 1 belonging to the “Father of the Corvette,” Zora Arkus-Duntov. This vehicle served as Arkus-Duntov’s personal test bed for what became the Chevrolet Corvette in the 1960s. Fitted with a 377ci aluminum small block, an advanced Rochester fuel-injection system, and Indy-style tires and wheels, the car comes with considerable paperwork and history and stands as one of the experimental landmarks of GM history.

“Our Scottsdale Auction is the best event to get the full effect of what we call the ‘Barrett-Jackson Experience’,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “From the excitement of seeing first-time buyers bid on a vehicle, to the thunderous applause that comes from a million-dollar bid for charity, Scottsdale is the premier auction where you can truly indulge in the automotive lifestyle.”

This year’s Scottsdale Auction also will be home to the Charlie Thomas Collection. Made up of more than 140 vehicles that will cross the block at No Reserve, the collection is an eclectic mix of spectacular prewar classics, American muscle, European cars and high-performance vehicles.

Included in the Charlie Thomas Collection is a highly collectible 1970 Plymouth Superbird (preview) featuring the original V-code 440/390hp Six Pack V8, backed by a 4-speed transmission with a pistol-grip shifter. It’s ready for spirited driving, with the optional A33 Track Pack and Dana 60 rear, and features Mopar’s iconic Tic-Toc-Tach, radio, power steering, power front disc brakes and tinted glass. Professionally restored to show-winning specifications, this beauty is a Mopar Gold National Show winner.

Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Annual Scottsdale Auction will take place January 14-22 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, AZ. For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Bidder/Home.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, is the leader in collector car and automotive lifestyle events, which include authentic automobilia auctions. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and Las Vegas, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature extensive live television coverage in 2017, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com or call 480-421-6694.

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Veteran’s Day Celebratioin

Beckwith’s will be celebrating Veteran’s Day this coming Friday. We have always taken great pride in the men and women who volunteer to protect this great country and the freedoms that we all enjoy. We will be honoring our Veterans with Complimentary Oil Change certificates that are accompanied with cool goodie bags. We will be serving hotdogs for everyone who comes by, along with cupcakes and other snacks! Make sure to tell …Read More

CUMMINS LAUNCHES CRATE ENGINE PROGRAM FOR ENTHUSIAST MARKET

*​* *CUMMINS LAUNCHES CRATE ENGINE PROGRAM FOR ENTHUSIAST MARKET* SEMA SHOW – LAS VEGAS (Nov. 1, 2016) – Today, Cummins formally announced the long-awaited crate engine program called Cummins Repower™ as a means of offering brand new engines from the factory direct to the consumer market. Jeff Caldwell, Cummins Executive Director – Global Pickup/Van Business, said, “For nearly 100 years, the Cummins legacy has been built on repowering anything from early river boats to modern 95-liter locomotives and everything in between. Clessie Cummins repowered automobiles, race cars, buses and trucks, demonstrating the benefits of the diesel engine over their original power plants. We are proud to be continuing the legacy of our namesake by enabling passionate enthusiasts to repower their vehicles for the same reason Cummins repowered his own.” The announcement comes after research and voice of customer surveys identified significant demand for Cummins engines in the consumer aftermarket. “They want reliable power, and this segment of the aftermarket exists because there is no off-the-shelf vehicle that satisfies enthusiasts’ appetites for personalization – they build their own,” Caldwell continued. The first Cummins Repower engine offering will be the R2.8 Turbo Diesel, including other major components to ease the installation process, as well as the necessary documentation to make it 50-state-emissions-compliant. The turbocharged 2.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine is based on a global platform which is currently used in small pickups, chassis cabs, SUVs, vans, commercial vehicles and industrial equipment around the world. The proven platform is a lightweight, electronically controlled, High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) compact package ideal for most small pickup and SUV applications for qualifying vintages. The kit will include the major components necessary for the engine operation to help ensure that even the shade-tree novice has most everything they need to make their Cummins Repower installation as painless as possible. Cummins has worked through its invaluable relationship with the Specialty Equipment Market Association® (SEMA) and other key SEMA members to prepare the market for genuine Cummins Repowers. Measuring sessions and Tech Transfer programs with the SEMA Garage™ will provide SEMA members the necessary access to the Cummins Repower products, enabling them to bring their own ancillary products to market, with the result for the enthusiast being a plug-and-play option for every step of the installation. Initial testing with the R2.8 installed into an otherwise stock Jeep® Wrangler® TJ demonstrated that the vehicle not only gained higher peak torque, but the amount of accessible peak torque across the RPM band also increased. In addition to the performance gains, preliminary testing indicates that the R2.8 more than doubled the fuel economy of the Jeep – in some real-world drive cycles, even tripling it – all while meeting the Transitional Low-Emission Vehicle (TLEV) LDT2 vehicle emissions standards of that particular gasoline engine vintage. Certification work is underway using the California Air Resource Board’s (ARB’s) Executive Order process to ensure that any Cummins Repower engine sold has clear guidelines as to the specific vehicle classification and vintage for which it is qualified to be installed. “The environment is important to Cummins – providing enthusiasts with a cleaner and much more fuel-efficient engine than their original, or than even a junkyard Cummins swap, allows them to enjoy their iconic vehicles that much more.” Caldwell said. “There are certain vehicles that people just won’t discard because once they’re gone, they’re gone, so we want to help make those vehicles as reliable, economical and enjoyable as possible for many years to come.” Start of sales is anticipated for the first quarter of 2017. Future engine family introductions into the Repower product lineup will be announced at later dates. *About Cummins Inc.* Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emissions solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins currently employs approximately 55,000 people worldwide, and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and more than 7,200 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.4 billion on sales of $19.1 billion in 2015. Press releases can be found on the Web at cummins.com or cumminsengines.com. Follow Cummins on Twitter at twitter.com/cumminsengines and on YouTube at youtube.com/cumminsengines. # # # [image: Inline image 1][image: Inline image 3][image: Inline image 2]


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The Nissan Titan XD – The everyday truck that salves your diesel desires.

After spending a week driving the all new Nissan Titan XD (chock full of Cummin’s diesel technology), John had a lot to share on The Auto MOJO Radio Show.

Nissan has targeted a special group of truck purchasers, the Titan XD may be the perfect solution salving your diesel desires while still delivering a truck you can drive everyday. With more horsepower and torque than a light duty truck the Titan is still smaller and delivers better fuel efficiency than a heavy-duty model.

Please listen to this clip as special guest Carl Phillips, Nissan Product Planning Expert, helps John explore the new technology and their overall impression of this very special truck.

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