700 vehicles fill Houston Auto Show, but trucks and SUVs grab spotlight

People browse through the Mazda display space during the first day of the Houston Auto Show at NRG Center Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 in Houston. ( Michael Ciaglo / Houston Chronicle) Photo: Michael Ciaglo, Houston Chronicle / Michael Ciaglo

Jerry Funderburk lost two Mercedes Benz cars and a Ram pickup truck last summer when Hurricane Harvey flooded his Kingwood home with five feet of water.

For months, the small business owner got by with a company car as he and his wife worked to rebuild their home and lives. With car insurance money in hand, Funderburk ventured down to the Houston Auto Show on Wednesday to check out candidates for replacement vehicles.

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"I've been to this show every year, but this is the first year I've been car-less," he said.

Funderburk is one of more than 100,000 Houstonians who are expected to stroll through NRG Center this week for the 35th annual expo, organized by the Houston Automobile Dealers Association. Nearly 40 manufacturers are exhibiting more than 700 models, including recently revealed vehicles like the new Jeep Wrangler, Ford Mustang and Subaru Ascent.

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