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Enthusiasts Purchase More Used Pickup Trucks

Sales of new fullsize trucks may be down, but 64% of enthusiasts surveyed by SEMA said they bought their truck used—and spent on average more than $2,000 on performance parts and accessories.

Rod and Custom Niche Grows 20% From 2004 Through 2008

Despite reports of a down economy and economic woes, the hot-rod market is alive and well.

SUV and CUV Sales on the Rise

Crossover utility vehicles have outsold SUVs more than 3-to-1 since the beginning of the year, creating a unique opportunity for specialty-equipment manufacturers.

Top SUVs Sold and How Enthusiasts Modify Them

New SUV sales in 2008 were down 39% from 2007, but the sport-utility segment is still relevant to the specialty-equipmennt industry.

Modern Domestic Muscle: Highest in Consumer Interest

Consumer interest in the new Camaro, redesigned Mustang and Dodge Challenger indicate that buyers haven't given up on Detroit.

SEMA Manufacturers More Optimistic About Market

Specialty-equipment manufacturers are more optimistic about summer business than either retailers or distributors.

Reader Feedback: Compact Vehicle Article Revisited

Readers wanted to know more about the distribution of compact car registrations throughout the United States. SEMA Research has followed up with additional insight.

Electric Cars—The Next Big Thing for Specialty Equipment

Ready or not, electric cars are poised to take the automotive market by storm. The auto industry wants to have 1 million plug-ins on U.S. roads by 2015.

Vehicle Sales Surprises—How the Landscape is Changing

May sales figures for light duty vehicles have been announced and illustrate the effects of the manufacturer bankruptcies and possibly a long term adjustment in brand market share.
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