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Vehicles of the 2011 SEMA Show

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The SEMA Show is the industry’s premier trade event, where exhibitors and buyers come together to prepare for the coming year’s commerce. But it is also one of the greatest custom and collector car shows in the world, where the latest creations by master craftsmen are put on display. In some cases, these rolling sculptures are being revealed for the first time anywhere.

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Hot-Rod Builders Race for the Children

The custom-designed pinewood cars featured in the Builder’s Challenge, which is part of the annual Pinewood Drag Races sponsored by the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA), will be autographed by the builders and displayed at the 2011 SEMA Show’s HRIA booth. The drags were held in conjunction with SEMA’s Leadership Days, July 29, at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, California.
 


Hopperstad Customs

   
 


Fatman Fabrications

2011 SEMA Award

One of the exciting things about the SEMA Show is that there always seem to be a few select vehicle models that stand out among all the others. The SEMA Award recognizes this phenomenon and is presented to the top trending vehicles in four categories: Hottest Car, Hottest Truck, Hottest 4x4-SUV, and Hottest Sport Compact.
One of the exciting things about the SEMA Show is that there always seem to be a few select vehicle models that stand out among all the others. The SEMA Award recognizes this phenomenon and is presented to the top trending vehicles in four categories: Hottest Car, Hottest Truck, Hottest 4x4-SUV, and Hottest Sport Compact.

National Collector Car Appreciation Day - July 8, 2011

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils announced July 8, 2011 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”

National Collector Car Appreciation Day - July 8, 2011The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils announced July 8, 2011 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”  The date marks the second commemoration in what will become an annual event t

New Study Examines Pickup Truck Market

The U.S. light-truck market is incredibly broad. Used for general transportation, commercial applications and recreation, light trucks comprise the single largest category for businesses in the automotive specialty-equipment industry. Indeed, trucks and the accessories built for them are so popular that they have laid claim to their own exhibit hall at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas. While the light-truck market encompasses vans, crossovers, SUVs and some specially constructed vehicles, pickups make up the lion’s share of the market for SEMA members. The nation’s first and second top-selling vehicles are—and have been for years—the Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado pickup lines.

SEMA News—June 2011

2011 Report Examines Truck Ownership and Accessory Purchases

United Arab Emirates Seek to Create Pro-Business System

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is less than 40 years old and known as one of the most vibrant and passionate car-enthusiast markets in the world. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the five other Emirates that make up the UAE offer exciting vehicle customizing markets by many measures. Per capita, the country boasts the largest number of motorsports facilities in the world, and a quick drive in Dubai or Abu Dhabi will delight any gearhead with the wide variety of customized vehicles plying its modern roads.

SEMA News—May 2011

SEMA Asked to Assist in Developing Regulations for Specialty Automotive Market

By Linda Spencer

Accessories Influence New-Car Sales

Aftermarket products influence well over a million new-vehicle sales each year, according to a new SEMA/AutoPacific survey and report entitled “Influence of Accessories on New-Vehicle Sales” (now available free to SEMA members and for $199 to non-members.

SEMA News—April 2011

Vehicle Dealers Support Study Findings

By Steve Campbell

Accessories Influence New-Car Sales

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A new study commissioned by SEMA indicates that aftermarket products influence about a million new-vehicle sales each year. The automotive marketing research and consultancy firm AutoPacific collected and analyzed consumer data to quantify the effect that accessorization has on the sale of new vehicles. The resulting report, “Influence of Accessories on New-Vehicle Sales,” details the findings.

The study looked at the persuasive effects created by accessory products, including which ones are likely to create the greatest influence. 

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In the Round: Market Trends in Tires and Wheels

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The economy and the environment have been the major drivers for many markets over the last three years, and they have also been consistent topics of conversation among tire and wheel experts. The tire industry underwent a sort of accordion buckling in inventory as the economic slowdown led consumers to balk at anything other than critical expenditures and then pent-up demand caused a sudden resurgence.

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Mike Spagnola Named 2010 Person of the Year

“I’ve long considered myself lucky to work in an industry I love and serve as an advocate for issues that have such a tremendous impact on the future of the automotive aftermarket,” Spagnola said.

SEMA News—February 2011

With More Than 30 Years in the Industry, Spagnola Is Recognized for His Work With SEMA and Charity

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