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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

Innovation on Display

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At the 2010 SEMA Show there were more than 2,000 new products submitted for consideration in the New Products Showcase—shattering all previous records. Presented in 15 categories, the New Product Awards highlight the industry’s innovation and represent the first of many accolades for the winners.

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Best of the 2010 SEMA Show

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More than 114,000 industry professionals gathered in Las Vegas during the week of November 2–5 for the 2010 SEMA Show, and the tone was decidedly optimistic. Exhibitors, buyers, media and other professionals were there to learn, collaborate, network and explore, sharing their passion in order to build their businesses and celebrate their shared experiences. The SEMA Show provides a window into the future of the industry as well as the hottest cars and best parts for 2011.

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The SEMA Award: Hottest Car. Hottest Truck. Hottest 4x4-SUV

Every year there are a handful of vehicles that become the stars of the SEMA Show. To celebrate these standouts, SEMA officials will announce three SEMA Awards, Hottest Car, Hottest Truck and Hottest 4x4-SUV for the very first time ever.

Background: Every year there are a handful of vehicles that become the stars of the SEMA Show. To celebrate these standouts, SEMA officials will announce three SEMA Awards, Hottest Car, Hottest Truck and Hottest 4x4-SUV for the very first time ever.

Contender Criteria: The vehicle must be new or significantly redesigned, involved in one or more SEMA OEM programs, and incorporate a new technology. SEMA officials gathered a panel of industry experts who have looked at several indicators of what SEMA Show exhibitors are eyeing as the trend-leading vehicles this year through Show pre-registrations of feature vehicles, participation levels in the prior year’s SEMA vehicle Measuring Sessions, design data downloads from our SEMA Technology Transfer program and magazine covers of industry project vehicles to determine a contenders list.

What do you think will be the "hottest" truck, 4x4, and car at this year's show?

Axes and Axles

The Wally Parks NHRA Museum in Pomona, California, celebrates the cars, and guitars, of icons including Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Michael Anthony and Eddie Van Halen in a new exhibit. SEMA News covers the exciting premiere.

SEMA News - December 2010

NHRA Museum Celebrates Cars and Guitars

By Tony Thacker
Photography By Colby Martin and Matthew Pearson

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