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Truck, SUV & Off-Road Gear

The Trucks, SUVs & Off-Road category continues to build momentum, presenting lucrative opportunities for the automotive aftermarket. At the 2013 SEMA Show, the Ford F-Series was named the Show’s Hottest Truck in the annual SEMA Awards, which honor vehicles most often featured by exhibitors in their booths. Once again, the Jeep Wrangler also reigned supreme as the Show’s Hottest 4x4-SUV. With items ranging from tonneau covers and bedliners to toolboxes, trailer hitches and suspensions, the market covers a wide variety of products and accessories. The following pages feature new Truck, SUV & Off-Road applications that debuted at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Along with the products, we’ve interviewed several industry executives for their perspectives on current trends, along with advice for selling into the category.
SEMA News—April 2014

TRUCKS, SUVs & OFF-ROAD PRODUCTS

Racing Into the Black

Find Profit With Performance Parts From the 2013 SEMA ShowFor buyers that specialize in high-performance accessories, the 2013 SEMA Show was “the place” to discover new trends, and potential profit centers. Hundreds of exhibitors dedicated to power and performance were on hand, offering the latest in turbochargers, superchargers, exhausts, headers and much, much more. Racing and Performance exhibitors also submitted a wide variety of products into the Show’s annual New Products Showcase. Page through this special section and enjoy identifying the products that belong either on your store’s shelves or in your personal garage. Also, take time to review journalist Steve Campbell’s interviews with industry executives, offering their thoughts about the trends they perceive and some words of advice about what might lie ahead.

SEMA News—March 2014

RACING & PERFORMANCE NEW PRODUCTS

2013 Global Tire Expo Powered by TIA

The Trade Event’s Continued Growth Bodes Well for the Tire IndustryEach year, SEMA teams up with the Tire Industry Association (TIA) to present the Global Tire Expo Powered by TIA—a unique “show within the SEMA Show” that focuses exclusively on the needs of the tire-business community. Targeted to all segments of the tire industry, including light duty, medium duty, heavy duty, retreading, recycling and more, this tire exhibition and conference stands as the industry’s foremost comprehensive trade gathering.

SEMA News—February 2014

GLOBAL TIRE EXPO NEW PRODUCTS
By Mike Imlay

Wheel & Wheel-Accessory New Products

The wheel segment continues to be among the most robust in the automotive specialty-equipment industry, as evidenced by the dozens of wheel manufacturers that exhibited at the recent SEMA Show. Wheel builders continue to refine manufacturing techniques such as laser cutting for high-quality surface finishes and evolving designs that include deep concaves, mesh spokes and revolving caps. The following pages highlight some of the innovations from exhibitors in the Wheels & Accessories section, as seen in the 2013 SEMA Show New Products Showcase.

SEMA News—February 2014

WHEELS & ACCESSORIES NEW PRODUCTS
By Steve Campbell

NEW PRODUCTS

New product announcements from SEMA member companies, including Astro Pneumatic Tool, Cloud-Rider Designs, BedRug, DefenderWorx and Escort.

SEMA News—January 2014

NEW PRODUCTS

Astro Pneumatic Tool Co. announced a new addition to its product line: the Worn/Damaged Hex Bolt Extractor T-Handle Set (PN 1045).
Astro Pneumatic Tool Co.

New Products Showcase Preview

90+ Products to Be Unveiled at the 2013 SEMA ShowThe SEMA Show is all about innovation and creativity. For a taste of what’s coming at the 2013 event, check out the more than 90 new products previewed here. During the Show, head to the upper level of South Hall for a look at the Ideas Alive: Featuring the New Products Showcase at the Las Vegas Convention Center on November 5–8, 2013.

SEMA News—October 2013

New Products Showcase Preview

90+ Products to Be Unveiled at the 2013 SEMA Show

The SEMA Show is all about innovation and creativity. For a taste of what’s coming at the 2013 event, check out the more than 90 new products previewed here. During the Show, head to the upper level of South Hall for a look at the Ideas Alive: Featuring the New Products Showcase at the Las Vegas Convention Center on November 5–8, 2013.

Restoration Products and Trends

Classics and Currents for Today’s MarketplaceThe restoration market is still embracing the class of vehicles commonly called “restomods.” It’s not a new phenomenon, but it has captured an ever-increasing share of the marketplace, melding stone-stock appearance with modern powertrain and convenience features.Full restoration also continues to thrive, of course. There is perennial demand for 100% original classic vehicles, and both ends of the spectrum seem to have gained momentum once more as the economy has picked up.On these pages, you’ll find a complete selection of the restoration products that were displayed in the New Products Showcase at the 2012 SEMA Show held last November.

SEMA News—August 2013

RESTORATION MARKETPLACE NEW PRODUCTS
By Steve Campbell 

Restoration Products and Trends

Classics and Currents for Today’s Marketplace

New Products

Leather Therapy, Velvet Cars, Lund International Inc., Design Engineering Inc., Sysonic USA, Rimblades Ltd.

SEMA News—August 2013

NEW PRODUCTS

Efficiency in Engineering

The proper tool makes life easier, but it can also make a job more enjoyable. Whether it’s a diagnostic machine or a ballpeen hammer, a ratchet wrench or an English wheel, a good tool can be a treasure to the person using it. A good tool invites use, inspires confidence and demands care. And just as with every other aspect of professional life, the tools and equipment used in the automotive world are subject to constant inventiveness, innovation and enhancement. Each year, new or improved industry equipment is introduced at the SEMA Show. The 2012 event held last November was replete with groundbreaking new creations, and we’ve brought them together in these pages for your convenience. Find one that makes your life easier.

SEMA News—August 2013

TOOL & EQUIPMENT NEW PRODUCTS
By Steve Campbell

Efficiency in Engineering

The proper tool makes life easier, but it can also make a job more enjoyable. Whether it’s a diagnostic machine or a ballpeen hammer, a ratchet wrench or an English wheel, a good tool can be a treasure to the person using it. A good tool invites use, inspires confidence and demands care.

Renew, Repair, Refurbish, Reinvent

Car-Care and Restyling Products From the 2012 SEMA ShowThe SEMA Show offers thousands of products to automotive professionals, ranging from performance hard parts to purpose-built off-road equipment. But vehicle accessories—body kits, interior additions and restoration parts—can spruce up nearly any car or truck, and car-care products are used throughout the industry on both new and used vehicles.The next few pages include dozens of restyling and car-care products that were unveiled at the 2012 SEMA Show. We have also compiled comments from industry professionals at some of the leading car-care companies about changes in technology, the distribution process and the influence of the Internet on both consumers and retailers.

SEMA News—July 2013

RESTYLING & CAR CARE ACCESSORIES NEW PRODUCTS
By Steve Campbell

Renew, Repair, Refurbish, Reinvent

Car-Care and Restyling Products From the 2012 SEMA Show

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