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    Nov 01 2011

    SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, today announced the winners of the New Products Showcase Awards held at the 2011 SEMA Show. The event recognizes the most cutting-edge automotive products either on the market or about to hit the market. This year, nearly 2,000 new products were submitted for consideration.

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    Nov 01 2011

    The Ford F-Series was named the Hottest Truck at the 2011 SEMA Show making it the second consecutive year to receive SEMA Award which recognizes outstanding vehicles that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorizing and that showcase this year’s coolest products.

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    Nov 01 2011

    The Jeep Wrangler was named the Hottest 4x4-SUV at the 2011 SEMA Show making it the second consecutive year to receive such an honor. The SEMA Award recognizes outstanding vehicles that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorizing and that showcase this year’s coolest products.

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    Nov 01 2011

    The Fiat 500 was named the Hottest Sport Compact at the 2011 SEMA Show making it the first vehicle to take home honors in the newest SEMA Award category and beating out a dozen competitors. The SEMA Award recognizes outstanding vehicles that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorizing and that showcase this year’s coolest products.

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    Nov 01 2011

    The Chevrolet Camaro was named the Hottest Car at the 2011 SEMA Show making it the second consecutive year to receive such an honor. The SEMA Award recognizes outstanding vehicles that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorizing and that showcase this year’s coolest products.

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    Oct 12 2011

    You're invited to attend the opening press conference/breakfast of the 2011 SEMA Show, where the industry's hottest vehicle models will be announced as the 2011 SEMA Award Winners.

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    Oct 07 2011

    Among the many celebrities making special appearances at the 2011 SEMA Show will be Chip Foose, award-winning automotive designer and television celebrity. SEMA Show attendees will be able to meet Foose as he signs autographs in the Ideas Alive: Featuring the New Products Showcase area on several days during the week.

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    Oct 06 2011

    The U.S. Department of Commerce named SEMA as one of the five recipients of the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) for 2011. As a result, SEMA will receive $500,000 in matching funds over the next three years to support U.S. manufacturers that export automotive specialty-equipment products to booming emerging international markets. The grant is intended to stimulate U.S. exports of specialty-equipment products as part of the Administration's National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by 2014 in support of several million U.S. jobs.

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    Oct 05 2011

    The 2011 SEMA Show will feature a one-day program specifically designed to teach car dealers best practices for integrating accessories at dealerships for increased revenue. Called Dealer Day, the program recognizes that accessories influence more than one million vehicle sales - a finding confirmed by a recent AutoPacific study.

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    Oct 04 2011

    The SEMA Education Institute (SEI) will once again host the SEMA Online Marketing Conference at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday, October 31. The paid conference, sponsored by eBay Motors, will kick off the SEMA Show (November 1-4) by gathering top Internet marketing experts and educators from throughout the U.S. to share their knowledge and proven strategies for online marketing success.

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    Oct 03 2011

    The deadline to submit a product for the SEMA Show New Products Showcase and receive a discounted price is October 7. While the first product-category submission is still free after October 7, each additional product category submitted is $150 (as opposed to $75). Entries submitted onsite are accepted based on space availability.

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    Sep 28 2011

    The SEMA Board of Directors recently approved a motion to decrease the size of the Board. The initiative reflects their consensus that a smaller Board would improve the quality of discussion and reduce cost, and is now being voted upon by SEMA’s entire membership.

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    Sep 08 2011

    Among the more than 2,000 companies that will be exhibiting at the 2011 SEMA Show are 528 first-time exhibitors. While the new exhibitors can be found throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center, the majority of the first-time exhibitors are from the restyling, racing & performance and truck sections of the Show.

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    Sep 07 2011

    Owners of select vehicle models may be able to have their cars or trucks featured at the 2011 SEMA Show, taking place Tuesday–Friday, November 1–4, 2011, in Las Vegas. Through the SEMA Award Contender Contest, owners of a SEMA Award contender vehicle are invited to submit a video clip highlighting the vehicle’s modifications for a chance to have the vehicle featured at the SEMA Show. Vehicle owners will also receive credentials and amenities to attend the annual trade-only event, where they will be among the first to learn which vehicle platforms win the actual SEMA Award.

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    Sep 06 2011

    Vehicle models that are expected to have a significant presence at the 2011 SEMA Show have been named as contenders for the 2011 SEMA Award. The coveted award recognizes the industry's hottest vehicle platforms by tallying every booth vehicle at the Show, then naming the most prominent models as SEMA Award winners in four categories: Hottest Car, Hottest Truck, Hottest 4x4-SUV and Hottest Sport Compact.

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    Aug 16 2011

    After two successful years, the Opinion Leader Program will once again expand at the 2011 SEMA Show. Through the research project, some of the nation’s most active and influential automotive enthusiasts are called upon to help industry professionals identify future trends by attending the show and providing firsthand feedback on the products and vehicles debuting at the SEMA Show.

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    Jul 28 2011

    SEMA Show exhibitors will identify the hottest vehicle platforms during the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winning models will be presented with the coveted SEMA Award in four categories: Hottest Car, Hottest Truck, Hottest 4x4-SUV, and - for the first time - Hottest Sport Compact.

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    Jul 20 2011

    SEMA is providing 68 individuals with a total of $112,000 through the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established to support and foster leadership opportunities in the automotive specialty-equipment marketplace, the fund awards grants to eligible applicants who are pursuing careers in the automotive specialty equipment market based on academic achievements, work experience, essay content, recommendations and more.

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    Jul 13 2011

    With nearly 2,000 manufacturing companies exhibiting at the SEMA Show each year, buyers from throughout the world look to the annual event to see and learn about new products and trends in the automotive accessories market. Recognizing the importance and value that international buyers have at the SEMA Show, organizers have expanded the list of resources that cater specifically to professionals from outside the United States.

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    Jul 13 2011

    A new certification program, available through the California State University San Bernardino, is available to help business owners and professionals increase their knowledge and proficiency of the automotive aftermarket. Endorsed by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the program consists of four unique online courses, all designed specifically for business owners and managers in the automotive aftermarket.

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    Jul 11 2011

    To accommodate the growing number of manufacturers signing up for the 2011 SEMA Show, organizers have created a new area within the Show floor called the First-Time and Featured Exhibitors Section. The area will be located adjacent to key Show features and is expected to have a constant stream of buyer traffic throughout the four days of the SEMA Show.

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    Jul 06 2011

    Today's automotive consumers increasingly rely on their mobile devices to make purchases and do product research. To help automotive professionals understand the opportunities this trend presents, Steve Yankovich, eBay vice president of mobile, will discuss the growing impact of mobile as a medium for automotive customers at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Business Technology Symposium. The event will take place at 10 a.m. on July 27 at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, Calif.

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    Jul 06 2011

    SEMA Show organizers recently launched a redesigned website at www.SEMAShow.com, the site's first major overhaul in almost 10 years. The site's enhanced online tools, user-friendly navigation and virtual maps make it easy for those participating in the 2011 SEMA Show to register and plan for the event.

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    Jun 28 2011

    SEMA members and professionals in the automotive specialty equipment market now have access to more than 200 business courses through the recently revamped SEMA Educational Institute (SEI) eLearning Center. Available at www.sema.org/elearning, the online business resource gives users solutions to many of today's biggest challenges.