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Ford Explorer ST: The Explorer will get its first comprehensive redesign in nearly a decade, likely for the ’20 model year.

Porsche 911 Cabriolet: Visual upgrades are rather mild, with the 992 exterior being heavily based on the outgoing model.

Land Rover Defender: The prototype shows a wealth of design cues from the Defender, as well as a few from the Discovery and Range Rover families.

Ingenuity Fab & Speed

Retail SpotlightWhen the story of Ingenuity Fab & Speed (IFS) began five years ago, Joshua Boucher was building chassis for a local shop. Like many, he was creating custom designs and fabricating parts for each job, pouring his creativity into them. His parents, aftermarket veterans, convinced him that he was giving his genius away. He realized that he had everything he needed to take ownership of his abilities and work for himself, so he incorporated IFS as an LLC in Montgomery, Texas, and hired his parents soon thereafter.

2018 Los Angeles Auto Show Highlights

LA Auto ShowTrue to form, the 2018 LA Auto Show—with media days branded “AutoMobility”—showcased the latest technological developments in the arenas of autonomy, safety, connectivity and electrification. More than a dozen OEMs held press conferences ahead of the show’s official opening to the public. Several models and concepts were noteworthy for their customization potential, promising business possibilities for manufacturers of specialty equipment.

Melanie White: SEMA Person of the Year

Among the several distinguished honors bestowed at the annual SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet, the Person of the Year award stands as perhaps the most prestigious. More than their own personal or career achievements, individuals who have received the award were selected in recognition of their tremendous service and contributions to the industry in advancing the success of the entire marketplace. At the recent 2018 SEMA Show ceremonies held in Las Vegas on Thursday night, November 1, the association named Melanie White of Hellwig Products as its 2018 Person of the Year.

Rolling Toward the Future

Rolling Toward The FutureAs two of the most fundamental means to enhance a vehicle’s style and performance, aftermarket wheel and tire upgrades have always been an easy sell. They’re often the very first specialty items consumers add to their new vehicles and are nearly as popular for freshening older vehicles that are beginning to look and feel, well, mundane. While the wheel and tire market noticeably slowed during the recent economic downturn, the good news for 2019 is that it’s rolling forward again.

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Toyota Supra Race Car: The specs for the two models to be shown at the Detroit Auto Show have been all but confirmed: 265 hp from a base 2.0L inline-four, and 340 hp from the inline-six engine.

Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: The Colorado ZR2 Bison is a factory-spec truck with serious off-road capabilities. It features class-exclusive front and rear locking differentials and Multimatic DSSVTM dampers.

’20 RAM 2500 Tradesman: The new HD trucks are expected to ditch the crosshair grille—a hallmark of the vehicle since the mid-’80s. Other exterior styling runs parallel to the 1500 but in a more muscular fashion.

The 2018 SEMA Awards

AwardA poll is taken of exhibitors every year at the SEMA Show to ascertain which vehicles they feel are the most customizable. The SEMA Award winners that result represent the cars, trucks and SUVs that aftermarket manufacturers are investing in and developing products and accessories for. That allows SEMA to formally recognize the year’s trends and promote synergy between OEMs and the aftermarket.

SEMA Showcases 2018 New Product Award Winners

The 2018 SEMA Show featured nearly 3,000 new products on display in the New Products Showcase—the No. 1 destination for attending buyers and media. All products entered were eligible for SEMA New Product Awards in 16 different categories, including street-performance, racing, off-roading and mobile-electronics, and each category had one winner and two runners-up. The annual competition recognizes the development of ground-breaking new products introduced to the automotive specialty-equipment market.

SEMA Show 2018

Stunning originality is the hallmark of the largest automotive trade show in the world, which comes to life for a few short days once a year in Las Vegas. Starting with empty halls and bare concrete floors, an estimated 5,000 workers build infrastructure to support thousands of exhibitors, in the process bringing in close to 10 million lbs. of freight. In empty parking lots, hundreds of workers swarm to erect structures.

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