From manufacturers and distributors to jobbers and retailers, the automotive specialty-equipment industry is built around meeting consumers’ demands.
On behalf of General Motors Vehicle Engineering, GM Fleet &
Commercial Operations, and GM Accessories, GM Upfitter Integration would
like to extend an invitation to you to apply to attend our Measuring
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The online retail market for automotive parts and accessories continues
to emerge as a tremendous growth opportunity for the aftermarket parts
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For the third consecutive year, the Opinion Leader Program was conducted in conjunction with the 2011 SEMA Show in order to keep SEMA-member companies in tune with the current behavior and attitudes of automotive enthusiasts and to increase consumer knowledge on the best that the specialty-equipment industry has to offer.
This consumer focused program was designed to collect the views and observations of selected automotive enthusiasts who were well connected in through car clubs, discussion boards and social media, making them “opinion leaders” capable of spreading the word about new products to other enthusiasts and friends. These opinion leaders were invited to attend the 2011 SEMA Show on Thursday and Friday and asked to review new products, vehicles and trends. Four focus groups were conducted on site in conjunction with this program.
The report contains an in depth anaylsis of what we learned from the 2011 participants through the focus groups.
The 2011 SEMA Market Report is now available on the association’s website here. This annual report—free to SEMA members and $149.95 to non-members—provides an overview of the specialty-equipment industry through the end of 2010. It also includes five years’ worth of historical information that allows year-over-year comparisons of where the various segments and niches stood as the industry entered 2011.
SEMA members tell us that market research is at the top of their list as a key member benefit. That’s understandable: With good research it’s possible to plan ahead, take advantage of growing trends and navigate thoroughly challenging times. With no research, or poorly conducted research, we’re all navigating without a compass.
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.
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The 2011 SEMA Pickup Truck Report provides a comprehensive look at the market. It includes sales data and consumer purchase trends on 15 model pickups covering 2001–2011 model years and more than three dozen specialty- equipment accessories. The report also compares the midsize truck market to the fullsize truck market.
The report included data collected from a survey of pickup-truck owners, as well as vehicles sales data and specialty-equipment market numbers.
Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the authoritative source for research,
data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts
industry, released the results of a new study entitled "Influence of
Accessories on New Vehicle Sales." Key findings are that accessories influence
more than 1 million new vehicle sales each year, help reinforce customer
satisfaction, and can substantially increase sales at the dealership
level. In addition, the study shows that accessorization can influence
new car shoppers to choose vehicle platforms that are accessory-friendly, even
influencing those who do not actually accessorize their vehicle.