The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced the winners of the 2016 New Products Showcase Awards this morning at the 2015 SEMA Show. This award is given to the most innovative and cutting-edge automotive aftermarket products that will be consumable in 2016.
The top trending vehicle models in four categories were announced today at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. This year’s SEMA Award for the Hottest Car was awarded to Ford Mustang, the Ford Focus took the Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series was named Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler received the Hottest 4x4-SUV award.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today issued a letter recognizing the SEMA Emissions Compliance Center as a Certification Ready Automotive Emissions Testing Laboratory, making it possible for SEMA to assist members in all aspects of securing CARB and federal EPA emissions compliance.
The U.S. Copyright Office today issued a ruling to allow vehicle owners to perform vehicle diagnosis, repair and modification without fear of prosecution under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). However, the Copyright Office declined to provide the exemption to third parties who diagnose, repair or modify a vehicle on behalf of the vehicle owner. The Copyright Office concluded that extending the reach of an exemption to cover third-parties requires a legislative amendment undertaken by Congress. Access to a vehicle’s telematics or entertainment system was also specifically excluded from the exemption.
The 2015 SEMA Show Mobile App is making it easier than ever for Showgoers to navigate the four-day trade show, as well as obtain exhibitor and product information. The SEMA Show Mobile App features custom turn-by-turn navigating directions, the most up-to-date exhibitor list, and - new this year - the ability to scan products in the New Products Showcase to create a customized list that buyers and media can use during and after the Show.
The Austin Hatcher Foundation is now under the umbrella of charities supported by SEMA Cares, a nonprofit organization that brings the performance and specialty equipment auto industry together to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $150,000 to 58 individuals this year. This includes 45 SEMA scholarships presented to current students, and 13 loan-forgiveness awards presented to employees of SEMA-member companies.
The industry is preparing for a busy and productive Friday at the 2015 SEMA Show, with interest and activities growing on the fourth and final day of the annual trade show taking place Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 3-6, in Las Vegas, NV.
Determining the most appropriate wheels and tires is easier than ever, with the use of the SEMA Wheel and Tire Council (WTC) Ride Guide, an easy-to-use manual that includes technical test data regarding the effects of plus sizing wheels for select vehicles.
Consumer spending on automotive specialty equipment parts and accessories is on a rise, reaching $36 billion in 2014. This number, which represents an 8% growth over the previous year and the fifth consecutive year of growth, is reported in the 2015 SEMA Market Report available exclusively to SEMA member companies at (www.sema.org/marketreport2015).