Market Snapshot

The Top 10 Best New Interior Accessories from the 2008 SEMA Show

LED lighting, in-cabin electronic solutions, seat cooling and a good old-fashioned shifter kit were among the new interior accessories most popular with buyers at the 2008 SEMA Show. SEMA used a new digital tracking method at the 2008 New Products Showcase, allowing buyers to scan product barcodes and receive product details via printout or e-mail.

Manufacturers entered 102 new products in the Best New Interior Accessory category, and buyers made more than 1,500 scans requesting additional product information. Who was doing all that scanning? Retailers logged more than 9,400 scans; warehouse distributors, 3,900; repair/service/installers, 3,900; and builders/fabricators, 3,500.

Following are the top 10 interior accessory products that were of most interest to buyers:

1: AZENTEK SmartMirror

Replaces OEM rearview mirror and offers advanced GPS navigation and hands-free Bluetooth calling.

AZENTEK SmartMirror

2: Hurst Comp Stick Kit

Kit includes CNC-machined aluminum console plate, and polished stainless steel stick sleeve and knob featuring Hurst emblem.

Hurst Comp Stick Kit

3: Omix-Ada/Rugged Ridge All-Terrain Jeep Floor Liners

Liners combine features of deep rib mats and "traditional" liners, constructed of injection-molded TPE.

Omix-Ada Rugged Ridge Jeep floor liners

4: Autonet Mobile

Router turns car into a WiFi hotspot allowing multiple passengers to connect WiFi-enabled gadgets to wireless Internet connection.

Autonet Mobile

5: NRG Innovations Steering Wheel Quick Tilt w/Lock

Steering wheel unit tilts in one quick motion for easy vehicle entrance and exit. Supplied lock secures the car when tilt is activated.

NRG Innovations tilt steering wheel

6: PlasmaGlow LumaFlex Flexible LED Strips

Available in 1- and 3-inch lengths. Can be connected together for a longer strip or cut shorter to fit any space.

PlasmaGlow LumaFlex

7: PLX Devices DM-100 OBD-II

Upload any gauge design to match existing instrument cluster. Obtain real-time sensor data for any 1996-and-older vehicle. Up to 32 additional sensors can be daisy-chained. Data-logging, playback and PC interface also available.

PLX Devices DM-100

8: Rissler R&D Mobile Office Extension (MOE)

Temporary portable vehicle mount that securely mounts a laptop and other electronics inside any vehicle. Fully removable.

Rissler MOE

9: Seat Comfort Systems Seat Cooling System

Four-fan cooling with high/low switch. Installs under seat cover to provide evaporative cooling to occupant.

Seat Comfort Systems Seat Cooling System

10: PlasmaGlow UltraFlex LED Dome Lights

Provide the intensity of up to 24 LEDs and are over 20 times brighter than stock dome lights.

PlasmaGlow UltraFlex