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SEMA Award Finalists Chosen—Show Exhibitors Select 2016’s Hottest Vehicles

By Becca Butler

The 2015 SEMA Award for Hottest Car for the Ford Mustang, Hottest Truck for the Ford F-Series and Hottest Sport Compact for the Ford Focus was presented by SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting (left) to Global Director Ford Performance Dave Pericak (center). The SEMA Award for Hottest 4x4-SUV went to Jeep for the Jeep Wrangler, and was presented to Pietro Gorlier (right), head of MOPAR.

SEMA Show exhibitors have cast their votes and selected the finalists for the SEMA Award, an honor presented to the hottest trending and most accessory-friendly vehicles on the market. The winners will be revealed on Tuesday, November 1, the opening day of the 2016 SEMA Show.

Every SEMA Show exhibitor was able to cast a vote in this year’s SEMA Award process.

“When it comes to knowing what trends are emerging and which cars will ignite our passion, SEMA’s manufacturer members have the pulse of the enthusiast nation,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “Who better to ask than the thousands of SEMA manufacturers who bet their businesses on recognizing the hottest new and upcoming vehicles?”

The 2016 Award will be presented in five categories: Hottest Coupe, Hottest Sedan, Hottest Truck, Hottest 4x4/SUV and Hottest Hatch. The top three finalists in each category are:

Hottest Coupe

  • Chevy Camaro
  • Chevy Corvette
  • Ford Mustang

Hottest Sedan

  • BMW 3-Series
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Dodge Charger

Hottest Truck

  • Chevy Silverado
  • Ford F-Series
  • RAM 

Hottest 4x4/SUV

  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Toyota 4Runner

Hottest Hatch

  • Fiat 500
  • Ford Focus
  • MINI

The SEMA Award not only creates awareness for aftermarket products, it is an example of SEMA’s commitment to both automakers and aftermarket manufacturers. SEMA continues to collaborate with automakers and aftermarket manufacturers to bring quality products to market. In addition to the annual Award, SEMA runs the SEMA Garage, measuring sessions and technology transfer to help manufacturers with product development throughout the year.