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SEMA Show Announces Car, Truck, EV of the Year and More During Exhibitor Appreciation Event

By SEMA News Editors

As SEMA Show organizers helped transform the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 2023 SEMA Show, October 31-November 3, exhibitors and early arrivals were treated to a special event, the SEMA Show Exhibitor Appreciation Afterparty on Monday, October 30. As part of the celebration, SEMA honored several automakers for the SEMA Awards Presentation, which took place outside the Central Hall entrance on Silver Drive. 

SEMA Awards

(Left to right) Paul Hawson, Nissan; Michael Tripp, Toyota; Sheldon Brown, Toyota; Kyle Fickler, SEMA Board of Directors Chairman; Mike Spagnola, SEMA President and CEO; Nick Terzes, Ford; Natalie Simon, Ford; Steve Gilmore, Ford; Melanie White, SEMA Board of Directors Chair-Elect.

"This year's SEMA Show Exhibitor Appreciation Party was a memorable night for everyone who attended. It was a great way to show gratitude to the exhibitors who make the SEMA Show possible, and to showcase the amazing vehicles that inspire the aftermarket industry," said Andy Tompkins, SEMA trade show director.

The 2023 SEMA Award winners are as follows:

  • SEMA Car of the Year: Ford Mustang
  • SEMA Fullsize Truck of the Year: Ford F-Series
  • SEMA Midsize Truck of the Year: Toyota Tacoma
  • SEMA 4x4-SUV of the Year: Ford Bronco
  • SEMA Sport Compact of the Year: Nissan Z
  • SEMA Electric Vehicle of the Year: Ford Lightning

SEMA Award winners are determined and voted on by SEMA Show exhibiting manufacturers to recognize vehicles that manufacturers are investing in and developing products for. The program heightens awareness for aftermarket products and exemplifies the industry's partnership between automakers and aftermarket manufacturers that develop products to improve vehicle performance, safety and convenience as well as appearance and comfort.

This year's SEMA Show is shaping up to be the best one yet. It's not too late to register for the premier automotive industry homecoming, October 31-November 3 in Las Vegas. If you are a professional in the automotive aftermarket, you don't want to miss this opportunity to network, learn and grow your business. Registration is still available online for $120 through Tuesday. Badge pick-up will be available on-site at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the West Hall for those who register online. Full-service registration (and badge pick-up) will be open in South Hall for those who still need to register. Register now at!   

After you've registered, create a customized schedule, view the floorplan and exhibitor list, browse education sessions, keynote addresses and other Show-related events with the SEMA app at