One of the exciting things about the SEMA Show is that there always seem to be a few select vehicle models that stand out among all the others. The SEMA Award recognizes this phenomenon and is presented to the top trending vehicles in four categories: Hottest Car, Hottest Truck, Hottest 4x4-SUV, and Hottest Sport Compact.

As the visionaries and innovators of the industry, SEMA Show exhibitors will determine the winners of the SEMA Award based on the vehicles they showcase in their booths. With each booth vehicle representing one vote, the most prominent models in each category will be named the SEMA Award winner and presented with the honor during the SEMA Show. The winning vehicles will also help guide consumers to the most accessory-friendly vehicles on the market.
Owners of a SEMA Award contender vehicle are invited to submit a video clip highlighting the vehicle’s modifications for a chance to have the vehicle featured at the SEMA Show, along with credentials and amenities to attend the annual trade-only event. 

SEMA Award Contenders

Select vehicles have been identified as contenders for the SEMA Award. The contenders represent vehicles that are coveted by the SEMA industry and most likely to have a significant presence at the upcoming Show. Several indicators are used to select the contenders, including the support the automaker has demonstrated to the SEMA industry, preregistrations of the Show’s feature vehicles, involvement in one or more SEMA OEM collaboration programs, coverage in enthusiast publications and more. 

The 2011 SEMA Award Contenders are:

Hottest Car Contenders:
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Chrysler 300
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Ford Mustang
  • Kia Soul
  • Lexus CT 200h
  • Mazda5
Hottest Truck Contenders:
  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Ford TransitConnect
  • Ford F-series
  • GMC Canyon
  • GMC Sierra
  • RAM
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Toyota Tundra 
Hottest 4x4/SUV Contenders:
  • Dodge Durango
  • Dodge Journey
  • Ford Explorer
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Kia Sportage
  • Toyota RAV4 
  • Toyota FJ Cruiser 
Hottest Sport Compact Contenders:
  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Chevrolet Sonic
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Ford Focus
  • FIAT 500
  • Honda Civic
  • Honda CRZ
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Lexus IS
  • Mazda2
  • Scion iQ
  • Scion tC
  • Subaru Impreza