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Every year, SEMA Show manufacturing exhibitors vote to recognize the cars, trucks and SUVs that they are investing in and developing products and accessories for, resulting in the selected automakers winning a SEMA Vehicle of the Year award. Winners of this year’s awards were the Ford Mustang (Car of the Year), Ford F-Series (Truck of the Year), Jeep Wrangler (4x4/SUV of the Year), Ford Focus (Sport Compact of the Year) and Polaris RZR Turbo S (Powersports Vehicle of the Year). The publications below highlighted the winning brands to their readers.
Hot RodZach Martin gave Hot Rod readers a breakdown of the winners of this year’s awards. In addition to recognizing Ford’s sweep in three categories, Martin went into detail on Polaris’ accomplishment in the growing side-by-side market and winning the first-ever SEMA Powersports Vehicle of the Year award.
Thanks to editor Carter Nacke, ClassicCars.com Journal readers were among the first to learn about the winners of this year’s awards. The Ford Mustang won its fourth SEMA Car of the Year award, the F-Series its eighth Truck of the Year nod, and the Focus its fourth Sport Compact of the Year honor.
Automotive WorldIn addition to highlighting the Jeep Wrangler winning its ninth straight SEMA 4x4/SUV of the Year award, Automotive World informed readers about the RAM 1500 pickup being a finalist for Truck of the Year and the Dodge Challenger being a finalist for Car of the Year.
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“The SEMA Show Award winners have been announced, and the Ford Mustang takes the aftermarket customization crown. See the hottest cars and aftermarket trends, from our friends Discovery Motor.”—Science Channel, via Facebook
“The SEMA Vehicle of the Year Awards heighten awareness for aftermarket products, and it is an example of the industry’s partnership between automakers and aftermarket manufacturers.”—National Oil & Lube News, via Facebook
“Jeep’s flagship vehicle remains the only one to earn the trophy since the 2010 launch of the SEMA Awards.”—JK Forum, via Twitter
“Proud to win this year’s #SEMA Powersports Vehicle of the Year award for the #PolarisRZR Turbo S.”—Polaris Industries, via Twitter