Industry Experts Make Early Predictions on 2013 SEMA Award Winners


September 23, 2013

Contact: Della Domingo


-- Predictions Vary Across the Board, but 2014 Chevy Silverado Noted By Several Leaders --

DIAMOND BAR, CA (September 23, 2013) -- Automotive experts are speculating on what the top vehicle models will be at the upcoming SEMA Show taking place November 5-8, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

With predictions for the SEMA Award ranging from new truck models to popular, top-selling models, excitement is rising as to which vehicles will take home top honors.

"The SEMA Award is always a strong indicator of which vehicles are likely going be most popular with consumers in the coming year," said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. "Vehicles chosen for display at the SEMA Show are by definition the hottest-trending and most accessory-friendly models among enthusiasts, and these models often become high-demand vehicles for the car-buying public."

Last year's SEMA Award winners were the Ford Mustang in the car category, the Scion FR-S in the sport compact category, the Ford F-Series in the truck category and the Jeep Wrangler in the 4x4-SUV category. Industry experts agree that both Chevy and Ford models will again have a strong presence at the SEMA Show with vehicle customizers this year.

Here's what some industry experts are saying:

"I believe the 2014 C7 Corvette will be the most prominent vehicle at the 2013 SEMA Show. The car will be fresh to the market with production starting in early September. For the truck category, I like the 2014 Chevy Silverado; for the 4x4 category, I like the Jeep Wrangler; and for sport compact category, I like the Honda Civic." -- Mike Copeland, Vice President of Operations, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering

"I predict that the Ford Mustang and the Ford Focus will win SEMA awards, with the Ford Mustang as the most prominent and noteworthy at this year's show." -- Tony Gonzalez, California Pony Cars, General Manager

"For me, any Ford vehicle is always a must-see with its cutting edge styling updates. Being a truck girl, I've been hearing a lot of hype about the 2014 Chevy Silverado, so I'm excited to see all the different takes on the new redesign from the builders." -- Theresa Contreras, Custom Painter/Designer, LGE-CTS Motorsports

"I think it could be a Ford truck and a Ford Fusion that's most prominent this year. I like the ... Raptor look or off road look - it's a popular style right now. And with the Fusion, the sales are breaking records and the styling on it is incredible." -- Ernie Bunnell, VP of Sales, 3D Carbon

"While last year's winner, the Ford Mustang, is a perennial favorite, I think this year the title may go to the 2014 Chevy Camaro. The Camaro just received a major facelift for 2014 that carries many of the styling cues from the ZL-1 over to the standard SS model, with sleeker more aggressive lines. For the truck category, Chevy just unveiled the all-new Silverado, and it's absolutely loaded with interesting options." -- Dan Kahn, President of Kahn Media Inc.

The winners of the SEMA Award will be announced Tuesday morning, November 5, 2013, at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information about the SEMA Award, visit

About SEMA and the SEMA Show
The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at or, 909/396-0289