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Attendees of the 2018 SEMA Show have several opportunities to prepare now for a successful week in Las Vegas. First things first: More than 250 first-time exhibitors are already on the floorplan. Each of those companies represents a potential lead for new products and business opportunities.
Michigan—Towing Restriction: Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a bill to allow for the attachment of a tow ball, bicycle rack, removable hitch or any other device designed to carry an object on the rear of a vehicle, even if it obstructs the rear license plate.
In addition to hosting the world’s leading automotive aftermarket trade show, SEMA continually works on initiatives that help support and grow the industry. Some of those initiatives include school programs that foster youth interest in the automotive industry, funding for special industry projects, and programs that support SEMA Cares—a group that brings the voice and resources of the SEMA community together to make a positive difference for those in need. The publications below reported on some of SEMA’s recent philanthropic efforts.
Who’s up and coming in the automotive aftermarket? Which young business leaders of tomorrow are already making their marks today? How do they envision the future? What new ideas and innovations might we expect from them, and most importantly, what direction will they take our industry?
In the following pages, SEMA News is pleased to present 35 young trendsetters, all age 35 or younger, bringing exciting new concepts and fresh enthusiasm to every segment of the automotive specialty-equipment industry.
It was such an outrageous sum to pay for a customized car in 1955 that Motor Trend used the $25,000 price tag as the main blurb for its May issue. Inside, a story called “Gold in the Streets” featured comments from “a group of people” who were shown photos of the custom car and asked for their opinions. About half the group “admired the car in general while the other half varied down the line toward outright dislike,” said the story’s author, Al Kidd. “Must have been built for Ava Gardner,” said one admirer, while a less generous soul said the car was built “for show and blow rather than utility.”
The SEMA Show, a global marketplace that mirrors the industry, creates an environment that annually attracts some 70,000 buyers seeking new products and new ideas. For exhibitors, it’s an opportunity to attract new customers to their booths, generate productive conversations, and build brands and customer lists in one short week.
What happens when a veterinarian, a farmer and a politician visit a SEMA-member company? This is a bit of trick question, since U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR) claims each of those professions as his own. One of the most bipartisan members of Congress, Rep. Schrader is a friend of the automotive enthusiast because he is one himself. Given that, persuading him to visit the headquarters of Warn Industries in Clackamas, Oregon, was an easy sell.
’19 Dodge Charger: Dodge is expected to give the Charger one more refresh before a redesigned version appears early next decade.
’20 RAM HD Regular Cab: Current power is delivered from three engines: a 383hp 5.7L V8 with a compressed natural gas option; a 410hp 6.4L V8; and a 6.7L turbodiesel inline six.
McLaren 600LT: McLaren unveiled the 600LT and confirmed that it has “increased power, minimized weight, optimized aerodynamics and track-focused dynamics.”
Industry news from SEMA-member companies, including Marx Group, Design Engineering, Hypertherm and University of the Aftermarket Foundation.