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More Than 1,400 New Products Entered for SEMA Awards—See the Winners Here
|X PRIZE Chairman Dr. Peter Diamandis spoke about the future influence of specialty-equipment businesses at the 2009 SEMA Show New Product Awards Breakfast.|
The 2009 SEMA Show kicked off with the annual New Product Awards Breakfast, where some of the hottest new products for 2010 received their first of many accolades. This year's breakfast featured X PRIZE Chairman and CEO Dr. Peter H. Diamandis.
Diamandis is an international leader in the commercial space arena, having founded and run many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in the sector. While addressing the audience, Diamandis explained this simple approach to his business endeavors: change what people believe is possible.
He shared with attendees his belief that the decisions automakers and specialty-equipment companies make now will influence and, in some cases, change what people will drive in future generations.
He also says that small groups of individuals with ideas supported by technology will shape the future, a reality he referred to as "revolution through competition."
The New Products Award Breakfast recognizes the most cutting-edge automotive products either on the market or about to hit the market. This year, more than 1,400 new products were submitted for consideration. Criteria that ranked high on the judges' selection for the New Products Showcase Awards included superiority of innovation, technical achievement, quality and workmanship, consumer appeal and marketability.
The 2010 New Product Award Winners
Best New Performance-Street Product
Sprint Booster USA received the award for Best New Performance-Street product with its Sprint Booster for the 2010 Camaro.
|Best New Street-Rod/Custom-Car Product|
Winner: MasterShift, MasterShift Shift Lever Relocation Hardware for TKO and T56 Transmissions
1st Runner-Up: American Autowire, Highway 15 Nostalgia Hot Rod Wiring Kit
2nd Runner-Up: Coker Tire, Excelsior Stahl Sport Radial
MasterShift took home a best new product award for its Shift Lever Relocation kit for TKO and T56 transmissions.
|Best New Tools and Equipment Product|
Winner: TCA Toolstorage, TCA HD 41-inch Tool Storage Solution
1st Runner-Up: Z Wrench, Z WRENCH
2nd Runner-Up: Orange Electronic Co. Ltd., Orange Programmable Sensor System
Judges awarded TCA Toolstorage honors for Best New Tools & Equipment product.
Best New Merchandising Display
MacNeil's WeatherTech display won the award for Best New Merchandising Display.
Best New Mobile-Electronics Product
The PLX Kiwi Wi-Fi received the award for Best New Mobile Electronics Product.
|Best New Interior Accessory|
Winner: Bully Dog Technologies, Watchdog
1st Runner-Up: Husky Liners, WeatherBeater Custom Molded Floor Liners
2nd Runner-Up: Ultimate Truck Gear Ltd., UTG - Billet Aluminum Instrument Pods
The award for Best New Interior Accessory went to Bully Dog for its Watchdog.
Best New Off-Road/4-Wheel Drive Product
The JackMate from Rescue 42 took Best New Off-Road/4-Wheel Drive honors.
Best New Packaging Display
AE Distributing won the Best New Packaging Display award for its Contour HD product.
Best New Performance-Racing Product
Speedlox locking fittings took the Best New Performance-Racing Product award for Phenix Industries.
Best Engineered New Product
Cequent Performance Products won the Best New Engineered Product award for its NV2 bike carrier.
|Best New Exterior Accessory Product|
Winner: Bushwacker Inc., JK Trail Armor Rocker Panel and Sill Plate, Rear Corners, Hood Protector
1st Runner-Up: Curt Manufacturing, Euro Series Ball Mounts
2nd Runner-Up: Extend-A-Haul, Extend-A-Haul
Bushwacker's JK Trail Armor accessories took top place in the Best New Exterior Accessory Products category.
Best New Powersports Product
Dakota Digital won Best New Powersports Product for its Harley-Davidson Tank Mount Instrument systems.
|Best New Van/Pickup/Sport-Utility Product|
Winner: Pilot Automotive Inc., Tailgate Lock
1st Runner-Up: Extreme Max Products, ATV RampXtender
2nd Runner-Up: Dee Zee Inc., Dee Zee Small Poly Chest
The Tailgate Lock from Pilot Automotive proved the best new product in the Van/Pickup/Sport-Utility category.