By SEMA Editors
Bushwacker’s Kenneth Merritt’s impression of the International Vehicle Program and the SEMA Garage.
Two years ago, SEMA’s International Vehicle Measuring Program purchased and made available to members two vehicles that are popular overseas, but not available in the United States or Canada. The program, made possible in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, is designed to allow SEMA-member manufacturers to measure and test-fit parts for those vehicles and participate in export markets. The two vehicles, the Ford Ranger T6 and Toyota HiLux pickups, are sold in the millions abroad.
To date, more than 200 SEMA members have measured and/or requested CAD data for both the Ford Ranger T6 and Toyota HiLux, and more companies have applied for access. As a result, the SEMA International department has worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to gain approval for another year-long waiver for the Toyota HiLux. Temporary imports are allowed into the United States for one year with two possible one-year extensions and, thus, the truck can remain in the United States until June 21, 2015. At that point the vehicle must be re-exported or destroyed.
The Association will also apply for a similar waiver for the South African-built Ford Ranger T6 in December. There is a steady stream—even a wait list—for member manufacturers to measure the two trucks and another year for each would provide access for many more members to measure the vehicles or to conduct fitment tests.
The vehicles are available for a day, a week or even longer as the schedule allows. Contact Rachael Salazar at 909-978-6744 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for access to either vehicle.
The next vehicle to be purchased and imported with SEMA’s grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce will be a Mitsubishi L200 pickup. The L200 is scheduled to arrive at the SEMA Garage – Industry Innovations Center in Diamond Bar, California, this fall. As with all of the vehicles in this program, SEMA will import the Mistubishi L200, which is popularly accessorized around the world but not sold in the United States, to allow members further access to hard-to-obtain vehicles in order to develop export-ready products. To date, Mitsubishi is reporting global sales for the L200 (known as the Triton in certain markets) as exceeding 1.1 million units sold. The truck, available since 2006, is sold in 158 countries; however, it is not sold in the United States or Canada.
Among the SEMA-member companies that have measured the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger T6:
|3D Carbon||Extang||Road Armor|
|3D Infotech||Extreme Landcruiser||Rosen Entertainment|
|3M||EZ Connector||Rugged Liner|
|A.R.E.||Fab Fours||S&B Filters|
|Ace Alloy Wheel||Fabtech||Scosche Industries|
|ACEC LLC||Firestone Industrial Products||SCT|
|Adrian Steel||FMS Automotive/ATS Design||Sharpline Converting Inc.|
|Advanced FLOW Engineering||Four Stroke Design||Skyjacker Suspensions|
|Adventure Trailers Inc.||Fox Racing Shox||Snugtop|
|Agri-Cover Inc.||FuelTool||Squash Performance|
|Air Lift||Heat Shield Products||Stainless Steel Brakes|
|Airaid Filter Company||Heide Performance Products||Stampede Products|
|Altair Engineering||Hellwig Products Co.||Steelcraft|
|Amercian Expedition Vehicles (AEV)||Hotchkis||Steelmate USA|
|American Eagle Wheel Corp.||Husky Liners||Stillen|
|American Tire Distributors||ICON Vehicle Dynamics||STOPTECH|
|AMP Research||INNO Advanced Car Racks||Superlift Suspension Systems|
|Anzo USA||Jotto Desk||SWAY-A-WAY INC.|
|Applied Product/Retrax||JRi Shocks||T-Rex Grilles|
|ARS Global||K&N Engineering Inc.||TAP Worldwide LLC dba Pro Comp|
|ATC Truck Covers||Katzkin||TD3 Products|
|ATS DESIGN/FMS Automotive||Kicker||Teleswivel|
|Auto Meter Products Inc.||King Shock Technology||Tenneco Inc./Rancho Suspension|
|Auto Sport Wiring||Konig Wheels||THE WHEEL GROUP|
|Auto Trim-Cle||Lloyd Design Corp.||Timbren Industries Inc.|
|B&W Trailer Hitches||Lund International||TJM – North America|
|BACKRACK INC.||Magnaflow Exhaust||TMI Products/Vizualogic|
|BD-Power||Marquez Design||Trail-Gear Inc.|
|BDS Suspension||MasterCraft Safety||Trail-R-Van Inc.|
|Bedslide/Takit||Maxtrac Suspension||Transfer Flow Inc.|
|Black Art Designs, North America Inc.||McGard LLC||Trek Armor|
|Borla||MGP Caliper Covers||Truck Covers USA|
|Bushwacker Inc.||Mishimoto||Truck Group|
|Caliper Covers||Mitchell||TruckVault Inc.|
|Carlisle Tire & Wheel||MKW ALLOY INC.||Truxxx|
|CARR||Murphy Auto Museum||TSW Alloy Wheels|
|Cequent Electrical Products||N-FAB||U.S. Rack Inc.|
|Cequent Performance Products||OEM Audio Plus||Ultra Wheel Co.|
|Cimble Corp.||Omix-ADA Inc.||Ursa Minor Vehicles|
|COMP Cams||Owens Products||Vizualogic|
|Coverking||Paramount Automotive||Voxx Products|
|CR Laurence||Penda Corp.||Wamar Technologies|
|Curt Mfg.||Performance Design LLC||Warrior Products|
|Custom Wheel Solutions, Nutek and Bavaria Wheels||Performance Wholesale||Weathertech|
|DEE Engineering/PROTHANE||Pittman Outdoors||Weld Racing LLC|
|Dee Zee Mfg.||PMLI||Western Mfg.|
|Defender Woxx||Polymer Process Development||Westin Automotive Products|
|Delta Tech Industries||Precision Fit Seat Covers||Wet Okole Hawaii|
|Derale||Prestige Autotech Corp.||Wheel Consultants|
|Directed Electronics||Prestolite Performance||Wheel Pros|
|Doug Thorley Headers||Pro Comp Suspensions||Whiteline Automotive|
|EchoMaster LLC||Radflo Suspension Technology||Winfield Consumer Products/Husky Liners|
|Edelbrock||ReadyLIFT Suspension Inc.||Wise Co.|
|Eibach||Retrax Truck Bed Covers|
Recently, Bushwacker’s Vice President of Export Markets Kenneth Merritt took advantage of the International Vehicle Measuring Program, visiting the SEMA Garage and performing a test fitment of several new products custom designed for the Ford Ranger T6. The new products were designed based on measurements taken earlier this year. His thoughts appear in the video above.
For information on the International Vehicle Measuring Program, contact Linda Spencer at email@example.com. For information about the SEMA Garage, contact Mike Spagnola at firstname.lastname@example.org. To measure the Toyota HiLux or Ford Ranger, contact Rachael Salazar at email@example.com.