SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 26, June 26, 2014

Toyota HiLux Measuring Opportunity Extended for Another Year

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 rachaels@sema.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.  
Bestop   MBRP   Traser Design  
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  
Dynatrac   Protech   Wilwood Engineering  
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 lindas@sema.org. For information about the SEMA Garage, contact Mike Spagnola at mikes@sema.org. To measure the Toyota HiLux or Ford Ranger, contact Rachael Salazar at rachaels@sema.org.

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