The truck and SUV segments continue to present one of the strongest growth markets for accessories and modifications. More than a quarter of winners and runners-up from the New Products Showcase judging at the 2018 SEMA Show were from the Truck, SUV & Off-road category, with the off-road/4x4 sub-category again seeing the second-most entries of all. In particular, the Jeep JL has sparked wide innovation with products manufactured specifically for the new model.
The Racing & Performance section of the SEMA Show encompasses carburetors, filters, exhaust systems and many other parts designed to add performance in motorsports applications and beyond. It’s the largest section of the annual trade show, with more than 500 companies exhibiting their offerings for the segment. Within the 2018 New Products Showcase, entries that piqued the most buyer interest were Chevy’s LT5 crate engine, Digipower’s DPW Cutout exhaust system and Comp Performance Group’s FAST LSXHR 103mm intake manifold.
Adding new wheels is still typically among the first modifications consumers make to their vehicles. Whether their vision is to improve aesthetics or performance, this segment of the automotive specialty-equipment market has the potential to make their ride stand out from the rest of the pack.
Lower South Hall at the SEMA Show is home to the Global Tire Expo, where more than 200 exhibitors feature their products. In addition to tires for cars, trucks and off-road applications, the section includes accessories and equipment related to tire-pressure monitoring systems and repairs.
The 2018 SEMA Show featured nearly 3,000 new products on display in the New Products Showcase—the No. 1 destination for attending buyers and media. All products entered were eligible for SEMA New Product Awards in 16 different categories, including street-performance, racing, off-roading and mobile-electronics, and each category had one winner and two runners-up. The annual competition recognizes the development of ground-breaking new products introduced to the automotive specialty-equipment market.
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Here's a sample of the products that will be featured in the 2018 SEMA Show New Product Showcase.
Year after year, surveys indicate that one of buyers’ top objectives for the SEMA Show is to discover new products. The easiest way to meet that goal is to visit the New Products Showcase—buyers’ number-one destination at the Show. Located in the Skybridge between Central and South Halls, the Showcase is adjacent to the Media Center, making it convenient for members of the press as well.
The practice of preserving and restoring cars is a steadfast automotive tradition. Restoration products revitalize a vehicle’s presence through cosmetic and practical enhancements while still maintaining its original essence. The restoration category is well represented at the SEMA Show, with 6% more category exhibitors in place for the 2018 Show than last year. The following pages include the restoration products from the 2017 New Products Showcase, along with market perspectives from industry experts.
The tools and equipment category represents the many products used by the automotive aftermarket each day to accomplish any number of goals. Tools and equipment are the unsung heroes of any garage or manufacturer. And just as the products themselves evolve, so does the need for exhibitor space at the SEMA Show.