In the Upper South Hall at the 2015 SEMA Show, buyers could find a space dedicated to the powersports niche of the specialty-equipment market. The term “powersports” encompasses a wide range of recreational activities, providing parts and accessories for motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, side-by-sides and scooters, used both on the road and off pavement.
Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) released heavy-duty clutch kits for ’13–’15 Ford Focus ST, ’06–’14 VW 2.0L Turbo, ’02–’05 VW 2.8L six-speed, ’04 VW R32 3.2L and ’00–’06 VW 1.8L Turbo applications. While each of the kits is engineered for the specific make and model, they all include a heavy-duty pressure plate, a choice of street or race disc, a concentric slave cylinder with release bearing, and an alignment tool.
At the 2015 SEMA Show the majority of new mobile-electronics segment products reflected a shift toward the latest in audio/video entertainment, while others demonstrated the aftermarket’s growing participation in the driver safety segment. In total, there was a 34% increase in products entered into the Mobile Electronics category.
Boom Mat’s 12-page product catalog offers interior comfort solutions for every thermal and acoustic control issue and features the same top products used by the pros including: Boom Mat Damping Material, Under Carpet (UC) and UC Lite, Leather Look Sound Barrier, Moldable Noise Barrier, Under Hood Thermal Acoustic Lining and Floor and Tunnel Shield II.
Since SEMA’s inception during the ’60s, the hot-rod market has been expanding with new products intended to make the culture of performance and restoration a continuing trend. The New Products Showcase gives Showgoers a shortcut to discovering the cutting-edge products that are keeping this segment on the forefront of the aftermarket industry. Exhibiting a positive trend, the Showcase had a 37% growth in product entries for products classified under the hot rod title. The following pages offer a look at the new products within the hot-rod segment.
The trucks, SUVs and off-road section at the 2015 SEMA Show stretched more than 180,000 net square feet, and 42% of all display vehicles at the Show were trucks, Jeeps or SUVs. Those indicators are consistent with the fact that Ford F-Series, Chevy Silverado and Jeep’s Cherokee and Wrangler models have seen significant sales growth over the past several years, according to the “2015 SEMA Market Report.” It was no surprise, then, that the 2015 SEMA Awards for Hottest Truck and Hottest 4x4-SUV (presented annually to the most-featured vehicles around the Show) went to the Ford F-Series and the Jeep Wrangler, respectively.
Racing & Performance continues to be the largest section at the SEMA Show, increasing steadily in net square footage from year to year. In 2015, exhibitors also entered nearly 1,000 racing and performance products into the New Products Showcase—growth of more than 25% over 2014. LED lights and EFI solutions were among the most-scanned products that piqued buyer interest. Other standouts included Brembo’s B-M8 monobloc caliper, winner of the Best Engineered New Product award; C&R Performance’s drag race barrel intercooler, winner of the Best Performance-Racing Product award; and aFe Power’s DFS780 series diesel fuel system, winner of the Performance-Street Product award.
Replacing wheels can create an enormous change in the appearance of any vehicle, and properly selected wheels are also performance parts that reduce unsprung weight and improve handling. That’s why the wheel segment continues to be among the most robust in the automotive specialty-equipment industry. Wheel builders continue to refine manufacturing techniques such as laser cutting for high-quality surface finishes and evolving designs that include deep concaves, mesh spokes and revolving caps.
In addition to co-presenting the annual Global Tire Expo (GTE)—Powered by the Tire Industry Association, the annual SEMA Show’s New Products Showcase also features a tire category with product for passenger cars, trucks and off-roading as well as associated equipment such as tire-pressure monitoring sensors, tire changers, sealants and more. The following pages provide a look at the entries in the tire section of the Showcase, with dozens of introductions and innovations for tire dealers and businesses that offer tire-related products.
New products from specialty-equipment companies.