SEMA News

Cover Story

In addition to hot products and leading manufacturers, the annual SEMA Show attracts top vehicle builders who debut their one-of-a-kind creations in front of more than 140,000 industry professionals at the world’s premier automotive trade gathering. For many of these builders, the SEMA Battle of the Builders is their chance to prove that they are among the elite. Hundreds enter; only one can win.

Business Technology

  • SDC PlatinumThe SEMA Data Co-op has become “data central” for hundreds of specialty parts brands, representing millions of part numbers, and tens of millions of vehicle applications. This directory is designed to guide data users to brands that have successfully undertaken the challenge to manage their product data, and to continue to expand reference as more brands are added to the SDC repository.

Chris Kersting

  • Chris KerstingFor years now, decades even, industry leaders at SEMA have undertaken initiatives to help reach and inspire the enthusiast, the semi-enthusiast and more than ever, the consumer who doesn’t yet identify as an enthusiast. The goal has been to introduce them to cool cars and trucks, the automotive lifestyle, and to spark the idea to use our industry’s great products. Together with our members’ own marketing efforts, we aim to help grow the specialty auto parts market.

Events

  • In addition to hot products and leading manufacturers, the annual SEMA Show attracts top vehicle builders who debut their one-of-a-kind creations in front of more than 140,000 industry professionals at the world’s premier automotive trade gathering. For many of these builders, the SEMA Battle of the Builders is their chance to prove that they are among the elite. Hundreds enter; only one can win.

  • 2015 SEMA IgnitedSEMA Ignited, conceived as a way for SEMA Show exhibitors to extend their brands to a consumer audience, kicked off Friday night after the weeklong, trade-only SEMA Show ended. The Ignited event, situated just a short walk from the Las Vegas Convention Center, gave thousands of car enthusiasts a magical opportunity to view singular automotive creations on display at the world-famous SEMA Show.

From The Hill

  • Gene Green“The way I see it, if you’re going to build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” explained Dr. Emmett Brown in the blockbuster film “Back to the Future.” As any movie buff will tell you, the car Doc Brown spoke of was the DeLorean DMC-12. Unfortunately for movie lovers and gearheads alike, the DeLorean hasn’t been in production since 1983. However, thanks to a new SEMA-supported law, that’s about to change.

Government Affairs

  • Maryland Historic VehiclesMaryland Historic Vehicles: In a conversation with the Maryland State Police, SEMA has learned that legislation to revise the state’s historic-vehicle registration requirements is only intended to subject historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to equipment repair orders. These repair orders would be issued only for vehicle safety equipment that is in disrepair and would require a subsequent inspection to determine that the repair had been effected. The bill does not subject these vehicles to periodic inspections, as previously believed.

Industry News

  • 17 Nissan GT-R

    An upcoming round of revisions appears to include moderate styling updates to the existing car.

    ’17 F-150 Diesel

    Ford is preparing to introduce a turbodiesel to the F-150 line.

  • Industry news from SEMA-member companies, including Line-X, Meyer Distributing Inc., Federal-Mogul Motorparts, Drake Automotive Group and more.

  • The seventh annual Collector Car Appreciation Day will be celebrated July 8, 2016.

International

  • Middle East Development ConferenceParticipating in SEMA’s international trips has helped SEMA members open new markets and grow business in existing markets. But participants have also learned that preparation and follow-up are key to getting the most out of the investment.

Internet

  • Intel FacilityBusinesses still reeling from seemingly endless reports of hacker break-ins last year should brace for even more sophisticated capers in 2016 as IT security departments simultaneously roll out new tactics for thwarting the criminals. Security experts say that the image of yesteryear’s hacker—the pimply faced teen on a lark for grins and giggles—has given way to organized-crime teams who are hell bent on stealing and monetizing stolen data.

New Products

  • Ground Force Leveling KitThe 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.

Required Reading

  • Omaha.comSEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after-party that debuted in 2014, makes it possible for consumers to be a part of the SEMA Show excitement in Las Vegas. With the “SEMA: Battle of the Builders” TV special airing on the Velocity Channel, consumers from all over the country can now tap into the thrill—all year long.

Retail Store Review

  • Dale's Super StoreBefore opening a brick-and-mortar retail location in 2014, Derek Dobson, owner and managing partner of Dale’s Super Store, traveled to swap meets up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest to sell aftermarket performance truck parts and accessories. Now operating out of a 2,200-sq.-ft. facility in Bradenton, Florida, Dobson has four fulltime employees, including himself, and one part-time employee, and he is in the process of expanding into a new 7,000-sq.-ft. building in Bradenton.

SEMA Heritage

  • SEMA Heritage“What will the future hold?” That was the question Bob McVay put to several “leaders in the field of high-performance and custom equipment” for an article he wrote in the September 1966 issue of Hot Rod Industry News, Petersen Publishing Company’s aftermarket trade magazine.

SEMA Technology

  • Ford Display GTWelcome to the golden age of new performance and mobility. Whether it’s gasoline, electric, hybrid or hydrogen, it’s a good time to be in the performance business. I know that the golden age of new performance sounds like a paradox, but this truly is an exciting time to be in the rapidly changing automotive industry.