Media Registration Opens for 2018 Media Trade Conference

SEMA News—January 2018

Industry News

By Amanda Gubbins

  Media Registration
Journalists may now sign up for the 2018 MPMC Media Trade Conference at www.sema.org/mpmcmediaregister.
   

Media Registration Opens for 2018 Media Trade Conference

Journalists are invited to sign up for the 2018 MPMC Media Trade Conference, taking place Tuesday–Thursday, January 23–25, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Santa Ana, California. Participating journalists will attend up to 42 private meetings with executives from top motorsports parts manufacturers in the industry.

Company representatives come prepared to discuss their newest product lines, changes at their companies and industry trends. Media participation is free to all editorial representatives, making it the most affordable and efficient way for reporters to get detailed information specific to their audiences’ needs and interests and gather a year’s worth of editorial content.

Early registration guarantees the best possible schedule for reporters. Meetings are scheduled based on the companies that journalists select on their applications, so participants should pay close attention to the companies they select and mark “Do Not Meet” for the companies outside of their editorial needs.

Register now at www.sema.org/mpmcmediaregister. For more information, contact Juan Torres at juant@sema.org.

Troy Trepanier
With his ’29 Ford Model A Tudor sedan, Troy Trepanier (left, holding award) was named the winner of the 2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition during SEMA Ignited.
 
   

Trepanier Crowned 2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders Winner

Troy Trepanier was announced the winner of the 2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition during SEMA Ignited—the official SEMA Show after-party—held at the conclusion of the 2017 SEMA Show.

Trepanier’s ’29 Ford Model A Tudor sedan edged out the builds of fellow top-three finalists Alan Johnson (’32 Ford Tudor) and Troy Ladd (’36 Packard roadster) for the title. The three builders will be featured, along with many other SEMA Show builders, in a new episode of the TV special “SEMA: Battle of the Builders,” which will premiere on the Velocity Channel Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 10:00 p.m. (PST/EST).

This year’s SEMA Battle of the Builders competition began with nearly 300 applications from builders representing an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks and SUVs.

For more details about SEMA Battle of the Builders and the TV special, visit www.sema.org/botb.

  Advanced Technology
The “SEMA Advanced Vehicle Technology Opportunity Study” details the retrofit opportunities for Advanced Vehicle Technologies (AVT), which include Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Connected Vehicle Technologies (CVT).
   

Business Opportunities in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Market

The “SEMA Advanced Vehicle Technology Opportunity Study” details the retrofit opportunities for Advanced Vehicle Technologies (AVT), which include Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Connected Vehicle Technologies (CVT). While these technologies are becoming common on new vehicles, SEMA researchers developed this analysis to help SEMA members understand a new path of opportunity to develop and sell these products for vehicles not originally equipped with this technology. This study can be used as a resource to guide product and service planning and entry strategies into a burgeoning market.

The developing growth potential for this market is predicted to increase from $977 million to $1.5 billion between now and 2021—a 9.1% annual compound growth rate. With the technological changes happening in the automotive market, these systems represent a significant new opportunity developing in the marketplace.

For more detailed information about these findings, download the “SEMA Advanced Vehicle Technology Opportunity Study” at www.sema.org/research. It is available, along with other reports, for free to SEMA members.

Jeep
Jeep released images of the next-generation ’18 Wrangler, to go on sale later this year.
 
   

Jeep Releases First Images of All-New Next-Generation Wrangler

Jeep has released images of the next-generation ’18 Wrangler. The company describes the vehicle as a modern design that stays true to the original, with advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, more open-air options and loaded with more safety features and advanced technology than ever before.

The all-new Wrangler’s interior design is intended to deliver authentic styling, precision craftsmanship and high-quality materials to provide improved versatility and comfort for drivers and passengers.

The all-new exterior design includes a keystone-shaped grille, round headlamps and square taillamps, improved aerodynamics, a fold-down windshield for off-road purists, even more open-air freedom and dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations.

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