November 13, 2013
Mustang And F-Series Awarded Top Spots At SEMA 2013
SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) is a 46-year-old organization that consists of a variety of manufactures, distributors, retailers, auto restorers, streetrod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams, and many more.
The members of this organization make, build, buy and sell parts and accessories for making vehicles more attractive, faster, unique, and fun. They host a yearly trade show during November in Las Vegas that showcases thousands of vehicles which have been modified for a unique look, feel, and performance, as well as thousands of aftermarket accessories.
Note: the show is not open to the general public, it is specifically for domestic and international buyers, distributors, SEMA members, and the press. It is also where manufacturers showcase their latest offerings. This year, the show was held from November 5 – November 8, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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According to SEMA, the specialty parts market is a $31 billion industry that employs more than one million US workers.
Among the thousands of entries into this year’s show, two Ford vehicles took the top spots. The F-Series was awarded the hottest truck, and the Mustang was awarded the hottest car. With hundreds of different entries of these models, it shows that Ford is a popular vehicle to customize.
The award recognizes the most popular vehicles chosen by specialty equipment manufacturers. This year, Mustang took top honor for the second consecutive year, and the F-Series for the fourth straight year.
John Felice, Ford’s VP of U.S. marketing, sales and service stated, “Ford was the first automaker to share detailed vehicle specs with SEMA members. Thirty years later, we’re proud that more aftermarket accessories and parts are created for Ford vehicles than for any other automaker.”
Just a few examples of Ford’s entries:
The Nitto tires Mustang entry is a GT painted in a brilliant red with black racing stripes, and an aero kit all sitting on 20-inch Nitto performance tires. Under the hood is a 500 horsepower engine.
A 2014 F-150 modified by Skyjacker features a six-inch suspension lift on top of off-road tires. Front and rear bumpers from Fab Four Inc. accommodate a heavy-duty winch and light bar on the front, and a receiver hitch on the rear. Also, built-in steel recovery points where D-ring shackles can be attached.
Classic Design Concepts’ entered a Mustang called “Bad Penny”. It was modified with a black and copper paint scheme and some added aerodynamic body parts. It also has a performance grill, a lower front fascia with functional brake cooling ducts and 285/35R20 tires on the front and 315/35R20 tires on the rear.
SEMA officials walked the expo before the show opened and counted the number of car and trucks entered. There were more F-Series than any other truck, and more Mustangs than any other car on display in the exhibition booths.
Being a fan of Ford and especially Mustang, this news puts a smile on my face.
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