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The Hottest Vehicles of the 2014 SEMA Show

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SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products.

The awards are presented on the first day of the SEMA Show based on the total number of vehicles chosen for display in exhibitor booths at the annual event. Each booth vehicle represents a vote by the exhibitor. The SEMA Award honors are presented in the categories of Hottest Car, Hottest Sport Compact, Hottest Truck and Hottest SUV.

“The SEMA Show has always been the premier event where the newest and most innovative automotive aftermarket products and trends are seen first,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.

“With the SEMA Award, SEMA exhibitors recognize the vehicles they consider the top enthusiast prospects for the coming year.”

The 2014 SEMA Award was presented to the Ford Mustang as Hottest Car; the Honda Fit as Hottest Sport Compact; the Chevrolet Silverado as Hottest Truck; and the Jeep Wrangler as Hottest SUV.

The accompanying brief photo album includes commentaries from some of the exhibitors and the builders whose vehicles were chosen to be displayed in the SEMA Show booths to provide a greater understanding of why the selections were made.


2014/2015 Jeep Wrangler, 2014 SEMA Show Hottest SUV

SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. For Lund International, the overall design of the Wrangler lends itself to many different products and product categories that the company can highlight. The utilitarian aspect of the Jeep allows Lund to creatively design and develop functional products to meet the needs and demands of the multifaceted customer base.

“This is an iconic vehicle for our industry, and we are steadily gaining momentum with new products particular to it,” said Billy Bibb, Lund International’s new product development manager. “This is an awesome vehicle that has evolved with the industry, and the award goes without saying: most accessorized vehicle at the 2014 SEMA Show.

Lund International’s wide range of products for the Jeep Wrangler include vent visors, vent shades, hood protection, fender flares, floor liners, hood scoops, grilles, Rhino Lining panel guards, headlight/taillight covers, rock rails, nerf bars, cargo management and tool chests. The Wrangler in the Lund Show booth was also outfitted with wheels, tires and lift supplied by Georgia dealership Akins as well as a Rampage top, lighting accessories and bumpers.


SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. Bulldog LED Lighting supplies a wide selection of off-road products for the Jeep Wrangler, including double- and single-row LED light bars and new 500-lumen Claw lights as well as mounting brackets made exclusively for the Jeep Wrangler and Bulldog Lighting LED light bars.

“This Wrangler was built by LGE*CTS Motorsports out of San Dimas, California,” said Dylan Sievers, president and founder of Bulldog.

“We have a great working relationship with this team of builders and trusted them to not only display their talents in manufacturing their own U.S.-made bumpers and steps but also our U.S.-made LED light bars. The way they incorporated our lights into the bumpers and mounts was eye-catching, but the paint was definitely right there with it. Custom styling is something that LGE is known for.”

In addition to Bulldog’s own products, the Jeep was equipped with a lift kit from Icon Vehicle Dynamics, Toyo tires, Factor 55 safety components and many other top products. “Jeep offers one of the highest content of parts that are made in the U.S.A.,” Sievers said, “and that is something to be proud of.”



SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. Superlift Suspension offers a variety of lift kits and steering-correction components for the Jeep Wrangler, and the company introduced its new Reflex Suspension components at the 2014 SEMA Show.

“We wanted to display a vehicle that exemplified us as a company,” said Joey Arbogast, Superlift’s director of marketing. “Jeep and Superlift Suspension are both off-road originals, so the Wrangler was a perfect choice. As long as Jeep Wranglers are on the road, we’ll keep designing new products for them.”

The Wrangler was fitted with Interco tires, BMF wheels, a Volant COI system, Drake Off-Road upgrades, JCR Off-Road bumpers and sliders, Wet Okole seat covers, a Warn winch, MBRP exhaust, a Kicker sound system, Rigid Industry lighting, an Optima battery and Knipex tools.

“It’s pretty cool that the Wrangler took home the prize as the top SUV at the SEMA Show,” Arbogast said. “I wasn’t long ago that Jeeps were afterthoughts when it came to building SEMA rigs. The JK Wrangler has made people look at Jeeps in a whole new light, and they are now the show-stopper for any SEMA booth.”


SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels supplies a wide range of products for the Jeep Wrangler, including tires, wheels, front bumpers, grille guards, rear bumpers, rear tire carriers, high-lift jack mounts and third brake light extenders.

“The Jeep Wrangler has become an iconic brand of the American outdoor lifestyle,” said Ken Warner, the company’s vice president of marketing.

“As another iconic brand, Mickey Thompson was a perfect match. We also saw continued growth in the Jeep accessory market, and we expect this trend to continue. We are working on the development of other metal accessories to be added to the line.”

More than 30 SEMA-member companies participated in the Jeep project for the Mickey Thompson booth, which was spearheaded by owner and builder Mike Duval of X-Treme Toyz. An abbreviated list includes Fabtech suspension, Synergy Suspension steering components and axle reinforcements, Lazer Star lighting and light bars, Katzkin leather interior and M/T Metal Series bumpers and tire carriers.

“Mickey Thompson is proud to be offering high-quality accessories for the most accessory-friendly vehicle around,” Warner said. “The Jeep was a hands-down favorite for the SEMA Award.”



SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. Most of Omix-ADA’s business is built around ’41–’15 Jeeps, and the company has focused on developing unique accessories for the ’07–’15 Jeep Wrangler, which continues to bring enthusiasts into the fold.

“The Wrangler is one of the most customized vehicles currently in the market,” said Henk van Dongen, Omix-ADA director of marketing. “We currently cover wheels, suspension, interior accessories, soft tops, bumpers, hood, lights and exterior accessories. We offer more than 10,000 total SKUs, more than 2,500 of which are accessories, and most of those are for the Wrangler. The market seems to continuously ask for more products and new innovative ideas, whether they are completely new products such as our Exo-Top or another type of bumper, such as stamped steel bumpers.”

In addition to its own products, the booth Wrangler was outfitted with BFGoodrich tires and a Superchips programmer.

“We are very excited to see the number of Wranglers that Chrysler is producing,” von Dongen said. “They continue to be strong, which in itself continues to support a growing aftermarket.”


SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. TeraFlex manufactures premium suspensions, body protection equipment, heavy-duty axles and unique accessories that are designed specifically to enhance a Jeep owner’s experience.

“Living and promoting the Jeep lifestyle has been our mantra since 1959,” said Vinson Pratt, the company’s marketing manager. “TeraFlex is a Jeep Wrangler company focused on the performance and function of this unique vehicle. Every product is meticulously designed, engineered, tested and developed with the user experience in mind.”

Pratt pointed out that the Jeep Wrangler posted best-ever October sales just before the SEMA Show with a 52% increase, and it set sales records in each month of 2014.

“A large part of the reason that the Jeep Wrangler is a perennial favorite with industry manufacturers and customers alike is because it is so aftermarket-friendly, allowing all enthusiasts to build Jeeps their way,” he said. “It is no surprise that the Jeep Wrangler won the SEMA
Award again!”

The TerraFlex Wrangler was also outfitted with BFG KO2 All Terrain tires, Raceline Wheels, ARB locking differentials and fridge freezer, Star Fabricating leather seating and an Action Truck conversion kit from Thaler Design.


2014/2015 Chevrolet Silverado, 2014 SEMA Show Hottest Truck

SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. MaxTrac Suspension supplies everything from 5–6-in. lift kits to 2–3-in. leveling kits and even 2–7-in. lowering kits for the ’15 Chevrolet Silverado. The company is also developing more lift kits up to 7.5 in. tall, along with new products that will enhance its existing kits.

“The Chevy Silverado has the most potential when it comes to the aftermarket industry because Chevrolet releases information so that we can build our products in a timely manner,” said Bob Sager, national sales manager for Maxtrac. “We were able to see the truck at the SEMA Garage and were able to test fit several different products on the vehicle in just one day. The parts were simple to build and install, and our most complete lineup of kits are off of this platform.”

The Maxtrac booth Silverado was also fitted with Falken tires; Versante wheels; N-Fab bumpers and nerf bars; a Rigid Industries grille, light bar and lighting; an Undercover pre-painted bed cover, bed rug and swing cases; Magnaflow exhaust; and an Airaid intake.

“Having great companies such as Chevrolet and SEMA working with us makes our job and making great products much easier,” Sager said.


SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. Performance Accessories/Or-Fab’s Chevy Silverado 1500 kits are the most popular systems in the company’s line. In fact, Performance Accessories says that it sells more 1500 Chevy body lifts than any other brand. It also offers lift systems, leveling kits and gap guards for the truck.

“The Silverado has a very loyal group of customers with lots of aftermarket support,” said Steve Rezek, president of Performance Accessories/Or-Fab. “It has great body lines, good engine performance and a very capable factory suspension that complements our body lift kits to allow for larger wheels and tires, enhancing the truck’s overall performance affordably. Silverado customers really enjoy personalizing their trucks, which makes it a very successful product line for us.”

The Silverado in the company’s booth, with help from Lamb Chevrolet, was also equipped with Fox Racing shocks, Fuel Off-Road wheels, Toyo tires, Bushwacker fender flares, AnzoUSA lights, a T-Rex grille with light bars, an RKSport hood, Go Rhino side steps, Beal’s Auto Body paint, Katzkin leather seats, Gibson exhaust and a GM Performance cold-air intake.



SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. Westin has designed products for the Silverado in virtually every category the company produces, including 12 different nerf/step bars and running boards, 10 different grille guards, bull bars and light bars with winch mounting options, toolboxes, bed mats, headache racks, overhead and ladder racks, acrylic wind deflectors and bug shields as well as floor mats, receiver hitches, electrical connectors and accessories.

“Silverado accessories have been a large part of Westin’s product offerings for more than 30 years, so when Chevrolet releases a new body style, it provides us with a tremendous opportunity to showcase new and innovative products designed specifically to enhance the appearance of this vehicle,” said Bob West, Westin executive vice president.

The Westin booth truck was also equipped with an RBP grille, a Bully Dog tuner, Magnaflow exhaust, Fuel wheels, Toyo tires and ProComp suspension.

“The Silverado is very deserving of the SEMA Award, and Westin congratulates Chevrolet,” West said. “Chevrolet builds trucks that look great and provide a platform for us to show off our products. What could be better?”


SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. Aeroklas offers products for the Silverado that includes tonneau covers, a three-way toolbox and AeroHook cargo tiedowns.

Aeroklas Co.Ltd. is a member of Eastern Polymer Group (EPG) which has been producing finished rubber and plastic products for over 35 years. In 1996 EPG started Aeroklas to produce truck bed liners under the Aero liner and Hero liner brands. Since that time Aeroklas has expanded internationally including a presence in Australia and the UK. In the process Aeroklas has obtained international certifications for their products. Including the ABS Double Shell Canopies, which Aeroklas was the first in the world to produce and sell. We at Aeroklas USA take this history of dedication to quality and innovation seriously. We inspect our product thoroughly to ensure that what we sell is of the utmost quality and that our customers are completely satisfied.

“The new Silverado gave us a fresh platform for the release our new covers, which were styled specifically for the new body,” said Tom Capps, Aeroklas USA director of sales and marketing.

“We especially like the ease of access to the rear of the truck bed with the new built-in step platforms. We maximized the viewing of our booth Silverado with the Aeroklas Aggressor Series manual-tilt hard cover. We would like to congratulate the Chevrolet team on a job well done.”


SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. A.R.E. Accessories offers its entire line of fiberglass and aluminum truck caps and tonneau covers to fit the Chevrolet Silverado. The company also offers a wide variety of complementary accessories that go with its caps and covers. The prototype of A.R.E.’s new LZR Series was designed to be on the company’s booth Silverado at the SEMA Show.

“The Chevrolet Silverado continues to be a popular truck for both our dealer partners and end users,” said Andy Clutter, A.R.E.’s marketing manager. “We wanted to show a truck that the visitors to our booth wanted to see, so it made sense to include a Silverado this year. The Silverado’s versatility is impressive. You can build an amazing show vehicle with all the bells and whistles or build an everyday work truck, and it won’t skip a beat.”

In addition to its A.R.E. Accessories products, the truck was outfitted with Plain an Simple lights, American Force wheels, Toyo tires, a Wicked Customs lift kit, a grille from All Wired Grilles, a Hypertech programmer, MBRP exhaust, Fusion bumpers and Rigid LED lighting.



SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. The AnzoUSA offerings for the Chevrolet Silverado include its patented U-Bar projector headlights along with LED taillights and third brake lights. The company also produces a five-function OE replacement spoiler and an LED five-function corner step as well as an LED light bar roof mounting kit and LED light bar.

“The ’14 Chevy Silverado was the first model this year to show significant changes in design,” said Suzie Kirby, AnzoUSA director of sales and marketing. “The innovative style of this model allowed us to develop unique LED aftermarket performance lighting products that are in a category of their own. With our sleek designs, AnzoUSA products give the truck a completely unique look.”

The AnzoUSA booth truck was also fitted with N-fab front and rear bumpers, Amp Research Powersteps, Nitto tires, KMC wheels, a Bully Dog monitoring system, RoadWire leather interior, an RBP grille, Firestone Ride-Rite airbag suspension, Fabtech lift kit, Surf City Garage car-care products, Bushwacker fender flares, AVS window deflectors, a Monster recovery tow hook, a Magnaflow exhaust system, an RK Sport fiberglass hood and Line-X spray-on protective coatings.


SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. GM vehicles have been at the core of ReadyLIFT Suspension’s product development and marketing strategy since the company started in 2006. Every year, the company’s top-selling suspension products are those for GM trucks, and ReadyLIFT now offers nearly 125 different kits and individual products just for Silverados.

“We display a GM 1500 truck in our booth at nearly every SEMA Show to visually illustrate to our customers and dealers the progression of suspension systems that we have developed for that platform,” said Brian McCormick, media & marketing director for ReadyLIFT. “The suspension designs have always lent themselves to efficient product development and ease of installation for consumers—and Silverados look great lifted with larger wheels
and tires!”

Many of the industry’s top companies partnered with ReadyLIFT and Extreme Offroad & Performance for the build of the booth Silverado, including Fiberwerx, Magnuson Superchargers, Comp Cams, aFe Power, Corsa Performance Exhaust, Edge Products, Method Wheels, Toyo Tires, Deaver Springs, Fox Shox, UnderCover, Rigid Industries LED Lighting, T-Rex Grilles, Alea Leather, Kicker, ADD Offroad, Monster Hooks, Plain An Simple and ARH.

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