Among auto enthusiasts, the crown jewel of car shows takes place each November in Las Vegas. Launched in 1967, the SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association.
The 2013 SEMA Show featured more than 2,400 exhibiting companies that manufacture thousands of products designed to improve performance, safety, and convenience, as well as those that enhance appearance and comfort. We checked out the cool rides all week at the show, here are some highlights from day one:
Hottest Car, Sport Compact, Truck, and 4×4-SUV Named
The top trending vehicle models in four categories were honored with SEMA Awards in Las Vegas. The Ford Mustang was named Hottest Car, the Scion FR-S took the Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck, and the Jeep Wrangler received the Hottest 4×4-SUV award.
Chosen by the show’s exhibitors, the SEMA Award recognizes vehicle models that specialty equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and showcase the year’s coolest products. Now in its fourth year, the SEMA Award helps guide consumers toward the hottest-trending and most accessory-friendly vehicles on the market.
Chevrolet Introduces Concept Trucks
As the 2013 SEMA Show opened, Chevrolet revealed six new concept trucks and SUVs. The concepts represent performance and personalization variations of the 2014 Silverado 1500, as well as the all-new 2015 Silverado HD, Tahoe, and Suburban.
The concepts include the performance-oriented, lightweight Silverado Cheyenne (a Brad Paisley signature-edition concept), a sinister looking all black Tahoe, and even a Tahoe police vehicle. Each wears genuine Chevrolet accessories available from Chevrolet dealerships, allowing customers to personalize their trucks to their interests.
In addition to the concepts introduced today, Chevrolet is also showing the Silverado Black Ops and Volunteer Firefighter concepts previously unveiled in September. Throughout the SEMA Show, Chevrolet gave a Silverado Z71 Crew Cab a personality makeover daily, changing its appearance from luxury to sport then work truck and onto outdoors.
Ford & Gene Simmons Team Up for Charity Truck Auction
Photo courtesy of Ford
Snakebit, a custom 1956 Ford F-100 with styling cues that salute the famous Shelby Mustangs, was unveiled today by KISS bassist Gene Simmons and his wife, actress Shannon Tweed. The Snakebit truck is part of a fundraising effort to build a children’s hospital in Tweed’s hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, one of only two Canadian provinces without a dedicated children’s hospital.
The project was originally conceived by Tom Foster, president of Saskatoon-based customizer Industrial Machine & Manufacturing, as a team building exercise that could help raise funds for a new children’s hospital. Called Wheels of Dreams, the project to design and build the custom truck was funded by the Ford dealer association in Saskatchewan.
Snakebit will be auctioned off in early 2014 by Barrett-Jackson with proceeds going to the children’s hospital project. The winning bidder will get one serious truck. Under the sectioned dual-skinned hood of the 1956 F-100 is a Ford Racing supercharged 5.4-liter V8 breathing through a high-performance exhaust system. A six-speed manual gearbox feeds the estimated 550 horsepower to the 20-inch rear wheels.
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