Aftermarket’s Four Favorites Honored as Show’s ‘Hottest’
Although the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) likes to boast that it brings the world’s newest custom goodies to Las Vegas for the annual SEMA Show, this year’s award-winning vehicles had a distinctly familiar look to them. Well, maybe not a “familiar look”—this was the SEMA Show after all—but the fact of the matter was that this year’s Hottest Vehicles were the same as last year’s: The Ford Mustang and Ford F-Series, as well as the Jeep Wrangler and Scion FR-S, all repeated their victories as the Hottest 4x4 SUV, Hottest Sport Compact, Hottest Car and Hottest Truck at the 2013 event. For the uninitiated, that means earning recognition as the vehicles that: “specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products.”
As explained by Chris J. Kersting, president and CEO of SEMA: "Our SEMA Show exhibitors are industry visionaries who determine the winners of the SEMA Awards. The booth space is a ballot and the vehicles they choose to showcase in their booths are a vote. The most prominent models in each category are the winners."
Particularly impressive this year were the victories for the Wrangler and the F-Series, which have now earned Hottest honors in each of the four years since the recognition program was launched, but we do have some nifty examples of all four winners in the following gallery.