With 2015 as one of the best years for light-duty truck sales, January 2016 sales continue on a solid path for GM, Ram, Toyota and Nissan. Ford posted negative earnings, compared to last January, but the F-series continues to be the best-selling truck.
January 2016 Sales Figures vs 2015
51,540 - Ford F-Series +5.2% vs 2015
37,863 - Chevrolet Silverado +4.9% vs 2015
29,938 - Dodge Ram +4.6% vs 2015
14,381 - GMC Sierra +13.9% vs 2015
12,717 - Toyota Tacoma +11.5% vs 2015
7,232 - Toyota Tundra -11.8% vs 2015
6,363 - Nissan Frontier +8.4% vs 2015
5,508 - Chevrolet Colorado -7.39% vs 2015
2,270 - GMC Canyon +2.9% vs 2015
937 - Nissan Titan +21.1% vs 2015
2 - Honda Ridgeline -99.1% vs 2015
Meyer Distributing Announces Grand Rapids, MI Location
Meyer Distributing, Inc. announces the addition of its Grand Rapids, MI location. The cross-dock will have a direct feed from Meyer's Jasper, IN distribution hub which houses one of the largest inventories of automotive accessories and RV parts in the country. “We have received a very welcoming response from RV dealers in Michigan—so much so that we decided to invest in another new crossdock to better service these customers,” says Paul Tustin, the Midwest/Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Meyer. For more information, visit www.mymeyer.com.
Rugged Ridge Releases New Center Console Covers For Jeep Wranglers
Rugged Ridge announced its new All-Terrain Center Console Covers for 2002-2006 Jeep TJ/LJ and 2007-2016 JK Wranglers. The All-Terrain Center Console Covers are designed to prevent the accelerated wear and tear common to Jeep Wranglers, resulting from sun exposure and off-roading. Molded from durable polyurethane foam, the All-Terrain Center Console Covers create a heavy duty barrier to protect the vulnerable console from scratches, rips, and stains. Rugged Ridge All-Terrain Center Console Covers install securely with the supplied automotive grade adhesive tape. Each Center Console Cover is backed by an industry-leading five-year limited warranty. For more information, visit www.RuggedRidge.com.
HUBB has introduced its new oil filter to the automotive aftermarket. Currently available for any light truck or passenger vehicle that uses a spin-on filter, HUBB’s patented filter-in-a-filter design features a surgical stainless steel weave rather than paper that is used by conventional filters. According to HUBB, the unique design and functionality of the filter improves oil flow by five times, while capturing more contaminants from combustion so engine oil stays cleaner, longer, and also helps the environment by eliminating the need to dispose of used filters in landfills. The HUBB filter is also backed with an industry first 100,000-mile performance guarantee. For more information, visit www.hubbfilters.com.
WEATHER GUARD has introduced six new WEATHER GUARD® Transfer Tanks, designed specifically for transferring diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid in the bed of a pickup truck to remote heavy equipment. These new 40 gallon “L”, 45 gallon cube and 50 gallon column transfer tanks can be used for diesel fuel, hydraulic fluid and any other nonflammable liquids. The Transfer Tanks feature fully arc-welded, heavy 14 gauge steel construction, with a new interior baffle designed to reduce fluid movement and provides extra tank reinforcement, a lockable, vented filler cap that prevents excessive pressure build-up, and the threaded filler neck accepts standard two-foot threaded pipe. For more information, visit www.weatherguard.com.
JL Audio has unveiled the RD Series car audio amplifier line. Four models have been announced for 2016, including two monoblock subwoofer amplifiers, a four-channel full-range amplifier and a five-channel system amplifier. All models are scheduled for delivery in the 2nd quarter of 2016. RD amplifiers also offer an input section, featuring dual-range differential-balanced technology. Automatic turn-on is also built-in, selectable between Signal Sensing and DC Offset Sensing modes. Bridging switches are also provided for each stereo channel bank. Also on board are LED clipping indicators. With the use of a CD or an audio file with a full-scale sine wave, installers can use these LED indicators to quickly establish the correct input sensitivity setting, without the need for additional test equipment. All amplifier controls are accessible beneath a removable control cover. Connections for speaker and power wires are via captured-wire connectors, with all screws protected by the control cover. For more information, visit www.nicollpr.com.
Air Lift Company has reengineered its heavy-duty LoadLifter 5000 and LoadLifter 5000 ULTIMATE air spring kits to support and protect Ford pickup trucks. The redesigned heavy-duty air spring kits feature a new lower bracket assembly. Both kits offer improved air spring alignment, fit both single rear-wheel and duel rear-wheel vehicles, and offers fully automatic wired and wireless on-board air compressor systems. The air spring kits are fully compatible with the 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty four-wheel drive pickup, the 2011-2016 Ford F-250 and F-350 Four-wheel drive pickups, and 2011-2014 Ford F-450 Four-wheel drive pickup with a non-commercial chassis. All Air Lift products are backed by an industry-exclusive lifetime warranty, and a 60-day money back guarantee. For more information, visit www.airliftcompany.com.
Bushwacker is now offering two styles of fender flares for the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500. The company's offerings include its "OE" Style and Extend-A-Fender flares. The "OE" Style flares feature 0.75-inches of additional tire coverage, and the Extend-A-Fender flares feature 1.25-inches of tire coverage. Tire coverage is measured from the wheel well sheet metal out. Both flares are made from a smooth, 100% UV-protected Dura-Flex 2000 material, and feature an OE matte-black finish that, according to Bushwacker, won’t fade and can also be painted. The flares also feature easy instillation without having to cut the sheet metal. Bushwacker’s Fender Flares are covered by a limited lifetime warranty and are made in the USA. For more information, visit www.bushwacker.com.
AutomotiveTouchup announces its exact-match paint for Jeep owners that, according to AutomoticeTouchup, is affordable and preserves as well as protects. AutomotiveTouchup products are only available online and are specifically formulated for each order using a year/make/model ordering process. Once the color is selected, it can be packaged to fit the size of the repair area. AutomotiveTouchup offers ready to spray products in half-ounces, two-ounce, 12-ounce aerosol cans equipped with a pro-grade spray tip, pints, quarts or gallons, along with a complete range of refinishing accessories. Educational videos are available on their website. For more information, visit www.AutomotiveTouchup.com.
Paramount Automotive Offers New Grilles for 99-16 Ford Raptor
Paramount Automotive Inc. announces its newest line of grilles for the 1999-2016 Ford Raptor F-series truck. According to Paramount Automotive, the new line of grilles offers consumers an upgraded desert racing appearance. The grilles features include easy installation, amber accent lights, resistance to rust and/or corrosion, and have been rigorously tested for fit and finish. For additional information, visit www.paramount-automotive.com.
Rostra is introducing its latest application for the company's backup video camera, to fit 2015 and 2016 model Ford F-150 pickups. The Tailgate Backup Camera replaces the factory tailgate handle and features a 1/4-inch CMOS color camera with a .5 Lux sensitivity. With 150-degree peripheral view it aids in backing up in tight spaces or when hitching up to a trailer. The camera comes in a waterproof case with anti-fog lens, and the complete installation kit also includes weather-proof connectors and includes a 30-foot extension harness. For more information, visit www.rostra.com.
RealTruck.com is pleased to announce the promotion of Ryan McDonald from digital marketing specialist, to Digital Marketing Manager. This is a new position for RealTruck.com as the company expands its online advertising department. In conjunction with the inbound marketing team, RealTruck’s digital advertising team will work to increase the company share of the truck accessories market, and increase conversion. McDonald’s new role covers strategy of online channels, developing talent within his team, and growing revenue for RealTruck. For more information, visit www.RealTruck.com.
Boom Mat Introduces Leather Look Headliner and Side Window Kits
Boom Mat now offers a new Leather Look Jeep Headliner for late model two door and four door Jeep JK’s. The Leather Look sound deadening headliner is available in either a black or gray faux leather. The custom cut, peel and stick kit reduces noise three to four decibels; translating into close to 25% noise reduction. The liner is made with marine grade acoustical foam. DEI’s headliner cleans with soap and water, and is mold and mildew resistant. DEI also has introduced a companion Leather Look Side Window Kit for the finishing touch for Jeep Wranglers, also available in black or gray for two and four door models. For more information, visit www.BoomMat.com.
Chevrolet introduces the 2016 Silverado Realtree Edition, an outdoors-inspired special edition pick-up truck that, according to Chevrolet, leverages the strength, versatility and personalization possibilities of the Silverado and distinguishes it with camo graphics from Realtree. It is the latest and strongest example of a decade-long partnership between Chevrolet and Realtree. For more information, visit www.chevrolet.com.
The THI Corporation, has changed its corporate name to Truck Hero, Inc. effective January 20, 2016. According to Truck Hero COO Kelly Kneifl, the name change is part of the company's re-branding that is part of its long-term corporate strategy. “We know that truck and Jeep® owners are looking for great quality and value when adding accessories to their vehicles, and that is exactly what we offer through our extensive selection," said Kneifl. "I believe that Truck Hero is the perfect name to capture our commitment to engineering excellence and innovative new products.”
Truck Hero, Inc. remains as one of the leading suppliers of light duty truck accessories whose products addresses virtually every consumer price point in both the hard and soft truck bed cover categories. The company's family of brands include Extang, TruXedo, BedRug, UnderCover, Advantage, Retrax, BAK, A.R.E., N-FAB, and two online retailers: AutoCustoms and Real Truck. “Between our high-quality products and industry-leading reputation, Truck Hero has always been held in high regard for the family of companies that we represent and the products that they offer,” stated Bill Reminder, President and CEO. “We are confident that the new name will resonate with consumers, and will also match the look and feel of the new advertising programs and initiatives that we will be bringing to market in the coming year.” For more information, visit, www.truck-hero.com.
Cargo Ease announces its newest product, the Cargo Ease Locker. The locker hold up to 600-pounds per drawer and has a 2000-pound weight capacity on its top (evenly distributed). The locker features commercial sliding mounts for the top of the locker with single or dual drawers available to consumers. The lockers are available in nine-inch and twelve-inch heights with custom designs available. For more information, visit www.cargo-ease.com.
BOLT Technology for 2015-2016 Ford Transit and Transit Connect
BOLT now offers its one-key lock technology to the owners of 2015 and 2016 Ford Transit and Transit Connect commercial vans. Patented BOLT locks are designed so that a single ignition key can be programmed to open any number of BOLT locks, reducing the need for multiple keys. The first time the ignition key is inserted into the BOLT lock cylinder spring-loaded plate tumblers move, immediately coding the cylinder to that unique key. Weatherproof BOLT locks are manufactured with an electro-less nickel-plated carbon steel pin or shaft assembly/shield, and feature an automotive-grade stainless steel lock shutter and a six-plate tumbler sidebar to prevent picking and bumping. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com.
Limited-Time Consumer Rebate Offer From AMP Research
AMP Research is offering a consumer promotion designed to help distributers sell AMP Research product. The promotion will give customers the opportunity to receive a $100 American Express Reward Card for a purchase on select PowerStep power running boards starting February 01, 2016 through March 31, 2016. To receive the $100 reward card, customers will need to visit http://lirebates.com and download the appropriate rebate form, attach the original 12-digit UPC barcode from the product packaging and a copy of the in-store/online receipt with the product's price circled. All requests must be mailed in by April 30, 2016. For more information, visit www.amp-research.com.
Classic Soft Trim Celebrates A 30th Anniversary Milestone
Classic Soft Trim, is celebrating a milestone anniversary, 30 years of specializing in direct sales and installation of leather interiors, sunroofs, mobile electronics and related aftermarket accessories to automotive dealerships. The company, which operates in 26 major metropolitan markets, began operations in Los Angeles in 1984 and was the first to pioneer and install aftermarket replacement leather interiors in cloth-equipped new vehicles.
Over the years, Classic Soft Trim has focused on innovation and industry firsts, including the early development of OEM-driven dealership programs to rapidly upgrade existing dealer inventories with leather interiors, and leading the way with FMVSS testing and validation of aftermarket leather interiors. The company also broke new ground as a Tier One supplier of OEM leather interiors, as well as supplying port-of-entry and OEM distribution center programs.
“Classic Soft Trim has a longstanding reputation of being first to market with innovative products and programs, and providing automotive dealerships with world-class products and installation services. It is a privilege to recognize and congratulate the entire Classic Soft Trim team for their dedication and professionalism. Thirty years in operation is a landmark achievement,” stated Dave Edmondson, senior VP of Roadwire Inc. and its family of companies, Roadwire Leather Interiors, Distinctive Industries and Signature Automotive Products.
Roadwire Inc., honored in 2014 as Manufacturer of the Year by SEMA’s Professional Restyler Organization, is a third-generation, privately owned company based in Austin, Texas. The global automotive company, in business more than 45 years, provides and manufactures innovative products to new- and pre-owned vehicle markets through a network of more than 3,500 installation points and seven strategically located national and regional distribution centers. For more information, visit www.roadwire.com.
The new 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland is Jeep's latest model that offers Cherokee buyers the option of a full luxury package. The exterior details include chromed grille and chin spoiler with a monochromatic body appearance items. The Overland comes with 18-inch diameter wheels and bi-xenon headlights.
The interior sports a leather-trimmed instrument panel with a Zebrano wood trim at the top of the steering wheel. Napa leather seat upholstery and Berber floor mats add to the luxurious details of the Overland model's interior. Standard on Overland Cherokees is an Alpine audio system, Bluetooth, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen, and more.
While the Overlander is designed for a higher-end customer, the Cherokee's suspension performance and 271 horsepower V6 are still enough to give this SUV better off-road capabilities than other mid-sized luxury SUV's in its class.
The interior of the Overlander model features leather upholstery and dash, as well as an Alpine audio system and wood accent on the steering wheel.
Honda is reintroducing its Ridgeline in 2017 with a new appearance and more built-in technology, but it's still based on the SUV platform. The 2017 model was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where some of the truck's features were displayed. Some of these included a new In-Bed Truck that provides extra space for a spare tire, tools and other gear that can remain hidden under the bed. The Ridgeline also maintains its swing-away tailgate with a drop-down option that makes it easy to store cargo in its 4-inch longer bed.
The interior features many upgrades from previous models, including more cargo space and a low floor that makes driving and long trips more comfortable. An eight-speaker sound system will have drivers rockin' to their favorite tunes with the high-output radio, an industry first. Tri-zone climate controls, a push-button start, and a color eight iinch touch-screen display with Apple CarPlay and Android compatibility are just some of the interior features Honda believes its customers will enjoy.
The 2017 model will be equipped with an all-aluminum 3.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC V-6, similar to the Honda Pilot, along with a new six-speed automatic transmission. An all-wheel drive system will be optional to the standard front-wheel drive.
Honda says it is determined to make the Ridgeline the safest truck on the road. In the 2017 model, plans are to include driver-assist technology, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, and blind spot warning. In addition, a rearview camera is standard on all models.
BDS Suspension expands its available FOX coil over lineup with new four-inch systems for 2007-2016 Chevy and GMC 1/2-ton trucks and SUVs. The new four-inch FOX coil overs are available both as an upgrade for current four-inch equipped trucks, or as a complete system. As with all BDS lift kits, the new four-inch performance coil over systems are backed by Factory Protection Plus, and a five-year/60,000-mile drivetrain warranty at no additional cost to the consumer. For more information, visit www.bds-suspencion.com.
AMP Research expanded its PowerStep XL electric deployable running board with several new features. This running board is specifically designed for lifted trucks, featuring aluminum rails with a textured finish that drop three-inches lower than the standard PowerStep, automatically drops when doors open, and retracts when doors are shut, and has a 600-pound load capacity for each side. According to AMP Research, the running board improves clearance and aerodynamics. The PowerStep XL is now available for the 2004-08’ Ford F-150 super crew, 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab, 2007-2014 GMC Sierra 2500/3500 crew cab, 2013-2016 Ram 2500/3500 mega cab, 2009-2012 Dodge Ram 1500 crew cab, 2010-2012 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 crew cab, and 2010-2012 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 mega cab. For more information, visit www.amp-research.com.
AMP Research has expanded its PowerStep electric deployable running board offerings to include several new applications. The standard PowerStep is now available for the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma and features an integrated LED light system, automatically extends when doors open, and retract when doors close, has a 600 pound load capacity on each step, and comes with a five-year/ 60,000 mile warranty. AMP Research products are invented, engineered, and built in the U.S.A. For additional information, visit www.amp-research.com.
Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. opened a new warehouse in Brownstown, MI. This is the seventh warehouse that is operational and fulfilling Keystone/NTP-STAG customer orders in the Great Lakes region. The new Brownstown warehouse will provide greater product fulfillment and other cross dock locations. “The expansion provides an opportunity to better connect with both current and new customers in the area, helping them continue to excel within their respective markets,” said John Ruch, Vice President
Fulfillment and Logistics at Keystone. “We’re committed to the continued advancement of our logistics services, ensuring our customers not only have access to the largest inventory offering in the aftermarket, but also receive it quickly and accurately.”
Keystone has more than 165,000 unique stocking SKUs and the company expects to further expand its footprint to meet the growing needs of its customer base. For more information, visit www.keystoneautomotive.com.
KC’s new Pro6 LED Light Bar is an LED off-road lighting system engineered to take lighting visibility to new heights while being configurable and modular. The Pro6 has a patented Gravity LED GRD technology that uses the G6 LED optical insert, strung together via the patent-pending Pro6 Infinity Ring system. Each Infinity Ring connects together with a bolt pattern that allows consumers to keep the bar straight, or make it radius. The Pro6 allows consumers to add or take away lights, giving it the flexibility to build the bar to fit a particular vehicle. The LED light bar also features a high power outlet with a low amperage draw. The lights will be available mid-April of this year. For more information, visit www.kchilites.com.
BEDSLIDE introduces the BEDBASKET, designed to provide consumers with added upper storage and cargo management, as well as attach directly to BEDSLIDE’s GUARDRAIL kit system. Available now, part BSA-BBT48 fits all 48-inch wide BEDSLIDES equipped with GUARDRAILS. MSRP $299.00. For more information, visit www.bedslide.com.
BEDSLIDE releases its new GUARDRAIL upgrade kit, adding more cargo management to the BEDSLIDE 1000 CLASSIC. The Guardrail is available in three sizes to fit the length of the consumer’s truck bed with BEDSLIDE. Part BSA-GRK80 fits all 9-inch long CLASSIC models, comes with 80-inch rails, 2 towers, graphics, fasteners and D-ring tie downs. Part BSA-GRK60 fits all 72-inch to 79-inch long CLASSIC models, comes with 60-inch rails, 2 towers, graphics, fasteners and D-ring tie downs. Lastly, part BSA-GRK50 fits all 65-inch and shorter CLASSIC models, comes with 50-inch rails, 2 towers, graphics, fasteners and D-ring tie downs. For more information, visit www.bedslide.com.
Edge Hits Market with All-New Jammer Cold Air Intake
Edge Products announces all-new Jammer cold air intake to market. The Jammer intakes are designed to pair with the Edge Evolution, Juice with Attitude, and EvoHT tuning devices. According to Edge, The Jammer CAI's design improves airflow, and Edge's performance tuning, combined with the Jammer CAI, offers best-in-class results for maximum performance, and improved continuous power. The announcement includes coverage for Ford, GM, and Dodge/RAM late model diesel trucks. Edge expects to expand the Jammer intake line with additional SKUs, to cover most diesel truck models, throughout the year, in 2016. For more information, visit www.edgeproducts.com.
Wards Auto reports that more than 17-million vehicles and more than 9 million light-duty pickup trucks sold in 2015, it makes for one of the best sales years for automakers. With more new vehicles on the market, truck accessory retailers can expect additional sales on some of the more popular models, including the Ford F-150, GM's Silverado/Sierra, Dodge Ram, Toyota Tacoma/Tundra, and GM's mid-size Colorado/Canyon. Ford once again topped the sales charts with more than 85K vehicles sold. Despite the lead, GM, Dodge and Toyota all had a great sales year and market watchers indicate that the trend is expected to continue up until the spring of 2016. The sales figures below showcase both December sales, compared to December 2014 and overall year-to-date sales for each manufacturer in 2015.
December 2015 Sales Figures vs 2014
85,221 - Ford F-Series +14.6% vs 2014
62,992 - Chevrolet Silverado +8.9% vs 2014
43,135 - Dodge Ram -2.5% vs 2014
27,438 - GMC Sierra +17.1% vs 2014
17.192 - Toyota Tacoma +20.4% vs 2014
11,150 - Toyota Tundra +6.0% vs 2014
7,909 - Chevrolet Colorado +95.9% vs 2014
5,693 - Nissan Frontier -6.1% vs 2014
3,000 - GMC Canyon +95.7% vs 2014
1,018 - Nissan Titan +17.1% vs 2014
2 - Honda Ridgeline -99.6% vs 2014
2015 Sales YTD
780,354 - Ford F-Series
600,544 - Chevrolet Silverado
451,116 - Ram
224,139 - GMC Sierra
179,562 - Toyota Tacoma
118,880 - Toyota Tundra
84,430 - Chevrolet Colorado
62,817 - Nissan Frontier
30,077 - GMC Canyon
12,140 - Nissan Titan
520 - Honda Ridgeline
Rugged Ridge Announced Magnetic Panel Protectors For Jeep Wrangler JK
Rugged Ridge announced its new Magnetic Panel Protectors for the 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler JK. The panel protectors feature a fifteen piece kit (depending on if consumer has two or four door) with sixteen gauge (.060-inches) thick magnetic sheet material, and a matte black finish designed to provide full coverage for the Jeep to protect paint from debris. The protector panels cover the Jeeps front and rear fenders, doors, and door seams. The Rugged Ridge Magnetic Panel Protector kits are available online with two and four-door applications. For more information, visit www.RuggedRidge.com.
BDS Suspension Now Shipping 2016 Chevy 1500 Lift Kits
BDS Suspension is now shipping a full line of suspension systems for the redesigned 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 4WD trucks. Available in two, four, and six-inch lift heights, BDS Suspension offers several IFS and coil over suspension lift options to meet consumer needs and clear up to 35-inch tires. The kits feature a factory protection plus program that includes BDS’s exclusive No Fine Print Warranty. For more information, visit www.bds-suspension.com.
As a commitment to providing customers with faster delivery, Takit Inc., manufacturers of Bedslide, opened Bedslide West, a production facility in Medford, Oregon. In addition to housing our corporate headquarters, the new facility will house the company's corporate headquarters and will add in-house automated powder coating, parts media blasting, a more comprehensive R&D department and composite deck polyurea application. For more information, visit www.bedslide.com.
Keystone Automotive Operations Expands Its Delivery Services
Keystone Automotive Operations has expanded the company's delivery services in the Northeast region of the United States. According to John Ruch, Vice President of Fulfillment and Logistics at Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. the areas include Webster, MA; Gorham, ME; Albany, NY; Rochester, NY; Syracuse, NY; Exeter, PA; Plainview, NY; and Syosset, NY.
“The expansion provides an opportunity to better connect with both current and new customers in the area, helping them continue to excel within their respective markets. The recent crossdock enhancements in the Northeast offer our customers access to the largest inventory selection within the industry and superior service – all with next day delivery! Our sales force is extremely excited about the recent expansion and is looking forward to providing continued industry knowledge, passion and support throughout 2016,” said Ruch.
Keystone has more than 165,000 unique SKUs and will continue to expand its footprint to meet the growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it. For more information, visit www.keystoneautomotive.com.
Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. added Mishimoto, DINAN®, Drive Shaft Shop, DRAKE and Instant Proof to its inventory.
“We are committed to investing in the market with the goal of offering deeper and broader coverage across various product categories,” said Larry Montante, Vice President of Category Management. “We want to be part of the process to really help our customers market themselves as a local source for new and innovative products. It’s our job to keep adding new lines to help them achieve that status,” said Montante.
Keystone has more than 165,000 unique SKUs and will continue to expand its footprint to meet the growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it. For more information, visit www.keystoneautomotive.com.
Two major milestones recently occurred at Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia, LLC (YTMV): the Salem, Virginia facility celebrated its 25th anniversary and produced its 80 millionth tire. YTMV has also been at the forefront of Yokohama’s environmental achievements in the U.S. This year, the plant became a zero landfill operation and received the 2015 Environmental Warrior Award from the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA). YTMV has additionally been highly active in its parent company, The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.’s, ongoing global initiative, Forever Forest. The initiative aims to plant approximately 500,000 trees around Yokohama’s facilities worldwide by 2017. For more information, visit www.yokohamatruck.com.
LRG Rims has introduced the 112th Fade to their line of custom wheels. The Fade comes in 20-inch sizes and is available in five, six, and eight lug bolt patterns to fit truck, Jeep, and SUV applications. The LRG Fade features a six-spoke design in a satin black finish with split spokes and milled accents in the windows. All LRG rims delivers a load ratings of up to 3650 pounds per wheel. Every LRG wheel is backed by a two-year finish warranty and the industry’s only fully transferable lifetime structural warranty. For more information, visit www.LRGRims.com
Royalty Core’s New Adjustable Headache Rack with Integrated LED Lights
Royalty Core introduces a line of RC88 Headache Rack’s built using high strength T6 Billet Aluminum One-of-A-Kind rectangular octagon tubing exclusive to Royalty Core Headache Racks only. The rack combines lightweight double-framed heavy-duty construction where each application is rigorously tested, and offers fully adjustable mounting brackets to accommodate bed boxes & covers.
Consumers choose between integrated LED taillights or no lights, stud varieties, colors including color matching, removable center, height, knobs, custom upgrades, & enable maximum rearview visibility which keeps your cab cooler from sun-rays. For more information, visit www.royaltycore.com.
Rugged Ridge Expands Line Of Vintage Inspired Fender Flares
Following the success of its Hurricane Flat Fender Flares for Jeep Wrangler JK models (2007-2016), Rugged Ridge announced that it has expanded the product line with new applications for 1997-2006 Jeep TJ/LJ Wrangler. The Flares were engineered to mount high upon the fender for extra clearance for oversized wheels and tires. Each fender flare is constructed from black injection molded thermoplastic that can be painted or left unfinished. The Hurricane Flat Fender Flares also come complete with a set of black corrosion resistant fasteners. Rugged Ridge Hurricane Flat Fender Flares are backed by a five-year limited warranty. For more information, visit www.RuggedRidge.com.
Royal Purple Introduces New Formulation Of Purple Ice
Royal Purple announced the introduction of its reformulated cooling system optimizer and conditioner, Purple Ice. The new formulation reduces engine coolant temperatures by as much as 25 degrees Fahrenheit and provides protection against harmful build-up and corrosion in the cooling systems of cars, trucks, motorcycles and power sports equipment. Purple Ice is 100 percent water soluble and leaves behind no film or build-up, is compatible with all OEM and stock replacement coolants, including extended-life antifreezes, and can also be used with straight water for maximum cooling benefit. For more information, visit www.RoyalPurpleConsumer.com.
Borla’s All-New Exhaust Tip For Mustang GT, GMC Sierra And Chevy Silverado
Borla Performance announced that their new Black Chrome Exhaust Tips are now available for the 2015 Ford Mustang GT, 2014-16 GMC Sierra, and Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The Cat-Back exhaust systems with Black Chrome Tips provide more styling options, while still delivering the aggressive exhaust notes and performance improvements. The Black Chrome Tips are made from premium aircraft-quality, T304 austenitic stainless steel, and are designed to offer long-lasting durability against rust and corrosion. All of Borla’s exhaust components and complete exhaust systems are backed by Borla’s Million-Mile Warranty. For more information, visit www.borla.com.
RealTruck.com Names Justin Deltener Vice President
RealTruck.com announces that Justin Deltener will be promoted to Vice President, effective January first 2016. As Vice President, Deltener will be responsible for managing the regular operations and administration of the company, working with managers and company executives to set strategic goals, and spearheading initiatives geared towards further company growth and development. Hired as Chief Technology Officer in 2008, Deltener has worked in that capacity for the past seven years. Over this time, he has been instrumental in creating RealTruck.com’s back-end order-management and fulfilment system, the development of the company’s website, and the founding of the RealTruck Fargo office, among other accomplishments. "I am very fortunate to be given opportunity to work with so many talented individuals, and to continue RealTruck’s legacy of improvement and growth," said Deltener. For more information, visit www.RealTruck.com.
Westin Automotive Products, Inc. is proud to introduce its R7 Boards, the latest addition to Westin’s Running Boards product category. Westin’s R7 Boards are available in black powder coated aluminum or polished 304 stainless steel, and feature oversized step pads and OE style traction grooves. R7 Boards are sold complete with vehicle specific mount kit and feature injection molded bracket covers for a clean look. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com
Orlaco introduces its HD monitor and camera dubbed CornerEye. The system has a wide angle lens that combines with the latest technologies to deliver a field of vision of 270-degrees. CornerEye gives you a full and detailed picture of your surroundings, continuously and in real time. The camera is waterproof to IP69K standard and also shock and vibration-resistant. The system has been specially designed for trucks and heavy machinery. It is produced in accordance with the approved quality standards and is in line with CE marking standards. It is also approved under the demanding R10 criteria. The system does not interfere with driver concentration and cannot be affected by electromagnetic fields. For more information, visit www.orlaco.com.
American Force Wheels proudly announces its new 28-inch dually wheels that are custom forged, made to customer specs, feature high quality construction for extended durability and long life, as well as having a ten lug or direct bolt-on options. According to American Force Wheels, the new wheels represent the companies continued commitment to identifying and responding to customer demand. Apparently, the company is consistently engaging customers from all walks of life, from different backgrounds, different geographic regions, to ensure the products being developed are being done so as a result of direct customer feedback. For more information, visit www.americanforcewheels.com.
BOLT Locks Sponsor Two Bass Master Elite Pro Anglers During 2015 Tournament Season
BOLT locks has announced that the brand will provide sponsorship support to Bassmaster Elite Series pros Justin Lucas and Brandon Palaniuk throughout the 2015 tournament season. According to BOLT, its Blocks will protect these anglers’ valuable gear with the one-key convenience and security offered by tough, weatherproof BOLT padlocks and 5/8-inch receiver locks. BOLT locks feature technology that programs a single truck ignition key to open any number of BOLT locks, eliminating the need for multiple keys. BOLT locks also come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com.
Hypertech’s Max Energy 2.0 Tuner For Ford Gas/Diesel Trucks
Hypertech has released its new Max Energy 2.0 Power Programmers for the 2004-2014 Ford Gas Trucks/SUVs and 2006-2012 Ford Diesel Trucks. Max Energy 2.0 Power Programmers optimize engine tuning to maximize HP, torque and performance, and in the process delivers one-three more miles per gallon. In addition, it reprograms your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) when using larger replacement tires with tire pressures that differ from the stock tires. Max Energy 2.0 Power Programmers also use a larger backlit LCD screen to allow for quick and easy setup, and user-friendly navigation. For more information, visit www. Hypertech.com.
Truck owners can avoid the cost of replacing a damaged front or rear bumper with eCOOLogical's BumperShelz, a ABS plastic bumper cover that features pre-laminated paint film with scratch and UV resistant clear coat. The BumperShellz are available with or wihtout fog lamps and include standard trim bezels. For more information,visit www.eccoological.com.
Hellwig’s new rear sway bar for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma fits vehicles with a Two to Four-inch rear lift. This sway bar features heat treated, solid chromoly, ¾-inch steel, adjustable end links, as well as having three holes in the sway bar arms to allow for rate tuning. The kit includes everything necessary to complete the install. This is a direct bolt on kit, requiring no drilling or welding. The powder-coated steel components, polyurethane bushings, three-hole adjustments, and end links are all covered by a lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.HellwigProducts.com.
Hellwig’s new rear sway bar for the 2015-2016 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon fits vehicles with a two to four-inch rear lift. The sway bar features heat treated, solid chromoly, one-inch steel, comes with adjustable end links, as well as having two holes in the sway bar arms to allow for rate tuning to the driver’s specific load and driving style. The kit includes everything necessary to complete the install. This is a direct bolt on kit, requiring no drilling or welding. The powder-coated steel components, polyurethane bushings, three-hole adjustments, and end links are all covered by a lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.HellwigProducts.com.
Bedslide introduced its new 2016 generation of Bedslide cargo management system, which includes new and upgraded features. A new Weatherdeck features Bedslide's exclusive composite lightweight decking that is made to be durable and withstand the elements. The cargo tie-down system the Bedtrax, features D-Ring tie-downs, while new guardrails and a headboard (optional on CL models) are designed to contain cargo. The company also added new Quickpins, a three-point pin system for quick installation and removal that is available on 1000 lbs. capacity models only. In addition, Bedslide added a new lifetime warranty that is available with product registration. For more information on Bedslides 2016 model products, visit www.bedslide.com.
The truck accessory retailers use light-duty truck sales to measure the state of the marketplace, and the overall economy. With November 2015 figures holding on strong, retailers can continue to invest in stocking popular accessories for these vehicles, as we head into the new year. With Ford F-series trucks still holding the title as the most popular pickup, truck accessory manufacturers and retailers can safely bet that these vehicle owners will come into their showrooms to purchase a multitude of accessories.
While F-series sales continue strong, November 2015 wasn't as good for Dodge, GMC or Toyota full-size vehicles. Mid-size trucks, like the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon continue to pick up sales, indicating they will continue to be good vehicles for accessories in the early part of 2016.
November 2015 Sales Figures vs 2014
65,192 - Ford F-Series +10.4% vs 2014
45,001 - Chevrolet Silverado +5.1% vs 2014
36,407 - Dodge Ram +1.5% vs 2014
16,527 - GMC Sierra -26.7% vs 2014
13,465 - Toyota Tacoma +3.4% vs 2014
8,590 - Toyota Tundra -10.3% vs 2014
6,230 - Chevrolet Colorado +163.3% vs 2014
5,099 - Nissan Frontier -19.5% vs 2014
2,236 - GMC Canyon +161.8% vs 2014
719 - Nissan Titan -26% vs 2014
3 - Honda Ridgeline -99.5% vs 2014
2015 Sales YTD
695,143 - Ford F-Series
537,552 - Chevrolet Silverado
407,981 - Ram
196,701 - GMC Sierra
162,370 - Toyota Tacoma
107,730 - Toyota Tundra
76,521 - Chevrolet Colorado
57,124 - Nissan Frontier
27,077 - GMC Canyon
11,122 - Nissan Titan
518 - Honda Ridgeline
Brandmotion Releases Additional F-Series Applications for 360 Vision Camera System
Brandmotion has announced its expanded number of applications for its multi-camera systems; specifically in its 360 Vision line. The Brandmotion 360-degree Vision system consists of four high-resolution cameras, two of which are designed to fit under the side mirrors and provide a 185-degree view. The third is flush-mounted in the front bumper, while the rear-view camera is embedded in a vehicle-specific tailgate handle. Users see the rear view automatically when the vehicle is put into reverse gear, overlaid with distance park lines to aid in maneuvering, with a smaller top-down vehicle view alongside. For more information, visit www.Brandmotion.com.
Lingenfelter Bolt-On Long-Travel Suspension Kit For GM Silverado/Sierra 1500
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering is opening up a new off-road performance world for half-ton GM pickup owners by offering a long-travel suspension system as a bolt-on kit for 2014 and newer Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500s – both 2wd and 4x4s. The kit features a three-inch lift with self-adjusting, remote-reservoir Fox Racing Performance Series shocks and struts, custom-fabricated tubular upper control arms, high-angled ball joints, and rear lift blocks with new mounting hardware. The kit can be installed in as little as four hours, and comes with a one year warranty. For more information, visit www.lingenfelter.com.
Buyers Products Delivers Quality with 304 Stainless Steel
Buyers Products is proud of its high standard of excellence for exclusively using market-leading 304 stainless steel for its products. According to Buyers Products, the 304 stainless steel provides lasting performance necessary for tough jobs, but comes at a price that is much more cost-effective than similar materials. The material is customizable and is one of the most popular types of stainless steel on the market. The materials are purchased from U.S. steel mills for certified chemistry and formability. The welds are cleaned and passivated to maintain the critical oxide layer that gives 304 stainless steel its resistance to corrosion. For more information, visit www.buyersproducts.com
XPEL introduces its ULTIMATE Colour, a new color film technology that combines the durability of advanced ULTIMATE paint protection film with the vibrancy of automotive paint. XPEL ULTIMATE Colour film is available in gloss white, gloss black and matte black. ULTIMATE Colour features a clear coat and elastomeric polymers that "heal" over time, eliminating swirl marks and fine scratches. The film's low surface energy sheds contaminants while it protects painted surfaces from damage. ULTIMATE Colour is available in rolls of varying widths and lengths and in model-specific pre-cut patterns, and is backed by a ten year warranty. For more information, visit www.xpel.com.
Husky Liners® has acquired all of the operating assets of R & T Manufacturing, producers of mud flaps and drop trailer ball mounts under the name of Action Accessories. According to Husky Liners managment, the addition of the Action Accessories will compliment the Husky Liner product line and confirms the company's strategy of enhancing the Husky Liner reach to a broader audience.
Action Accessories manufactures the Kickback, SideWinder, Removable Pivoting, Universal, Heavy Duty Rubber, and Hitch Mount Mud Flaps. The Drop Hitches include 10 to 18-inch Fixed Drop Ball Mounts and eight to 14-inch Adjustable Drop Ball Mounts. According to Husky Liners, it is currently in the process of rebranding these product lines and moving operations to their plant in Winfield, KS.
Husky Liners is currently taking orders on these new mud flap and ball mount product lines. Production is underway and shipping on all products should begin on or before December 15th, 2015. For more information on our quality products, visit http://www.huskyliners.com.
J.W. Speaker Awarded Best New Product Under $500 by LTAA
J.W. Speaker Corporation was honored by the LTAA (Light-Truck Accessories Alliance) for this year’s Best New Product under $500 at the 2015 SEMA Show. J.W. Speaker earned the award for their new LED headlight called the Model 8900 Evolution. Popular in the heavy-duty trucking market, the Model 8900 Evolution is a simple drop-in replacement for five-inch by seven-inch sealed beam headlights. The new design features a 30% increase in high beam intensity, as well as lower power consumption, and has decreased the price on this product by more than 30%. For more information, visit www.jwspeaker.com.
Brandmotion Honored With Manufacturer Of The Year From PRO
Brandmotion was honored with the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year award by the Professional Restylers Organization council in recognition of outstanding performance and dedication to the restyling industry. The presentation was made at the PRO Industry Awards reception during the SEMA show. The Manufacturer of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize a company that best represents the industry's core values through exemplary business practices, quality products and active participation in the support of the automotive aftermarket. For more information, visit www.Brandmotion.com.
Air Lift 1000 Universal Spring Kit for Coil Spring Vehicles
Air Lift Company announces its new Air Lift 1000 Universal Air Spring kits for a wide range of SUVs, CUVs, vans, cars and pickups with open coil springs. The Air Lift 1000 Universal Air Spring kits were designed to enhance towing safety and comfort by eliminating squat, trailer sway, rough ride and bottoming out for lighter-duty towing and hauling applications. Constructed of molded polyurethane, Air Lift 1000 adjustable air springs can be installed with common mechanic’s tools and easy-to-use fittings, which require no drilling in many applications. The kit comes with everything needed for a full installation, including a detailed, easy to follow instruction manual. The air springs are backed by a lifetime warranty and a 60-day money-back guarantee. For more information, visit www.airliftcompany.com.
CURT Manufacturing received an award at the 2015 AAPEX show for the company’s new hitch lock packaging. The award was won in the economics category of new packaging. Tom Egan, Vice President of Industry Services as the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and Sean Riley, Editor of Packaging Machinery Technology magazine, judged the competition. The criteria used in judging the economics category consisted of the package design results in costs savings, demonstrated by any/all of the following: Distribution Improvements, Damage Reduction, Packing/Processing Efficiencies, Machinability, Material Standardization, Labor Costs, Warehouse/Storage Costs and Material Costs. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.
Lund International Wins 2015 PWA Manufacturer of the Year
Lund International was awarded Manufacturer of the Year by PWA (Performance Warehouse Association) on Nov. 5, 2015 during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. This award is given for outstanding contributions by a manufacturer to the industry, and honors that company’s diligent efforts to support the warehouse distributor segment with proactive and effective business practices. PWA’s mission is to assist the specialty automotive industry in efforts to expand, maintain, and promote the profitable distribution of specialty automotive products through the manufacturer/distributor/retailer/consumer channel. For more information, visit www.LundInternatoinal.com.
Rampage Products Releases New TrailView Soft Top for Jeep Wrangler JK
Rampage Products has released an all-new soft top for two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler JK vehicles. Called the TrailView Soft Top, this product combines the features of the company’s award-winning Frameless Trail Top with an easy-to-use fold-back sunroof. The TrailView Soft Top is two tops in one: A full top and an open-air safari top that can be opened from inside the vehicle. Plus, since it’s frameless, it allows for larger windows and improved visibility. The TrailView Soft Top has removable side and rear tinted windows with self-correcting zippers. The top also features a flat overhead window storage panel so Jeepers will always have their windows with them and be protected from scratches, punctures, and the elements. The top is offered with Rampage Products’ durable sail cloth in in either Black Diamond or Spice colors. The tops carry a three-year warranty. For more information, visit www.LundInternational.com.
N-FAB, Inc. announces its launch of 20 new Step Systems for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma double cabs with six-foot and five-foot beds, and access cabs with six-foot beds. The new step system includes the N-FAB Nerf Step in two or three-inch main tube in cab length, wheel-2-wheel and bed access configurations in gloss black or textured black. N-FAB now also offers N-Durastep with a larger step pad, and can be purchased in a wheel-2-wheel configuration. The AdjustSTEP step pad adjusts to a height up to five and a half inches, which is also available in wheel-2 wheel. A bed access step can be added to the double cab with a six-foot bed. New, detachable RKR Rails delivers a dual-rail system with bolted steps for vehicle entry and exit ease and easy removal. All Nerf Steps, AdjustSTEPS, N-DuraSteps and RKR Rails with detachable steps come with a standard with a 5-Year Finish and Lifetime Workmanship Warranty. For more information, visit www.n-fab.com.
Lund International Receives Award from American Honda Motor Co.
Lund International was presented with a 2015 Accessory Performance Award from American Honda Motor Co., Inc. for its outstanding dedication to accessories operations. The award was presented on Nov. 4 during the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Lund International supplies American Honda Motor Co. with a variety of accessories for its vehicles, including moonroof visors and hood deflectors, and is proud to continue to partner with the company on future products. These accessories are manufactured in the USA at the Lund International facility in Buford, Georgia. For more information, visit www.LundInternatoinal.com.
A pair of Ricochet by LEER tonneaus will soon be available to provide consumers with the security of a hard tonneau with a style and streamlined look of a soft cover. The new tonneaus are constructed from aluminum panels and covered with a matte-finish ArmorTek automotive-grade polymer-vinyl exterior surface. Ricochet XRT by LEER offers heavier gauge construction for added durability. Consumers can drive their pickup trucks with the cover open, closed, or partially open with secure stops every 12 inches along the rails. The tonneau retracts into its canister at the cab-end of the pickup and not obscure the driver’s rear window. Both Ricochet by LEER models can be quickly, easily and completely removed for access to 100 percent of the truck’s bed. The Ricochet tonneaus will be available for purchase in 2016 at a date to be announced. For more information, visit www.leer.com.
ProRyde’s 3-IN-1 Rear Coil Spring Block Kit For 2014-2016 RAM HD 2500
ProRyde announces the availability of its three-in-one rear coil spring block kit for 2014-2016 RAM Hd 2500 two and four wheel drive pick-ups. The kits patented three-in-one design allows rear lift options of one, one and a half, and two-inches. The kit features two interlocking three-in-one machined steel rear blocks, with nine interlocking points of contact, a black e-coated finish, and is backed by a lifetime warranty. Estimated installation time is one and a half hours. For more information, visit www.prorydeliftkits.com.
A.R.E. Offers New HD Series Cap Built for Demanding Use
A.R.E. Accessories now offers the new HD Series truck cap available for all current model trucks. The centerpiece of the HD Series is an interior aluminum support framework which reinforces the sturdy fiberglass cap construction by routing all roof rack and toolbox weight to the bedrail of the pickup truck, allowing a 550 pound capacity on the HD Series roof rack and 200 pounds in each toolbox. Optional heavy duty side doors open easily to provide access to two steel toolbox inserts. For added privacy and security, the side and rear doors can be upgraded with aluminum inserts with foldable t-handles featuring BOLT’s one-key lock technology. The HD Series comes with a limited lifetime warranty on materials and workmanship. For more information, visit www.4are.com.
Transfer Flow Offers 100 gallons “Hauler” Fuel Tank System
Transfer Flow’s 100-gallon “Hauler” in-bed auxiliary fuel tank system is now available for 2000-2015 full-size Dodge Ram, Ford and GM diesel pickups with eight foot beds. The fuel tank is constructed of aluminum diamond plate and mill finish aluminum, fully baffled, and can be powder coated black as an upgrade. The 100-gallon auxiliary fuel tank operates with Transfer Flow’s Trax 3™ Fuel Monitoring System, a self-diagnosing auxiliary fuel system that automatically transfers fuel from the auxiliary fuel tank to the pickup’s main tank at pre-determined fuel levels. It comes with a dash-mounted LCD display that shows the fuel level percentages in each tank as well as the operational status of the fuel system. The patent pending design has a recessed cover box where the fuel tank sending unit, rollover valve and fuel filter comes preassembled. Mounting hardware is included. For more information, visit www.transferflow.com.
PIAA’s launch of multiple new product lines received a great deal of attention at this year’s SEMA show winning three Global Media awards in the LED lighting segment. Since 2004 the Global Media Award has been a staple of the SEMA show. PIAA’s new RF6 LED fog lights received two of the Global Media Awards, one for the white beam version and another for the new Ion yellow fog. With the third award going to the LED performance bulbs, which come in both 6000k white and Ion yellow output. For more information, visit www.PIAA.com.
Performance Accessories Level & Lift Kit For 2007-2015 Model GM 1500 Series Pickups
Performance Accessories now offers a level and lift kit that raises 2007 to 2015, 2WD and 4WD model Chevrolet and GMC 1500 series pickups up to 2.25 inches without altering the factory suspension. The lift kit consists of two-inch aluminum laser cut front strut spacers, steel lower bar pin shims, a one-inch cast steel leaf spring spacer, heavy-duty mounting hardware, detailed installation instructions, and red thread-locker. The installation does not require any cutting or modifying of the factory suspension system, or the use of a coil spring compressor tool. For more information, visit www.performanceaccessories.com.
LED lighting manufacturer PIAA, won three Global Media Awards at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, for its new RF6 LED fog lights white beam version, Ion yellow fog, and its LED performance bulbs. PIAA’s launch of multiple new product lines received a great deal of attention in the LED lighting segment. The awards have been handed out during the SEMA show since 2004 and are highly respected among the aftermarket industry. For more information on these products, visit www.piaa.com.
Joe Bovee, manufacturer’s representative for Innovative Marketing Services, LLC, based in Tempe, Ariz., was selected as the BOLT Sales Representative of the Year at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. BOLT presents this annual award to recognize outstanding sales achievements and excellent customer service. With over 10 years of experience in automotive aftermarket sales, Bovee represents BOLT’s one-key lock products to automotive and truck aftermarket wholesalers and retailers in the Pacific Northwest. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com.
Westin Automotive Receives Best Exterior Product of the Year Award
Westin Automotive received the Best Exterior Product Award at the 2015 SEMA Show for its HDX Drop Steps. The new HDX Drop Steps were judged amongst entries of our peers in the Exterior Products category and were selected by the judging panel for the coveted SEMA award. They very proudly accepted the honor at the New Products Award Breakfast at the Westgate Hotel on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Announces New Light Truck Engine Package Offerings
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering announces the expansion of its light truck performance product offerings for Chevrolet or GM pickup owners. Lingenfelter now offers 475, 550 or 800 horsepower engine packages, and can also equip those trucks with either an off-road option featuring a lifted, long-travel suspension, or a street-style option with a three-inch front to five-inch rear lowered suspension package. Lingenfelter's supercharged engine packages and suspensions can be expertly installed on new or existing Chevy or GMC trucks at the company's Decatur, Ind. or Wixom, Mich. build facilities. For more information, visit www.lingenfelter.com.
Westin Automotive Products, Inc. introduces Scope Front Bumpers, the first bumper style to be introduced under Westin’s Snyper Precision Technology brand. Scope Front Bumpers are off-road stubby bumpers that offer front tire clearance, are winch ready up to 12,000 pounds, and are made of seven gauge steel for heavy duty durability. Scope Front Bumpers will be offered in three styles; Scope Stubby, Scope Bull Bar Stubby, and Scope Stinger Stubby, all covered by a limited lifetime warranty for workmanship and a one-year warranty on the textured black finish. Snyper Precision Technology products include front bumpers, rear bumpers, fender flares, and rock sliders. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
Heading into the winter months, October's sales round out the beginning of a strong fourth quarter for most of the OE truck manufacturers. Ford continues to lead all the other manufacturers with total year-to-date overall sales, but Chevrolet, Ram and Toyota (Tacoma) had double-digit sales increases compared to the previous year. For truck accessory manufacturers and retailers, strong sales growth in these products are also evident with F-150, Tacoma, Ram, and Silverado model vehicles. While the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups are still very popular, the total numbers are not nearly as high as their full-size siblings.
October 2015 Sales Figures vs 2014
65,500 - Ford F-Series +3.3% vs 2014
51,647 - Chevrolet Silverado +10.1% vs 2014
40,931 - Dodge Ram +2.8% vs 2014
18,521 - GMC Sierra -0.2%% vs 2014
15,233 - Toyota Tacoma +17.1% vs 2014
9,514 - Toyota Tundra -0.1% vs 2014
7,059 - Chevrolet Colorado N/A% vs 2014
4,754 - Nissan Frontier -27.5% vs 2014
2,415 - GMC Canyon N/A% vs 2014
882 - Nissan Titan -10.9% vs 2014
0 - Honda Ridgeline -100% vs 2014
2015 Sales YTD
629,951 - Ford F-Series
492,551 - Chevrolet Silverado
371,574 - Ram
180,174 - GMC Sierra
148,905 - Toyota Tacoma
99,140 - Toyota Tundra
70,291 - Chevrolet Colorado
52,025 - Nissan Frontier
24,841 - GMC Canyon
10,403 - Nissan Titan
515 - Honda Ridgeline
Extang Wins Best New Merchandising Award For e-LIGHT 500
Extang's new e-LIGHT 500 won Best New Merchandising Award at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The e-LIGHT 500 is an all-purpose LED light that revolutionary light that is powerful enough to illuminate the entire bed of any pickup truck. It's designed to work from any location inside the truck bed and features a powerful magnet to place it anywhere on the vehicle. The e-LIGHT 500 can be recharged on the go, and an optional 12v charging cradle allows you to hardwire it on your truck. For more information, visit www.extang.com.
To improve how the BedSlide cargo management system can be demonstrated in a truck accessory showroom, the company created a new point of purchase display (POP) that was unveiled at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. BedSlide president Dan Marshall, demonstrated how the product is suspended in a steel framework that is designed to look like the silhouette of a pickup bed, and features a small version of the BedSlide cargo management system, complete with. "We found this is a great way for customers to visualize how the BedSlide operates and fits into the bed of a pickup truck, and allows retailers to showcase features such as our composite decking, D-ring tie-downs, multiple locking positions and more," said Marshall. The BedSlide POP display will also be easy for retailers to acquire. More information on the display and how to get one is available by visiting www.bedslide.com.
The new BOLT (Breakthrough One-Key Lock Technology) J-Mount Jeep hi-lift jack bracket mounting system was named a 2015 SEMA New Product Award winner in the Van/Pickup/Sport Utility category.
BOLT's J-Mount, allows Jeep TJ and JK off-road enthusiasts to securely attach their hi-lift jack to the side of their vehicle for easy, vertical access, and features the one-key convenience of BOLT lock technology. SEMA used a number of important product aspects as judging criteria for the award, including potential, innovativeness, consumer appeal, quality and workmanship, and availability (cost). For more information, visit www.BOLTLock.com.
HushMat and Auto Custom Carpets, Inc. Launch Co-Branded Insulation Material
HushMat and Auto Custom Carpet, Inc. announce the launch of its co-branded sound deadening and thermal insulation material. “HushMat and ACC customers are one in the same. Offering a combination package of sound and thermal insulation and the custom fit carpet set is a perfect solution for the customer,” stated Tim McCarthy, HushMat founder and CEO. “HushMat’s core competence is based on over 27 years of technology design, development, and manufacturing of thermal management materials for the automotive industry. We are focused on developing strategic relationships like the one we have with Ken and ACC, Inc.” added McCarthy. The HushMat Ultra, a thermal insulating and sound deadening material is easily applied to the sheet metal, plastic, or fiberglass surface surrounding the interior of the vehicle reducing interior noise and heat, and is the only aftermarket sound deadening and thermal insulation material made in the USA. For more information, visit www.hushmat.com or www.accmats.com.
DECKED has launched a new line of products to fit full size vans and expands its product line to meet a new market of consumers. DECKED offers ergonomic, organized storage featuring two system-length drawers which can hold a 200 pound load, each gliding on wheels beneath a 2,000 pound payload capacity deck. DECKED uses 100% recycled High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) co-molded to a galvanized steel sub-frame on the deck with drawers also constructed of HDPE with steel reinforcement. Over 30% of the product’s finished weight is steel substructure and steel/alloy hardware. DECKED attaches to the vehicle body with no drilling required, using specific hardware which bolts to the van body. For more information, visit www.decked.com.
Roush Yates Performance Products and Hellwig Products have joined forces to create the Roush Yates by Hellwig sway bars. They are available for 2015 FORD Mustangs & Trucks. Each sway bar is built with 4140 chromoly steel with high tech polyurethane bushings. The sway bars come with a 3-point adjustability as well as end links to accommodate modified ride heights. This allows the user to have 3 sway bar positions in one. For more information, visit www.roushyatesparts.com.
Fourlane introduced its new SeatRack Interior Cargo Rack called the SeatRack Interior Cargo Rack system includes two rack assemblies that install temporarily to fit any vehicle with removable headrests, allowing the driver to carry long objects up to 50 pounds. A rubber cover is included to increase grip and protect cargo. A camera /accessory mount (1/4-20 thread) is separately available. The SeatRack Interior Cargo Rack is MADE IN USA. For more information, visit www.seat-rack.com.
Brembo launches innovative high performance aftermarket truck and SUV calipers
Brembo introduces the B-M8, the all-new eight-piston caliper and its companion the B-M4. The Brembo B-M8 is an eight-piston monobloc caliper with four pads, suitable for rotors up to 420mm x 40mm. The caliper is made for the front braking systems of trucks, SUVs and large high-performance sedans. The B-M8 is validated for torques up to 5700Nm, is manufactured using a 4D technology casting process, and is cast with an internal fluid passage versus the more conventional rigid pipe connections. The B-M8 is available in four colors – red, yellow, black and white. The companion caliper, the B-M4, for rotors up to 380mm x 30 mm, is 12.2” x 6,42” x 3.54” and suitable for the rear braking systems of larger vehicles as well as front applications for smaller cars. The Brembo B-M8 and B-M4 will be available for purchase in 2016. For more information, visit www.brembo.com.
Auto Meter Products Teams Up with Hoonigan to Debut Co-Branded Gauges
Auto Meter Products announces a new line of gauges designed in collaboration with Hoonigan Industries. The Auto Meter X Hoonigan product offering includes standard two-inch gauges, three and 3/8-inch speedometer and tachometer, as well as a five-inch in-dash speedometer. Additional products are in motion for 2016, including a highly anticipated tire pressure gauge and five-inch dash-mount tachometer. For more information, visit www.autometer.com
Truck Covers USA Introduces New Truck Rack At SEMA
Truck Covers USA has introduced its upgraded American Truck Rack that allows for an over the cab option to be included for consumers. The rack is designed and built to operate over Truck Covers American Roll Cover, or as a stand-alone product. The rack can change from the over the cab option, to a base ladder rack, to a ladder rack with a secondary cargo level, to just base bed rails. The rack also features heavy duty aluminum and stainless steel with a load capacity of 500 pounds, and grants consumers the ability to remove the crossbars when loading large equipment in the bed when height is an issue. For more information, visit www.truckcoversusa.com
SCOCSHE Industries Introduces 2016 Additions to Sound System Hardware
SCOSCHE Industries announces the 2016 additions to its EFX Sound System Hardware product line. The new products expand both the EFX Performance Series and Reference Series in a number of sound system hardware product categories. Some of the new EFX products for 2016 include new motorcycle AMP power kits, four and six channel Twisted RCA interconnects, fuse blocks, five-wire OFC speaker cable, flat 3.5 millimeter auxiliary cables, and circuit breaks and weatherproof mini-ANL fuse blocks. The new EFX products will be available in January 2016. For more information, visit www.scosche.com
AMP Research Introduces New Fuel Door For Jeep Wrangler
AMP Research announces the release of its new aluminum alloy Fuel Door for the Jeep Wrangler JK. The new fuel door cover features a die-cast aluminum housing, corrosion-resistant construction, and no drilling installation. The fuel door also features a no rattle, patented cam-action hinge, comes in two different finishes; powder-coated black or brushed aluminum, and is backed by a three-year limited warranty. For more information, visit www.amp-research.com.
TrailFX offers the extra pulling power you need to conquer any outdoor adventure with the launch of its first ATV winch. The TrailFX ATV Winch is a high-quality product that produces excellent results and complements the line’s growing off -road selection. This water resistant ATV winch is offered in two sizes, 3,500 lbs. and 4,500 lbs, and honors a limited lifetime warranty on mechanical parts. Both winches feature steel or synthetic rope options, as well as a Mini Rocker Switch and Handlebar Remote Control for a user-friendly experience. For more information, visit www.trailfx.com.
TruckVault-Detroit Speed Chevy City Express Project
TruckVault, Inc. a leading manufacturer of secure in-vehicle storage solutions, partnerd with Detroit Speed, Inc. to produce a 2016 Chevrolet City Express LT CDV SEMA project vehicle. The idea was to build a delivery vehicle that fits the theme and presence that both compaines portray --- a cool custom delivery vehicle or CDV. The black pipe 2016 Chevrolet City Express LT was outfitted with deep tinted glass and rear doors to transform it into a Detroit Speed local delivery and promotional vehicle. Custom paint and graphics that signify their brand along with upgraded wheels and a lowered stance were added. With a concernf for maintainin the vehicle's carrying capacity, the vehicle makes a bold statement.
The interior of the City Express has been modified to accommodate all of Detroit Speed's delivery needs to include an interior bulkhead and cargo units to display needed supplies. “Detroit Speed and TruckVault have some undeniable company synergies when it comes to standards for fit, finish and function. They take great pride in both their standard and custom builds and aim to exceed customer expectations each and every day much like we do here at TruckVault. It was an honor to be asked to become involved in this project build.” said Don Fenton, Sales & Marketing Director for TruckVault.
2016 Chevrolet City Express LT features a variety of other components from Chevrolet Performance Vehicles-Parts-Racing, a custom Detroit Speed narrowed rear axle and anti-roll bar. The Express rolls on a set of 17-inch Circle Racing billet wheels that feature Detroit Speed designeed hub caps which are all mounted to a set of BF Goodrich G-Force Comp-2 tires. Inside the Express, a Detroit Speed roll bar and aluminum interior cargo panels give it a custom appearance. TruckVault's secure in-storage system and CargoGlide cargo carrier are also installed, as well as MAC's Custom Tie-Down safety straps. For more information, visit www.truckvault.com.
Bedslide’s New Commercial Showcases Ease Of Loading And Unloading
Bedslide continues to release its commercial series on the Bedslide Max, that has a 2,000 lbs. capacity and allows the truck owner to load and unload cargo with ease. The latest commercial showcases the ease and capability of the loading and unloading of gear from the Bedslide Max. For more information, visit www.bedslide.com.
Hellwig Introduces Colorado/Canyon EZ-1000 Helper Spring
Hellwig's EZ-1000 for the 2015-16 Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon is a medium duty helper spring kit for both four and two wheel drive models. The helper spring is rated up to 1000lbs. The kit includes four single leaf springs which bolt onto the top of the factory leaf pack on either side of the axle U-bolts. The springs are powder-coated and made from heat treated, 5160 spring steel. The kit also includes everything necessary to install the leaves and does not require any modification to the vehicle's original suspension. This kit is manufactured in the USA and is backed by a lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.HellwigProducts.com.
Toyota created the Ultimate Utility Vehicle (UUV) that was a part of a project that retrofitted a Sienna wagon onto a Tacoma chassis. The vehicle features a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) supercharger, 22×12-inch Monster Energy off-road wheels and upgraded Heim steering and will be displayed at the SEMA show. The UUV was taken on a 110-day tour that was one of nine vehicles driven over 16,000 miles by Toyota engineers.
Rigid Industries Offers A Two-Day Experience With BJ Baldwin
Rigid Industries is launching its new Midnight Edition Series LEDs, with a chance for one lucky customer to win a two-day experience with BJ Baldwin. Anyone who purchases a new Midnight Edition Series LED, can enter to win airfare to Las Vegas, Nevada,, hotel accommodations for two nights, a personal tour of Baldwin Motorsports, a trophy truck ride with BJ, and more special surprises! Entrants need to post a photo of their installed Midnight Edition lights on Instagram with the hashtag #bjsmidnightride, and fill out the entry form online at www.bjsmidnighride.com. The promotion runs through the end of March 2016, in which BJ will personally pick the winner from Instagram.
BFGoodrich Tires returns to the SEMA show to demonstrate its off-road racing leadership through its partnership with SCORE International Racing. BFGoodrich Tires will host the Pit Crew Challenge outside its booth at the SEMA Score Baja Experience. Each two-member team will compete against the clock, and other teams, by conducting a controlled pit stop, changing BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 race tires, and simulating a fuel stop on a SCORE Baja 1000 Class 10 buggy. As part of its long-standing partnership with SCORE International, BFGoodrich Tires is sponsoring the SEMA Show SCORE Baja 1000 experience, which includes the qualifying for the 2015 Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000. Dozens of the world’s top desert racers will participate in the qualifying event as they prepare for the race in Mexico’s Baja peninsula. For more information. Visit www.bfgoodrich.com.
Retail industry consultant and author, Bob Phibbs often talks to new and experienced retailers on how to make their business a success. Among some of the many topics, one of the most consistent are these re-occuring strategies that all retailers should always consider.
Court Customers Who Pay Full Price. According to Phibbs, there's always a temptation to chase the cheapskates, but don't do it. Retailers often buy loyalty with their own lost profits. Low demand items are inexpensive. Phibbs says that good customers pay for whatever is new and exciting. "When you give care to what you buy for your store – once you really understand who your customers are – they will buy from you," says Phibbs.
Attract New Customers With Great Windows, Website, Blog And Social Media. When going after full-price customers Phibbs recommends giving them a consistently high-quality experience. "That means killer window displays that tempt desire with one grouping, rather than trying to hardsell everything in-store," says Phibbs. "That means paying for a website that mirrors a high-quality experience with your hours, directions and what customers will get from coming to your shop. It means a blog that continues to help your customers do more with the items you carry. And it means a compelling social media strategy that includes Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and the rest."
Pay Your Employees More. According to Phibbs, small business stay small because they try to limit every cost. The theory is that when you pay employees more, you can expect more. "Retailers who pay higher wages with more full-timers have lower turnover and higher profitability," says Phibbs. "You have to see the hidden costs behind everything. Never compromise your store's ability to create an exceptional experience for your customer due to hiring who will work for the lowest wages.You are known for your compromises more than your successes in business."
Train Better. One of the many things Phibbs hears all the time is that hiring competitors' former employees is better because they're already trained. Phibb's experiece has led him to believe that most competitor's employees are only trained on the job with little follow-up. "Retailers who practice this often inherit a system that may be at odds with your own," says Phibbs. "Take nothing for granted when it comes to how your employees answer the phone, greet a customer, sell your merchandise - even take out the trash."
Curate The Best Stock. The most common thing that customers look for are more lines, more models, and more choice, accoring to Phibb's research. "Retailers should be a curator that organizes and presents a collection of products customers can clearly see have advantages over the competitors," says Phibbs. In this case, he also recommends that signage can also help in this area.
Engage The Customer. One of the things that Phibbs always recommends to retailers is to not have a greeter at the front of the store, as most customers find this annoying. "The best retailers engage the customer in a conversation and to be helpful, handy and human," he says.
Invite Them Back. "The last thing your customers will take with them is how you sent them back into their own world,"says Phibbs. "Thank you is fine but the best retailers find a way to come around the counter, thank the customer again for their purchase and invite them to return. Friendly, engaged and memorable."
One of the leading auto accessory and window tinting franchises, Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, made the 2015 Franchise Times Top 200+ list. The company was recognized for its worldwide revenue and international standings, and marks the fourth year in a row the company has been named one of the 500 top-performing U.S.-based franchise brands.
“We’re frequently being recognized as one of the up and coming automotive business models in the world and earning a ranking on this year’s Franchise Times Top 200+ list is further proof of our efforts to be leaders in franchising,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, Tint World® CEO. “Our business model offers flexible solutions for a variety of entrepreneurs in and out of the United States and many of our owners have proven successful even without any prior automotive experience.”
The Franchise Times Top 200+ list is based on worldwide revenuse, and year-to-year sales growth. Tint World® was one of just 21 automotive brands on the list of 500, being a leading provider of mobile electronics and automotive customizations. For more information, visit www.tintworld.com.
At SEMA, Weego will be showchasing its line of Weego Jump Starter Battery+ for consumers. The Weego Jump Start Battery+ starts engines in cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, ATVs and more. There are three models for different gas and diesel engine displacements. Weego is powered by lithium-polymer batteries that offers up to 1,000 full charging cycles, losing only two percent charge per month when stored. Each model comes complete with jumper cables with safety circuitry protections built-in, wall and car chargers, a three-in-one USB cord, a built-in LED flashlight, and a carrying case. The two larger models: Heavy Duty and Professional have additional light functions including an SOS and strobe light as well as laptop charging capabilities with the eight PC-based, laptop connectors included. All Weego products are backed by an 18-month warranty. For more information, visit www.myweego.com.
Signature Automotive’s MYTOP® Power Convertible Jeep Top Spotlighted At 2015 SEMA Show
Signature Automotive Products, a leading supplier of sunroofs and open-air systems, will display its myTop® electric convertible top for the 4-door Jeep® Wrangler during the annual SEMA Show, November 3-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The groundbreaking design—which opens and closes at the touch of a button in less than six seconds—features a light-weight, polished aircraft-grade aluminum frame, powder-coated gears, extra-thick windows and a HaartzStayFast® fabric top now available in a variety of color options and optional fabric configurations. “For the first time, Show attendees will be able to see the amazing impact of myTops featuringStayFast fabric in various colors,” observed company President Dave Gienapp. “Because some of the Jeeps on display will sport myTops in colors other than black, booth visitors will clearly visualize the impact color can make on a Wrangler owner. With the option of colorful myTops, Wrangler owners will truly be able to personalize their vehicle, while restylers will surely benefit from the optional color availability and option-based pricing alternatives.”
MyTop units mounted on 4-door JKs Unlimited—which command 75 percent of Wrangler production—will be on view in two exhibits: the Roadwire/Signature display in the North Hall, booth 12317, and the myTop Electric Convertible exhibit, booth 90047 in the South Hall Auxiliarypavilion. Other myTop-equipped Jeeps will be displayed in the Professional Restylers Organization exhibit, booth 21561 in the North Hall; Anzo USA’s booth 20313 in the Central Hall, and Bull DogLighting’s booth 35207 in the Upper South Hall. Roadwire distributes myTop products and serves as North American sales representative forSignature’s myTop and sunroof products. Staff from both companies will be on hand in booth12317. Representatives from Ingenious Designs, which created myTop, will join Signature staffers in booth 90047.
“Signature, Roadwire and Ingenious Designs invite current and potential customers to our booths to experience firsthand the excitement that myTop is creating in the Jeep community,” said Gienapp.“We welcome the opportunity to discuss the benefits of distribution and installation of a product that’s creating a real buzz among Jeep enthusiasts and dealerships.”Signature Automotive Products is widely recognized as a premier manufacturer of sunroofs and themyTop electric convertible for Jeep Wranglers. For more information, call 800.521.9753, or visit, www.signature-autoproducts.us.