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.
Trucking Times Editor Ellen McKoy to Moderate SEMA Show Seminar
Trucking Times Editor Ellen McKoy will moderate a SEMA Show seminar on merchandising accessories to vehicle dealers. The seminar is called, The Art of Selling Car-Dealer Direct: What You Need to Know. The panelists at the seminar include Dave Edmondson, Roadwire; Jeff Fink, THI/Advantage Truck Accessories; Ken Grantwit, Walser Automotive Group; Dino Perfetti, Automotive Concepts; and Josh Poulson, Auto Additions. The popular topics in this category will focus on how to get your foot in the door of any auto dealership, learning essential elements of a sales strategy, understand the inner workings of a new-vehicle dealership, and how to overcome dealer objections. The panel of experts will also share tips and tactics on how to achieve positive results. LTAA-PRO-member restylers and retailers who attend this interactive session will receive a complimentary electronic copy of the “PRO Sales-Training Manual: A Restyler’s Guide to Selling Dealer Direct,” $149 value.
Coast to Coast International Presents New Grille For Tahoe
Coast to Coast International proudly presents a new CCI grille overlay for 2015-2016 Chevrolet Tahoe. With this new grille overlay, the front grille is restyled to reflect a chrome package that is usually obtained through upgrading the vehicle’s trim level. CCI grille overlays complement the styling of the OEM grille, without the hassle of removing the OEM grille. Installation requires no tools. CCI grille overlays come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.lkqcorp.com.
Golight, Inc. announced its new GXL 4211 Off-Road Lamp. The lamp features six air induction ports, seven high-output LED lights, a three and a half inch diameter lens, and was designed for multi-volt flexibility and convenience. The lamp accommodates virtually any vehicle electrical system operating between nine and thirty six volts, and features over-voltage and reverse polarity for additional protection. The bezel, grill, air intake ports and housing of the lamp are all made of an impact-resistant nylon material. The lamp is easy to install, and the GXL 4211 Off-Road Lamp kit comes with a low-profile stainless steel mounting bracket and a 12-inch wire lead. The light controlled by the lamp’s polycarbonate P-Vex lens has a color temperature of 6,350 and closely approximates the color temperature of natural sunlight. The lamp has a service rating in the range of 30,000 hours and comes with a five-year unlimited warranty. For more information, visit www.golight.com.
Agri-Cover Inc. introduces powerful LED lights for off-road driving and work
Agri-Cover Inc. (ACI) presents new ACI Off-Road LED Lights. The lights come in 18-, 24-, 42-, 90- and 120-watt models. The newest 21-inch ACI 120W LED Light Bar features a combo beam pattern with a total of 10,800 lumens. Waterproof and shock resistant, ACI Off-Road LED Lights are constructed with die-cast aluminum housings and adjustable, stainless steel mounting brackets. The lights can be wired into any direct-current system from ten to thirty volts and are rated for 30,000 hours of use. Find more information, visit www.agricover.com.
Seven Regional Winners Named In “Wrap Like A King” Challenge
Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today that seven vehicle graphics installers from around the world were named the Regional Wrap Kings in the “Wrap Like a King” Challenge featuring Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Films, Conform Chrome, and digital Supercast vinyl wrap. The regional winners will go on to compete for the ultimate “King of the Wrap World” title at the 2015 SEMA Show. Each installer won an initial prize package valued at almost $3,200. The prize pack includes a three-night stay in Las Vegas to attend the SEMA show, $500 cash, an Avery Dennison Wrap Class of their choice, a Regional Wrap King trophy, Wrap Like a King swag, a meet and greet autograph signing with Ryan Friedlinghaus from West Coast Customs and marketing support from Avery Dennison. For more information, visit www.averydennison.com.
Made To Order AutomotiveTouchUp Paints In Custom-Matched Colors
AutomotiveTouchup's Custom-formulated, exact match paint products are developed using the most comprehensive library of OEM colors in the industry to ensure an accurate color match. Easy color selection process and direct order shipping allows the company to provide the highest-quality, custom-matched paint products. Product choices include half-ounce or two-ounce bottles, 12-ounce aerosol cans and ready to spray pints, quarts and gallons. For more information, visit www.AutomotiveTouchup.com.
TruckVault And Hyundai Partner For 2015 SEMA Build
TruckVault announces its partnership with John Pangilinan, the Southern California tuner, and his 2016 Hyundai Tucson SEMA build dubbed “Adventuremobile.” Some of the truck features include an AEM intake and charge pipe kit, Magnaflow exhaust, a Wilwood custom fabricated break kit with matching calipers, custom suspension, Open Country Toyo tires, and Project KICS racing lug nuts and spacers. Some of the exterior features are a BASF army green paint job by Strassesport, Aries Bull Bar side steps, Rigid Industries LED lights with light bracket, and decals by S&A Design. The car with all its bells and whistles will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference in November. For more information, visit www.truckvault.com.
Sprintex USA Supercharger Generates Power on Demand
Sprintex USA superchargers are now available for 2012-2015 Jeep JK Wranglers equipped with the 3.6L V6 Pentastar. Every Sprintex supercharger is designed, engineered and tested to OE specifications. It is a fully integrated bolt-on, reversible system with all components supplied pre-assembled. Manufactured with high strength polymer construction, the Sprintex supercharger uses the JK’s stock air filter housing, has self-contained oiling, and features a high efficiency water-to-air intercooler that incorporates Laminova heat exchangers for consistent cooling. Equipped with a 12 month/ 12,000 mile limited warranty, the system can be installed in six to eight hours. For more information, visit www.SprintexUSA.com.
A new commercial from Bedslide showcases the Bedslide Max that features full extension, with a 2000lb load capacity and all-weather deck. The commercial showcases the Bedslide on a heavy-duty pickup truck where a rancher is feeding cattle bails of hay hauled on the popular cargo managment system -- with a tagline, "It'll go till the cows come home." For more information on Bedslide Products, visit www.bedslide.com.
More than 750 guests participated in the Blue Ox/Automatic Equipment Mfg. Co. celebrated its 90th anniversary at the company's hometown location of Pender, Nebraska. Blue Ox is one of the leading manufacturers of receiver mount tow bars, vehicle baseplates, supplementary braking systems, weight distributing hitches, and motorhome chassis suspension products. “I was delighted with the turnout that included our customers, partners, and friends who came to help us celebrate this significant milestone," said Ellen Kietzmann,Blue Ox President and CEO. "I was especially pleased to see so many of our neighbors and employees families from the local community who came by. Some local businesses even closed so their employees could join the celebration."
Mike Hesse, Jay Hesse’s son and chairman of the board at Blue Ox, said "I think Dad would be very proud to see the tremendous response from customers, friends and partners during this celebration. I felt his spirit throughout the day and I’m sure he was giving us a big thumbs up.”
Many customers in the area had no idea that Blue Ox turned 90 this year, and many turned out for the company's celebration, including Joe and Jean Ritz from Texas, who happend to be in town to have their SUV fitted for a new baseplate. “If Blue Ox treats its employees the same way they treat their customers, I know there are a lot of happy employees here at Blue Ox," said Jean Ritz.
“The most consistent comment I heard was, ‘Wow, I had no idea.’ They seemed to be genuinely impressed with not only the scope of the products we manufactured but also by the complexity and engineering that goes into making these products," said Keitzmann. “It’s hard to express my emotion when I hear comments like this. It not only reinforces our commitment to customer service, but also tells us we are on the right path in accomplishing our mission and goals.”
With the successful 90th anniversary celebration now part of the company’s legacy, Kietzmann doesn’t intend to rest on past successes, but says she is already looking forward to the company’s 100th anniversary. “Our company has had a successful history and I believe our best days are still ahead as we plan for the future, and I’d also like to invite everyone to join us in 2025 for our 100th." For more information, visit www.blueox.com.
Coast to Coast International to Show 10 Plus New Restyling Accessories at SEMA
Coast to Coast International will be featuring more than ten new restyling accessories at this year's SEMA Show, in booth # 12777 in the restyling section of the north hall. The company invites any attendees to stop by and see the latest restyling accessories for the upcoming year. Included in the display will be six new CCl grille overlays and nine new Impostor Series wheel skins. In total, Coast to Coast will be displaying thirty-six must-see products which will allow new vehicle dealers and restylers to be the first to the market with CCI restyling accessories in 2016. For more information, visit, www.coast2coastinternational.com.
NEW Products from KC HiLiTES: Carbon POD HID & Ford F-150 light bar
KC HILiTES introduces a front end light bar solution for the 2015 Ford F-150 with this 4-tab light bar. Made in the USA, the light bar features 1.75-inch OD steel with a textured black powder coat finish. It mounts to stock holes on the front of the F-150, with no drilling required, and features KC's industry-leading 23-year warranty. KC also introduces its Carbon POD HID lights featuring an adjustable Rally Ring, new mounting points with fixed mount base, is available in spot or spread beam patterns, and is also backed by a 23 year warranty. For more information, visit www.kchilites.com.
T-Rex Grilles Now Offers Blacked Out Studs for X-Metal and Torch Grilles
By popular demand, all T-Rex TORCH Series and X-Metal grilles (with black finish) will now be available with black studs for a complete blacked out custom look. Stealth Metal grilles feature a 20% gloss black powder coating to keep the flattened appearance without the maintenance hassles of a matte finish. All Stealth Metal grilles come complete with all required hardware and include detailed installation instructions. Most can be installed under an hour with common hand tools and are covered by T-REX’s lifetime structural warranty. For more information, visit www.trexbillet.com
A new line of Shell ROTELLA oil filters has been introduced, which are designed to help reduce engine wear and promote longer oil life. The new line of six oil filters has been designed to fit almost every diesel pickup truck on the road today. Developed to efficiently capture the dirt and contaminants while meeting the capacity requirements of a diesel engine to help promote longer engine life. Shell ROTELLA oil filters can be used with both conventional and synthetic engine oils. Consumers can currently buy the new Shell ROTELLA diesel oil filters at AutoZone locations nationwide. For more information, visit www.Rotella.com.
Custom Jeep Built In Support Of SEMA Cares At 2015 SEMA Show
Omix-ADA announced it will showcase a custom Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited built in support of SEMA Cares at its Off Road Success Center at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The custom built Jeep will serve as a conversation piece and a step towards furthering awareness for SEMA Cares’ charitable efforts within the automotive aftermarket. The SEMA Cares Jeep was custom designed by Arianny Celeste, LFTD & LVLD Magazine, Rugged Ridge, SEMA Cares and was built by DUB Garage. The Jeep is outfitted with a number of unique Rugged Ridge products including its aggressively styled Spartan Grille, XHD Modular Front Bumper kit, LED Light Bars and more. For more information, visit www.omix-ada.com.
Bushwacker now offers its Pocket Style® fender flares for the 2015–2016 Chevrolet Colorado pickup. These fender flares provide an additional 1.5-inches of tire coverage for truck owners who want to add larger tires to the vehicle. Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares attach without having to drill through or cut the truck's sheet metal. The flares’ extra tire coverage aids in keeping dirt and mud off the truck’s paint and can help ensure the vehicle complies with local tire coverage laws. Made from percent UV-protected Dura-Flex® 2000 material, the flares have an OE matte-black finish that won’t fade, yet are easily paintable. Installation is simple without the need to cut or drill. All Bushwacker Fender Flares are covered by a limited lifetime warranty and are made in the USA. For more information, visit www.bushwacker.com.
CURT Manufacturing has added waterproof cargo bags to its Cargo Management product line. The CURT cargo carriers and roof baskets maximize vehicle storage area and offer superior protection from rain, dirt, road grime and even wind damage. Manufactured from thick UV-resistant vinyl and heavy 500 x 500 denier fabric that is rip-stop tested, the bags feature welded seams to be truly waterproof. The one-ich wide polypropylene straps keep the bag firmly attached an keep cargo from shifting. CURT cargo bags also come with a heavy-duty zipper that wraps 1/2 way or 3/4 of the way around the bag, depending on the model, and hook-and-loop flaps keep the zipper completely covered and the inside of the bag perfectly dry. For extra security, the zippers are able to be joined together and feature large holes to accept a padlock. CURT cargo bags are available 12 1/4 cu. ft., 13 1/2 cu. ft., 15 cu. ft. and 21 cu. ft. sizes. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.
Cequent™ Performance Products now offers a new line of winches through the company’s Bulldog™ brand. The winches range from 2,500 to 12,000 lb. rate pull-line capacity when sold with a wire rope. “Heavy-duty electric winches have been needed in the marketplace for some time,” said Mike Murphy, CPP product manager. “From agriculture to forestry, work to play, these products fill a need for so many of our customers. We are excited to be able to provide them with the quality products they want and need.”
Cequent’s new line of winches also includes a trio of hydraulic winches, rated for 8,000 to 15,000 lbs. The unique design makes then extremely powerful and reliable, while staying flexible and light-weight. For more information, visit www.Bulldogproducts.net.
Truck Covers USA Adds Features To Its American Roll Cover
Truck Covers USA has added new features to its most popular product, the American Roll Cover. The retractable alumimum cover now includes redesigned end slats that give a more aerodynamic and modern look. The keyguard lock cover is also improved and evolved. For more information, visit www.truckcoversusa.com.
ATC Truck Covers now offering Rhino-Rack Accessories
ATC Truck Covers will offer track systems, quick release track mount systems, and cross bars to come installed on ATC truck caps, excluding the EXP. Customers will be able to choose between Vortex Aero Bars and HD Bars. All other Rhino-Rack accessories, including rollers, ladder accessories, roof baskets, and more will be available through ATC as well. For more information, visit www.atctruckcovers.com.
Truck Covers USA’s 2016 Model Roll Covers Now Available
Truck Covers USA announces the availability of its American Roll Cover, American Work Cover and American Work Cover Jr. for the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma, as well as the new 2016 Dodge Ram, 2016 Ford Super duty and F-150 models. For more information, visit www.truckcoversusa.com.
Westin Announces Addition of Snyper Precision Technology
Westin Automotive Products, Inc. announces the addition of Snyper Precision Technology, an exclusive line of Jeep products, to its family of brands. Snyper Precision Technology is a Westin Automotive Products, Inc. brand of Jeep Wrangler products designed for the off-road lifestyle. Snyper products include front winch bumpers, non-winch bumpers, rear bumpers, fender flares, and rock sliders. Snyper products are designed, engineered, tested, approved, and manufactured in the USA. Westin will be debuting Snyper Precision Technology products in its booth at the 2015 SEMA Show. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
CURT Manufacturing and ARIES Automotive Partner In Support of Navy SEAL Foundation
CURT Manufacturing and ARIES Automotive have joined in supporting The AAM Group in sponsoring “NSF1 Project Jeep” for the Navy SEAL Foundation. ARIES donated front and rear modular bumpers, tubular doors and tow hooks; while CURT donated a hitch, ball mount, hitch lock, trailer ball, cargo carrier and bike rack to NSF1 Project Jeep. Once the Jeep was underway, more than 20 other manufacturers and distributors joined the cause. The Jeep will be traveling to several events and making an appearance at the 2015 SEMA Show. Following the NSF1 Project Jeep national tour of appearances, the Jeep will be presented to the Navy SEAL Foundation for their continued use. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com or visit, www.ariesautomotive.com.
Ground Force NEW Lowering Kit for the 2015 Ford F-150
Ground Force’s new kit for 2015 Ford F-150 levels consumer’s truck by lowering the rear by an inch and a half. The kit features laser cut steel shackles with urethane bushings. The bushings were specifically designed for the 2015 and up, Ford F-150, four wheel drive, and fits standard cab, super cab, and super crew cab. For more information, visit www.groundforce.com.
Transfer Flow’s 100 gallon “Hauler” in-bed auxiliary fuel tank
Transfer Flow now offers a maximum capacity auxiliary fuel tank for a variety of full-size Dodge, Ford, and GM diesel pickups. The Hauler operates with Transfer Flow's TRAX 3™ system making it completely automated and offers maximum fuel capacity at an affordable price. The Hauler is based on customer requests for more gallons available in a commercial-grade 100-gallon tank. Constructed of aluminum diamond plate, and mill finish aluminum, the Hauler is fully baffled to minimize fuel sloshing and maximize tank strength. 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 with the kit as well. For more information, visit www.transferflow.com.
September 2015 Truck Sales For Ford And GM Continue Strong
While September light-duty truck sales were great for Ford and GM, the sales figures for Ram, Toyota, and Nissan fall a bit shy compared to last year's sales figures at this time. The Ford F-series trucks were in double digit sales this September, as were the sales figures for the GMC Sierra pickup. Chevrolet's Silverado's sales figures were still well in the positive range, but for the Ram truck, there was no change compared to September 2014.
September 2015 Sales Figures vs 2014
69,551 - Ford F-Series +16.4% vs 2014
53,725 - Chevrolet Silverado +7.1% vs 2014
36,598 - Dodge Ram 0% vs 2014
19,754 - GMC Sierra +17.8% vs 2014
11,608 - Toyota Tacoma -3.2% vs 2014
8,044 - Toyota Tundra -7.9% vs 2014
7,334 - Chevrolet Colorado N/A% vs 2014
4,617 - Nissan Frontier -32.6% vs 2014
2,332 - GMC Canyon N/A% vs 2014
1,078 - Nissan Titan +10.3 vs 2014
02 - Honda Ridgeline -99.8% vs 2014
2015 Sales YTD
564,451 - Ford F-Series
440,094 - Chevrolet Silverado
330,643 - Ram
161,653 - GMC Sierra
133,672 - Toyota Tacoma
89,626 - Toyota Tundra
63,232 - Chevrolet Colorado
47,261 - Nissan Frontier
22,426 - GMC Canyon
9,521 - Nissan Titan
515 - Honda Ridgeline
Industry Leader And Veteran Nate Shelton To Retire
Nate Shelton one of the industry's leaders and spokespersons for the automotive aftermarket, announced he will retire at the end of 2015. After a 43+ year career in the Automotive Aftermarket industry, Shelton started out with Hooker Headers back in 1972 and over the years, he's worked for several leading edge companies like, Koni shocks, Cam Dynamics and K&N air filters. For the last 10 years he has held the position of Chief Marketing Officer with DP Brands, who owns such iconic companies as B&M Racing, Flowmaster mufflers, Hurst Performance Products, Hurst Driveline Conversions and Dinan BMW.
Shelton has been actively involved in SEMA for 18 years, and is currently serving is second term as "Chairman of the Board," on the SEMA board of directors. During that time he founded the "Motorsports Parts Manufacturing Council," was inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame, the MPMC Hall of Fame, the National Parts Warehouse Hall of Fame and was given the "AAM Captain America Group Hero" Award.
Shelton will be retiring to spend more quality time with his family, his wife of 45 years, Jeannie, and his hot rods. "I have met thousands of people over the years, but my best friends are all individuals from the automotive industry," said Shelton. "I hope that I have been inspirational and somehow touched many of your lives."
Distinctive Industries’ David Alkire Nominated For ARMO Person Of The Year Award
David Alkire, eastern North American regional sales manager for Austin, Texas-based Distinctive Industries, has been nominated for the prestigious ARMO Person of the Year award by the Automotive Restoration Market Organization. The award is given to a SEMA/ARMO member during the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award is presented in recognition of a nominee’s substantial contributions to the restoration industry and in acknowledgement of the person’s ongoing record of industry service and support. Alkire is an active ARMO member-at-large and has been involved in numerous special projects. He currently serves on the council’s legislative task force and writes a legislative blog entitled The Engine. For more information, visit www.distinctiveindustries.com.
Two automotive aftermarket powerhouses, Pilot Automotive, and Rolling Big Power (RBP) recently announced a partnership to expand the availability of RBP products. Pilot is one of the largest manufacturers/suppliers of aftermarket automotive accessories. RBP, a boutique company started in Southern California, has become one of the premier and most recognizable truck accessories brands in the country. The integration of RBP into Pilot’s infrastructure will lead to an enhancement in RBP’s supply and service to the warehouse distribution segment of the industry. In addition, Pilot-RBP will introduce a new and unique product offering for the specialty retail channel. For more information, visit www.pilotautomotive.com, or www.rollingbigpower.com.
A new 100XQ cap designed specifically for the 2015 Ford F-150 is available now from LEER® dealers. Crafted for the current F-150, the new LEER cap is styled to complement the vehicle’s body lines and design elements. The 100XQ features One-piece, tip-out side windows with removable screens, frameless, hidden-hinge curved glass on the cap’s rear door, and dark tinted glass. The 100XQ also comes with a limited lifetime warranty and can be further customized with features such as a keyless remote, thule roof racks, and a wide verity storage and organization systems. For more information, visit www.LEER.com.
Avery Dennison Adds Glimmer To Supreme Wrapping Film
Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today the launch of the all new Diamond Supreme Wrapping Film. A glitter has been incorporated into six new car wrap colors that include Diamond White, Diamond Amber, Diamond Red, Diamond Purple, Diamond Blue and Diamond Silver. The new Diamond car wrap films feature a combination of a cast color film and a protective over laminate, allowing for single material application, as well as a variety of roll sizes. Easy Apply RS air egress technology allows the Film to be repositioned and applied bubble-free while the adhesive is long-term removable. For more information, visit www.graphics.averydennison.com.
Cargo Ease announces its Locker system. The locker features a 2000 pound capacity weight on top, 600 pound capacity weight per drawer, optional side panel covers, and single or dual drawer designs. The locker system standard has a height of nine-inches, and the max features a twelve-inch height. Each locker system is made to be water resistant, with stain and mildew resistant felt-lined drawers, and features an aluminum frame with composite decking. Each drawer consist of twelve bearings to support weight, and has a turn-key dual latching lock system. The Cargo Ease Locker system comes with a five year warranty. For more information, visit www.cargo-ease.com
Now Shipping: BedStep2 for the 2015-2016 Ford F-150
The AMP Research BedStep2 is now available for the 2015-2016 Ford F-150. The side-mounted bed access step installs behind the vehicle's cab and folds down for easy access to bed-mounted tool boxes, cargo, or a fifth-wheel hitch. The steps feature easy installation on either side of the truck, high-strength aluminum-alloy stainless steel components, self-lubricating bushings, a military-spec, anodized and PTFE-coated finish, and has a 300 pound weight capacity. For more information, visit www.amp-research.com.
Air Lift Announces Improved SmartAir ll Automatic Leveling System
Air Lift's new and improved SmartAir II automatic self-leveling system is now available. SmartAir II employs leveling sensors that detects when the vehicle isn't level, and automatically returns the air springs to the desired ride height. The leveling system features a non-contact height sensor, an improved, weather-resistant harness and components that meet OEM standards for quality and function. The kit comes complete with a pre-assembled wiring harness, electronic sensor system, compressor and an illustrated instruction manual for easy installation. Two models are available: a single-path system, or a dual-path system. SmartAir II is backed by a 60-day money-back guarantee and comes with a two-year warranty. For more information, visit www.airliftcompany.com.
Full Line Of A.R.E. Accessories For 2016 Toyota Tacoma
Available immediately, A.R.E. Accessories is offering the company's full range of fiberglass truck caps, tonneau covers and commercial products for the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup. The complete line of A.R.E.'s truck caps is available for all cab and bed configurations. For commercial applications, A.R.E. offers the customizable Deluxe Commercial Unit and ToolMaster Series truck caps. All A.R.E. products are painted to match the owner's truck using the exact OEM paint code and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty for the life of the original pickup truck it is installed on. For more information, visit www.4are.com.
The Best Opportunity To Meet Your Favorite Desert Racing Hero
If you ever wanted to meet and take a photo of your favorite SCORE desert racing champion, the best place to do that would be at the 2015 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo. Held at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA., the Expo will host a SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit where you can meet four wheel and motorcycle racing legends such as B.J. Baldwin, Gus Vildosola Jr, Steven Eugenio, Armin Schwarz, Rob MacCachren, Roger Norman, former SCORE owner Sal Fish, Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart, Rod Hall, Colton Udall, Mark Samuels, Carlos Lopez, Eduardo Laguna, Jonathan Brenthel, Jordan Brenthel, Brandon Schueler, Justin Davis, Marc Burnett, Ricky Brabec, Ian Young, Max Eddy Jr, and more.
The SCORE Baja 1000 Exhibit will be in Building 5, during the operating hours of the Off-Road Expo, Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th, from 9 am to 6 pm. Along with a chance to meet SCORE racing personalities and racers, the SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit will also be the place to see some of the bests off-road racing vehicles on the planet, as well as experience live internet coverage both days on SCORE Live HD with interviews with the SCORE Baja legends as well as the live internet coverage of the start drawing and course map unveiling.
The SCORE Baja 1000 race is the premiere off-road desert race in the world, and will take place November 18, 2015. The SCORE Baja 1000 Exhibit will be the first place to get information on the race, as well as the starting line drawing, and the unveiling of the course map. More information on SCORE races and to subscribe to the free SCORE Journal magazine, visit the SCORE International website at www.score-international.com.
Advance discount tickets for the Expo are available at O'Reilly Auto Parts, $13 for adults and $6 for children (ages 6-12). Kids ages five and under are admitted free. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.OffRoadExpo.com or on-site for $15 adults, $6 children. A Family Four Pack is available for $28 and includes admission for two adults, and two children (available online only through Friday, October 2).
Holley Performance Products announced that it has acquired the MSD group. The El Paso, TX based MSD Group includes iconic brands such as MSD, Mr. Gasket, Accel, Superchips, Edge, Racepak, Mallory, Hays, QuickTime and Lakewood. “We are excited to have the opportunity to combine the awesome legacies of these companies. The combination of these brands will provide our customers with the most complete offering of performance products in the industry,” said Holley President & CEO, Tom Tomlinson. “We are aggressively developing innovative new products at Holley and we’re going to continue to build upon the fine job the MSD Group is already doing with new products. Our goal is to offer solutions to automotive enthusiasts so they can achieve their goals in the pursuit of their automotive passions. We look forward to working with the MSD Group team including Russell Stephens at MSD, Dave Martinez at Powerteq, and Tim Anderson at Racepak to marry our technologies and talents to build these solutions,” said Tomlinson.
SEMA Cares Supports Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer
The Austin Hatcher Foundation is now under the umbrella of charities supported by SEMA Cares, a nonprofit organization that brings the performance and specialty equipment auto industry together to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Founded nearly 10 years ago, the Austin Hatcher Foundation provides programs and services to help children suffering from cancer. The organization is dedicated to setting new standards for creative collaboration in the fight against pediatric cancer and partners with many SEMA member and automotive-related companies. For more information, visit www.sema.org/sema-cares.
KENWOOD Releases Two New Multimedia Receivers With Apple CarPlay
KENWOOD USA announced its two new smartphone-compatible multimedia receivers will ready to ship this month. The Excelon DDX6902S and DDX6702S expand the family of units equipped with Apple CarPlay, the Apple-produced in-vehicle interface for iPhone. The two new units focus solely on the iPhone. Each multimedia receiver features a high-sensitivity, 6.2-inch screen bordered on the left by a physical knob and menu buttons. In addition, the screen connects to an optional back-up camera. Built-in amplifiers enable each unit to power directly connected speakers. For custom applications, the Excelon DDX6902S includes three five-volt pre-amp outputs and a seven-band equalizer. The Kenwood DDX6702S includes three four-volt pre-amp outputs and a five-band EQ. For more information, visit www.kenwood.com/usa.
Covercraft now offers to consumers, custom fit SeatSaver seat covers in six colors and new patterns. Each SeatSaver pattern is designed to OEM seat specifications and features overlapping double-stitched main seams, headrest, armrest and custom console covers (front and rear), as well as quality finishes like storage pockets, and seatbelt and seat control access points. Heavy-duty denim weave polycotton SeatSavers are available in six popular colors. For more information, visit www.covercraft.com.
Ford Collaborates With Alcoa For New Gen Aluminum Body
Ford is working with Alcoa on is next-generation of aluminum alloy for the F-150. The companies are looking at using Micromill, which is a more malleable and formable alloy that is better suited for automotive stampings and forms. According to Alcoa, Micromill is thinner than conventional aluminum sheets but retains the equivalent strength and dent resistance of thicker materials. According to Ford, Micromill will begin to be introduced on 2016 model F-150s and increased through the 2016-'17 F-150 lineup.
New Special Edition Models For 2016 Jeep Wranglers
The Jeep Wrangler will have some new and returning editions in 2016 that are designed to give the SUV more of a unique look for the diverse buyers who are interested in the vehicle. The first is the Jeep Black Bear Edition, which gets its name from Black Bear Pass in Colorado. The Black Bear edition features rock rails and tail lamp guards that rock crawlers like to add. A black grille and hood decal that has the topographical map of Black Bear Pass adds some distinction to this edition, along with 17-inch wheels and Silent Armor tires. The hardtop is painted to match the body color as does the dark gray interior accents.
The Jeep Wrangler Sahara also receives a new look with brushed aluminum trim around the headlights and grille. The bumpers and hard top are body color which gives the Sahara a sleek urban feel to it, especially with the 18-inch polished wheels. The interior also features satin metallic trim pieces that go with the Sahara's luxurious interior that is now available in olive green leather.
Along with the Black Bear and Sahara upgrades, Jeep will keep the Willys Wheeler, Hard Rock and Freedom editions for 2016.
Covercraft SeatHeater Kits are now available for consumer purchase. Each SeatHeater kit includes four heating elements for both the seat base and seat back (both driver and passenger seats) for full body comfort during cold weather. The wiring harness plugs into the vehicle accessory power outlet. Each kit also includes a dual switch for individual heat control. The self-regulating heating elements are made in the U.S.A. with patented heating technology that provides uniform warmth and prevents overheating. Covercraft’s SeatHeaters are offered in a choice of two colors, and can be used with any of Covercraft’s custom-fit SeatSavers. For more information, visit www.Covercraft.com.
All BEDSLIDES With A-TRAC Now Feature D-ring Tie-Downs
The BEDSLIDE 1000 SPORT, 1500 CONTRACTOR, and 2000 HEAVY DUTY from A-TRAC will now feature four adjustable D-ring tie downs. The D-ring tie-downs help manage and secure the consumers cargo. The previous tie-down cleats are no longer available from the supplier. If suppliers have a customer in need of old cleats, A-TRAC can assist with the new D-rings as they fit all A-TRACs. For more information, visit www.bedslide.com
Hellwig Releases New Line OF HD Air Suspension Kits
Hellwig Products just released a new line of HD Air Suspension kits. These are designed specifically for light trucks used for heavy tow/haul applications. The suspension kits are designed for a factory height vehicle, however Hellwig has spacer kits to allow these bags to fit lifted vehicles. The kits use Hellwig’s 2600lb air bags, and give a total rating of 5200lbs. The Hellwig HD air suspension kits bolt onto the vehicle with no welding required and include all the components needed for the install. Each kit below comes with airline and Schrader valves to be filled from an external compressor. All the brackets are made from heavy duty steel and are powder coated for a weatherproof finish and comes with a lifetime warranty on all steel parts. For more information, visit www.hellwigproducts.com
Zone’s 5.5-Inch Lift Kits For 2015 Colorado/Canyon
Zone Offroad expanded into the 2015 Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon market with its new five and a half inch IFS lift kits. The lift kit joins the current 1.25-inch leveling kit, one and a half inch body lift, and 2.75-inch combo kit giving late model Colorado/Canyon owners a range of lift options to improve their trucks appearance, capability, and performance with clearance for up to 33-inch tires. The kit features new ductile cast iron steering knuckles, cross-members tied together with a full width differential skid plate, and a front driveshaft spacer. For more information, visit www.zoneoffroad.com
Bridgestone Launches All Terrain Tire Featuring Exclusive Etched Sidewall Design
Bridgestone now offers a "Special Edition” of its popular Firestone-brand Destination A/T tire for pick-up trucks. The Firestone Destination A/T Special Edition is the first Bridgestone tire to feature a distinctive, etched sidewall design. The tire combines on-road handling with off-road capability and features a 50,000 mile limited tread-wear warranty. According to Bridgestone, the Firestone Destination A/T Special Edition’s tread pattern creates a smooth, quiet ride, and its aggressive tread design add traction in mud and snow. For more information, visit www.FirestoneTire.com.
Rigid Industries Fog Mounts For GMC 2500/3500 Pickups
Rigid Industries manufactures new fog light brackets (lights not included) that make it easy to mount a set of the company's D-Series LED fog lights to 2015 model GMC 2500/3500 pickups. The brackets are manufactured from laser-cut stainless steel and are finished in a black powder coat which matches the company's LED lights for a seamless look. For more information, visit www.rigidindustries.com.
Classic Soft Trim, the world’s largest, privately owned chain of restyling centers, specializing in direct sales and installation of leather interiors, sunroofs, and mobile electronics to automotive dealerships, has acquired Cassidy’s Auto Trim, an aftermarket restyling facility servicing Houston, Texas, area automotive dealerships.
According to Aaron Forrister, president and CEO of Roadwire Inc. and its subsidiaries, Classic Soft Trim and Roadwire LLC, the acquisition firmly positions Classic Soft Trim as the market-leading facility in the Houston marketplace, and as the largest single-point restyling center in the North America. “This unique opportunity stems from a mutually beneficial strategic partnership that presented itself early this year. This strategic acquisition and hiring of Nathan Cassidy in the role of general manager will increase Classic Soft Trim’s current market share in Houston, Texas, and create a world-class restyling center,” said Forrister. “Classic Soft Trim will remain firm in the marketplace and has an aggressive growth plan. The combined product offerings, expanded installation services, nationwide warranty and insurance coverage ensure CST’s continued success into the future,” he added.
Cassidy’s Auto Trim, a privately held company owned and operated by Nathan Cassidy, a 28-year industry veteran, operates a state-of-the-art facility with a one-stop shop atmosphere. The company specializes in sales and installation services of a diverse line of products, including leather interiors, sunroofs, a full line of lifted-truck packages, an in-house paint facility, as well as mobile electronics, DVDs and navigations systems.“I am very excited about this acquisition and the opportunity to work for Classic Soft Trim and the Roadwire Inc. group of companies,” said Cassidy. “The acquisition by Classic Soft Trim, a company with national prominence, will further facilitate my pursuit of providing automotive dealer partners with leading-edge products, support and pathways of profitability. I thank Classic Soft Trim for the opportunity, and look forward to a rewarding and exciting future together.”
Roadwire, honored last year 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.Classic Soft Trim operates in 26 major metropolitan markets and was the first to pioneer and install aftermarket replacement leather interiors in 1984, leading to OEM programs and global distribution. For more information, visit www.roadwire.com.
Firestone Industrial Products Company introduces its new Air Command F3 Wireless Air Compressor Kit. The new wireless design provides an instant air source to a vehicle’s air suspension system, allowing consumers to adjust their air springs from both inside and outside of the cab. The new single-unit design has been tested to withstand pressurized water, road chemicals, salt spray, and immersion. The housing unit is also environmentally protected from mud, dust, extreme temperatures and rust, and can be mounted anywhere. The wireless remote features two memory preset buttons, an easy-to-read digital display, dual left and right psi and air pressure control readouts, side-to-side leveling capabilities, and a real-time pressure readout. For more information, visit www.firestoneip.com.
ARIES Automotive has enhanced its online presence with a new website, refined their vehicle application data, upgraded the look of their catalogs, and will be unveiling their new logo at the 2015 SEMA show. The logo features bold lettering and a sleek font to capture attention and show off its aggressive attitude. It also incorporates within the A and the R of ARIES, a bull bar shape, one of its defining symbols as an automotive accessories brand. For more information, visit www.ariesautomotive.com
New 2015 ROUSH F-150 Features Mickey Thompson Tires
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels has teamed up with ROUSH Performance to create one of the toughest Ford F-150’s. Available now, the new 2015 ROUSH F-150 features a set of incredible ROUSH-M/T Metal Series 20-inch wheels and Mickey Thompson Baja ATZP3 all-terrain tires. The specially designed Baja ATZP3 combines Mickey Thompson’s T4 chip-resistant tread compound with PowerPly sidewall construction, beefy tread blocks and an extra-wide footprint to create a tough all-terrain tire. The wheels feature an eight-spoke, matte black design with a milled lip and branded pop-top center cap. For more information, visit www.MickeyThompsonTires.com.
Rigid Industries LED Lighting Releases New Series Of Flashlights
Rigid Industry LED Lighting announces its RI-Series, a full line of flashlights that were inspired by tactical flashlights developed for the military and law enforcement. The flashlight series features a military-grade hard anodized aluminum housing, machined aluminum reflector, waterproof construction, and rechargeable battery. According to Rigid, the RI-Series flashlight line can withstand the elements while providing consumers with years of trouble-free operation, and comes in four different sizes to choose from. For more information, visit www.rigidindustries.com.
Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. announced plans to open two additional distribution centers, securing its foothold and extending its reach in the Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes region and both Central and Western Canada. In combination, the new facilities located in Cheney, Washington and Brownstown, Michigan, add an additional 500K square feet of inventory space to Keystone’s current 2 million sq. ft. footprint, enhancingservice capabilities in these critical geographies. Cross dock and truck run expansion will be a likely output of the new warehouse locations. “We are extremely pleased to announce that we are expanding our operation once again,” says Bill Rogers, VP and General Manager of Keystone. “Our leadership role in both the RV and Automotive industries is something we take very seriously. We will continue to invest in our business to meet the expectations of our customers and suppliers, supporting our objective to provide Everything you need…when you need it.' This growth is very exciting for us and should have a favorable impact in both markets. ”Both warehouses are expected to be fully operational by the second quarter of 2016. For more information, contact www.keystoneautomotive.com.
August Light Duty Truck Sales Still On Upward Trend
Truck sales for August 2015 show that light-duty full-size trucks are still holding strong. Toyota's Tacoma is still dominating the mid-size truck market while it's sister full-size truck, the Tundra, is dramatically lacking in overall sales. The Ford F-Series is still the number one selling truck in this segment, and may reach half a million truck sales by the beginning of the fall season. In addition, the Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram continue to have positive sales figures that will prove to help bring a strong end-of-Summer season for truck accessory retailers, and hopefully a great holiday season too.
August 2015 Sales Figures vs 2014
71,332 - Ford F-Series +4.7% vs 2014
54,997 - Chevrolet Silverado +11.7% vs 2014
54,310 - Dodge Ram +3.5% vs 2014
21,241 - GMC Sierra +7.0% vs 2014
16,230 - Toyota Tacoma +13.2% vs 2014
10,057 - Toyota Tundra -15% vs 2014
7,114 - Chevrolet Colorado +N/A% vs 2014
3,645 - Nissan Frontier -46.2% vs 2014
2,423 - GMC Canyon +N/A% vs 2014
1,268 - Nissan Titan +3.0 vs 2014
04 - Honda Ridgeline -99.7% vs 2014
2015 Sales YTD
494,800 - Ford F-Series
387,179 - Chevrolet Silverado
294,045 - Dodge Ram
141,899 - GMC Sierra
122,064 - Toyota Tacoma
81,582 - Toyota Tundra
55,898 - Chevrolet Colorado
42,644 - Nissan Frontier
20,094 - GMC Canyon
8,443 - Nissan Titan
513 - Honda Ridgeline
Jammock introduces a hammock for the Jeep or truck bed dubbed the “Jammock.” The hammock features 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon, is 47-inches long and 24-inches wide, and one-inch aluminum buckles. When laid in, the fabric flexes down and the webbings remain in place, forming the “weight-activated armrest/stabilizers” which provide an armrest and a barrier to falling out. The Jammock is secured to the consumers roll bars via two webbing lengths of one-inch polypropylene webbing (2,000+ lbs breaking weight, each). The webbing is attached via two tension buckles (880 lb. breaking weight, each). For more information, visit www.jammock.com.
Husky Liners announces its two-day upland bird hunting experience of a lifetime. One winner and a guest will hunt pheasant and quail with Hang’Em Outfitters and Husky Liners in January 2016. Hang'Em Outfitters is a guide service located in central Kansas. With access to nearly 6,000 private acres and 25 years of hunting experience they offer prime hunting opportunities. Accommodations are a rustic hunting lodge nestled in both Pratt and Kiowa counties. Hang'Em Outfitters will also provide all of the meals during the two-day experience. The winner and a guest will each receive an upland bird hunting vest and pants from Dunn’s Sporting Goods. Kansas hunting licenses will be obtained, if needed, upon arrival to Kansas. Participants will need to bring their own firearm. See sweepstakes rules for complete details online. For more information, visit www.huskyliners.com.