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Yokohama Tire Corporation Names Jeff Barna as COO

Yokohama Tire Corporation announced that Jeff Barna will join the company January 16th as chief operating officer.  Barna will report to Shinichi Takimoto, YTC president, and will have responsibility for sales, marketing and product planning. Barna will also be on YTC’s executive committee. According to Hideto Katsuragawa, CEO of Yokohama Corporation of North America and CEO of YTC, “Jeff is another strategic investment in the future of Yokohama Tire Corporation in the American market, like our modern manufacturing plant in Mississippi, new and upgraded distribution centers, new R&D technical center in North Carolina, stream of new products in the consumer, commercial and OTR space, and commitment to expanded OE partnerships.” Prior to Yokohama Barna was successful in management, sales and logistics positions, most recently at Nilfisk-Advance Inc. Prior to that, he was with Exide Technologies, a global battery manufacturer. Barna began his career at Tenneco Automotive selling Monroe shock absorbers to dealers and retail stores in the metropolitan New York market. For more information, visit www.yokohamatire.com.

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Baja Designs Offers High Performance OnX6 Lighting Options

Baja Designs’ OnX6 light bar systems from "The Scientists of Lighting" offers several levels of high-performance lighting to consumers.  All of the light bars are based upon the original, OnX6 light bar, which is 10-inches long, featuring Baja Designs' MoistureBlock Technology and the industry's only anodized aircraft-grade aluminum extruded housing, with a CNC-machined anodized billet aluminum bezel.  The mounting brackets are made of corrosion-proof 316-grade stainless steel and feature stainless steel fasteners. All lenses are user replaceable, made of high-impact, hard coated polycarbonate material. The lens/reflector assemblies are O-ring sealed and are submersible, waterproof and dust-resistant, according to Baja. At the heart of the OnX6 family of light bars are LEDs which produce a 5000K (5000° Kelvin) Daylight natural light color temperature, and Baja Designs circuit board design deliver a 49,930-hour life span. For more information, visit www.bajadesigns.com.

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Dee Zee Introduces the New Easy Ship Tool Box

Dee Zee Inc. introduces a new addition to their Red Label Tool Box line, the Easy Ship Tool Box.  Dee Zee’s new Easy Ship Tool Box is a full-size crossover tool box with a crown style lid, full pan stiffener, and lockable stainless steel paddle handles. It also features Sound Reduction Technology SRT in the lid.  It can be assembled easily in as little as 45 minutes, saving consumers’ time by eliminating the need to wait at home for a delivery driver. For further information, visit www.deezee.com.

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LUVERNE Releases New Hitch-Mounted Trailer Protector

LUVERNE Truck Equipment has unveiled its Textured Rubber Tow Guard, a protective trailer hitch attachment that mounts at the rear of the vehicle and shields a trailer in tow against mud, stones and other road debris. It features a universal design, simple use-as-needed installation and a dependable USA-made construction. The Tow Guard also features powder-coated steel and three-eighth-inch thick rubber flaps, was designed for easy installation, comes fully factory assembled, attaches directly to the ball mount shank, and maintains full use of the hitch and any electrical components. The LUVERNE Tow Guard is available in a universal width of 72-inches to fit most full-size pickups and SUVs. It also comes in two flap length options, including 15-inch and 20-inch, and can be trimmed for a custom fit. Models are available to fit two, two and a half or three-inch receiver tubes. For more information, please visit www.LuverneTruck.com.

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New JVC Digital Media Receiver With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

JVC Mobile Entertainment is introducing its first double-DIN multimedia receiver sans CD at the 2017 CES. With the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the KW-M730BT is designed to accommodate owners of an iPhone or Android-based smartphone who use their devices for everything from streaming and stored media to turn-by-turn navigation. The KW-M730BT features the EL KAMELEON moniker, showing only a flat, blank screen when turned off to deter theft, a 6.8-inch clear resistive touch panel, and includes a virtual viewing adjustment feature that offsets angled installations by digitally changing the viewing angle so it appears straight to the driver. For safety, a rear-view camera can be added and the screen will automatically switch to its view when the vehicle is in reverse gear. For more information, visit www.jvc.com.

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KENWOOD Unveils Combo Camera for Recording and Collision Avoidance

KENWOOD is introducing its second dash camera at the 2017 CES. Joining the standalone, monitor-equipped DRV-410 is the DRV-N520, a smaller version that is intended to pair with the company’s new mech-less DMX7704S multimedia receiver. The DRV-N520 features a high-resolution, wide-angle camera that records a three-megapixel (photo quality) image. Its small footprint minimizes window blockage, and recordings are stored on a removable eight-gigabyte SD card. In addition to its recording capabilities, the camera also measures distance and velocity between it and cars or obstacles in its view. Based on circumstances, it can trigger a collision warning to the driver if it senses an imminent impact, or notify the driver in stopped traffic if the vehicle in front of it has started moving. For more information, visit www.kenwood.com/usa.

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New TruTrack WD From Curt Manufacturing

CURT Manufacturing has introduced a new, heavier-duty model of its advanced TruTrack weight distribution system. This new model features a 15,000-pound gross trailer weight capacity, and is ideal for the largest of RV trailers and campers. The CURT TruTrack weight distribution system combines the functions of weight distribution and sway control into one product. Unlike other WD hitches, the integrated sway control of the TruTrack WD system uses a spring and cam system and adjustable support brackets to keep the trailer aligned with the tow vehicle. The system features hardened components to resist wear and remain quiet. The new TruTrack also features hex castle nuts and two neutral spring bar settings to accommodate different trailers. It also comes with extended spring bars for larger trailers, a pre-torqued trailer ball, a durable carbide powder coat finish and a ten-year limited warranty. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.

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2016 Truck Sales Reach New High

Once again, the light-duty truck market has another great sales year in 2016. Despite some slowing towards the beginning of winter, 2016 brought more sales than 2015 (17.5 million vehicle sold).

For truck accessory retailers and manufacturers, this is a good indication for which vehicles will provide accessory sales in 2017. With good full-size truck sales and an added boost of mid-size trucks, retailers speculate their profits will increase if they have the right accessories on their shelves.

The top vehicles haven’t changed, however, Ford and the F-150 platform is once again the top-selling truck of the year, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado, Ram and GMC Sierra pickups. Toyota however, also did well with both of its trucks, with the mid-sized Tacoma outselling the full-size Tundra.

Mid-sized trucks in general, had a great 2016, with the Tacoma, Colorado, and Canyon taking a majority of the sales in that market.


December 2016 Sales Figures vs December  2015

87,512 - Ford F-Series +2.7% vs 2015
54,272 - Chevrolet Silverado -13.8% vs 2015
47,556 - Ram +14.9% vs 2015
23,290 - GMC Sierra -15.1% vs 2015
17,514 - Toyota Tacoma +1.9% vs 2015
11,556 - Toyota Tundra +3.6% vs 2015
  9,431 - Chevrolet Colorado +19.2% vs 2015
  6,069 - Nissan Frontier +6.6 vs 2015
  4,048  - GMC Canyon +34.9% vs 2015
  4,085 - Honda Ridgeline +N/A vs 2015
  4,396 - Nissan Titan +N/A% vs 2015

2016 Final Sales YTD

820,799 - Ford F-Series
574,876 - Chevrolet Silverado
489,418 - Dodge Ram
221,680 - GMC Sierra
191,631 - Toyota Tacoma
115,489- Toyota Tundra
108,725 - Chevrolet Colorado
  86,926 - Nissan Frontier
  37,449 - GMC Canyon
  23,667 - Honda Ridgeline
  21,880 - Nissan Titan

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Yukon Gear and Axle’s New Dura Grip

Yukon Gear and Axle is presenting its extended line of Dura Grip positractions to include Dana 60, Dana 70 and Dana 80’s. Whether it’s off-road, on the street, or at the track; traction is essential for any vehicle. The Yukon Dura Grip takes race-proven positraction designs from 60’s muscle cars and updates them with the latest manufacturing technologies for higher strength and longer life. For more information on this product, visit www.randysworldwide.com.

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Blue Ox creates OXSMART Training Classes with NTP/Stag

Blue Ox and NTP/Stag teamed up to hold three OXSMART Training sessions for service technicians and sales teams at the Keystone Training Center in Flower Mound, Texas, in mid-December. Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann said, "We are so pleased and excited that our training partnership with NTP/Stag is making the educational opportunities we offer more accessible to our dealers and their employees through regional events. OXSMART technical training graduates receive 13-hours of credit in the RVDA-RVIA Service Technical Certification program.” Hands-on technical training sessions were the focus of the first two days with Blue Ox product experts guiding technicians through the installation of multiple products to include: tow vehicle wiring, weight distributing hitches, goosenecks, braking systems, chassis performance products and Blue Ox’s new Super Ride Fifth-Wheel hitch. In addition specific time was also set aside for the sales and service aspect as well. Blue Ox views this as an opportunity to bring a diverse group of professionals together to learn and share best practices that enhances the knowledge of all participants. For more information, visit www.blueox.com.

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Yukon Gear and Axle Now Offers Off-Road Recovery Kit

Yukon Gear and Axle now offers its Off-Road Recovery Kit to consumers. The Yukon kinetic recovery rope is 100-percent double braid nylon and offers the latest in towing technology with up to 30-percent stretch for smooth pulling that is rated to over 28,000-pounds, according to Yukon Gear and Axle. The Yukon soft shackle also attaches to any tow point. For more information, visit www.randysworldwide.com.

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Yukon Gear and Axle Debuts Driveshaft’s

Yukon Gear and Axle kick-off the off-road season with its recently debuted series of new off-road products. Yukon Gear and Axle now offers consumers its performance driveshafts. According to Yukon Gear and Axle, the driveshafts are a high quality, ready-to-install option on any off-road vehicle. Yukon driveshaft’s are made in the USA and can be custom built to fit specific vehicle needs. “We understand that consumers have options for the products they decide for modifying their off-road vehicle. At Yukon, we believe in the ‘buy once’ attitude where quality comes before price,” said Neal Hollingsworth, marketing director for RANDYS Worldwide. For further information, visit www.randysworldwide.com.

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TruckVault Introduces Improved In-Drawer Lighting

TruckVault owners can now see into the far dark corners of their secure storage system with TruckVault’s new In-Drawer Lighting accessory. According to TruckVault, eight white and eight red LED lights provide illumination for improved day or night vision in the TruckVault drawers without producing harmful heat. 400 lumens of white light are bright for optimum visibility while the red light option maintains night vision. Each unit is encased in an extruded aluminum body that can be mounted with the bracket or hook and loop strips that come with the light. The body measures eight and a quarter-inch long, one and a half-inches tall and three quarters of an-inch deep. Large activation buttons for on and off operation are easy to locate. For more information, go to www.truckvault.com.

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Rugged Ridge Introduces New D-Ring Isolators For All Off-Road Vehicles

Rugged Ridge announced the launch of its new line of D-Ring Isolators for all Jeep models and off-road vehicles. The Rugged Ridge D-Ring Isolators were designed to eliminate the rattling, banging and clanging D-Rings cause against the bumpers while not in use, and are molded from polyurethane. Rugged Ridge D-Ring Isolators are a three piece design that incorporate a collar that clips to the outside perimeter of the shackle, as well as two washers that insulate between the shackle pin and the bumper mount for total isolation. Rugged Ridge D-Ring Isolators are available in, 3/4 inch and 7/8 inch to fit most recovery shackles and are molded in a variety of colors including: black, red, yellow, green and pink. Rugged Ridge D-Ring Isolators are sold in pairs of two, and are backed by a five-year limited warranty. For more information, visit www.RuggedRidge.com.

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A.R.E. Truck Caps and Tonneaus Available for 2017 Super Duty

A.R.E. Accessories is offering owners of 2017 Ford Super Duty pickups a complete lineup of fiberglass truck caps and tonneau covers. Made to fit all F-250, F-350, F-450 and dually models with all bed and cab configurations, both products provide truck bed storage that  help keep valuable gear secure. The truck caps blend with OEM styling, durability, and theft-resistant protection for tools and other cargo. A.R.E.'s premium commercial and consumer-minded truck caps are available in aluminum or fiberglass with a variety of add-on options, including various window configurations, lighting, and organization accessories. All truck caps and tonneau covers from A.R.E. Accessories are manufactured to meet customer specifications and are painted to match exact OEM paint codes for a premium appearance.  A.R.E. backs its products with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.4are.com.

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ETool Developers Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

Inspired to launch eTool Developers after attending her first SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001, company President Luanne Brown has announced her firm is now celebrating its fifteenth year as a premier provider of Internet-based software applications. An accomplished ecommerce specialist, and a former member of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Board of Directors, Brown’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, firm specializes in the development of websites, dealer portals, shopping carts, product-information-management systems (data on-boarding tools), and online learning platforms for the automotive aftermarket.

Over the years, Brown has plied her skills throughout the aftermarket industry, working in concert with leading manufacturers, warehouse distributors and other organizations to help improve their online presence.  And as one of the industry’s leading experts, she frequently presents seminars on Internet marketing and ecommerce.

“My goal when I founded eTool Developers was to enable clients to market and sell their parts on the Internet, as well as support their sales channels.” said Brown. “It has far exceeded my expectations, and I am especially grateful to the industry, my extraordinary clients and exemplary team for allowing me to live my dream. Without the hard work of my team, who consistently go above and beyond, we would not be where we are today.”

Brown’s industry success has not been limited to her tech-savvy skills. Besides service on the SEMA Board, she previously chaired the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network, which honored her with the 2007 Athena Award. Brown is also the former chair of the SEMA Cares Committee, which engages in charitable fundraising initiatives, currently sits on the board of the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation, and was the 2015 recipient of the Women’s Automotive Association International Spirit of Leadership Award. For more information on eTool Developers, visit www.etooldevelopers.com.

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BOLT Introduces New Off-Vehicle Coupler Lock to Deter Trailer Theft

BOLT is introducing its Off-Vehicle Coupler Lock, designed to secure a trailer when it's not attached to a vehicle. Made of hardened steel for extra security, the Off-Vehicle Coupler Lock works with one 7/8-inch, two-inch and two 15/16-inch couplers to keep a variety of trailers secure while unattended. The innovative BOLT lock is a visible theft deterrent that is designed with a unique plate tumbler sidebar to prevent picking and bumping. A powder-coated finish is factory applied to the lock to keep dirt and moisture out while protecting the locking mechanism from harsh weather. The Off-Vehicle Coupler Lock features BOLT's patented one-key lock technology that permanently programs locks to the vehicle's ignition key for single-key use no matter how many BOLT locks are being used. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com.

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NEW Post Mount LED Auxiliary Lights From Westin

Westin now offers its HyperQ LED Auxiliary Lights. HyperQ are sold in pair packs and come backed by Westin’s product warranty. The HyperQ LED light featuring four five-W Cree LEDs each. The post mount pivoting base mount bracket lets consumers adjust the LED light direction for flexible product use. The pair pack includes two two HyperQ LED Lights with mounting brackets, hardware and wiring harness with two connectors, in-line fuse, relay and switch. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.

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Go Rhino is now shipping the Sport Bar 2.0

Go Rhino is now shipping its Sport Bar 2.0, designed to add style and functionality to any pickup truck. The Sport Bar 2.0 features a universal bed rail mounting design compatible with most soft, roll up and retractable bed covers. Sport Bar 2.0 are available with classic or LED light mount options: standard fixed mount, or optional power actuated hideaway light mount that allows the lights to retreat into the center position and hidden away when not in use. Available in a polished stainless or textured black finish for full-size and mid-size trucks. For more information, visit www.gorhino.com.

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Eric Roberts Joins Blue Ox Sales Team

Eric Roberts recently joined Blue Ox as an outside sales representative and will be serving customers in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina according to Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann. Kietzmann said, “It is wonderful to have Eric on the Blue Ox Sales team. His strong work ethic and dedication to the RV industry makes him a great fit for this role”. Roberts said, “I couldn’t be happier for this new, and exciting opportunity with Blue Ox. I am really looking forward to working the territory and meeting all of the Blue Ox customers.  I feel my previous role in the industry have given me all the tools and skills I need to successfully, and quickly transition into the role.” For more information, visit www.blueox.com.

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Westin HDX Stealth Flush Mount LED Kit

Westin Automotive announces the availability of its HDX Stealth Flush Mount LED Kit. The kit can mount to a punch plate grille or a Westin HDX Grille Guard. Two Stealth LED bars are included in the kit and can be mounted by cut-out or direct bolt-on method. Available in six-inch or 10-inch LED bar lengths. The HDX Stealth Flush Mount LED Kit features flush mount faceplates that install directly onto the punch plate grille of Westin's HDX Grille Guard. Choose to cut-out the punch plate or direct bolt-on installation. The kit also includes adjustable slider brackets, dual connecting wiring harness, and mounting hardware. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.

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XPEL Offers ULTIMATE Self-Healing Paint Protection for Pickups

XPEL offers consumers its ULTIMATE Self-Healing Paint Protection Film that offers years of protection for painted truck surfaces with its 10-year warranty. The protection film is a virtually invisible, clear-coated polyurethane urethane film designed to "heal" over time, naturally eliminating swirl marks and fine scratches, while its low surface energy enables XPEL ULTIMATE to not only protect paint, but also shed contaminants such as road grime, air pollution and tree sap. According to XPEL, its strength protects painted surfaces from rocks, gravel, salt, oils, magnesium chloride, and insect and bird wastes. XPEL ULTIMATE is available in rolls of varying width and length and comes pre-cut in a variety of truck patterns that is applied by professional installers. ULTIMATE is also available in a number of DIY kits to protect hoods, headlamps, fenders, rocker panels, door edges, mirrors and more. It is not intended to protect chrome. For more information, visit www.xpel.com.

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Hopkins Adds Endurance Easy-Pull Connectors to its Towing Product Line

Hopkins announces the addition of the Endurance Easy-Pull connectors to the Hopkins Towing Solutions product line. The patent-pending, through-hole finger grip eliminates slipping and reduces damage to vehicle and trailer connectors. Easy-Pull is the latest addition to the Endurance line of professional grade towing products, offering durability, improved ergonomics, advanced weather-proofing and a three-year warranty. Today, in addition to Towing products, Hopkins designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a number of product lines, including: RhinoGear lifting aids, FloTool fluid handling solutions, BrakeBuddy supplemental braking systems, SubZero snow and ice tools, Carrand and AutoSpa everyday vehicle cleaning tools and accessories, Bell and GoGear interior accessories, nVision automotive electronic safety products, and Juice Performance booster cables. For more information, visit www.hopkinsmfg.com.

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New 110V AC Scene Lights Now Available From RIGID

LED Scene Lighting by RIGID is now available for any area lighting application using AC power. Utilizing the latest LED technology, RIGID perfects their innovative rugged design, thermally optimized heatsink, extreme output, and does it with minimal amp draw for the total lighting solution. With a 115-degree horizontal spread, the lights comes available in a black or white housing, and comes in three sizes; 2x2, 4x4, or 2x10. For more information on this product, visit www.RigidIndustries.com.

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GC Cooling Offers 16-Inch BMF High Performance Fan

Creative Werks announces the latest addition to its line of the BMF (Big Motor Fan), a 16-inch Universal Extreme Duty fan for high performance applications. The new fan features an eight flat blade design, mated to GC Cooling's high speed BMF motor, which delivers a 2470-CFM at 3100-RPM; up to 20-percent greater real world airflow compared to other fans. Ideal for replacement of mechanical fans, the puller-style fan can be used in all automotive applications where increased airflow is required for improved cooling of engines, plus air conditioning, transmission and/or oil cooling heat exchangers.  The GC Cooling 16-inch Universal BMF units are designed for performance street vehicles, including street rods, muscle cars, off-roading and for motorsports applications. The 16-inch Universal BMF fans are available for 12 and 24 volt applications, draw 31.9 amperes and require at least a 100 ampere charging system.  The fan is designed for installation in a custom fabricated shroud.  Optional mounting hardware and fan relay harness are sold separately. For more information, visit www.creativewerksinc.com.

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Warn Industries Employees Donate to Clackamas-Based Charity

The employees of Warn Industries via the Warn Employee Community Impact Project (WECIP) donated $11,086 to the Clackamas Service Center on November 16, 2016. The Clackamas Service Center is a local non-profit charitable organization that offers food and other resources to support the path towards self-sufficiency to people in Clackamas County, Oregon. Some of the services this organization provides to hundreds of individuals and families each month include emergency food boxes, hot lunches, evening meals, clothing, medical and dental services, mental health counseling, housing, and social security assistance. The contribution was supported in part through a matching grant initiative by the philanthropic arm of Warn Industries’ parent company, Dover Corporation. The Dover Foundation helps to support not-for-profit organizations, causes, and/or projects that benefit the local communities in which its operating companies are located. For more information, visit www.warn.com.

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Baja Designs Offers Multi-Purpose Rock Light and Dome Light

Baja Designs has announced the introduction of two multi-purpose lights, the Rock Light and Dome Light. The two lights share a common theme, compact, bright and useful in a wide variety of applications. Both lights share the same light source, a 208 Lumen, 180-degree optic for full-field illumination, and use the Baja Designs signature 5000K Daylight bulb for natural lighting. The Rock Light offers racers and street enthusiasts a wide variety of utility uses including wheel well lighting for night-time wheel/tire replacements, under hood lighting for service or repair, bed lighting, interior and exterior trailer lighting. The light is enclosed in a waterproof/dustproof hard black anodized CNC-machined aircraft grade billet aluminum housing. Baja Designs' Dome Light features a compact design for truck interiors, automobiles and industrial or commercial vehicles. Both lights can be mounted on a flat or tube surface. The light is enclosed in a waterproof/dustproof hard black anodized CNC-machined aircraft grade billet aluminum housing.  This light offers a wide variety of utility interior uses including a dome light, foot box light, enclosed trailer lighting and many other applications in street or race vehicles.  Both lights can be mounted by stainless steel fasteners or extreme-duty nylon cable ties, which are included for mounting purposes. For more information, visit www.bajadesigns.com.

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Air Lift Offers New Maximum Leveling LoadLifter 7500 XL

Air Lift is expanding its load assist product line with the new LoadLifter 7500 XL series kits. The LoadLifter 7500 XL is now Air Lift's heaviest-rated air spring kit, built to provide 7,500 pounds of load- leveling capacity.  For owners of three-quarter-ton and one-ton pickups, the LoadLifter 7500 XL is designed to maximize vehicle stability while eliminating unsafe and uncomfortable driving conditions. The air springs are constructed with a reinforced two-ply fabric for maximum strength and long-lasting durability, and feature end caps made of light and ultra-strong corrosion-proof nylon composite.  The LoadLifter 7500 XL kits come with Air Lift's exclusive roll plates, which increase load capacity up to 10-percent, according to Air Lift. Many LoadLifter 7500 XL kits will require no drilling into the frame, and come with a fully illustrated instruction manual. For inflation and deflation of the air springs, Air Lift offers automatic, wired and wireless on-board air compressor systems. All Air Lift products are backed by a lifetime warranty that covers the entire contents of the air spring kit, as well as a 60-day no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee. For more information, visit www.airliftcompany.com.

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Rugged Ridge Launches New Heavy-Duty and Performance Winches

Rugged Ridge launched its new line of Nautic Heavy Duty and Performance winches for Jeeps and various other off-road vehicles. Rugged Ridge implemented a new X-braced gearbox housing and motor cap that provides increased strength to the winch assembly under load, as well as incorporating new IP67-rated components, including the solenoid, motor and gearbox. Available in either 9,500 or 12,500 pound ratings with a choice of steel cable or synthetic rope, the Nautic Series winches are developed with a three-stage planetary gearbox, with a 172.8:1 or 265:1 gear ratio (depending on model), and an automatic load holding brake system, internal to the drum for control. All Rugged Ridge Nautic Series winches come with a weather-resistant hand controller with 12-foot cable, variable-position solenoid mounting brackets for installation in a variety of bumper configurations, and a powder-coated latch hook. Either a roller or Hawse style fairlead are also included, based on the model. The Rugged Ridge Nautic Series Heavy Duty & Performance winches are backed by a five-year limited warranty. For more information, visit www.RuggedRidge.com.

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New Kooks Jeep Wrangler JK Exhaust

The Jeep Wrangler recently made some noise by being named Hottest 4x4-SUV at the 2016 SEMA Show. Now, Kooks Headers and Exhaust is making a new Stainless Steel Axle Back Exhaust System for the 2007-up Jeep Wrangler JK models. According to Kooks, the dual-exiting Jeep Wrangler JK Exhaust System was made to free up horsepower and provide great tone with limited drone for on- and off-road adventures. Available in black or polished slash-cut tips. The made-in the-USA system includes a Kooks Race Muffler that tucks under the vehicle, and is backed with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.kooksheaders.com.

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Stocking Stuffers From AutomotiveTouchup

AutomotiveTouchup offers exterior paint care products to discerning automotive owners to repair paint chips, dings and scratches. AutomotiveTouchup provides enthusiasts with their vehicle's color in Touch-Up Pens, half-ounce and two-ounce brush-in-cap bottles, as well as twelve-ounce aerosol spray cans. AutomotiveTouchup also offers a comprehensive line of professional grade paint preparation and finishing products, including abrasives, cleaning solvents, fillers, spreaders, and sanding blocks. For more information, visit www.AutomotiveTouchup.com.

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Consumers Can Get Up To $100 Back With Qualifying Westin Purchase

Westin announces its "GRILLE GUARD PLUS LED" consumer rebate. This promotion rewards consumers that purchase a qualifying Westin Grille Guard or Bull Bar and an LED Light Bar or LED Auxiliary Light Pair Pack on a single receipt with up to $100.00 back by mail-in rebate. Promotional purchase period is December 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017. Corresponding rebates include an HDX Grille Guard, HDX Winch Mount Grille Guard, Sportsman Grille Guard, Sportsman Winch Mount Grille Guard, Ultimate Bull Bar, E-Series Bull Bar, Contour three and a half-inch Bull Bar or Contour Safari; paired with a qualifying LED light such as the performance 2X, Stealth Double or Single Row, Xtreme, EF2, Axis Round, Axis Square, Fusion5, Quadrant, or HyperQ. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.

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Jon Apogée Appointed Director of Corporate Communications

Gale Banks Engineering has appointed Jon Apogée to the position of director of corporate communications. Apogée will be responsible for all aspects of brand management, strategic marketing, press releases, and media planning. His duties include providing direction and implementation for social media marketing and re-launching of the Banks Power brand. With more than 30 years of experience, Apogée is a veteran in the OE and aftermarket automotive industry. He has worked with Prolong Super Lubricants as general manager: domestic sales, marketing and motorsports and owned Marketing Matters, Inc., an advertising agency specializing in the automotive after-market. Prior to Marketing Matters, Apogée was the vice president of DuBois Advertising in Ontario, Calif., and director of marketing for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). Apogée also created the Motorsports department for Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, where he guided the company into the U.S. racing circuit and led Mitsubishi to become the first manufacturer to win the "Class 7" (Mini Pick-up Truck) championship in both the HDRA (High Desert Racing Association) and SCORE (Southern California Off Road Enterprises) Championships. For more information, visit www.bankspower.com.

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LUND Revolution Bull Bar

LUND, a brand of LUND International, introduces its LUND Revolution Bull Bar, designed to complement the chiseled front-end styling of modern trucks. The new bull bar delivers upgraded appearance and extra front-end protection with its three-dimensional profile. The Revolution is constructed from heavy-gauge stamped steel with a lightly textured matte-black, powder coated finish. The new bull bar also features an integrated off-road LED light bar complete with wiring kit, and installs easily without drilling. LUND Revolution is backed by a limited lifetime warranty, and its light bar carries a three year limited warranty. For more information, visit www.lundinternational.com.

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Prestone’s Newest Coolant Protecting Against Corrosion

Prestone Products Corporation announced today that Prestone antifreeze/coolant with patented Cor-Guard corrosion inhibitors is five times more effective at protecting against corrosion than the leading branded competitor. Prestone‘s Cor-Guard formula is a result of seven years of research and development at the Prestone Innovation Center. Prestone‘s Cor-Guard formula is available in two products. Prestone Concentrate Antifreeze/Coolant should only be used to fill radiators after a thorough flush and clean. Alternatively, Prestone 50/50 Prediluted Antifreeze/Coolant is a way to top off a car’s cooling system with the protection of Prestone’s Cor-Guard formula. It can be added to any existing fluid to optimize the cooling system. For more information, visit www.prestone.com.

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LUND Hood Defender For Style and Protection

LUND International has announced its Hood Defender, the newest addition to its line of hood protection. LUND Hood Defender’s three-piece edge-to-edge design is custom-molded to the consumer’s vehicle, and is available in two finishes; smoke, constructed from heavy-duty polycarbonate, and chrome, made from an ABS-PC blend with chrome nickel-chromium plating. The Hood Defender features easy installation with 3M tape included. This product does not require tools or drilling for installation and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.LundTruck.com.

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NEW AVS Color Match Coming In January 2017

Auto Ventshade introduced its OEM paint code color match finishes for its Low Profile Ventvisor side window deflectors and Aeroskin hood protectors. Available in a range of popular vehicle colors, the new Color Match Low Profile Ventvisors and Aeroskin hood protectors feature a sleek OEM appearance, is engineered to the consumer’s vehicle, and is made in the USA from durable, flexible material. AVS Color Match Low Profile Ventvisors and Aeroskin hood protectors are wear-and-tear resistant as well as car-wash-safe. Both feature easy installation, and are backed by a 3-year limited warranty. For more information, visit www.getAVS.com.

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New Grille for Nissan Altima From CCI

Coast to Coast International presents consumers with a new CCI grille overlay for the 2016-2017 Nissan Altima. With this new six-piece CCI grille overlay, the front grille is restyled to reflect a chrome package that upgrades both vehicle and trim level appearance; as well as complements the styling of the OEM grille, according to Coast to Coast International. The grille features easy installation, and does not require tools or drilling. CCI grille overlays come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.Coast2CoastInternational.com.

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A New Wheel Cover for the Ford Transit Connect from CCI

Coast to Coast Internationals new wheel cover for the 2014-2017 Ford Transit Connect is manufactured with automotive-grade ABS with a silver finish. According to Coast to Coast International, the wheel cover enhances the vehicles appearance. CCI wheel covers emulate factory styling and are available in different finishes and retention styles. All CCI wheel covers come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.Coast2CoastInternational.com.

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Westin Automotive Accepts Vendor Of The Year Award From RealTruck.com

Realtruck.com announced its yearly SEMA vendor award winners on October 20th, 2016. Westin Automotive was a finalist in 2015 and 2016 for the “Data Geek Award” and was the recipient of the “Vendor of the Year Award” for 2016. Out of five nominated companies per awards category, a single winner was selected. In its fourth year, the Vendor Awards series aims to recognize companies that provided a superior product and went above and beyond in their commitment to RealTruck and its customers in 2016. A panel of four judges cast votes and assigned each finalist a point value. Westin proudly accepted this honor and thanked RealTruck for this distinguished recognition. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.

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Westin’s Snyper Jeep Nominated for Life Is Better Offroad Award at SEMA 2016

Westin Automotive was nominated to the top 10 Jeep builds for the second year in a row at the 2016 SEMA by Transamerican Autoparts for the "Life Is Better Offroad" Award. The award bestows recognition for best use of aftermarket Jeep parts as well as for creative presentation. The Jeep featured Westin LED Lights, Offroad 12500-pound Winch and Snyper Westin Offroad Jeep products from end-to-end. The featured Snyper products included a Scope Front Bumper, Recoil Rear Bumper, Pillar LED Mount, Cowl Mount, Triple Tube Rock Rails, Rock Sliders, and Skid Plates. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.

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3M’s High Strength Lens Repair Film For Taillight and Signal Repairs

3M Auto introduces its High Strength Lens Repair Film, offering a weatherproof, airtight, semi-permanent solution for taillight and signal damage. “3M™ High Strength Lens Repair Film was developed with specific goals in mind,” said Matt Callahan, Global Marketing Manager at 3M Auto. “We wanted drivers to be safe and have high visibility on the road, while saving some time and money. The film is offered in three different colors to match any signal or tail light in order to cater to each vehicles’ specifications.” The Film can be applied to flat or curved lenses and can mold to fit any surface, according to 3M. Offered in three different colors, red, amber and clear, the repair film is compatible for both cars and trucks. For further details, visit www.3mauto.com.

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Transfer Flow’s New Replacement Fuel Tank for the 2016 Nissan Titan XD Diesel Pickup

Transfer Flow has introduced a 50-gallon high-capacity replacement fuel tank for the 2016 Nissan Titan XD diesel truck. According to Transfer Flow, the replacement tank provides Nissan Titan XD owners nearly double the fuel capacity and driving range over its stock 26-gallon tank. The fuel tank comes complete with everything needed for installation and use, including straps, mounting hardware, and easy-to-follow illustrated instructions for installing the tank. The tank is constructed from high-yield domestic 12-gauge aluminized steel and features a powder-coated satin black finish. The fuel systems is backed by Transfer Flow’s best-in-class six-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty. For more information, visit www.transferflow.com.

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LUVERNE Truck Equipment Launches New Website

LUVERNE Truck Equipment has released a brand new website featuring “easy-to-use” vehicle lookup, improved navigation and new videos, photos and content. The Improved navigation features its easy-to-find category information, making it even easier to look up individual part numbers and product types, allows users to see high-level product categories, and learn more about specific product lines within those categories, according to LUVERNE. Product detail pages provide images, videos, installation instructions, social media channels and where to buy the product. Product detail pages can be accessed through the vehicle lookup results or search results. For more information, visit www.luvernetruck.com.

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Rugged Ridge’s Exterior Accessories For Jeep Wrangler JK

Rugged Ridge has expanded its line of JK Exterior Accessories with new Mirror Covers, Door Handle Covers and Liftgate Hinge Covers with paintable finishes for 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler. Featuring ABS plastic, Rugged Ridge Exterior Trim Covers have a smooth black finish that can be painted any color to match the color of the vehicle. Paintable trim covers are available for JK mirrors, mirror arms, door handles and liftgate hinges. Each Trim Cover installs with the included automotive-grade adhesive backing for a secure fitment. Rugged Ridge Paintable Exterior Trim Covers are backed by a five-year limited warranty. For more information visit www.RuggedRidge.com.

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CCI’s Door Handle Covers For Honda

Coast to Coast International’s chrome door handle covers for the 2012-2016 Honda CRV and the 2012-2015 Honda Civic are now available. Coming in a pack of eight, the handle covers install over the existing OEM handles for an updated trim level look. All CCI products are backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.Coast2CoastInternational.com.

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Mickey Thompson Receives Ford Project Excellence Award

Mickey Thompson was presented with a Project Excellence Award by Ford Motor Company at the 2016 SEMA Show in recognition of its custom 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty built by Mike Duval of X-Treme Toyz. Classified by Ford as the “toughest Ford Super Duty ever”, the 2017 Ford Super Duty dubbed Project Tall Boy was displayed at the Mickey Thompson SEMA Show booth, and showcased Mickey Thompson’s new 40-inch Baja MTZP3 tires and 20-inch Sidebiter II wheels. Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing for Mickey Thompson stated, “We’re honored to have received this special award of recognition from Ford, a company we’ve worked closely with on several custom project vehicles over the years.” For more information, visit www.mickeythompsontires.com.

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2016 SEMA Show Cool Vehicles

Checking out some of the coolest trucks, Jeeps and SUVs at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, is definitely one of the perks of attending the show. While we were busy attending meetings and talking to some of our advertisers, we took some time to photograph some of the coolest trucks we could find. Many of the late-model trucks had huge lift kits on them, or were lowered onto the frame as shown on some of the images you'll see here. The trend towards powder-coating and/or chroming the drivetrain components on lifted pickups makes them look great for show, but not very practical. There were some trucks, however, that were nicely outfitted with available aftermarket accessories whih you can easily recognize. 

One of the other trends in the market is modifying older trucks, and adding late-model engines and drivetrains. There were many of these vehicles in both perfect "street-rod" like form to others what had the rust/patina appearance to them. Either way, the truck accessory and enthusiast customizing trend is still going strong in this industry. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yakima Expands Product Offerings with Roof Top Tent and Awning

Yakima Products, Inc. is further meeting the needs of its consumers in Spring 2017 with its first camping collection, which includes the SkyRise roof top tent and the SlimShady awning. Yakima is also launching two new, RV- approved racks, the LongHaul and RoadTrip. “We’re very excited to be expanding our product offering to the camping category, which provides an ‘around the vehicle’ experience that consumers are looking for. We’re excited to be meeting their needs with this new camping line,” said Joel Grabenstein, Yakima Category Director. “We’re also expanding our RV product line in 2017 with our first two RV tested and approved bike hitch racks, which have met and exceeded our aggressive testing standards. Safety on the road has been our top priority for more than 35 years, and both our tent and RV products exemplify this.” For more information, visit www.yakima.com.

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Penray’s New Catalytic Converter Cleaning Kit Wins New Product Award At AAPEX

Penray, Inc.'s newly-introduced Catalytic Converter Cleaning Kit has received the prestigious Best New Product Award in the chemicals, lubricants, and filters category at AAPEX 2016. The award was presented by Bill Long, President and COO of AASA, and accepted by Mark Kardon, Director of Marketing and Steve Muth, Chief Chemist for Penray. "This award is important to us for two reasons," explains Mark Kardon, Director of Marketing for Penray. " We are honored that our new product has been recognized as the industry's Best New Product in a highly competitive category." For more Information, visit www.Penray.com.

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New Performance Brake Rotor Kits

Brake Performance now offers four-different styles of Performance Brake Kits for Auto, Truck and SUV applications. The four different styles that are offered are Dimpled and Slotted, Cross Drilled and Slotted, Slotted and Cross Drilled. Each kit includes Premium Semi Metallic brake pads. Performance Brake kits are guaranteed to be a factory direct fit, and include the best warranty in the industry. All performance kits include free shipping and the rotors are Zinc coated in silver or black to help prevent rusting. For more information, visit www.brakeperformance.com.

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FX Products Receives “Best Exterior Accessory Product” Award at SEMA Show

The annual SEMA Shows “New Product Showcase” presented attendees with more than 3,000 products. Winners were selected based on a variety of factors, including quality, marketability, innovation, technology and consumer appeal. FX Products received first place in the “Best Exterior Accessory Product” category for its three and a half-inch Bull Bar with a Double Row LED Light Bar. “We’re honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said Jane Donnelly, Director of Private Brands - Automotive at FX Products. “It’s the culmination of tremendous hard work from the entire team and a testament to the ongoing commitment of FX to provide consumers with dependable, stylish products.” For more information, visit www.key-stone.com.

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2015+ Colorado Canyon 3.6L Exhaust Now Available From Corsa Performance

Now available for the 2015-current Colorado Canyon is Corso’s three-inch diameter, Cat-Back, single side exit, twin or single exhaust with a four-inch tip. The exhausts are designed and manufactured for the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon with a 3.6-liter V6 engine; and fit an extended cab long bed, crew cab short bad, and crew cab long bed. Consumers can choose between a polished, black PVD, or slash cut tip. Each exhaust weighs three-pounds less than the stock exhausts and come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.corsaperformance.com.

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Brandmotion Jeep Wrangler Summit Off-Road Cameras to be Displayed at SEMA

At this year’s SEMA Show, held Nov. 1-4 in Las Vegas, Brandmotion will be unveiling the company’s new Jeep Wrangler Summit camera systems. The new line includes two different off-roading cameras for the Jeep Wrangler, including a rugged stand-alone front camera as well as two side “RocKrawler” cameras. “SEMA is a perfect location to launch the new SummitTM camera line, developed with the input of the Jeep off-roading community, because a big portion of SEMA is about new Jeep products,” stated Jeff Varick, president and founder of Brandmotion. “We have worked with Jeep off-road enthusiasts and have responded to their strong desire to have multiple front “eyes” to see over the hills they are climbing, as well as rocks, trees and other trail obstacles.” For more information, visit www.brandmotion.com.

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Brandmotion to Launch New Aftermarket Radar Blind Spot System at SEMA

Brandmotion will be launching their aftermarket radar blind spot system at this year’s SEMA Show. The complete radar blind spot detection system features OEM quality, and uses vehicle-specific brackets to mount the sensors at the correct angle to minimize false alarms. If a turn signal is activated while another vehicle is in the blind spot zone, a visual warning paired with an audible warning will alert the driver not to change lanes. An added feature of this system is the cross-traffic detection for when a vehicle goes into revers. The system is triggered and the sensors look for oncoming traffic to each side of the vehicle. For more information, visit www.brandmotion.com.

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RIGID Introduces Its Adapt LED Light Bars

The RIGID Adapt LED light bars offer eight selectable beam patterns that range from broad short-distance lighting to highly focus long-distance lighting in a single fixture.  Beam patterns can be selected manually with the RIGID Dash Controller, or may be placed in an Adaptive Mode in which Adapt engages its Active View technology to actively adjust light output suitable for the vehicle’s speed.  Available in 10-inch to 50-inch lengths. In addition to the main lighting, RIGID Adapt has accent lighting that gives Adapt a soft glow in any selectable color.  Beam patterns, accent color, and the Adaptive Mode are selected with a compact dash-mounted controller.  The Dash Controller is backlit for nighttime use and includes a visual representation of beam pattern width, accent color, and offers two programmable presets for the user’s preferred light settings.  All RIGID Adapt LED light bars include the Adapt fixture, the Dash Controller, a wiring harness, and is backed by RIGID’s legendary warranty. For more information, visit www.rigidindustries.com.

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Iron Cross Step Receives SEMA’s Best Off-Road 4WD New Product Award

Iron Cross Automotive's new step for Jeeps and pickup trucks is a rock-rail design that features two integrated steps that allow the vehicle to maintain maximum ground clearance while being durable enough to withstand heavy trail abuse. The step is made in the U.S.A. and features rubber step pads. www.ironcrossautomotive.com.

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Undercover RidgeLander Awarded SEMA Best Exterior Product

The RidgeLander, by UnderCover, is a new truck bed cover that can be completely customized to match the truck owner's preference. The RidgeLander bed cover features four Rhino Rack Quick Mount Legs, two Rhino Rack Vortex Bars, and the Tango Track System. The system also won the 2016 SEMA Best Exterior Product Award.  www.undercoverinfo.com.

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BedTred Ultra Receives SEMA Best Van/Pickup/SUV New Product Award

The BedTred Ultra full kit is a new four-piece zipped full bed liner that quickly and easily installs with hook and loop fasteners. No drilling, grinding or damage to the original truck bed finish is required for installation. The bottom side of the BedTred Ultra is custom molded to follow the natural ribs and contours of your truck bed. Introduced at the 2016 SEMA Show, the BedTred Ultra won SEMA's Best Van/Pickup/Sport-Utility New Product Award. www.bedrug.com.

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October 2016 Truck Sales Drop Slightly… But Not For All

Full-size truck sales continue to decline slightly, as mid-size truck sales continue on the uprise. Yet, not everything is trending downward. Ram trucks continue to have another record year and the Nissan Titan and Honda Ridgline outsold the GMC Canyon, which was strong at the beginning and midway through 2016.  Most truck accessory retailers are also seeing increases in sales of aftermarket parts and accessories through their dealer and retail networks. As most of the vehicles sold in 2015 and 2016 continue to fill the market, it has shown to provide a big boost to within the aftermarket, and according to many truck accessory manufacturers, looks like it will continue into 2017.

 

October 2016 Sales Figures vs October 2015

65,542 - Ford F-Series +0.1% vs 2015
49,768 - Chevrolet Silverado -3.6% vs 2015
43,891 - Dodge Ram +6.9% vs 2015
15,050 - GMC Sierra -18.7% vs 2015
15,875 - Toyota Tacoma +4.2% vs 2015
10,578  - Chevrolet Colorado +49.9% vs 2015
9,533 - Toyota Tundra +0.2% vs 2015
6,364 - Nissan Frontier +33.6% vs 2015
  3,371 - Honda Ridgeline N/A vs 2015
  3,181  - Nissan Titan +260.7% vs 2015
  2,785  - GMC Canyon +15.3% vs 2015

    

2016 Sales YTD

661,198 - Ford F-Series
475,324- Chevrolet Silverado
404,997- Dodge Ram
179,490 - GMC Sierra
158,586 - Toyota Tacoma
  94,355- Toyota Tundra
  90,625 - Chevrolet Colorado
  75,752 - Nissan Frontier
  29,991 - GMC Canyon
  16,118 - Honda Ridgeline
  14,155 - Nissan Titan

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George Lathouris of Keystone Inducted Into LTAA Hall of Fame

The Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) held an industry reception during the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the reception, the LTAA inducted George Lathouris of Keystone Automotive into the LTAA Hall of Fame. Established in 2006, the Hall of Fame immortalizes the lifetime accomplishments of exceptional individuals in the light-truck accessory segment.

In addition to the Hall of Fame Inductee, Terry’s Toppers was named 2016 LTAA Retailer of the Year. The award is given to honor an outstanding light-truck accessory retailer for serving as an example of excellence and professionalism that have enhanced the stature and annual growth of the industry within the candidate's community.

Mark Turner of Daystar was also honored with the 2016 LTAA Rob Webster Memorial Award for Engineering Excellence. Ron Webster, president and founder of Guidon Truck Covers, was one of the original members of TCIA, which later became TCAA, then LTAA. An engineer by education, he developed many early innovations in the truck cap industry. The Ron Webster Memorial Award for Engineering Excellence was created in his honor. This award is not necessarily presented each year but is bestowed as viable candidates are nominated and selected. 

Photos courtesy SEMA, Top George Lathouris; Bottom Mark Turner - both shown with LTAA Chairman Lee McGuire.

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Top Car Designers and Painters Join the 3M “Salute to Freedom”

At the 2016 SEMA Show, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division featured a special 3M “Salute to Freedom” Showcase sponsored by 3M Accuspray Spray Gun with PPS Paint Preparation System. The speed shapes, all painted using the Accuspray System, featured custom-designed paint schemes honoring the nation’s military members. Thanks to some of the automotive industry’s top car designers and painters, the auction raised $3,805 for the Collision Repair Education Foundation, which administers the 3M Hire Our Heroes program. “3M Automotive Aftermarket Division has been an incredible supporter of high school and college collision school programs through the Collision Repair Education Foundation,” noted Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski. “The 3M Hire Our Heroes program has been a great success in assisting military veterans and their family members studying collision repair and the ‘Salute to Freedom’ Showcase is a new creative way to highlight the program. We would like to thank those who participated in the auction and for 3M’s continued support.” For more information, visit www.3M.com.

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A.R.E. Outfits 2016 F-150 With Gold Standard Upgrades

A.R.E. Accessories has created a 2016 Ford F-150 project truck that will debut at the 2016 SEMA show. A.R.E.'s Gold Standard vehicle is outfitted with gold standard exterior and interior upgrades by Trent Van Arsdalen, owner of Trent's Trick Upholstery. A.R.E.'s 2016 Ford F-150 Gold Standard project vehicle features an Air Lift LoadLifter, Alea leather interior, A.R.E.’s CX Series truck cap, TopperEZLift 12-V cap lift system, Axalta paint, a Bully Dog performance tuner, Bushwacker fender flares, Corsa Performance exhaust and intake, One-off Fuel Forged 24" x 12" custom wheels, Fuel MT Gripper tires, Hamsar LED lighting, a Kicker Speaker System, Lizard Skin spray-on insulation, N-Fab steps and bumpers , Paint by Lynch Concepts, Redline Lumtronix bed lighting, Reflexxion hood, Reikken performance battery cells, Skyjacker Suspension, Tint Works window tint, Trent's Trick Upholstery custom grille, and a TV with storage stand & interior accents. For more information, visit www.4are.com.

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ARIES Jeep Build to Benefit Folds of Honor and Gold Star Teen Adventures

This year, ARIES has partnered with Starwood Customs and KEG Media for a very special Jeep build, benefiting Folds of Honor and Gold Star Teen Adventures (GSTA). In 2004, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Army SPC Stephen P. Downing II, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, was killed by enemy fire while conducting combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq. SPC Downing left behind his wife Leann and his two children Taylor and Stephen. The Downing family has directly benefited from the help and support provided by Folds of Honor and Gold Star Teen Adventures, and they will be using the Jeep to bring awareness to both charities. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.

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Webasto Introduces New Products For Jeep Wrangler At SEMA

Webasto Thermo and Comfort North America will introduce four new aftermarket products for the Jeep Wrangler, and a new concept prototype soft top replacement solution at the 2016 SEMA Show. The four products include the one-piece fabric folding roof, the ThrowBack, the Fridge Freezer 31, designed for consumers that want a mobile refrigerator and freezer, Dual Cargo Slides, and the Cargo Security Surround. For more information, visit www.BuyWebasto.com.

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BOLT Locks to Display “Locked & Loaded” Jeep Wrangler at SEMA

BOLT Locks will feature the "Locked and Loaded" Jeep Wrangler project vehicle in its SEMA Show booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Built by Dave Doetsch of Doetsch Off-Road, the vehicle is an urban crawler that is fitted for overland trips with BOLT's "One-Key Lock Technology." "This exceptional show vehicle demonstrates how BOLT One-Key Lock Technology can be used to secure all kinds of gear for off-road recreation," said BOLT Locks National Sales Manager Erika Garcia. "Whether Jeep enthusiasts are camping, trekking across rough terrain, or towing their favorite toys, we are the only company that offers one key convenience to safely lock a wide variety of items." For more information, visit www.boltlock.com.

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Horizon Global Signs Agreement For Exclusive Use Of SmartKey Technology

Horizon Global Corporation announced that it has entered into an agreement with Spectrum Brands, Inc. providing Horizon, including its Cequent and TriMotive divisions, the exclusive right to utilize SmartKey security from the Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands in a wide range of automotive applications. SmartKey security allows consumers the flexibility to use one key to secure both their homes and automotive accessories. SmartKey products also pass the most stringent lock-picking standards and utilize BumpGuard. “For years, people have trusted Kwikset to help secure their homes,” said Mike Sislo, vice president and general manager of TriMotive Americas. “This agreement allows us to extend those security features to Horizon’s premium branded vehicle accessories. For more information, visit www.horizonglobal.com.

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Rugged Ridge Expands Line Of Door Handle Inserts

Rugged Ridge announced the expansion to its line of Elite Door Handle Inserts for 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler JK and JKU models. Rugged Ridge has taken the “tire tread” chevron that adorns their All-Terrain Floor Liners and incorporated it into an Elite Door Handle Insert. Rugged Ridge Elite Door Handle Inserts are constructed of cast aluminum for durability and are available in three distinctly different versions – all black aluminum, all brushed aluminum OR brushed aluminum with a contrasting black inlay. Installation of the Rugged Ridge Elite Door Handle Inserts is said to be “trouble-free” with the included automotive grade double-backed adhesive, for a secure fitment. The Rugged Ridge Elite Door Handle Inserts are backed by an industry-leading five-year limited warranty. For more information, visit www.RuggedRidge.com.

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Leer Truck Caps For 2016 Model Nissan Titan XD Pickups

tonneau.Leer fiberglass cap models are now available for 2016 Nissan Titan XD pickup trucks. The high-performance 100XL, 100XR and 100R caps as well as the stylish, full-featured 700 tonneau fit models with five-foot, six-inch beds. The top fits Nissan Titan pickups with 6-ft., 6-in. beds. For more information, visit www.leer.com.

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BFGoodrich Tires and Remington Industries Announce Off-Road Accessories Partnership

Remington Industries announces its recent partnership with BFGoodrich Tires and its entry into the off-road automotive accessories category. According to the agreement, Remington Industries will produce automotive floor protection and interior accessories under the BFGoodrich Tires brand name, offering the first significant extension of the brand into new product categories. Although Remington Industries carries current product licenses for Michelin and Rubbermaid automotive accessories, the BFGoodrich Tires accessories line will be geared specifically toward off-road and outdoor applications. “BFGoodrich Tires carries incredible brand equity within the off-roading community and the automotive industry at large,” said Tom Norwell, president of international sales and business development, Remington Industries. For more information, visit www.remingtonind.com.

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Optronics Releases Opti-Brite LED Headlamps with Retroflective Optics

Optronics International announced that it will display its most advanced Opti-Brite LED headlamps for the first time at the 2016 AAPEX Show. The new headlamps feature centralized lens elements that house the LED conspicuity arrays and rear-facing LEDs, has rear-oriented LEDs that interact with metallic parabolic reflectors, and photometric characteristics that approximate the color temperature of natural sunlight. All lamps were engineered to accommodate both 12- and 24-volt electrical systems, have an expected service life of 30,000 hours, and also feature a powder-coated, die-cast aluminum housings and polycarbonate lenses that have are coated to protect the lamps against cracking, fading and yellowing. The new Opti-Brite LED Headlamps are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2017. The lamps meet or exceed all FMVSS 108 and CMVSS 108 photometric requirements for visibility and safety. The lamps employ a solid-state, surface-mount device (SMD) design that protects their electronics against moisture, shock and vibration. Opti-Brite LED Headlamps come with no-hassle, one-diode lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.optronicsinc.com.

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Kleinn To Debut Submersible Air Compressor At SEMA

Kleinn Air Horns announces the unveiling of its Submersible 12-Volt Air Compressor. The compressor will be debuted at the 2016 SEMA show as the only waterproof, submersible, 12-volt air compressor on Thursday November third at 2:30 PM on the upper floor of the south hall in booth 37057. For more information, visit www.kleinn.com.

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Pro Comp Adds 22-Inch Diameter Sizes To The Xtreme MT2

Pro Comp Tire announces the immediate availability of two new sizes for 22-inch rims, the 35x12.50R22 Load Range E 117Q Pro Comp Xtreme MT2 and 37x13.50R22 Load Range E 123Q Pro Comp Xtreme MT2. “By adding the latest 22-inch sizes to our popular MT2 pattern, Pro Comp continues to stay ahead of the curve in the large sized light truck tire segment., explained Steve Hutchinson, Director of Sales and Marketing, “We expect the new 22-inch sizes to be very popular.” The Xtreme MT2 is backed by a 40,000-mile treadwear warranty, 60-day Ride Assurance warranty, and the Forever Warranty, a non-pro-rated replacement for manufacturing defects. For more information, visit www.ProCompUSA.com.

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Clean Seal Named A Top 10 Vendor By Newmar

Clean Seal, Inc. was recently selected as a “2016 Top Ten Vendor” by Newmar Corporation. Newmar Executives presented the award to Clean Seal, Inc. at their vendor appreciation banquet held at Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, IN. In addition to Clean Seal’s recognition for being a “Top Ten Vendor”, Brandi Nelson of the Clean Seal, Inc. sales team received the Newmar 2016 Salesperson Award.  “Brandi goes out of her way to make sure that she always delivers the highest possible level of service to her customers,” said Bill Dawson, Vice President/General Manager for Clean Seal, Inc. “It is with tremendous pride and thankfulness that we accept these awards.” For more information, visit www.cleansealsprings.com.

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Bestop to Showcase Off-Road Adventure at SEMA 2016

Inspiring off-road adventure is Bestop's theme for the 2016 SEMA show. "We're featuring the best of what off-road enthusiasts love - freedom, adventure, rocks, mud and inspiration - to immerse our SEMA visitors in a total experience," said John Larson, Bestop CEO. "It'd be tough to take thousands of jobbers, journalists and business partners out to the trails, so, we're bringing the trails to our booth.  The Bestop booth will capture and display everything Jeep Wrangler owners love about their vehicles and the authentic, hassle-free lifestyle they crave." Four vehicles will be displayed in the Bestop booth; one Jeep customized in pink to support Project Pink, the company's new breast cancer awareness fundraising initiative, a Hypergreen Jeep hosting an augmented reality photo opp., a third Jeep showcasing a lineup of accessories from Bestop, Baja Designs and Tuffy Security Products, and a truck equipped with the latest bed cover options and automatic running boards. Their booth will also debut the HighRock 4x4 Modular Bumper, the RoughRider Tailgate Shelf, and the Trektop NX Glide soft top. For more information, visit www.bestop.com.

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Chevy’s Carhartt Concept Blends Capability and Style In The 2017 Silverado 2500HD

The 2017 Silverado 2500HD Carhartt concept vehicle, a truck integrated with the rugged aesthetics of a hard-working lifestyles reflected in the Carhartt brand. Durability is expressed in the concept trucks trimmed Jet Black interior, which features Carhartt’s signature duck brown garment material on the seats, armrests and door panel inserts, with triple-stitched seams just like the jackets. The Carhartt logo is laser-etched on the headrests, while antique nickel-finish trim is used on the doors, center console and instrument panel. Carhartt’s fabric is also used for the trucks custom concept tonneau cover. The Chevrolet accessories for the truck include trailering mirrors with a camera system, black bowtie emblems, all-weather floor liners, assist steps, perimeter bed lighting, and a bed-mounted toolbox and swing-out tool chest. The additional concept and custom equipment includes a 20-inch LED light bar, electrical outlets in the bed, nickel accents on the grille, mirror caps, tow rings and 20-inch aluminum wheels, and Carhartt gold pinstripe graphics. For more information, visit www.chevrolet.com.

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New Westin HDX Winch-Mount Grille Guard

New Westin HDX Winch-Mount Grille Guard
Westin now offers a winch-mount grille guard in its HDX line, that holds a winch up to 10.25 in. tall and with a rating of up to 12,000 lbs. Winch trays are tested and capability confirmed to a minimum straight-line pull of 16,500 lbs. HDX winch-mount grille guards are available in 304 stainless steel and black powdercoat. For more information visit www.westinautomotive.com

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Capstone Financial Group Announces Sale of Morris 4x4

Capstone Financial Group has announced the sale of Morris 4x4 Center (“Morris”), one of North America’s leading Internet retailers of Jeep-only parts and accessories. Morris pioneered the Jeep Internet business and now sells more than 46,000 SKUs from hundreds of manufacturers covering every relevant product category for Jeeps. The company’s acquirer was a platform company backed by a New York-based private equity firm with significant investment experience in the auto aftermarket. “I chose Capstone because of its industry knowledge and ability to close a synergistic deal with the most appropriate buyer,” said Glenn Morris, the company’s founder and CEO. “This was a complicated transaction for a number of reasons, but Capstone structured a discreet deal at a very attractive price without having to run a complex, time-consuming process.” For more information, visit www.morris4x4center.com.

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Bestop and American Cancer Society Team Up to Launch Project Pink

Bestop has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to launch Bestop Project Pink, a campaign to help save lives from breast cancer. The Bestop Project Pink sweepstakes is set to launch in early November at the 2016 SEMA show, as well as other events, local trail runs, and a road trip yet to be announced.  All money raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society in support of breast cancer awareness and research.  In addition, Bestop will match all donations up to $10,000. "Everyone knows a mother, sister, daughter or friend who's faced the battle against breast cancer," said John Larson, Bestop CEO. "Breast cancer is a fight many people, even men, have had to endure. Our goal is to help make sure they don't have to face that fight alone." For more information, visit www.BestopProjectPink.com.

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BedRug Inc. Introduces The New BedTred Ultra

BedRug Inc. recently introduced its new BedTred Ultra, a four-piece zipped full bed liner that features quick and easy installation with hook and loop fasteners. The BedTred Ultra is custom molded to follow the natural ribs and contours of the truck bed, and is constructed from a TPO composite, heavy-duty automotive grade plastic. The TPO surface is UV resistant and will not absorb water making it mildew and mold resistant, according to BedRug. The three-fourths-inch foam padding provides dent resistance and also features a foldable tailgate hinge that covers the gap between the truck bed and the tailgate. For further information, visit www.Bedrug.com.

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Omix-ADA Raises Awareness for SEMA Cares to Benefit Victory Junction

Omix-ADA announced it will showcase a custom built Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited in support of SEMA Cares at the 2016 SEMA Show. The custom Jeep signifies the fourth time that Omix-ADA has partnered with SEMA Cares and the third time that a one-off custom Jeep will be offered at auction in 2017. All proceeds going to benefit Victory Junction, a camp dedicated to enriching the lives of children affected by serious illness or chronic medical conditions. This year’s Jeep build will be prepared by the automotive experts at Petty’s Garage in Level Cross, N.C. With Petty’s involvement the proceeds will benefit the Victory Junction Camp, a facility that was inspired by, and operates as, a living tribute to Petty’s grandson, Adam, who was lost in a racing accident in 2000. This year’s custom Petty Garage-built Jeep Wrangler JKU will serve as a conversation piece, and raise awareness for SEMA Cares charitable efforts within the automotive aftermarket. For more information, visit www.omix-ada.com.

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Cargo-Ease Welcomes Ryan Colvin

Cargo-Ease announces and welcomes Ryan Colvin as the companies new Customer Support and Client Sales Assistant. With over 12 years of experience in Sales and management Colvin is believed to be a key part of the ongoing growth and success of Cargo-Eases. Over the years the company has been highly successful and growing year by year, and strives to reach out to its customers with only the highest quality customer service. The company believes with over 12 years of such a wide range of experience in customer service, Colvin will be able to take Cargo-Ease further than the previous years. Cargo-Ease looks forward to the implementation of improved sales and management methods, as well as daily improvements in customer service communication and problem solving that Ryan will provide to them. For more information, visit www.cargo-ease.com.

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Transamerican Auto Parts And Bass Pro Shops To Build Toyota Tundra At SEMA Show

Transamerican Auto Parts (TAP), in conjunction with Bass Pro Shops, will be building “The Ultimate Sportsman Toyota Tundra” on-site at the 2016 SEMA show. The “live” build to be featured within the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience Area will be one of the featured SEMA activities for Transamerican. The “Ultimate Sportsman Toyota Tundra” will begin as a brand new 2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 as delivered from the factory. Over the course of the four show days, the truck will be outfitted with parts and accessories from leading manufacturers in an effort led by Transamerican Manufacturing Group (TMG) Director of Engineering, Ted Moncure. Headlining the recognized list of suppliers will be an extensive inventory of products from TMG product divisions, Pro Comp and Smittybilt. Additional suppliers providing accessories to enhance the project include MagnaFlow Exhaust, Rigid Industries, All-Pro Off-Road, Bedslide, AMP Research and Yeti. The vehicle will also receive an interior package featuring the “Urban Viper” pattern from camouflage company, TrueTimber. For more information, visit www.transamericanautoparts.com.

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Coast to Coast Announces New Door Handle Cup For Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra

Coast to Coast International introduces its new door handle cups for the 2014-2017 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The new door handle cups fit into the indention behind the OEM door handles and complement the styling of the OEM design as well as provide paint protection from the potential scratches, according to Coast to Coast International. CCI accessories feature 3M double sided tape for secure fitment. The door handle cups are chrome plated and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.Coast2CoastInternational.com.

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CCI Introduces Door Handle Cups For Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon

Coast to Coast International presents its new door handle cups for the 2015-2017 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon. According to Coast to Coast International, the new door handle cups, fit into the indention behind the OEM door handles and complement the styling of the OEM design; as well as provide paint protection from potential scratches. CCI accessories use 3M double sided tape for secure fitment. CCI door handle cups are chrome plated and come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information visit, www.Coast2CoastInternational.com.

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CURT Acquires ARIES And LUVERNE For SEMA 2016

CURT Manufacturing LLC. is aiming to make a lasting impression at The SEMA Show. In 2014, CURT acquired ARIES Automotive, and now in 2016, LUVERNE Truck Equipment. Each of the three brands will be represented with its own booth. CURT will fill a 30 x 60-foot space, showing a variety of towing products, including custom-fit trailer hitches, 5th wheels and goosenecks. New products include a 15K TruTrack weight distribution system, OEM puck system 5th wheel legs for the new Nissan Titan XD, expanded towing security line and more. ARIES Automotive’s 30 x 60-foot booth will be filled with a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, and a 2016 Ford F-150 Super Crew. ARIES will feature new products focusing on Jeep accessories, bumpers, interior products, accessories for the AdvantEDGE series and more. LUVERNE will feature a USA-wrapped 2017 Ford F-250 in their 20 x 30-foot space. New products will be introduced at the show including the Baja Guard, textured rubber tow guard and new finish options for several different side steps. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.

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Stampede Automotive Accessories Launches Pink Camo Collection

Stampede Automotive Accessories has leveraged its partnerships with Realtree and Mossy Oak to bring to market its limited edition Pink Camouflage collection of side-wind deflectors and hood protectors. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Stampede will be donating a portion of the proceeds from all sales of the pink camo collection through December 31, 2016 to further the research and awareness of breast cancer. Designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA, the Tape-Onz side-wind deflectors and Vigilante Premium hood protectors are now offered in Mossy Oak Break-Up Pink or Realtree Xtra in pink. The wind deflectors and hood protectors are backed by a limited lifetime warranty, and featuring a no-drill installation. For more information, visit www.stampedeproducts.com.

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Hellwig Suspension Products to debut Ultimate Overland Nissan Titan XD at 2016 SEMA Show

Hellwig Products teamed up with the top aftermarket manufacturers in the industry to build a 2016 Nissan Titan XD diesel overland truck and camper for the 2016 SEMA Show. The work on the truck build was handled by the LGE-CTS Motorsports, and was chosen as the platform for the build for its Cummins diesel engine. While under LGE-CTS’s care, the Titan XD received a variety of upgrades including a leveling coil-over kit by Icon Vehicle Dynamics, fender flares by Bushwhacker, a 4-inch DPF-back exhaust by MagnaFlow, Method Wheels, Falken Tires, Baja Designs lights, a Fab Fours bumper, nerf bars by N-Fab, a winch by Warn, camper mounts and tie downs by Torklift, locks by Bolt Locks, a Hypertech programmer, a 650 Truck Camper by Lance, Hellwig’s new forged rear sway bar, and 2,800-pound “Big Wig” air bags. For more information, visit www.HellwigProducts.com.

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H3R Performance Introduces Camouflage Fire Extinguishers

H3R Performance, Inc. introduces its two camouflage designs for its MaxOut line of USA-made automotive fire extinguishers. MaxOut model MX250E features the multi-environmental EVOS pattern, and model MX250M utilizes the Muddy Girl graphic design with its shades of pink, purple and neutral colors. Each contain two and a half-pounds of dry chemical fire suppressant, and are rated 1A:10B:C for common combustibles, flammable liquids and electrical fires. According to Chris Dieter, H3R Performance senior vice president, “Our UL Listed fire extinguishers are known for their quality and great looks and these new models are no exception. The camouflage hydrographic is clear coated to ensure that the finish is as tough as it is eye-catching." For more information, visit www.h3rperformance.com.

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Dee Zee Features Dan Adams at SEMA 2016

Dee Zee Inc. will host Dan Adams in their booth at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.  Dan Adams is a professional snowmobile rider with over 20 years of riding and coaching experience. He is a truck enthusiast and enjoys building trucks. His builds have been featured in several magazines and he is currently working on his Kodiak build. Dan took second place in the 2000 Gravity Games freestyle event and is featured in more than 15 snowmobile movies. He has toured with FSX freestyle snocross and has been featured on multiple magazines and videos. Dan is the owner and instructor of Next Level Riding Clinics which consists of various drills and closed course exercises targeted to the fundamentals of snowmobiling in mountainous terrain. For further information, visit www.deezee.com.

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New Hiniker 7000 Series Split Trip-Edge Plow

Hiniker’s 7000 Series plows are now available with corrosion-resistant stainless steel moldboards.  According to Hiniker, the 30-inch tall torsion-tube moldboard design provides enhanced durability and surface hugging capability in tough winter conditions. The 7000 Series Stainless Steel plows feature chrome alloy wear bars, a two-section, torsion-spring controlled trip-edge, and compact joystick controller that can be mounted in the cab. All Hiniker 7000 Series plows feature the Hiniker Quick-Hitch2 system. For more information, visit www.hiniker.com.

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Roadwire To Host Training Sessions On Interior Extended Care Warranty Program At 2016 SEMA Show

During the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Roadwire Inc. will be hosting free training sessions on its breakthrough Interior Extended Care Warranty program. The sessions, will be held daily, from November 1-4, in the Roadwire exhibit, booth 12317 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The sessions will highlight benefits, features, and how the program can generate a significant new revenue stream. Sessions are open to registered dealership personnel and aftermarket providers who offer products and services to auto dealerships; to schedule a private, one-on-one session, email to jcater@roadwire.com.

According to Dave Edmondson, senior VP of Roadwire Inc. the interior extended care warranty—the first of its kind in the restyling industry—delivers a fresh opportunity to create a new dealership profit center, while simultaneously enhancing customer satisfaction. The pioneering initiative, administered by Innovative Aftermarket Systems (IAS), includes several unique features:

·       Guarantees repair or replacement of any damaged, stained or faded OEM or aftermarket cloth or leather interior installed in any new or pre-owned vehicle.

·       Is not exclusive to Roadwire products; provides coverage for all vehicle interiors regardless of origin, be it OEM or aftermarket, and requires no messy chemical sprays or applications

·       Includes protection from stains, fading and discoloration, plus tears, punctures, loose seams or stitches and even small cigarette burns. Coverage is available for three or five years.

“The Roadwire Interior Extended Care Warranty is both a revolutionary concept and a true value-added upsell,” said Edmondson. “Not only does it offer a significant profit opportunity for automotive dealers and their aftermarket partners. From consumers’ perspective, it helps protect customers’ investment in a new or used vehicle, instills brand loyalty—ensuring vehicle owners come back to the dealership for service—and it enhances trade-in value.  At a time of shrinking new-vehicle margins and increasing sales of pre-owned vehicles, the Roadwire Interior Care Extended Warranty offers dealers and aftermarket providers an unprecedented opportunity to provide vehicle owners with a long-term solution to keeping their vehicle interior looking like new. And we invite and encourage dealership personnel, restylers, accessory retailers, tire dealers, and other aftermarket providers to learn more about the program at our training sessions and how they can get involved.”

Roadwire Inc., a third-generation, privately owned company based in Austin, Texas, was founded in 1969. The global automotive technology company provides and manufactures innovative products to new- and pre-owned vehicle markets facilitated by more than 3,500 authorized installers. Its portfolio of products includes OEM and aftermarket leather-trimmed interiors, climate-controlled seating, seat heaters, electric sunroofs, myTop®, the world’s first all-electric convertible top for the Jeep® Wrangler, and other patented technologies designed to enhance comfort and security for the next generation of automobiles and light-duty trucks. For more information, visit www.Roadwire.com, or call 877.ROADWIRE.

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Polaris Announces Agreement To Acquire Transamerican Auto Parts

Polaris Industries Inc. announced today that is has entered into an agreement to acquire Transamerican Auto Parts Company (“TAP”). TAP is more widely known as the off-road retail giant 4Wheel Parts Stores, but it is a privately held, vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor, retailer and installer of off-road Jeep and truck accessories. According to Polaris, TAP is a leader in the growing $10+ billion Jeep and truck accessory market, and includes sales and installation of an extensive line of accessories. The company also manufactures products under its seven proprietary, industry-leading aftermarket brands: PRO COMP®, RUBICON EXPRESS, SMITTYBILT®, POISON SPYDER™, G2™, LRG® and TRAIL MASTER®. TAP is the largest retailer and installer in the North American market, selling through its own retail and on-line network while also supporting numerous independent accessory retailers/installers. For the last 12 months ended September 30, 2016, TAP generated approximately $740 million in sales, and from 2012 through 2015, achieved compound annual sales growth of 15 percent and compound annual EBITDA growth of 17 percent.

“We are excited to add TAP’s market leading multi-channel business, proprietary brands, proven management team and experienced employees to the Polaris portfolio,” said Polaris Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Scott W. Wine. “This transaction is consistent with our long term strategy, provides us an immediate leadership position in a growing market, and allows us to accelerate Polaris’ growth and profitability. TAP’s products and services for customers in the off-road four-wheel-drive (‘4WD’) market correspond closely to our Off-Road Vehicle (‘ORV’) business. Further, by broadening TAP’s proprietary product lines, expanding its retail and distribution footprint, where appropriate, and cross-selling both companies’ extensive product offerings to a large combined installed base, we believe we will create significant value for our stakeholders. Our similar cultures, centered on innovative brands and performance, make TAP a great addition to Polaris’ expanding portfolio.”

"Over the past 55 years, our employees have built a company that prides itself on serving our customers with quality products at competitive prices,” said Greg Adler, TAP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We see tremendous opportunity for further growth as we become an integral part of the Polaris organization. Combining TAP with Polaris’ aftermarket brand portfolio facilitates significant synergies, while Polaris’ financial resources provide the backing we need to pursue a variety of growth prospects we have identified across the organization.”

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is located in Minneapolis, MN and is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. According to Polaris the transaction is still subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions, but is expected to close by year-end 2016. Following the closing of the transaction, TAP will operate as a distinct business unit reporting to Steve Eastman, Polaris’ PG&A President. Polaris expects to fund the acquisition with borrowings under existing credit facilities.

 





 

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New Pace Edwards Tonneaus Make Adding Racks Simpler

Available now, Pace Edwards launches the retractable UltraGroove and UltraGroove Metal tonneaus. The new tonneaus feature the Pace Edwards Rail Expansion System for quick installation of a wide variety of racks. The UltraGroove features a soft-cover look with a weather-resistant, padded ArmorTek deck laminated to rigid aluminum panels for hard-cover security, complete with a matte-black finish. The UltraGroove Metal tonneau features a metal look with heavy-gauge aluminum panels and powder-coated, matte-black finish. Other features include lock knob and hand grip areas, and drain tubes at the front and rear of the rail. The cover can be locked into place every 12-inches, and is said that installation is easy with a no-drill, clamp-in design (on most applications), and is backed by the three-year limited warranty. For more information, visit www.pace-edwards.com.

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GMC Introduces Sierra HD All Terrain X

GMC introduced the 2017 Sierra HD All Terrain X as the third model in GMC’s limited-edition All Terrain X series. The All-Terrain X’s customized appearance includes 18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, LT275/65R18 Goodyear Dura-trac MT-rated tires, a body-color grille surround with an All-Terrain insert, body-color door handles and body-side moldings, black power-adjustable heated and power-folding trailering mirrors with integrated turn signals, LED rear guidance lamps and LED amber clearance lamps, black belt moldings, front bumper skid-plate and B-pillars, four-inch black sport side steps, a black sport bar (mounted in the bed) designed to support available GMC Accessories LED off-road driving lamps, Eaton automatic locking rear differential, and is offered in Black Onyx and Summit White exterior colors. The 2017 Sierra 2500HD also features GMC IntelliLink with an eight-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, teen driver, remote-locking tailgate, remote starting system, rear vision camera, adjustable pedals, leather-appointed seats, heated front seats and wireless charging. For more information, visit www.gmc.com.

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Roll-N-Lock Retractable Truck Tonneau Cover

Roll-N-Lock’s Retractable tonneau cover offers the combination of a powder coated aluminum frame with a bi-laminate vinyl for a rich appearance. Underneath the cover, however, is a patented slatted extruded aluminum substrate that gives the product its durable and rugged operation. With an average 7-1/4-inch deep housing, the Roll-N-Lock tonneau has the most compact housing of any retractable truck be cover and preserves the trucks’ cargo space. For more information, visit www.rollnlock.com

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Paramount Automotive’s New Jeep Wrangler JK Safari Doors

Paramount Automotive’s new Safari Doors for the 2007 through 2016 Jeep Wrangler JK are now available. The doors mount directly into the OEM hinges with adjustable high quality door latches to insure proper fit. The doors are manufactured from a 1/8- inch steel sheet and one and a quarter-inch steel tubing, and feature a textured black powder-coat finish. For more information, visit www.paramount-automotive.com.

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CalTrend Custom Seat Covers For The 2016 Toyota Tacoma Pickup

CalTrend Custom Tailored Seat Covers are now available for 2016 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab and Double Cab pickups. Made in the U.S.A., CalTrend custom seat covers are designed to slip over the original upholstery and feature a range of colors and fabrics such as the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Leather,” the rugged “DuraPlus,” the sporty “NeoSupreme,” and the high abrasion resistant “Tough Camo.” In addition, each set of seat covers feature extra-large rear pockets, are side air-bag compatible, and come with a two-year manufacturer's warranty. For further information, visit www.caltrend.com.

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Cliffride’s Holcomb Light Bar Grille For Late-Model Jeep JK Wranglers

Cliffride’s new Holcomb Light Bar Grille for the Jeep JK Wrangler now gives Jeep owners the option to upgrade their vehicle to incorporate a 22-inch, dual-row LED light bar. The Holcomb grille fits 2007 - 2016 model Jeep JK Wranglers, and is manufactured from ABS plastic that has been molded and finished to fit in the exact position as the factory grille. The LED light bar attaches to the vehicle’s radiator core support without any drilling, and uses powder coated steel brackets and hardware that are provided in the installation kit. The complete kit also includes a weatherproof wiring harness, relay, fuse, connectors and switch. For more information, visit www.cliffride.com.

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CMYK Grafix’s New Exclusive Rocker Panel Wraps

CMYK Grafix’s Metallic Kryptek Rocker Panel Wraps for custom vehicles are now available for purchase and will be showcased at the 2016 SEMA show. The decals feature easy DIY installation, or can be taken to a nearby vehicle wrap installer to have them installed professionally.  The rocker panel wraps are available in three standard sizes; small or 16-inch by nine-inch, medium, which is a 16-inch by 11-inch, and large or 16-inch by 14-inch. All Kryptek Vinyl products are printed on a high performance film that conforms to compound curves, corrugations, and rivets. The wraps are re-positionable for installation or removal. Consumers can choose between eight different colors to transform the color of their vehicles, and features a gloss laminate finish. Consumers can substitute that finish for a matte laminate in a special order. For more information, visit www.cmykgrafix.com.

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