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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 after-market automotive industry. Prior to Marketing, Apogée was the vice president of DuBois Advertising in Ontario, Calif., and director of marketing for the Specialty Equipment Market Association. 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” championship in both the HDRA and SCORE 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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BOLT Locks Feature Celebrity Autograph Signings At SEMA 2016

BOLT Locks will host two special celebrity guests at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Brandon Palaniuk, who since joining Bassmaster in 2011 has earned two Bassmaster Elite Series wins and qualified for five Bassmaster Classics, will be signing autographs on Tuesday, November first from two-p.m. to three-p.m. in BOLT's booth. For motocross and off-road racing fans, BOLT will also host Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, a 17-time X Games Medalist in professional Freestyle Motocross and Lucas Oil Off-Road Truck Racing competitor. Twitch will sign autographs in BOLT's booth on Wed November second from two-p.m. to three- p.m. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com.

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Trucking Times Editor Ellen McKoy to Moderate Two SEMA Show Sessions

Trucking Times editor Ellen McKoy, and chair-elect of SEMA’s Professional Restylers Organization, will moderate two SEMA Show seminars presented by the PRO council. “A New Approach to Dealership Profit Centers,” will offer insights into what it takes to get auto dealers on the accessory bandwagon and the key role restylers and truck-accessory retailers play in creating profitable dealership accessory programs. Panelists include Rick Ricart, Ricart Automotive Group; Josh Poulson, Auto Additions; Zane Cark, SEMA; and Sidney Haider, Add-on-Auto. The session is slated for Tuesday, November 1, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m., Room N252, Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Building a Profitable and Professional Sales Team” is on tap for Wednesday, November 2, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m., LVCC Room N256.  Expert panel includes Ron Leslie, Katzkin Leather; Larry Branche, Fitzgerald Auto Group; Kevin McGowan, Auto Trim Restyling; and Joe Johnston, Tops & Trends.

Topics to focus on creating a winning formula for success—the essential elements of a sales strategy, tips to identify decision makers, techniques to create a successful sales program and more. LTAA and PRO members who attend this interactive session will receive a complimentary electronic copy of the PRO Sales Training Manual: A Restyler’s Guide to Selling Dealer-Direct, Second Edition, a $149 value!

Seminars are free and open to all registered buyers. To sign up in advance, visit the Show website, www.SEMAshow.com.

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Mid-Size Truck Sales Reach Record Highs

Compared to this same time in 2015, mid-sized trucks are reaching some of their highest sales in recent history, just as full-size truck sales begin to slow for the fall and winter months. While full-size trucks enjoyed a great year, sales are slowing for the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, and GMC Sierra trucks. Dodge Ram trucks however, are still beating last-years monthly sales figures and is up 8.3 percent in its model year-to-date sales.
The numbers can be misleading however, as mid-sized trucks were introduced last year, making their sales for September 2016 seem extremely high. Nevertheless, the Nissan titan and Toyota Tundra, of which both vehicles were available in 2015 are enjoying a fall run-up in sales.

For truck accessory retailers, the signs are still good for customers wanting to add aftermarket products to their vehicles. According to many retailers, aftermarket sales of truck caps and tonneaus, bed accessories, bumpers and side steps, have been booming this year.

 

September 2016 Sales Figures vs September 2015

67,809 - Ford F-Series -2.6% vs 2015
45,380 - Chevrolet Silverado -15.5% vs 2015
47,792 - Dodge Ram +29.2% vs 2015
21,241 - GMC Sierra -8.5% vs 2015
15,723 - Toyota Tacoma +35.4% vs 2015
10,383  - Chevrolet Colorado +41.6% vs 2015
  9,507 - Toyota Tundra +18.2% vs 2015
  7,596  - Nissan Frontier +64.5% vs 2015
  3,318 - Honda Ridgeline +1000% vs 2015
  2,949  - GMC Canyon +26.5% vs 2015
  2,484  - Nissan Titan +130.4% vs 2015
     

2016 Sales YTD

595,656 - Ford F-Series
425,556- Chevrolet Silverado
361,086- Dodge Ram
164,440 - GMC Sierra
142,711 - Toyota Tacoma
  84,822 - Toyota Tundra
  80,047 - Chevrolet Colorado
  69,388 - Nissan Frontier
  27,206 - GMC Canyon
  12,747 - Honda Ridgeline
  10,974 - Nissan Titan

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Truck Hero Acquires Husky Liners

Truck Hero, Inc. announced its acquisition of Husky Liners, one of the industry's  leading manufacturer of floor and cargo liners, as well as a variety of automotive aftermarket accessories. “We’re excited to welcome the Husky Liners team to the Truck Hero family of brands,” commented Bill Reminder, President and CEO of Truck Hero. “This transaction builds upon our recent efforts to further diversify our business with complementary branded product offerings across a large and growing automotive accessory market. Husky Liners has incredibly strong brand awareness driven by their history of delivering the finest, high-quality floor mats and liners in the industry. In addition, they offer a wide range of products for towing and trailering that complement our own line up of truck accessories.  Innovation is central to Truck Hero’s culture and we see fantastic opportunities to expand upon their product lines while leveraging our expansive distribution network to drive future sales growth.”

This transaction marks Truck Hero’s tenth acquisition since its formation in 2007 and is well aligned with the Company’s growth strategy of continuing to acquire businesses within the vehicle accessory market that further diversify its product portfolio into other attractive, high-growth segments.

Robert Tyler, Founder of Husky Liners, commented, “Since starting the company in 1988 our team in Winfield, Kansas has been relentlessly focused on premium innovative products to protect your ride inside and out, and we’re confident that we’ve made the right decision to partner with the team at Truck Hero who shares our passion.”

“Over the past five years we’ve been focused on recapturing what made Husky Liners great and as a result have seen significant success and growth,” Doug Johnson, Vice President of Business Development for Husky Liners stated. “This partnership with Truck Hero opens the door to many new opportunities and provides the resources and support for even greater success.  We are truly excited to be a part of the Truck Hero team.” For more information on Truck Hero, visit the website at www.truck-hero.com

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Jeep Vehicle Configurator From Go Rhino

Consumers with 2007-16 Jeep Wranglers can now customize their Jeeps with the Go Rhino vehicle configurator. The configurator features all the different combinations of front and rear bumpers, windshield light mount frames, light ready roof racks and side steps. Once visitors have configured their Jeep online, they can print out a copy complete with part numbers and take it to their local Jobber or order online. Enthusiasts can also share their custom configured Jeep via Facebook. More products and vehicles configurations are said to be added throughout the coming months. For more information, visit www.gorhino.com.

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Chevrolet Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title

The new 2017 Chevy Silverado HD with the Duramax 6.6-Liter V-8 turbo-diesel engine claims the title for the World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle. The new diesel engine produces the most torque ever in a Chevrolet vehicle. “The Duramax 6.6L’s 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque are dramatic numbers, deserving of a dramatic introduction,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Truck marketing director. “And it’s all the more fitting to introduce it on the eve of the State Fair of Texas, in the country’s largest truck market.” The United States flag flown by the Silverado HD for the record-setting drive measured nearly 40 by 80 feet, with an area of 3,186 square feet. To set the record, the truck had to travel 100 meters without the flag touching the ground. The Silverado exceeded that requirement, completing four laps around the Texas Motor Speedway’s one and a half-mile oval. For more information, visit www.chevrolet.com.

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RIGID Reflect LED Lighting Solution From Rigid Industries

Rigid Industries presents its RIGID Reflect, an LED light that illuminates the road ahead and allows consumers to see what’s behind. The RIGID Reflect is a lighting solution designed with a fully adjustable side mirror. The patented LED technology and new side-shooter optics provide a wide beam of light, and features built-in amber LEDs on the outside edge of the fixture that can be used as turn signals, flashers, or auxiliary running lights.  Roll-cage mounting clamps make installation easy, while aiming of both the light and the mirror can be adjusted independently, according to RIGID. Each light comes weighs three point fifteen-pounds and comes with a Limited Lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.rigidindustries.com.

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Husky Liners Now Offers Its WeatherBeater Series to 2017 Ford’s

Husky Liners front and rear floor liners for the 2017 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 Crew Cab and Super Cab are now available through its WeatherBeater Series. The liners feature a precision fit, with Stay-Put cleats, to keep the liner from slipping or shifting, and a Form-Fit Edge that is designed to hold a spill until the liner is removed for cleaning. All Husky Liners floor coverings come with a no-hassle lifetime warranty. For further information, visit www.huskyliners.com.

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PML Introduces New 12-Bolt Front Differential Cover for Dodge

PML recently introduced its new bolt-on replacement front differential cover for Dodge Ram 2500 (2014 and newer), and Ram 3500 (2013 and newer). The new covers were designed after Dodge chose to shift to a 12-bolt American axle nine and a quarter-inch 235mm front to improve gas mileage. President of PML David Tolin said, “We recognized the demand for the new front cover after changes made by Dodge and we’re happy to accommodate the Ram owners who, until this point, have had limited options for aftermarket differential covers.” For more information, visit www.yourcovers.com.

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Ram Trucks At Highest Sales Levels Ever

Despite not being the number one in total volume sales, Ram trucks are enjoying its highest sales year.  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles groups all of its half, three-quarter, and one-ton trucks into its Ram category, making 2016 its best year ever. With that kind of success, new information on the 2019 model Ram 1500 was reported by Automotive News, stating that the 2019 model will only have slight changes. Some of these are reported to be stronger steel chassis, combined with more powerful and fuel-efficient engines.

FCA also announced it will move Ram production to the Sterling Height Assembly Plant near Detroit, which is larger and allows the company to keep up with the demand for the Ram 1500 truck.

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DiabloSport Offers New Coverage For Dodge and Chrysler Applications

DiabloSport has released new coverage for the 2016 Grand Cherokee 5.7 and 6.4-liter, as well as the Dodge Durango 5.7-liter.  As with all 2015-to current Dodge and Chrysler applications, the vehicles require an unlocked PCM in order to tune.  This coverage will carry on with the PKIT format which includes a tuner and an unlocked PCM. The Dodge Durango and Grand Cherokee 5.7-liter adjustable parameters feature an MDS disable, cooling fan control, traction control disable, fuel rich/lean adjustment, idle RPM, rev limiter, spark timing advance/retard, speed limiter, and throttle booster. The adjustable parameters for the Grand Cherokee 6.4-liter include an MDS disable, cooling fan control, traction control disable, fuel rich/lean adjustment, idle RPM, spark timing advance/retard, speed limiter, and throttle booster. For more information, visit www.diablosport.com.

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Airbedz Announces Its New Pro3 Truck Mattress

Available now, Airbedz Introduces its new Airbedz Pro3, designed to fit mid and full sized trucks in long and short bed layouts. The patented design features heavy duty cloth material, cutouts on each side to fit around and over the wheel wells, a built in rechargeable pump that plugs into a 12V cigarette lighter  to inflate and deflate the mattress at the flip of a switch, and an integrated air coil system that evenly distributes weight across a 12-inch thick mattress. For more information, visit www.truckairbedz.com.

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Bushwacker Launches Newest Addition to its Trail Armor Line

Bushwacker announces the market release of Cowl Covers to its line of Trail Armor for Jeeps. The installation of Cowl Covers is meant to prevent dings and scratches from trail hazards or an over extended door. Bushwacker’s Cowl Covers are designed, engineered and manufactured in the USA and feature Dura-Flex 2000 TPO composite, are available in a matte black textured finish, easy installation  with included double sided, automotive grade 3M adhesive for a secure fit, and carry Bushwacker’s limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.bushwacker.com.

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Mickey Thompson Adds Five New Sizes To Baja MTZp3 Product Line

The popular Baja MTZP3 product line from Mickey Thompson now includes five new tall, wide sizes including the LT375/65R16 (36X15.00R16LT), 36X15.50R20LT, 38X15.50R20LT, 40X13.50R17LT and 40X14.50R20LT for today’s popular trucks, SUVs and 4x4s. The new Baja MTZP3 sizes feature a silica-reinforced tread compound, and cut and chip resistance. The sidewall is reinforced with Mickey Thompson’s PowerPly technology along with decoupling, and proprietary four-pitch SideBiters for a more aggressive style. For more information, visit www.MickeyThompsonTires.com.

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New Wheel Set For The 03-16 Dodge 3500 From CCI

Coast to Coast International presents its new factory replacement wheel simulator set for the 2003-2016 Dodge Ram 3500. The new front and back wheel simulator set are constructed of ABS plastic with a gloss black finish to upgrade both vehicle and trim level appearance. CCI factory replacement wheel simulators are cost effective alternatives to the OEM wheels, according to CCI, and come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.Coast2CoastInternational.com.

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CCI Releases new wheel simulators for 03-16 Dodge 3500

Coast to Coast International’s new factory replacement wheel simulators for the 2003-2016 Dodge Ram 3500, constructed of ABS plastic with chrome finish to upgrade both vehicle and trim level appearance. According to Coast to Coast International the CCI factory replacement wheel simulators are a cost effective alternative to the OEM wheel and feature a limited lifetime warranty. For further information, visit www.Coast2CoastInternational.com.

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Coast to Coast International Presents Grille Overlay For Silverado 1500

Coast to Coast International’s new CCI grille overlay for the 2016-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, manufactured to restyle the front grille to reflect a chrome package. The new overlay is meant to enhance both vehicle and trim level, as well as compliment the styling of the OEM grille, according to Coast to Coast International. The grille features easy installation without the use of tools. CCI grille overlays come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.Coast2CoastInternational.com.

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Rockford Fosgate Power T1000X5ad Compact 5-Channel Amplifier Now Available

Rockford Fosgate announces that the new Power Series T1000X5ad 5-Channel amplifier is now available. This high-efficient amplifier, combined with a compact chassis, makes it perfect for hybrid, electric, small cars, trucks, motorcycles, and side-by-side UTVs. The amplifier’s top mounted controls feature Rockford’s C.L.E.A.N. level setting system, integrated high/ low pass crossovers, input channel configuration switches, and a Punch EQ boost circuit. Upgraded input RCA connectors, dual fan cooling, real time thermal monitoring, and dual extruded heat sinks maintain heat dissipation even at high outputs, thus keeping the amp cool. The T1000X5ad is also compatible with Rockford’s PLC2 level remote control, thus allowing remote output level control of the sub channel. For more information, visit www.rockfordfosgate.com.

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ARIES Releases Free Online Training Program for Dealers and Their Employees

ARIES Automotive has released an industry-leading sales and product education program called ARIES B2B University. The free online program is available to all ARIES dealers and their employees. It offers helpful tips on marketing ARIES products and helping customers understand what advantages the ARIES line offers them. ARIES B2B University is made up of eight courses with over 35 lessons, covering various products and dealer resources. Each lesson is comprised of a video and a short test. After passing certain increments of tests in any course, participants will be rewarded with a Product Specialist Certification, as well as various prizes. More importantly, dealers and their employees will be equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to advance the success of their business. For more information, visit www.b2b.ariesautomotive.com.

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Chevrolet Announces Special Edition SUV’s

Chevrolet announced that the Suburban and Tahoe are joining the growing portfolio of Chevrolet Midnight Edition vehicles. The Midnight Edition Suburban and Tahoe full-size SUVs are offered in two distinct variants, the Z71 Midnight package and the LT Midnight package. The Z71 Midnight includes all of the features found on the Z71 Package including off-road tuned suspension, off-road tires, skid plates, off-road tubular assist steps, fog lamps, tow hooks, sill plates, 3.42 axle, two-speed transfer case, floor mats, hill descent control, high capacity air cleaner, Z71 badging and more. The Midnight Edition adds 18-inch black-painted Z71 wheels, roof rack cross rails, black grille insert, and black Chevrolet “bow tie” logos. The Z71 Midnight Tahoe also comes equipped with aggressive Goodyear DuraTrac off-road tires. The LT Midnight includes all of the features found on both the LT trim levels of Suburban and Tahoe and adds 20-inch black wheels, all-season tires, roof-rack cross rails, black assist steps, and black Chevrolet “bow tie” logos. For more information, visit www.chevrolet.com.

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TruckVault Introduces Strike Guard Technology

TruckVault has developed its patent pending Strike Guard Technology to reinforce its Push Button Key Override Kaba Lock. The new system features a flanged lip consisting of a Strike Plate and Backing Plate constructed out of AISI 1020 Galvanized Steel. When locking the new system the Striker Plate works in unison with the Backer Plate and primary structure of the unit to firmly lock the bolt and prevent bolt tampering and movement.  Strike Guard Technology is now standard on any new TruckVault unit using Push Button Key Override Kaba locks. For more information, go to www.truckvault.com.

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Flowmaster Expands “Direct Fit” Catalytic Convertors with New Line

Flowmaster announces the expansion of its Universal catalytic converter line, and the addition of its new line of 49 State Direct-fit catalytic convertors. The new 49 State Direct-Fit systems cover most popular applications and features include, stainless steel tubing, stainless steel case, ceramic substrates with premium grade precious metal loading, O2 sensor ports, factory flanges and hangers using the factory OEM hanger locations for a precise fit and quick installation. For more information, visit www.Flowmastermufflers.com.

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New Trail Armor For Trucks From Bushwacker

Bushwacker’s Trail Armor rocker panel guards with sill plate protection are now available for pickup trucks. According to Bushwacker, the guards were developed in response to feedback from fleet and individual truck owners to protect the truck from the wear and tear of entering and exiting, and prevent damage from debris thrown against the rocker panels. Designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA of durable Dura-Flex 2000 TPO composite, Trail Armor is available in a textured matte black finish. Trail Armor upgrades the look of trucks by covering unsightly pinch welds and infuses well-seasoned trucks with style by concealing eyesores like rust and dings, according to Bushwacker, and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.  For more information, visit www.bushwacker.com.

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BOLT Locks Releases Fifth Wheel King Pin Locking System

BOLT Locks is unveiling a new Fifth Wheel King Pin Locking System, once again expanding its line of heavy-duty, weather resistant “Breakthrough One Key Lock Technology” offerings.  The BOLT Fifth Wheel King Pin Locking System works in conjunction with BOLT’s 5/8-inch Receiver Lock, which is sold separately, to prevent fifth wheel trailer theft. BOLT’s King Pin Locking System features a U-shaped black powder coated hardened steel collar that wraps around the Fifth Wheel King Pin and attaches to a BOLT 5/8-inch Receiver Lock to securely hold the fifth wheel in place in the bed of the pickup. BOLT locks come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com.

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Products Available For SEMA Show Vehicle Builds

Building a SEMA Show vehicle and need to partner with truck accessory manufactures? Here is a list of some of Trucking Times Magazine’s advertisers and sponsors who are offering products to builders that will have a confirmed vehicle display at the 2016 SEMA Show.

Air Design: Front bumper guard with integrated DRL lights, hood scoop, fender vents, fender flares with molded mud flaps, door moldings, rear tailgate spoiler & rear tailgate appliqué. 2016 F150, 2016 Silverado & Colorado, 2016 Tundra & Tacoma. Contact: Billy Longfellow, billy@airdesignusa.com; 760-481-4404. Website: www.superrim.com.

A.R.E.: Fiberglass truck caps and tonneau covers. Contact: Bryan Mutchler (A.R.E.), bmutchler@4are.com; 330-830-7800. Website: www.4are.com.

ARIES Automotive: AdvantEDGE Running Boards, Bull Bars & Headache Racks.  Ridgestep step bars, Pro Series Grille Guards. Aerotread Running boards, Big Horn Bull Bars and Big Step 4" round aluminum steps For Jeep JK:  Bumpers, Rocker Steps, tubular Doors, Aluminum flat fenders & Security Cargo Lids. Contact: Isaac Ronquillo, ironquillo@ariesautomotive.com; 715-552-9466. Website: www.ariesautomotive.com.

Dee Zee Inc.: Running boards, cab racks, tool boxes, mud flaps, auxiliary/transfer tanks, Nerf bars, ladder racks, the tailgate assist, bed/Tailgate/Bulkhead caps, bed/tailgate mats, grill guards, push bumpers, and bulls bars. Contact: Tyler Coplea, tcoplea@deezee.com; 800-779-2102. Website: www.deezee.com.

Hypertech Inc. - Power Programmers for a variety of vehicles. Contact: Jason Sakurai, spdnmotion@yahoo.com; 828-260-2324. Website: www.hypertech.com.

Paramount Automotive: Offering a complete line of Jeep and Truck products that include: Jeep bumpers, rock sliders, fenders, body armor and LED brackets. Truck products include; truck LED, studded and billet grilles and new HD bumpers, running boards and ABS rivet-style fender flares. Contact: Victor Casillas, victorc@paramount-automotive.com; 909-781-6492. Website: www.paramount-automotive.com.

PIAA: LED light bars, round LED lights, LED bulbs, mounting solutions. Contact: Justin MacLauchlan, justin.maclauchlan@piaa.com; 800-525-7422. Website: www.piaa.com.

Ranch Hand Truck Accessories: Horizon front and rear, including Jeep Legend grille guard; Legend front bullnose, and rear;  Summit front, front bullnose; and Sport rear bumper. Jerry Courtney, jerry@ranchhand.com; 512-450-8714. Website: www.ranchhand.com.

Rostra Precision Controls: Universal and vehicle-specific LED daytime running light systems. BackZone and FrontZone ultrasonic parking assistance systems. Contact: Bill Simmons, wsimmons@rostra.com; 910-291-2532. Website: www.rostra.com.

SNUGTOP: Custom designed fiberglass truck caps and tonneau covers. Contact: Andy Nilarp, anilarp@snugtop.com; 562-432-5454. Website: www.snugtop.com.

Transfer Flow Inc.: Aftermarket fuel tanks systems for full-size pickups, including larger replacement fuel tanks, in-bed auxiliary fuel tanks, refueling tanks, and toolbox and fuel tank combos. Contact: Warren Johnson, wjohnson@transferflow.com; 530-893-5209. Website: www.transferflow.com.

More information and a larger list of Exhibitors can be found on the SEMA website:
https://www.semashow.com/products-available-to-sema-show-builders

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Air Lift Releases New Loadlifter 5000 Series for 2017 Ford Super Duty

Air Lift has released its new heavy-duty LoadLifter 5000 and LoadLifter 5000 ULTIMATE air spring series for Ford's 2017 Super Duty F-250 and F-350 four wheel drive pickups. The LoadLifter 5000, Air Lift's heaviest-rated air spring kit, is specifically engineered for Super Duty pickups. The LoadLifter 5000 ULTIMATE offers all the benefits of the LoadLifter 5000 but with the addition of an internal jounce bumper, for added shock absorption. The LoadLifter series works with the vehicle's existing suspension and features exclusive Air Lift roll plates. The LoadLifter 5000 and LoadLifter 5000 ULTIMATE kits require no drilling into the frame, and for inflation and deflation of the air springs, Air Lift offers wired, wireless and automatic on-board air compressor systems. All Air Lift products are backed by an industry-exclusive lifetime warranty which covers the entire contents of the air spring kit, and a 60-day money back guarantee on load support air springs and on-board compressor systems. For more information, visit www.airliftcompany.com.

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Full-Size Pickup Truck Sales Slow

While Ford And GM full-size pickups are slowing, mid-sized models continue to climb. The Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Nissan Frontier sales continue to increase heading into the last half of the 2015 sales season. Despite the slight turn down, sales are expected to rise again as year-end sales events continue across the country. For many dealerships and restylers, this offers some better deals on new but older models.


August 2016 Sales Figures vs July 2015

66,946 - Ford F-Series -6.1% vs 2015
52,408 - Chevrolet Silverado -4.7% vs 2015
40,202 - Ram Truck -0.3% vs 2015
17,478 - GMC Sierra +17.7% vs 2015
15,373 - Toyota Tacoma -5.3% vs 2015
9,875   - Toyota Tundra -1.8% vs 2015
9,242   - Chevrolet Colorado +29.9% vs 2015
9,537   - Nissan Frontier +161.6% vs 2015
3,363   - GMC Canyon +38.8% vs 2015
3,437   - Honda Ridgeline + N/A vs 2015
1,248   - Nissan Titan -1.6% vs 2015

2016 Sales YTD

572,847 - Ford F-Series
380,176 - Chevrolet Silverado
308,970 - Ram Truck
146,372 - GMC Sierra
126,988 - Toyota Tacoma
75,315   - Toyota Tundra
69,664   - Chevrolet Colorado
61,792   - Nissan Frontier
24,257   - GMC Canyon
9,429    - Honda Ridgeline
8,490     - Nissan Titan

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Yokohama Tire Corporation Launches GEOLANDAR Moab Adventure Sweepstakes

Yokohama Tire Corporation is giving away a GEOLANDAR Moab Adventure. One lucky winner and a guest will receive a guided, two-day off-road tour in Moab, Utah. The guided tour will be on a Jeep fitted with Yokohama’s all-new GEOLANDAR A/T G015. The G015 is Yokohama’s latest all-terrain tire built for toughness and the ability to handle all types of surfaces in any weather, including snow. Included in the grand prize are hotel accommodations, airfare and spending money. In addition to the grand prize, one second-place winner will be drawn to receive a set of Yokohama tires of their choice and 10 third-place winners will be drawn to win Yokohama gear. The GEOLANDAR Moab Adventure is open to legal U.S. resident’s only, 18-years of age or older. For more information, visit www.yokohamatire.com.

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Rostra Announces New Rearview Mirror with 7.3” LCD Screen

Rostra’s new 250-8273 7.3-inch LCD-equipped replacement rearview mirror with three video inputs, automatic turn signal based blind-spot camera activation, adjustable on-screen parking grid lines, and on-screen controls is in stock and available for immediate shipment. The mirror provides consumers with technology to automatically display video from blind-spot cameras when the mirror detects the pulsing 12-volts from a blinking turn signal, as well as the ability to manually power on a forward-facing camera to assist in close quarters parking situations. The mirror also features anti-glare coated glass, a universal lug nut for the mirror stem, windshield lug adapters, full color install and owner’s manual, a three-year 36,000-mile warranty, and more. For more information, visit www.rostra.com.

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Roadwire Releases 2016 F-150 XLT Signature Series Leather Interior

Roadwire’s all-new Signature Series leather interior, crafted to replicate the design and appearance of the F-150 Limited, is now manufactured for the 2016 Ford F-150 XLT. Manufactured exclusively by Roadwire, the new pickup package features premium-quality black automotive leather with contrast stitching and European-style perforated inserts, and is available in four colorways. The Signature Series was created to provide re-stylers and their automotive dealership clients with a unique marketing and sales tool, delivering a way to stylishly transform a lower-cost F-150 XLT into an upscale look-alike for less money. For more information, visit www.Roadwire.com.

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