Wow! SEMA 2015 lived up to its reputation as the year’s most action-packed industry event. There were nearly 3,000 new product announcements, tricked-out vehicles of all kinds, and too many fun events to list. If you missed the show this year, here’s a wrap-up of some of the most interesting, exciting, and eye-popping things we saw…
The Toyota Ultimate Utility Vehicle (pictured above). Minivan? Off-road truck? More like a Dark Knight-era Batmobile for the whole family! The UUV is a combination of the Sienna minivan body with a 4×4 chassis. Designed for the Ever-Better Expedition, part of Toyota’s Five Continents Driving Project, it’s super-charged in every sense – from suspension to exterior to the mobile command center that includes a 60-inch TV, mobile Internet, Wi-Fi, USB ports, 2,500 audio system, and a night vision camera system. Amazing!
We met the World’s Youngest Monster Truck Driver. Shane Plato is just seven years old and drives the Skull Crusher, a mini monster truck. Part of “Team Kid KJ”, he is one of six kids who drive monster trucks across the country, competing and demonstrating their talents. He started driving at age five and has already performed in more than 20 shows this year!
Ford took the lead in SEMA’s annual award contest . These “hottest vehicles” are the models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorizing and showcasing the show’s most innovative and exciting products. Consumers can expect to find a variety of specialty accessories for these models based on their popularity. Check them out!
Hottest Sports Compact
The New Product Showcase introduced a variety of cool tools, including:
Boom Mat - A simple solution to dampen noise – as demonstrated by their “when you need less cowbell” hands-on trial.
The SEMA Cruise (see our Twitter feed) was a fantastic way to end the show. There was no shortage of amazing vehicles out cruisin’ – from stock to fully-customized and everything in between. Inspiring!
SEMA 2015 – Thanks for the great time. We’re already looking forward to 2016’s show!
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