SEMA 2013: Wrapup

by Sarah Forst

SEMA 2013 rode into the Las Vegas Convention Center last week bringing us the hottest trends, products, and vehicles to drooling gearheads. To put it mildly, SEMA is insanity. 4 short days and 4 long nights leave show goers exhausted (bad pun?) but there's no better car wet dream on the planet! Grab your box of tissues and check out our coverage. I’ve photobombed the OEM booths to bring you this year’s factory certified trends.  But first, the Hottest awards go to.... Drum roll or clerical error?  I'm having a serious case of déjà vu!

Hottest Car: Ford Mustang

Hottest Sport Compact: Scion FR-S


MIQ can't afford booth models...

Hottest Truck: Ford F-Series

Hottest 4x4: Jeep Wrangler

SEMA awardsSEMA award winners: SEMA Pres/CEO Chris Kersting; SEMA’s past chairman Scooter Brothers; Steve Hatanaka, Scion events manager; John Felice, Ford VP; Pietro Gorlier, MOPAR Pres/CEO; SEMA Chairman Nate Shelton; and SEMA Chair-elect Doug Evans.
SEMA crowdSEMA crowd
Liberty Walk GT-RLiberty Walk Nissan GT-R. The 600+ horsepower GT-R gets its buff appearance courtesy of Toyo Proxes R888 R-compound DOT competition tires on 20-inch Forgiato wheels and an LB Performance Works wide body kit. To help with the lowered stance, the Liberty Walk GT-R is also equipped with a CSD- adjustable suspension with Platinum VIP coilovers.
Pioneer displayStrangest shrinky-dink display of audio equipment...
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Thursday, November 14, 2013 11:54 AM
Hells yea, and that means SLB 2013 is right around the corner now! I am excited.

With 14 pages of SEMA here, I can't wait to see the updated FXMD nsx in detail. I know MotoIQ wouldn't skip over that entire car in order to cover a plethora of cookie cutter BRZ/FRS and over abundance of ridiculously modified hyundai/kia...

Hopefully a full right up is on the way, it was the only car at SEMA I really wanted details on.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 11:57 AM
Pablo Mazlumian
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Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:58 PM
I enjoyed this article. That's an awful lot of note-taking and chattin' it up with the tuners to bring what I just read. Nice job!
Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:38 PM
IMO the MotoIQ articles need a standard page length that's longer than these and REALLY need a 'pages' tab on the bottom of the article to quickly get back to a certain page rather than clicking 'next' a hundred times.

/rant - Thanks for the article, it's great to see what was at SEMA for those who weren't able to make it.
Sarah Forst
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Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:21 PM
@eeeen: Don't worry- way more coverage to come. I just covered mostly OEM booths. Khiem will still have his nerds writeup, Colin is working on some Cars and Coffee, and I'm sure we'll bring you more drool-worthy content!
@Pablo: Yep, tough job. Someone's gotta do it ;).
@ stuntman: I'd love a page table for jumping too, esp. when I'm writing these and trying to edit various pages.
Der Bruce
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Thursday, November 14, 2013 11:02 PM
Am I the only one to read to the very end and thought that by clicking on the link, I would get my chance to join the MotoIQ staff next season? My vast knowledge of useless trivia would come in handy at both vendor booths in addition to rousing games of Jeopardy ;-)

Please consider this my formal request for more Hatchbacks, Porsches and Pro Touring machinery!!! If you have them......and thank you!
Saturday, November 16, 2013 7:39 PM
I always wondered if the pages were setup like that for advertising reasons.
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