Which vehicles were considered as the hottest at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show? The awards were given to Ford’s Mustang and F-Series. The Mustang is officially the hottest car at the SEMA show while the F-Series is officially the hottest truck, after receiving the SEMA Award, which recognizes the most popular vehicles that SEMA members featured during the weeklong trade show in Las Vegas.
Prior to the opening of this year’s show, SEMA officials toured the site and counted the number of new 2013 and 2014 cars and trucks displayed in booths. They found out that more Ford Mustangs and F-Series are on display than any other car or truck, a proof of the popularity and appeal of Ford vehicles.
John Felice, Ford vice president for US marketing, sales and service, remarked that the company was the first carmaker to share detailed vehicle specs with SEMA members. He noted that they are proud that more aftermarket accessories and parts are created for Ford vehicles than for any other carmaker.
According to SEMA, the specialty parts market has become a $31 billion industry, providing more than 1 million US jobs. Ford’s 27,000-square-foot indoor exhibit at the SEMA show features 57 customized vehicles, including the “Vandemonium,” which consists of 10 Ford Transit Connect Wagons and cargo vans treated as blank canvas by aftermarket tuners to illustrate their use beyond family or commercial transportation.
Aftermarket mods typically entail the application of attention-grabbing paint as well as the use of a new fascia, although customization is much deeper than that, as some builders created a mobile boutique, a working bike shop and a portable two-person gaming lounge.
Ford’s SEMA exhibit also featured Snakebit, a custom 1956 F-100 pickup, presented by KISS bassist Gene Simmons and his wife Shannon Tweed. Snakebit boasts of Ford’s supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine and styling cues that pay homage to classic Shelby Mustangs.
On the other hand, Ford also brought around 10 Transit Connects at the SEMA Show. The first is the Strange Motion Transit Connect created for a BMX team, featuring a widebody kit, a unique set of unique wheels as well as enough room to accommodate six people and their bikes. The second model is the Mobsteel Transit Connect that is described as a "hot rod delivery vehicle."
Then there is the K-Daddyz Kustomz Transit Connect, which is essentially a mobile graphics shop with "everything needed to mix paint and create custom graphics." The fourth model is the eJudged Transit Connect is referred to as a mobile office filled with “tech upgrades." [source: Ford]