GGBAILEY's 2016 SEMA Highlights

Posted by Emily Bailey

Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 04:41

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) just wrapped up its 2016 show in Las Vegas.

Screen Shot 2016-11-08 at 3.41.45 PM.png

*This image belongs to SEMA

SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world and brings in thousands of industry leaders and products to one place for your convenience.

If you missed this year’s show, don’t worrywe’ll catch you up to speed on some of this year’s action-packed highlights.

Top 4 Highlights from Day 1

Day one was filled with some highly anticipated new products, new vehicle reveals, award winners and unique builds.

#1 of the Day: 16 Best New Products

The following are 5 of the 16 best new products that were introduced at this year’s SEMA Show, including:

  • Best New Collision Repair & Refinish Product: 
Drew Technologies Inc., Remote Assisted Programming (RAP)
  • Best Engineered New Product:
Any Level Lift, Any Level Lift
  • Best New Exterior Accessory Product:
FX Products, Trail FX 1.5-in. Bull Bar With Double Row LED Light Bar
  • Best New Interior Accessory Product:
Lokar Inc., Muscle Car Shifter Knob Adapter
  • Best New Merchandising Display:
Putco Inc., Blade LED Tailgate Light Bar POP Display

#2 of the Day: SEMA Top Trending Vehicle Award Winners

  • Hottest Coupe:
Ford Mustang
  • Hottest Sedan:
Dodge Charger
  • Hottest Hatch:
Ford Focus
  • Hottest 4x4-SUV:
Jeep Wrangler
  • Hottest Truck:
Ford F- Series

#3 of the Day: 9 New Vehicle Reveals on Opening Day

This year there were 9 new vehicles that were revealed on opening day of SEMA, including the following 5 vehicles:

  • Civic Type R Prototype
  • The Blood & Grease Ford Focus ST
  • Thermo-Tec, Tim Palazzolo, and GAP Racing Inc.’s ‘71 Chevrolet Camaro
  • Luxury Pro-Touring Camaro
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Concept

#4 of the Day: 2 Sheet off Unique Builds

‘48 “Madam V” Cadillac

Screen Shot 2016-11-07 at 5.01.22 PM.png

‘69 “G-Code” Camaro

Screen Shot 2016-11-07 at 5.01.50 PM.png

Top 6 Highlights from Day 2

Day 2 showcased a few more winners at SEMA and some more new products.

#1 of the Day: Continental Tire Experience 

#2 of the Day: ARMO Announces Person of the Year

The Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) announce their pick for person of the year!

Person of the Year

Dave Mihalko Sr. of Restoration Specialties

#3 of the Day: Hyundai Night model Tucson Reveal 

Screen Shot 2016-11-07 at 5.00.05 PM.png

#4 of the Day: Mickey Thompson Premieres New products, New Logo

#5 of the Day: PRO Award Winners Announced

The Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) announced their annual industry awards. The winners of their 2016 PRO Restyler of the Year award went to both Mike Gherardi and Craig Marsh of Auto Image which honors their creativity, enhancement and growth of the industry within their community. The winner of their PRO Manufacturer of the Year went to Webasto Products North America.

#6 of the Day: SBN Award Winners at Gear-Up Girl Event

The 5th annual SEMA’s Businesswomen's Network (SBN) honored the leading women in the industry where select women are awarded for various reasons. Some of the awards and awardees this year included:

2016 SBN Athena Woman of the Year: Melanie White of Hellwig Products

2016 SBN Athena Rising Star: Ruby Davis of ChickDriven

2016 SBN Athena Champion Award: MagnaFlow Exhaust

Screen Shot 2016-11-08 at 2.53.02 PM.png

Top 4 Highlights from Day 3

Day 3 wrapped up the 2016 SEMA show with their after party as well as a few more vehicle showcases and awards.

#1 of the Day: Official SEMA Show After Party

Screen Shot 2016-11-08 at 3.12.09 PM.png

#2 of the Day: Ford Showcases Latest Vehicles

#3 of the Day: ETTN Industry Awards

Robert Vogt.png


Robert Vogt IV was awarded the ETTN Techie Award which acknowledges engineering achievements. (image)


Mark Heffington was awarded the ETTN Genius Award for those creative individuals that made significant advancements in technology.


Rodney Esteben.png

Rodney Esteban was awarded the ETTN Ambassador Award which is awarded at the discretion of the ETTN Chairman for an individual's volunteer contributions or membership. (Image)


#4 of the Day: 2016 King of the Wrap World is Announced

Nick Caminiti, from Exotic Graphix, was awarded the 2016 King of the Wrap World for his Toxic Rat design entered in the Wrap Like a King Challenge.

Screen Shot 2016-11-08 at 3.29.58 PM.pngScreen Shot 2016-11-08 at 3.30.37 PM.png

GGBAILEY Carpet Car Mats are proudly MADE IN AMERICA for over 40 years and currently providing luxury in millions of vehicles around the world - Function + Design.

Custom Fit Car Mat Contest

Topics: SEMA, auto show, custom car mats

Join our community of automotive enthusiasts

Lists by Topic

see all