SEMA Show Issues Call for Speakers

6 12 2016

Industry experts are invited to submit applications to host a seminar at the 2017 SEMA Show

DIAMOND BAR, CA – December 6, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Applications are now being accepted at www.sema.org/speakers for industry leaders to host a seminar at the 2017 SEMA Show taking place Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The association is especially interested in speakers with experience in marketing and sales, customer service, business management, automotive trends, social media, and vehicle customization.

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The educational seminars make up an essential component of the SEMA Show, the premier automotive trade event that attracts more than 140,000 industry professionals annually. In addition to connecting automotive manufacturers with professional buyers from all over the world, the four-day SEMA Show is the leading venue for industry experts to network in person and learn new business strategies.

“The SEMA Show is about helping businesses succeed, and a big part of that is providing participants with information that will help their businesses,” said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA VP of communications and events. “The seminars give SEMA Show participants greater return on their investment and an opportunity to learn about better ways to do business.”

The SEMA Show education program typically includes more than five dozen sessions. While topics address basic business practices such as customer service, marketing and social media, the 2017 program will emphasize issues that are of greatest concern to businesses in the automotive aftermarket.

Topics of interest for the 2017 SEMA Show are:

  • How YELP has Changed the Trust Landscape in Business
  • The Automotive Industry in 5 Years
  • Hire and Retain Social Employees
  • Vehicle Building and Fabrication
  • Business Technology and Applications to Advance Business
  • Practical Solutions for Small Businesses
  • What is Next in Social Media Marketing
  • Bookkeeping and Payroll

All speakers should be able to focus on industry issues and not a specific company position or agenda.

“We pride ourselves in providing top-rated information from industry experts to attendees through the education program,” said SEMA Senior Director of Education Zane Clark. “These seminars are some of the many benefits of attending the SEMA Show.”

Applications for speaker submissions are available at www.sema.org/speakers until February 20, 2017. Speaker entries will be answered by no later than April 20, 2017. For more details, contact Clark at zanec@sema.org, 909-978-6743.

About SEMA and the SEMA Show

The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.SEMAShow.com or www.sema.org, 909/396-0289.

Source: Specialty Equipment Market Association

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Ghost Motorsports Debuts Custom Ferrari 488 GTB at SEMA 2016

3 11 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV – November 3, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Ghost Motorsports is excited to announce that after making a big splash with their Ferrari 458 Speciale at SEMA 2015, this year the company will be debuting a 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB featuring a variety of exterior and performance modifications.

Located in the Sentury Tire booth (#43215), the Ghost Motorsports Ferrari 488 GTB sports an Evoklass rear wing and diffuser, Kompression Wheels (22” in back and 21” upfront), Delinte tires, and was lowered using Evoklass springs. Impressive Wrap did their magic by creating a color scheme that accentuates the 488’s body lines.

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To give the twin-turbo V8 a more aggressive sound and boost performance, Ghost Motorsports teamed up with Fabspeed Motorsport to fit the Ferrari 488 with a full exhaust system. SEMA attendees are encouraged to stop by the booth to see and hear the car in person.

Recognized as one of the leading automotive aftermarket and performance shops, Ghost Motorsports is honored to have spent the past 15 years modifying cars of all types for customers from around the world, and also to celebrate another fun year at SEMA.

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For more information on Ghost Motorsports, including the company’s products and services, please call (310) 839-3509 or visit the company website: http://www.ghostmotorsports.com

About Ghost Motorsports

Ghost Motorsports is a Los Angeles automotive company that manufactures performance parts, provides installation services, and sells aftermarket parts throughout the world. The company specializes in a variety of European, Exotic and domestic cars, and has a wide range of customers including professional athletes, musicians, actors, and diehard car fans.

Source: Ghost Motorsports

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Mopar Unlocks New Crate HEMI Engine Kits at SEMA

2 11 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV – November 2, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

  • Kits deliver enthusiasts long-sought capability to pair modern 5.7-liter or 6.4-liter HEMI® engines with model year 1975 or earlier vehicles
  • Mopar 345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit and Mopar 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit designed for 2014 and newer 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter HEMI engines, respectively
  • Kits include power distribution center, PCM, engine and chassis harnesses, accelerator pedal and more to create virtual plug ‘n play options for owners
  • Two new modified vehicles, Dodge Shakedown Challenger and Jeep® CJ66, leverage Mopar 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit and Mopar 345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit applications, respectively
  • Graveyard Carz star and Mopar master Mark Worman joins celebration with restoration of his own: a 392 Crate HEMI Kit-infused 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda project
  • Mopar also showcases additional components to aid enthusiasts in “plugging” in kits under the hood
  • Crate HEMI Kits feature MSRP of $1,795, available for purchase through FCA US LLC dealers in-store or at www.Mopar.com/CrateHEMI
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The Mopar brand announced today during a press event at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas new Mopar Crate HEMI® Engine Kits that provide enthusiasts a factory-backed, efficient option for plugging Gen III HEMI engines into iconic Mopar vehicles from the 1970s and earlier. The new Mopar 345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit for the 5.7-liter engine and Mopar 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit for the 6.4-liter HEMI can be paired with model year 1975 and earlier vehicles, enabling owners to inject modern HEMI power into muscle-car era machines such as the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Plymouth ‘Cuda and many other makes and models.

“Our new Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kits answer enthusiast demand for a relatively simple solution for plugging modern-day HEMI engine power into their classic Mopar rides,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “The engine kits include the hardware to plant a 5.7-liter or 6.4-liter HEMI engine under the hood with the factory-backed confidence that comes when using Mopar parts. They also offer optional front-end accessory kits like power steering or even exhaust manifolds to make installation easier. Starting today, our fans can order the kit online and start working on their favorite project with the peace of mind that comes when using a Mopar product.”

The Mopar 345 Crate HEMI and 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kits, both available for purchase now through FCA US LLC dealers either in-store or online at www.Mopar.com/CrateHEMI, include a power distribution center, a powertrain control module (PCM), engine and chassis wiring harnesses, an accelerator pedal, O2 sensors, ground jumper, charge air temperature sensor and in-depth information sheets on installation. The kits, compatible with respective 5.7-liter or 6.4-liter engines built in 2014 or newer, are shipped in distinctive packaging featuring either the 345 or 392 logo.

A factory calibration is featured on the unlocked PCM. The Mopar 345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit bumps horsepower to 383 and torque to 425 lb.ft. for the 5.7-liter HEMI engine, while the 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit keeps the 6.4-liter HEMI steady at 485 horses and 472 lb.ft. of torque. Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kits are designed and optimized for use with manual transmissions. Automatic transmissions such as the Torqueflite 727 and 904, while not optimal, can also be adapted for use.

Mopar has also “kitted” together additional engine accessory hardware components enthusiasts will need to suit their individual installation needs, making it even easier to pick a Mopar Crate HEMI Engine kit and install a modern-day HEMI engine. Available hardware includes a power steering expansion kit, AC expansion kit and rear sump oil pan kit, among other components.

The Mopar 345 Crate HEMI and 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kits are available at the same manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,795. The kits can be used with a previously purchased 2014 or newer 5.7-liter or 6.4-liter HEMI service engine, or customers can purchase a new 5.7-liter or 6.4-liter HEMI engine and Crate HEMI Engine Kit together. The Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kits feature a Mopar two-year/unlimited mileage warranty.

In addition, two Mopar-customized vehicles created for the 2016 SEMA Show feature new Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kits underhood: the Dodge Shakedown Challenger and Jeep® CJ66.

Dodge Shakedown Challenger
The Dodge Shakedown Challenger weaves together design cues from the past and present to create a uniquely original Mopar creation. The blend of yesterday and today is distinctly visible through exterior and interior styling, but comes to throaty fruition under the hood, where Mopar installed its new 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit to help administer a 6.4-liter HEMI jolt to the heart of the classic 1971 Challenger.

The Shakedown Challenger drives 485 horsepower to the pavement via a Viper Tremec T6060 six-speed transmission, and the Mopar 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit-enabled 6.4-liter HEMI is further augmented by a Mopar concept cold-air intake and Mopar custom dual exhaust with black powder-coated Mopar exhaust tips. The custom front and rear suspension is lowered, dropping the Shakedown closer to the road — or to the track — creating a capable performer versatile enough to tackle the street or Pro Touring/Drift-type motorsports competition. Braking power is supplied by Brembo-red SRT® Hellcat six-piston front brakes and four-piston rear brakes.

The merging of old-school muscle with the 21st century is quickly evident on the “Bitchin’ Black” exterior, hung on a unique hand-built, one-off frame with a removable body. The Dodge Shakedown Challenger rolls on concept SRT Hellcat Slingshot-designed 19-inch by 9 1/2-inch front and 20-inch by 9 1/2-inch rear wheels, providing a “coiled” stance. A heritage-inspired 1971 Shaker hood scoop is added with help from select parts from the Mopar brand’s modern-day Shaker hood kit, feeding fresh air to the HEMI® powerplant.

The Shaker hood scoop is accented on top with a black “Shakedown” badge outlined in red, tying in neatly with custom gloss-black and gloss-red stripes that hug the scoop and flow down to the fascia and also up and over the roof to the tail, extending around and underneath the valance.

The 1971 Dodge Challenger body is shaved, deleting the door handles, drip rails and fuel door, which is relocated to the trunk. The Dodge Shakedown Challenger incorporates concept front headlamps and taillamps from the 2017 Dodge Challenger “massaged” to mesh seamlessly with ’71 Challenger proportions. The headlamp bezels are Satin Black, as are the housing and surround of the tail lamps, which feature lenses trimmed in red. The modern Challenger grille and surround also get the Satin Black treatment, set off by gloss-black grille bezels. Satin Black also colors the concept rear spoiler and chin spoiler, fog lamp bezels and mirror caps. Matching red Mopar 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit logo decals on the front fenders complete the exterior.

Heading inside, the iconic Dodge is further transformed with modern mods. Dodge Viper front seats are re-trimmed in black Katzkin leather bolstered by black Alcantara inserts and red stitching matching the stitch on the Dodge Viper steering wheel, which features a custom Satin Black airbag cover and shroud. The black leather shift boot adds additional modern Challenger DNA, capped by an SRT Hellcat gearshift knob. Mopar instrument panel gauges are black, contrasted with the gloss carbon fiber IP cluster trim. The center console, steering wheel trim and door panels are also gloss carbon fiber. A black “Shakedown” badge outlined in red is stamped on the dash.

The Shakedown’s potential as a track performer is catered to with a custom roll bar and rear seat delete, replaced with netting and a console shelf for storing racing essentials. The fuel cell and lines are stored in the black-carpet lined trunk.

Jeep CJ66
Take a Jeep Wrangler TJ frame, hang a 1966 Jeep Wrangler CJ universal Tuxedo Park body on it, add in Wrangler JK elements and power it all with a Mopar 345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit-enabled 5.7-liter HEMI and you’ve got the Jeep CJ66. The unique cocktail of three Jeep vehicle generations and HEMI power demonstrates that Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kit applications are also just a plug ‘n play away for those more at home on the trail than the street.

The narrow-bodied Jeep CJ66 harnesses the 383 horsepower of the 5.7-liter HEMI engine with a six-speed manual transmission. A Mopar 345 Crate HEMI engine cover shelters the HEMI, and a Mopar cold-air intake and Mopar cat-back exhaust bump up off-road performance a notch or two. Front and rear Mopar Dana 44 Crate axles help the HEMI-fueled Wrangler easily crawl over rocks and boulders.

The painted, Copper Canyon-colored body pops, riding high on giant 35-inch BFG all-terrain tires paired with a two-inch lift kit. The BFGs are wrapped around functional, Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) 17-inch beadlock wheels that assist the rubber in negotiating the off-road, with custom beadlock rings painted to match the body color. A concept two-way air system allows off-roaders to quickly air up or air down tires to the desired pressure. Oversized, concept fender flares offer defense against trail obstacles at the front and rear, with added protection delivered by Mopar 10th Anniversary Wrangler JK Rubicon Bumper Kits, JPP skid and front bumper plates and concept JPP rock rails custom cut to fit the Wrangler CJ body.

The Copper Canyon skin is highlighted on both sides with a custom matte-black CJ66 graphic stripe that runs along the side of hood and trails down to the cowl. The concept hood, bezel and latch are also colored matte black, along with the iconic seven-slot Jeep grille and bezels of Wrangler JK headlamps. Mopar LED amber fog lamps and a Mopar Warn winch, with a fair lead adapter to guide the winch cable, augment the CJ66’s off-road capabilities. The custom, race-car inspired fuel filler cap is shifted to the inside fender wheel well.

Looking out from the two-inch cropped windshield, the driver and passenger are perched in custom Viper seats featuring concept seat risers. The cockpit is surrounded by a custom-built roll cage, mandril-bent to match the windshield surround. A bikini top netting offers shade and cover from the elements. The center of the custom steering wheel, stamped with the special 50th Anniversary Moab Easter Jeep Safari logo unveiled by the Jeep brand earlier this year, reveals the CJ66’s Moab-inspired origins. A Wrangler JK center console and shifter were imported, with Mopar instrument panel gauges and Mopar all-weather mats completing the interior.

Graveyard Carz Star Mark Worman Plugs New 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit into 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda
To highlight the new Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kits and their immediate availability, Mopar engaged select custom car builders prior to SEMA and invited them to plug the kits into build projects. One builder who quickly seized upon the opportunity was Mark Worman, star of Velocity’s Graveyard Carz vehicle restoration television show. For his recent 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda build, Worman mated the 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit with a 6.4-liter HEMI engine.

The green ‘Cuda, one of Worman’s personal vehicles, hitches the HEMI engine’s horses to a Tremec T56 Magnum transmission, modified to bolt to the 6.4-liter powerplant. The build is a pure, ground-up restoration, aside from the brand-new Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kit and engine under the hood, and a tweak to the ‘Cuda’s rear HEMI graphic, altered to 392 to reflect the new Mopar kit. Worman installed more than 100 factory parts supplied by Mopar, many available via the brand’s new restoration parts site, www.Mopar.com/restoration, created to connect enthusiasts with the brand-approved products needed to bring a classic Mopar back to life.

Head of Mopar Pietro Gorlier visited Worman’s shop in September to check out the progress of the build, and Worman joined Gorlier onstage at SEMA to participate in the reveal of the kits and also preview footage from the ’71 Plymouth ‘Cuda/392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit build.

Additional project vehicles utilizing the Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kits displayed in the Mopar SEMA exhibit include a 1975 Dodge Dart injected with a 5.7-liter HEMI engine with an assist from the 345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit and a 1950 Dodge pickup powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI/392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit.

Part Number/Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) Information

Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kits
345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit (PN 77072455AC): For use with 5.7-liter engine assemblies; power distribution center, powertrain control module, engine and chassis wiring harnesses, accelerator pedal, O2 sensors, ground jumper, charge air temp sensor, in-depth installation information sheets MSRP $1,795

392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit (PN 77072454AC): For use with 6.4-liter engine assemblies; power distribution center, powertrain control module, engine and chassis wiring harnesses, accelerator pedal, O2 sensors, ground jumper, charge air temp sensor, in-depth installation information sheets MSRP $1,795

Engine Assemblies
5.7-liter Gen III HEMI Engine (PN 68303088AA): Requires 345 Crate HEMI Kit MSRP $6,070
6.4-liter Gen III HEMI Engine (PN 68303090AA): Requires 392 Crate HEMI Kit MSRP $9,335

Engine Accessory Hardware Kits (for 5.7L and 6.4L engine assemblies)
Car FEAD Basics Kit (PN 77072445): Alternator, belt, pulleys, bolt MSRP $625
Car Power Steering Expansion Kit (PN 77072448): Power steering pump, belt, bolts MSRP $255
Car AC Expansion Kit (PN 77072446): AC compressor, belt, bolts MSRP $350
Rear Sump Oil Pan Kit (PN 77072450): Oil pan, pick up tube, gasket, bolts MSRP $179
45 Degree Oil Filter Adapter (PN 77072447): Filter adapter, oil filter, bolts, seal MSRP $89
Jeep SRT Exhaust Manifolds (PN 77072462): Manifolds, gaskets, bolts MSRP $349

About Mopar Brand

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked in 1937 with the launch of an antifreeze product, but it truly made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era. From Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, the brand soon expanded to include technical service and customer support.

Today, Mopar is the service, parts and customer-care brand of FCA US LLC and distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 25 customer contact centers globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for FCA brands.

Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles. This offers a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.

Source: FCA US LLC

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SEMA Announces Top 21 Battle of the Builders

1 11 2016

Ultimate Builder Competition Heats Up

LAS VEGAS, NV – November 1, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Now in its third year, the SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition today announced the Top 21 builders. Open only to vehicles displayed at the SEMA Show, the competition features the best builders in the country who come to SEMA to win the coveted title of the ultimate builder.

As the basis for a nationwide television special, the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition honors SEMA Show vehicle builders, their vehicles and the products on those vehicles. The prestigious SEMA Battle of the Builders competition recognizes the builders the aftermarket community considers best.

Unique to Battle of the Builders, the competition includes all vehicles makes. From hot rods, to exotics, to sport compact vehicles to trucks and SUVs, builders demonstrate their amazing craftsmanship on customized vehicles at the SEMA Show and can compete in the Battle of the Builders competition.

New this year is the “young guns” distinction for builders who are 34 years old and under. The new category recognizes up-and-coming builders from across the country. This year, 98 Battle of the Builders’ entries were recognized as a “young gun”.

With over 1,500 unique vehicles at the SEMA Show, selecting standouts isn’t easy as every vehicle is one-of-a-kind. This year, vehicle builders and car customizers from across the country submitted more than 250 vehicles for consideration into the annual competition. The vehicles were judged by industry experts: David Freiburger, executive producer, TEN: The Enthusiast Network; Fred Williams, Editor-At-Large, Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off Road; and RJ de Vera, Customer Engagement Leader, Meguiar’s Inc.  The judges reviewed each entry and narrowed the selection to the top builds in four different categories: Hot Rod, Sport Compact, and Off-Road.

The 2016 Battle of the Builders Top 21 are (by category):

HOT ROD

  • Jeremy & Phil Gerber – 1967 Chevy Chevelle Onyx **Young Gun
  • Kyle Tucker – 1941 Willys 2 Door Coupe
  • Mike & Jim Ring – 1969 Chevy Camaro and 1948 Cadillac
  • Jessie Greening – 1961 Chevy 2 Door Sedan
  • Cam Miller – 1969 Chevy Camaro
  • Jason Pecikonis – 1965 Ford Mustang

OFF-ROAD

  • Cris Payne – 2016 Chevy Colorado Diesel **Young Gun
  • Brad DeBerti – 2017 Ford Raptor **Young Gun
  • Kenny Hauk – 1948 Kaiser Willys Pickup
  • Greg Higgs – 2015 Chevy Colorado
  • Randy Weaver – 1938 Diamond T Hauler
  • John Cole – 1966 Ford Bronco
  • Mark Turner – 1958 Jeep FC170

SPORT COMPACT

  • Ernie Manansala – 2014 Nissan GTR **Young Gun
  • Big Mike – 1992 Honda Prelude **Young Gun
  • Dominic Le – 1974 Datsun 260Z **Young Gun
  • Gordon Ting – 2016 Prius
  • Jeremy Lookofsky – 2017 Toyota Corolla
  • Igor Polishchuk – 1989 BMW 325is
  • Anthony De Guzman – 1993 Toyota Supra **Young Gun

From the 21, the industry experts will select the Top 10 finalists to be announced on Wednesday. The finalists will then take over and evaluate one another’s vehicle, before the ultimate winner is announced Friday, November 4, at SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after party that is open to the general public.

The Battle of the Builders Top 10 will be announced on the Velocity LIVE stage just outside Central Hall on Wednesday, November 2 at 11:00 AM. These ten finalists, chosen by the judges, represent the best of the best in the industry.

To secure a ticket or more information about SEMA Ignited, visit www.semaignited.com. For more information on the competition, visit www.semashow.com/botb.

About SEMA and the SEMA Show

The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.SEMAShow.com or www.sema.org, 909/396-0289.

Source: Specialty Equipment Market Association

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Arctic Cat Launches 2017 Line of SPEED Off-Road Accessories

1 11 2016

PRO-Level High Performance Gear for Wildcat Enthusiasts

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – November 1, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Arctic Cat Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAT) today launched its 2017 line of SPEED™ High Performance Accessories for side-by-sides at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. Consisting of 33 race-inspired items designed in partnership with off-road racing legend Robby Gordon and accessory innovator Todd Romano, the SPEED lineup delivers PRO-level performance and customization options for Arctic Cat Wildcat™ enthusiasts.

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“SPEED is the culmination of Robby’s uncompromising pursuit of off-road riding excellence, Todd’s creative vision and Arctic Cat quality,” said Steve Nadler, Arctic Cat vice president and general manager of parts, garments, and accessories. “It’s the fruit of seven career Baja off-road wins, five consecutive SCORE championships and a passion for perfection. Each item was carefully developed for its innovative design and proven, professional-grade quality.”

The SPEED line offers high performance, precision-crafted products for enthusiasts to customize their Wildcat side-by-sides in their own style and for the way they ride. Some of the 2017 SPEED accessories include: high-back performance and suspension seats for ultimate riding comfort; an array of excellent LED lighting options; stylish, lightweight aluminum racing wheels; premium audio system; race-inspired contoured steering wheels; communication and intercom kits; SPEED garments, helmet, bags, and more.

SPEED High Performance Accessories will be available exclusively at Arctic Cat dealers beginning in early 2017. Find the full list of SPEED accessories at arcticcat.com/speed.

About Arctic Cat

The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc.’s world headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “ACAT.” More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.arcticcat.com.

Source: Arctic Cat Inc.

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SEMA Announces Hottest Coupe, Sedan, Truck, 4×4-SUV and Hatch at the SEMA Show

1 11 2016

Ford Mustang, Dodge Charger, Ford Focus, Jeep Wrangler, and Ford F-Series Named 2016 SEMA Award Winners

LAS VEGAS, NV – November 1, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The top trending vehicle models in five categories were announced today at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Selected by manufacturing exhibitors of the world’s premier automotive trade show, the SEMA Award winners are the Ford Mustang as the Hottest Coupe, the Dodge Charger as the Hottest Sedan, the Ford Focus as the Hottest Hatch, the Jeep Wrangler as the hottest 4×4-SUV, and the Ford F-Series as the Hottest Truck.

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“The SEMA Show is the place where the newest and most innovative aftermarket products debut,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “And the SEMA Show exhibitors are the innovators and visionaries who help guide future trends in the industry.”

More than 2,400 exhibitors from the 2016 SEMA Show voted to determine what vehicle model is the hottest new and emerging vehicle. Winning vehicles help guide consumers toward the hottest-trending and most accessory friendly vehicles on the market.

The exhibitors who select the award winners are manufacturers of products designed to improve performance, safety and convenience, as well as those that enhance appearance and comfort. The SEMA Award heightens awareness for aftermarket products, and it is an example of the industry’s partnership between automakers and aftermarket manufacturers.

To learn more about the SEMA Award winners and the products that are available for them, visit www.sema.org/semaaward.

About SEMA and the SEMA Show

The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.semashow.com or www.sema.org, 909/396-0289.

Source: Specialty Equipment Market Association

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Cooper Tire Goes on the Street and Off-Road With Products Showcased at SEMA Nov. 1-4

1 11 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV – November 1, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Cooper Tire is showcasing a wide range of its newest and most popular products in booth #43019 at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas today through Nov. 4.

The new Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 is being highlighted as a breakthrough in the ultra-high performance tire category. According to Scott Jamieson, Cooper’s Director of Product Management, “Innovations in the tire’s tread compound and design help it deliver incredible grip, allowing the tire to hold the road at up to 1g in tight corners—a marvel of cutting edge technology for an all-season tire,” he said. The Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 is currently available in the United States in 37 sizes that fit vehicles ranging from American Muscle to German and Import cars. The tire features a Cooper tread wear protection warranty of up to 50,000 miles.

Cooper is going off-road at SEMA by showcasing products from its Discoverer STT PRO line, including the addition of a new 40 inch tire. Since its introduction in 2015, the Discoverer STT PRO product line has been winning accolades from the off-road community for its ability to tackle the toughest terrain—from the thickest mud to the rockiest trails— all while maintaining excellent on-road manners not typically found in a dedicated off-road tire. Cooper has just expanded the Discoverer STT PRO product line with the addition of a 40 inch tire, a sought after size in the off-road community as it provides extra height for clearing obstacles.

“At Cooper, we know that people depend on their tires no matter what they’re driving or where they’re going,” said Jamieson. “No single one tire can satisfy the needs of every driver, so our products deliver the best in performance and value across a wide range of driver needs. From the launch of the new Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 high performance tire, to expanding the size offering of the off-road Discoverer STT PRO line, Cooper has a tire solution for just about any need and we are excited to showcase the newest and best from Cooper at SEMA this year.”

In addition to the Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 and the new 40 inch Discoverer STT PRO tire, Cooper is also featuring its Discoverer SRX line at SEMA. With 67 percent of U.S. households driving an SUV or CUV,* Cooper designed the Discoverer SRX to be a popular choice in tires to meet the specific needs of these vehicles. The best-in-class Discoverer SRX provides a quiet, comfortable ride, superior handling and long tread life in all seasons. Delivering road surface grip for traction in wet weather conditions and light snow, the Discoverer SRX also carries a 65,000 mile tread wear protection warranty.

Also at SEMA is the Cooper CS5 Touring tire, which delivers all-season performance through leading technologies for crisp steering response, controlled handling around corners and superior wet handling. The CS5 is available in sizes that fit most modern sedans and SUVs. Designed with drivers in mind, this tire also allows users to check the condition of their tires’ tread with the Cooper Wear Square visual tread wear indicator. This Cooper innovation wears down to an exclamation point when it’s time for new tires. The CS5 Touring comes with up to an 80,000 mile limited tread wear warranty and a 45-day road test.

For more information on Cooper and SEMA, visit www.coopertire.com and www.semashow.com. Also connect with Cooper on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

*According to a 2015 automotive trends and purchasing habits survey of more than 500 American consumers commissioned by Cooper Tire.

About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper and its subsidiaries also sell medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper’s headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations within its family of companies located in more than one dozen countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.

Source: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

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