Center, from left: Alan Batey, president, GM North America; Judy Curran, director, planning & strategy-vehicle components and systems, Ford Motor Co.; and Pietro Gorlier, head of parts and service, MOPAR, FCA, accepted the awards for their companies.2017 Ford Focus RS built by Rally Innovations features a 2.3L EcoBoost engine, six-speed manual transmission, and Sparco EVO race seats, is finished in Rolotech vinyl wraps in Avery Intense Blue and 3M Storm Gray in an R4S scheme, and rolls on Nitto NT01 235/45/19 tires and OZ Racing Superturismo (19-inch x 8-inch) wheels. (Photo by Jay Sicht)This 2018 Chevrolet COPO Camaro drag-racing car, shown here at Chevrolet Performance’s Monday night press conference, is outfitted with the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Graphics package and the COPO 350 SC engine, which is topped by a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger. The COPO is also available with a COPO 302 or COPO 427 engine. (Photo by Jay Sicht)The Rampage Wrangler features its new Rock Rage bumper and Trail Doors, Bushwacker Trail Armor, and locking hood latches, and Amp Research BedStep. (Photo by Jay Sicht)Lund International’s Amp Research F-150 shows off accessories from its divisions, including the Amp Research Powerstep and BedStep, and the new aluminum Lund Max Rack, which mounts with no-drill clamps, can hold a 37-inch tire, and features built-in LED lighting.  (Photo by Jay Sicht)Cadillac’s CTS-V rolls out of the assembly plant on 19-inch tires, with 640 HP and 630 lb-ft. of torque.

SEMA 2017 Awards presented to hottest-trending vehicles in five categories

Vehicles are hottest new and emerging vehicle platforms for accessorizing, modifying and customizing

Las Vegas—The top-trending vehicle models in five categories were announced at the 2017 SEMA Show. Selected by SEMA Show exhibitors, the winners of the 2017 SEMA Awards are Chevrolet Camaro as the Hottest Coupe, Cadillac CTS-V as the Hottest Sedan, Ford Focus as the Hottest Hatch, Jeep Wrangler as the Hottest 4x4-SUV and Ford F-Series as the Hottest Truck.

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

More than 2,500 SEMA Show exhibitors voted to determine which OEM vehicles are the hottest new and emerging vehicle platforms for accessorizing, modifying and customizing. The SEMA Award heightens consumer awareness for aftermarket products; points the public toward the marketplace’s latest, most enhancement-friendly vehicles; and represents the ongoing relationship between automakers and aftermarket manufacturers.

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