Jeep’s Red Rock concept, based on a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, features "next-generation" Dana 44 solid front and rear axles with electronic locking differentials, and a Rock-Trac transfer case with a 4:1 low range. (Photo by Jordan Sicht)Cobb Tuning applied its custom touches to this Ford Focus, including a turbo kit, Accuair TWR air suspension, a Thule ThruRide bike rack system, and Rotiform forged DUS 18-in. x 9.5-in. wheels wrapped in 235/35ZR19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.  (Photo by Jordan Sicht)In classic Gulf Oil livery, this Ford F-150 from Van Nuys, Calif.’s Galpin Auto Sports was one of seven customized F-150s in Ford’s SEMA Show booth.  (Photo by Jordan Sicht)This 730 HP 2016 Saleen 302 Black Label Mustang, featured in the Cooper Tires booth, rolls on Cooper Zeon RS3-S ultra-high-performance tires.  (Photo by Jordan Sicht)

SEMA Award reveals show’s top four trending ‘Hottest’ vehicles

SEMA Award recognizes models that manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and showcase ‘coolest’ products

Las Vegas—This year’s SEMA Award for the top trending vehicle models in four categories was announced Tuesday, November 3, at the SEMA Show. The Ford Mustang was named Hottest Car, the Ford Focus took the Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler received the Hottest 4x4-SUV award.

“Traditionally, the SEMA Show is where the newest and most innovative specialty-equipment products are seen first,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “The SEMA Award celebrates the industry’s unique ability to identify the vehicles and trends that will excite both the aftermarket and automotive consumers worldwide in the coming year.” The SEMA Award recognizes vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. It also underscores the cooperative relationship between the automakers and SEMA-member companies.

“For five years now, the SEMA Award has helped guide consumers toward the hottest-trending and most accessory-friendly vehicles on the market,” added Kersting. “Our Show exhibitors are industry visionaries who determine the winners, with each booth space counting as a “ballot,” and the vehicles they choose to showcase in their spaces counting as votes. The most prominent models in each category earn the award.”

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