SEMA 2013: New Product Innovations And Awards For The Coming Year


The SEMA Show is a trade show produced every November 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 and has grown into the world’s largest aftermarket automotive event held today.

Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. This year there are over 2,500 new products on display and entered into the “new product category” with many more shown throughout the show floor.

SEMA-ShowcaseSEMA announced the winners of the New Products Showcase Awards held at the 2013 SEMA Show at today’s banquet. The event recognizes the most cutting-edge automotive products either on the market or about to hit the market in the coming year. Criteria that ranked high on the judges’ selection for the New Product Showcase Awards include superiority of innovation, technical achievement, quality and workmanship, consumer appeal and marketability. 

2013 New Product Award Winners: 

Collision Repair & Refinish Product


Engineered New Product

  • Winner: Viking Performance Inc., Viking Berserker ASM (Active Shock Management)
  • Runner Up: Aeromotive Inc., Aeromotive A3000 Fuel Pump
  • Runner Up: McHitch Automatic Trailer Couplers, McHitch Automatic Trailer Coupler

Exterior Accessory Product

  • Winner: Rigid Industries LED Lighting, 2008-2010 Ford F250/F350 FX4 Grille
  • Runner Up: Shark Kage, Shark Kage Multi-Use 6 in 1 Ramp
  • Runner Up: Kleinn Air Horns, Kleinn TimeBlaster Train Horn Kit – 15 Minute Installation

Interior Accessory Product

  • Winner: Palmer Performance Engineering, DashLogic
  • Runner Up: Palmer Performance Engineering, DashCommand
  • Runner Up: Rampage Products, Jeep Wrangler Door Stay/Catch


Mobile Electronics Product

  • Winner: ESCORT Inc., Passport Max
  • Runner Up: Retro Manufacturing LLC, RetroSound RetroPod Multipurpose Surface-Mount Speaker Modules
  • Runner Up: Retro Manufacturing LLC, RetroSound Newport 1.5 DIN Direct-fit Bluetooth Radio

Off-Road/4-Wheel Drive Product

  • Winner: Shenzhen Nova Technology Co. Ltd., NOVA LED HEAD LIGHT
  • Runner Up: Palmer Performance Engineering, DashLogic
  • Runner Up: Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge, Rugged Ridge X-Clamp Mounting System For 2-3” Tubes (Black or Silver)

Packaging Display

Performance-Racing Product

  • Winner: COMP Performance Group, TCI Bolt-Together High Strength Steel Planetary for Powerglide Transmissions
  • Runner Up: QA1, Preassembled Extended Length Ball Joints
  • Runner Up: COMP Performance Group, Electronic Fuel Pressure Sensor Kit

Performance-Street Product

  • AeroWinner: Auto Meter, Boost Controller
  • Runner Up: Auto Meter, LS Plug-n-Play Tach Adapter Kit
  • Runner Up: Dakota Digital, ECD-100 Electronic Cable Drive Unit 

Street Rod/Custom Car Product

Tire and Related Product

  • cokerWinner: Coker Tire Co., American Classic “Bias-Look” Radial Whitewall Tire
  • Runner Up: Continental Tire the Americas LLC, ContiForceContact
  • Runner Up: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Cooper Zeon RS3-S

Tools & Equipment Product

  • Winner: Leap Innovations, Weigh Safe – Trailer Hitch Scale – Measures Tongue Weight
  • Runner Up: ShelWes Tools & Body, ShelWes Automatic Contour Sander
  • Runner Up: Schley Products/SP Tools, Mobile Hydraulic Press Extender Arm #11015

Wheel and Related Product

  • Winner: Ultra Wheel Co., WORX SERIES 806
  • Runner Up: Voxx Wheel, Voxx Asti
  • Runner Up: Ultra Wheel Co., Platinum Wheel – Wraith


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