Seen at SEMA: Autobytel Editors Select Ten Hottest SEMA Cars
Annual Trade Show Showcases Vehicles
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show held in Las Vegas
is an fusion of the OEM and the automotive aftermarket industries. What
typically manifests each year is cool concepts, outrageous custom
one-offs, and innovative performance vehicles. According to the editors
at Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq: ABTL), the company dedicated to helping
dealers and car buyers connect online, the 2012 SEMA Show was no
different, with thousands of vendors and OEMs making the pilgrimage to
the desert in order to see and be seen.
An industry-only trade event, SEMA is not open to the public, therefore
Autobytel editors scoured the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center
to cover the show and offer an insider's view to the public. Autobytel's YouTube
channel features videos and interviews from SEMA 2012.
"This year's SEMA show did not disappoint," said Michelle Naranjo,
Autobytel's editor-in-chief. "From new product unveilings,
heart-stopping ride-alongs, celebrity sightings, and of course all the
unique aftermarket mods available, Autobytel editors had no time to
waste to see and cover it all."
Having recently returned from the excitement, unveilings, displays and
demonstrations of this unique automotive industry trade show, the
editors of Autobytel have put together a list of the ten
hottest SEMA cars they came across during their time at the show.
Chevrolet COPO Camaro Convertible
This year, Chevrolet
decided that less is more and brought only the second convertible
edition of the 2012 COPO Camaro to SEMA. The 550 horsepower,
supercharged COPO Camaro Convertible features a full roll cage and slick
tires to go with its searing orange paint job.
Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Concept
Not to be left out of the
drag party, Ford Racing introduced the twin-turbo version of its Ford
Mustang Cobra Jet concept. The 5.0-liter V-8 underneath the hood of the
Mustang Cobra Jet Concept is aided and abetted by a pair of Borg-Warner
turbos that feature almost no lag.
Kia's We Can Be Heroes Justice League Fleet
Kia and DC
Entertainment unveiled a set of five "We Can Be Heroes" charity editions
of its most popular youth-oriented vehicles, each one paired with a
member of the Justice League of America.
ICON Dodge D200 Reformer Series
The ICON Dodge D200 Reformer
Series has been given a host of modern upgrades that bring out its big,
beefy styling and enormous road (on and off) presence.
1940 Ford Coupe
It might seem unusual to get excited about
what for all intents and purposes looks like the 'before' shot on the
wall of your local paint shop, but the 1940 Ford coupe on display at
Ford's massive chunk of SEMA real estate is notable for the fact that it
can be ordered directly from the manufacturer.
Hyundai Cosworth Genesis Racing Series Concept
What set this
model apart was its lack of a power-adder, shrugging off forced
induction in order to develop 389 horsepower and 325 lb. / ft. of torque
from its 3.8-liter all-motor V-6. In addition to breathing on the
engine, Cosworth also outfitted the Genesis Coupe with new suspension
components, brakes, and a full body kit that gives a track-ready look.
Legacy Power Wagon
Not to be outdone by ICON, Legacy Classic
Trucks resurrected a Dodge Power Wagon by giving it a choice of either a
four-cylinder Cummins turbodiesel engine or a 425 horsepower Chrysler
The least likely drag vehicle at SEMA 2012
hailed from the Toyota display, of all places. Antron Brown, one of the
most successful Top Fuel competitors in NHRA, helped Toyota with its
Dream Build initiative by putting together a 'Dragquoia' - that is to
say, a version of the full-size sport-utility vehicle destined to rip
down the 1320.
Hurst Edition Trans Am
Latching on to a nugget of Trans Am
history forever recorded for posterity by the Smokey and the Bandit
films, Trans Am Depot brought their Hurst Edition Chevrolet Camaro
conversion to whet the appetites of Pontiac fans.
HPD CR-Z Concept
The Honda Performance Division's CR-Z
Concept car took the battery-assisted drivetrain found in the standard
CR-Z and slapped on a supercharger in order to squeeze out 185
horsepower and 169 lb-ft of torque - just about enough to make the
Hyundai Veloster Turbos in your neighborhood sit up and take notice.
For more details on the ten hottest SEMA cars and more Autobytel
editors' choices, visit www.Autobytel.com.
Watch exclusive videos on Autobytel's
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About Autobytel Inc.
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offering consumer purchase requests and marketing resources to car
dealers and manufacturers and providing consumers with the information
they need to purchase new and used cars, pioneered the automotive
Internet when it launched its flagship website in 1995. Autobytel
continues to offer innovative products and services to help consumers
buy, and auto dealers and manufacturers sell, more used and new cars.
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Autobytel Inc. Media Relations
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Curtis E. DeWalt
SVP, Chief Financial Officer
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