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Kia Wants You to “Live the Autonomous Life” with Four Self-Driving Concepts

Korean carmaker's SEMA Show stand also reveals possible full-size SUV.

by on Nov.03, 2016

Kia is bringing four autonomous vehicle concepts to SEMA, including the Niro Triathlon, which aims to let elite athletes travel comfortably between events.

Like it or not, the age of autonomous driving is fast approaching. And that eventually will mean more than just letting a motorist take hands off the wheel. It could mean some major changes in the way tomorrow’s cars are engineered, with interiors designed to let you do other things while on the road.

Kia is exploring some of those options with a set of four new concept vehicles the Korean carmakers put together for this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas. These range from an autonomous off-road SUV to a mobile recording studio.

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“This year’s SEMA show gives us the opportunity to ponder what the future of living the autonomous life may one day resemble,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president and marketing chief for Kia Motor America. (more…)

Chevrolet Screams into SEMA with COPO Camaro Concept

Camaro SS Drag Race Program “exploring” 10-second quarter mile options.

by on Oct.31, 2016

Chevrolet is bringing the thunder to SEMA once again with its new 2017 COPO Camaro: Only 69 will be built.

Forget Halloween. If you’re looking for something scary, take a trip out to the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas this week to see the latest in high-performance parts and accessories – and a few complete car projects.

Chevrolet is a perennial presence at the Las Vegas Convention Center and it’s back again this year with several Camaro projects designed to put some fear into the competition. That includes a new track-ready concept version of the COPO Camaro that could soon be dominating the drag strip. Chevy is also showing off a variety of concept parts designed to help get weekend racers down the quarter mile in 10 seconds through the Camaro SS Drag Race Development Program.

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“From sportsman classes to the pro ranks, Camaro has been one of the most popular cars ever to launch down the drag strip,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “For 50 years Chevrolet has supported Camaro drag racers and these new SEMA vehicles demonstrate our commitment to the sport, with parts development and the advancement of the historic COPO Camaro program.” (more…)

Hyundai Gets it in Gear for SEMA

Two high-performance Santa Fe SUVs on tap.

by on Oct.06, 2016

The Hyundai Bismoto Santa Fe puts out more than 1,000 horsepower and is headed to SEMA.

Forget snail-slow rock-crawling, the two Santa Fe SUVs Hyundai plans to bring to the SEMA show early next month are all about performance.

The Korean carmaker has become a regular at the annual Las Vegas event, and the two Santa Fe utes are likely to be joined by several other Hyundai models to muscle up for the show – which has traditional put a premium on performance.

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Hyundai first pulled the wraps off a 1,040-horsepower Santa Fe developed by tuner and frequent SEMA partner Bisimoto. Now, it is lifting the covers on a ute tuned by the Rockstar Performance Garage, and while not quite as powerful, it still had enough under the hood to muscle its way around any on- or off-road environment. (more…)

Kid Rocks Patriotic Silverado 3500HD for SEMA

by on Nov.04, 2015

Chevrolet and Kid Rock teamed up to design a customized 2016 Silverado 3500HD for the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

General Motors hasn’t let some controversial comments about the Confederate flag from Kid Rock stop it from slapping the star’s name on a special edition of a heavy-duty Silverado on display at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Kid Rock collaborated with Chevrolet to design a customized 2016 Silverado 3500HD “dually” celebrating freedom and honoring American workers, according to Jim Campbell, GM vice president of performance products, who noted that it isn’t the first time Chevy has used Kid Rock to help advertise a product.

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“We’ve used his music in our ads,” he said, adding that the singer was born and raised in the Detroit suburbs and is considered something of an icon. (more…)

Mopar Set Up for SEMA with Concept Vehicles

Performance brand sales are up 20% in 2015.

by on Nov.03, 2015

The Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept boasts a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine using an AWD package to power all four wheels, plus an eight-speed transmission.

One of the bright spots in Fiat’s acquisition of the Chrysler Group has been the boost Mopar, the aftermarket division, has given the company’s bottom line and put extra spark in the company’s model line.

FCA doesn’t break out the financial number for Mopar but it has said sales are up 20% and Mopar is showing off a huge line-up of production and concept parts and accessories at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas.

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“The line-up of Mopar-modified vehicles premiering at SEMA represents real-world examples of our brand’s continued commitment to helping owners create customized dream rides that suit their specific lifestyles and passions,” said Pietro Gorlier, head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. (more…)

Ford Teams Up with Michelin for Performance Tires

Tire maker producing customized rubber for Ford's performance line-up.

by on Nov.03, 2015

Michelin is producing custom-engineered tires for Ford's performance vehicle line-up, including Focus RS.

Few events highlight the importance and fun of what car owners can do to their vehicles to make them go faster and look cooler than SEMA. However, Ford is using the show as a springboard to highlight what all of that speed and coolness ride on: tires.

Ford announced that Michelin is now the exclusive provider of custom-engineered tires for the maker’s performance vehicle line-up at the show in Las Vegas.

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Michelin will provide tires for the Ford GT, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R Mustang, Fiesta ST, Focus ST and RS and F-150 Raptor. (more…)

Chevy Flexes New Muscle at SEMA

Nova 2.0 gets modern powerplant for classic body.

by on Nov.02, 2015

Chevy put a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder under the hood putting out the same power as the original 327 in this '67 Nova.

Carmakers traditionally reach deep into their bag of tricks every year for the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association’s annual show in Las Vegas.

For this year, Chevrolet is demonstrating how it can blend both the old and then new to create a unique custom vehicle. The goal was to demonstrate both the evolution of high-performance and the latest in crate-engine technology by dropping a modern turbocharged engine into the body of a 1967 Chevrolet Nova.

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The result is Chevrolet’s turbocharged 1967 Nova 2.0 is a contemporary hot rod. (more…)

Honda to Reveal Concept Version of New Ridgeline at SEMA

Show truck likely to provide clues to production model.

by on Oct.27, 2015

Honda's Ridgeline SEMA concept will likely provide more clues about the 2017 model.

There’ll be plenty of interesting concept vehicles taking a bow at the annual SEMA Show in the coming week, but few are likely to draw as much attention as one set to appear on the Honda stand.

That’s because we’ve seen nothing but sketches and teaser images of the reborn Honda Ridgeline until now. And the customized pickup set to debut in Las Vegas should be pretty close to what the actual midsize pickup is going to look like when it finally makes its official debut next year.

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The best look we’ve gotten so far is this rendering released during the Chicago Auto Show last February. It revealed a four-door, short-bed pickup much closer in design to the trucks Honda’s competitors are now offering. (more…)

Chevrolet Accents Performance with Specialty Camaros at SEMA

Red Accent, Black Accent concepts show off aftermarket capabilities.

by on Oct.27, 2015

Chevy is rumbling into SEMA with two concepts, including the Camaro SS Black Accent, that ooze power and speed.

General Motors is loading up for the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association Show in Las Vegas with a pair of new Camaro SS concepts designed to look fast and go faster.

With official ceremonial roll-off at its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan, this week, the sixth generation Camaro is now officially part of the Cheverolet line-up and for SEMA GM will introduce two customized 2016 Camaro SS concepts that illustrate the possibilities enabled by the new portfolio accessories and performance parts.

Power and Speed!

Dubbed Red Accent and Black Accent for their respective design themes, each uses components Chevrolet will offer during the first model year of the new Camaro. (more…)

Mopar Blitzing SEMA with Entire FCA Portfolio

FCA seeks growth in aftermarket accessories sales.

by on Oct.23, 2015

FCA offered a sneak peek at the Mopar-customized Dodge Challenger it's bringing to the SEMA show next month in Las Vegas.

Mopar, FCA U.S.’ purveyor of accessories and performance parts, is offering a peek at what it is preparing to roll out for Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas in early November.

A mix of production and concept Mopar products have been bolted on to transform Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat vehicles, demonstrating how the Mopar brand can help owners personalize their vehicles.

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It’s also a reflection of the newly rediscovered importance that aftermarket accessories can make a major impact on an automaker’s bottom line. FCA is just one of several makers that have been upping the ante with their presence at SEMA in recent years. (more…)