The SEMA Design Awards underscore all the fantastic choices that consumers have when customizing their vehicles. And while every vehicle on the road can be personalized, the SEMA program steers consumers to the most accessory-friendly vehicles.
The winners for 2007 include:
• The Ford Shelby GT 500 in the car category. The vehicle that is celebrated by car buffs is being made even cooler with accessories and specialty products.
"Our attitude about vehicle personalization is just pure enthusiasm," said John Clinard, western regional manager, Ford Motor Company. "We share that with people who buy our cars and with those who buy SEMA accessories and parts to put on our cars."
• The Toyota Tundra in the truck category. The newly redesigned Tundra allows drivers to make the truck their own.
"Vehicle accessorization is becoming more and more important to our customers, especially with trucks," commented Brian Smith, corporate manager of truck operations for Toyota Motor Sales USA. "Toyota has always been very supportive and interested in vehicles accessorization."
• The Jeep Wrangler in the SUV category. DaimlerChrysler has a long history of partnering with specialty equipment companies so that consumers have unlimited access to and options of accessories and products.
"The big advantage that SEMA offers DaimlerChrysler is putting us together with providers and bringing quality parts to market," said Scott Brown, DaimlerChrysler Group Communications, West Coast. "They enable us to work with the accessory companies early and, ultimately, the customer wins with higher quality accessory."
• The Chevrolet Silverado Classic Hybrid in the hybrid category. The first full-size pickup to utilize hybrid technology has become the benchmark in SEMA's newest design award category.
"The collaboration between Chevrolet, General Motors and SEMA is very valuable," says Dale Sullivan, regional sales marketing manager, Western Region, General Motors. "We gain a lot of accessory ideas and product ideas to give the consumers what they really want."
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