SEMA 2016 – This Week in Automotive News

Ford Takes All Three 2016 SEMA Hottest Awards

The Ford Mustang was named the Hottest Coupe, the Ford Focus was named the Hottest Hatch, and the Ford F-Series was named the Hottest Truck at the 50th Anniversary SEMA show. SEMA, short for Specialty Equipment Marketing Association, holds the biggest annual aftermarket auto event in the world. For the second consecutive year, the Mustang, Focus, and F-Series won all the Hottest Vehicle awards. Prior to 2015, no other manufacturer had taken home all three awards. Ford had the largest presence this year at SEMA, with more than 50 vehicles on display.

SEMA Ford Mustang

For more, check out Ford’s full press release.

Restored American Graffiti ’58 Chevy Impala Unveiled

Three-time Winston Cup Series Champion as crew chief for Jeff Gordon, Ray Evernham has one more trophy to add to his collection. Evernham unveiled his restored ’58 Chevy Impala during a ceremony at the 2016 SEMA show on Tuesday. It is the actual 1958 Chevrolet Impala from the movie American Graffiti. After years of eying the iconic car, Evernham acquired it, and meticulously restored it to its former glory. Much of the car is still original, including the dent from Toad’s infamous backup mishap in the movie. The car cruised the Las Vegas strip after being unveiled, and much to the delight of its owner, was recognized by several people.

American Graffiti 1958 Chevrolet ImpalaCar and Driver 

Read more about the restoration in Car and Driver.

U.S. Marshals Seize Chinese Aftermarket Parts at SEMA

The booths of two Chinese companies were raided on Wednesday by U.S. Marshals at the Las Vegas SEMA convention. Parts, displays, and communications equipment were seized during the raid, in response to a complaint filed by OMIX-ADA. OMIX is a manufacturer of aftermarket Jeep parts, and claims that the Chinese companies were selling knockoffs of several of OMIX’s patented parts.

More details on the incident can be found here.