Welcome to SEMA 2005!
By: Mike Magda Posted: 11-01-05 20:32
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Even with concerns over fuel economy, pickups and accessories for trucks are expected have a major presence at the 2005 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Activities started Monday, Oct. 31, with more than 1,900 exhibitors filling up 1 million square feet of exhibition space at the convention center. The entire South Hall is devoted just to truck, SUV and off-road exhibitors.

“The section exceeds 400 and 2,000 booths,” say SEMA officials, “making it the third largest section of the 2005 show.”
But trucks are also among the favored vehicles in other sections, especially wheels and accessories. More than 2,000 show vehicles will be on display, and by category, it’s hard to find any other type of vehicle—street rod, muscle car or sport compact—with such large numbers. Granted, there is growing interest in crossover vehicles and the booming sport compact market has taken away some of the spotlight. Honda is the featured manufacturer and its new Civic Si is being introduced at the show, so many of the activities will be focused around import interests.

From just a quick walk through the front show area, it’s clear that nothing is too outrageous for trucks. They’re slammed, lifted, flamed and big. Size always matters with trucks, even exhaust.
More than 1,000 new automotive aftermarket products will be introduced at the show. Diesel products are expected to draw attention as that market continues to grow at a pace faster than much of the industry.

More than 100,000 industry professionals will attend the show, which wraps up Friday. PUTC will have reports on all the major announcements involving pickups and feature some of the more notable custom vehicles and important product debuts.

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