SEMA Day 2: SEMA Award Winners Chosen, the Ford Connect, and an Awesome Gran Turismo
by Eileen Marable
Good morning Velocity friends! Here’s the very latest from the show floor. The SEMA Award winners have been chosen for the hottest car, sport compact, truck and 4x4-SUV. In order, the winners are: the Ford Mustang, Scion FR-S, Ford F-Series and Jeep Wrangler are taking home the honors. Speaking of home, what does this mean for the likes of us at home? These awards are given to the cars, trucks and SUVs that are deemed the best for showcasing ad-ons, new products and general modifications. That means all you tinkerers out there have a guide from SEMA as to what you might buy if you want to customize to your heart’s content.
Now, about the Ford Connect. Ford has six on designs on display and the users can vote as to which is the coolest. We love an audience vote! If we were reading the tea leaves the general idea behind the designed Connects and the audience vote seems to be to send the message to the audience (and flower and pizza delivery shops everywhere) this relatively straightforward, functional hybrid can/van can be cool. Or at the very least a cool marketing tool to display your brand – which still seems pretty functional (until you paint your mobile tattoo shop logo on the side.) Still, the ability to use your car to market your business is an interesting twist on the customization trend so kudos on the display Ford.
Finally: THE. GRAN. TURISMO. CORVETTE. I have to personally editorialize for a second and say as a gamer and a car lover I can barely look at this car without fainting. Chevy has decided to release a real life version of the Gran Turismo 6, of the famous PS3 Game fame.
The Gran Turismo Corvette is a seventh generation Stingray and here is presented in a stunning blue with yellow headlights, carbon fiber trim and aluminum chassis. Under the hood you’ll find an LT1 6.2L V8 engine, seven speed manual providing 460hp and 465 pound-feet of torque.
No release date has been given for the real life Gran Turismo, but for gamers the long awaited Gran Turismo 6 will be released on December 6th.
Don't forget, today is our SEMA panel with a wide selection of our automotive experts. We'll be filming the panel and bringing it to you as fast as we can turn it around, and if you happen to be a SEMA, make sure your check the program for all the details and drop in and join us.