I’ve been here all week and my feet are tired but I’ve generally taken a quick look at most areas of the show and have developed some opinions on the trends at the show.
1. The tuners/customizers love flat back and failing that flat any color paint. I saw flat black cars everywhere I went. Sorry – not a fan. ESPECIALLY not a fan of the flat black Rolls Royce. Sorry – just because you can doesn’t mean you should!
2. The tuners/customizers are flocking to the Scion booth, followed by the Ford/Hyundai booths. Not as many in the Chevy booth but I tell you what – there is legitimate interest in the new Sonic and the concept cars on display show you that GM can compete in this area with the rest of the manufacturers. There were other cars of interest like the new Fiat 500 but the Scions were probably the most popular.
3. The truck/SUV side of the show is growing again. According to show organizers, the last few years saw a downturn in that side of the SEMA show but now it’s back and strong as ever.
4. Tires and wheels dominated a very large section of the show. There are now wheels available in just about every size, shape, color, pattern and description for just about any car out there. Some of the wheels were out of this world. There were wheels with LED lights attached, pink wheels, wheels with spikes on them – you name it – I saw it. I can’t imagine how anyone chooses!
5. Chevy Camaro seemed to be the favorite car of the show (yes I know it was OFFICIALLY the top car chosen by SEMA) based on the number of concepts and modded up Camaros I saw all over the place.
I’ll have some top choice cars and final thoughts from SEMA in tomorrow’s post.