The hottest ac­ces­sory-friendly ve­hi­cles on the road

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Need help find­ing the per­fect ve­hi­cle? If you’re in the mar­ket for a new car or truck, con­sider pur­chas­ing one you can make your own. While just about any ve­hi­cle can be trans­formed with a few sim­ple prod­ucts, there are cer­tain makes and mod­els that are more ac­ces­sory-friendly than oth­ers.

To find out which ve­hi­cles those are, car shop­pers can look to the win­ners of the SEMA Award be­fore mak­ing their pur­chase. Pre­sented an­nu­ally by the Spe­cialty Equip­ment Mar­ket As­so­ci­a­tion, a trade as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sent­ing the au­to­mo­tive cus­tomiza­tion in­dus­try, the SEMA Award is given to ve­hi­cles that can eas­ily and af­ford­ably be im­proved to bet­ter fit your needs.

“The SEMA Award rec­og­nizes ve­hi­cle mod­els that spe­cialty-equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers be­lieve are the best plat­forms for the new­est and most in­no­va­tive prod­ucts,” said Chris Ker­st­ing, pres­i­dent and CEO for SEMA. A va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent prod­ucts such as seat cov­ers, wheels, tires, sus­pen­sion and ex­haust can all make for a sim­ple yet im­mense dif­fer­ence on your new ride. Here are this year’s SEMA Award win­ners:

Hottest car: Ford Mus­tang

The iconic Mus­tang took home the Award for Hottest Car, which is no sur­prise con­sid­er­ing it is one of the most pop­u­lar cars for ve­hi­cle en­hance­ment. Whether you’re adding LED head­lights or a new ex­haust sys­tem, both the ap­pear­ance and per­for­mance can eas­ily be up­graded on the Ford Mus­tang. On and off the track, this ve­hi­cle con­tin­ues to be re­li­able, cus­tom­iz­a­ble and in high de­mand among con­sumers to­day.

Hottest truck: Ford F-Se­ries

One of the most pop­u­lar sell­ing lines of trucks on the mar­ket is the Ford F-Se­ries. Be­cause of its un­lim­ited ver­sa­til­ity, the F-Se­ries is the win­ner of the SEMA Award for Hottest Truck. Every­thing from ton­neau cov­ers to pro­tect the bed, run­ning boards for easy ac­cess or a new air in­take sys­tem for in­stant power gains can be up­graded, trans­form­ing your truck into a bold, new ride.

Hottest 4X4/SUV: Jeep Wran­gler

As the de­fend­ing cham­pion of the hottest 4X4/SUV, the Jeep Wran­gler wins its sixth SEMA Award. There are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways to turn your Wran­gler into the ul­ti­mate of­froad ride or just per­son­al­ize it as your ev­ery­day ve­hi­cle. If you’re ready to hit the trails, con­sider a lift kit and pur­chas­ing off-road or all-ter­rain tires. Ramp up that rugged look while pro­tect­ing the ex­te­rior with hood mounts, fender flares or rock slid­ers. As an en­thu­si­ast fa­vorite in the off-road com­mu­nity, the Wran­gler is known for its dura­bil­ity, unique styling and abil­ity to be per­son­al­ized in a way com­pletely unique to you.

Hottest sport com­pact: Ford Fo­cus

Ford ve­hi­cles are known for be­ing ac­ces­sory friendly, so it is no sur­prise that the Ford Fo­cus was named the win­ner of the Hottest Sport Com­pact. As the in­dus­try con­tin­ues to grow, more and more ac­ces­sories are be­com­ing avail­able for this mar­ket seg­ment. Whether it’s a body kit, wheel/tire pack- age or sus­pen­sion and steer­ing sys­tems, your Ford Fo­cus can eas­ily be trans­formed into the ul­ti­mate tuner ride.

The SEMA Award is in­tended to guide con­sumers to­wards the hottest trend­ing and most ac­ces­sory-friendly ve­hi­cles on the road. Con­sumers spend nearly $36 bil­lion a year on prod­ucts and ac­ces­sories to en­hance the per­for­mance and styling of to­day’s ve­hi­cles, ac­cord­ing to SEMA. Win­ners were se­lected by ex­hibit­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers at the 2015 SEMA Show, the world’s pre­mier au­to­mo­tive spe­cialty equip­ment trade event where the new­est and most in­no­va­tive prod­ucts are in­tro­duced each year.

To learn more about the 2015 SEMA Award win­ners, go to www.se­mashow.com/se­maaward.

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