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Toyota returned again to the 2013 SEMA Show with its Dream Build Challenge, enlisting four action sports athletes to build their dream ride. Each team would then battle head to head, with the winner being decided by fans voting on the winner of the challenge.

Powerplant12_Kit-warn-sema-10-15-13CLACKAMAS, OR – As part of this year’s SEMA Show, Warn Industries will be introducing the new PowerPlant. The PowerPlant 9.5 and PowerPlant 12 combine a powerful winch with a high performance air compressor to become the ultimate vehicle-mounted multi tool.

The PowerPlant 9.5 has a pulling capacity of 9,500 lbs., while the PowerPlant 12 will pull 12,000 lbs. Both models are equipped with an air compressor able to fill four 35” tires in eight minutes, and can run air tools as well. With new features such as stainless steel fasteners, a new pressure switch, a revised contactor, a new hose and accessories, and a new flat-black finish, the PowerPlant is better than ever.

Beyond the PowerPlant models, Warn Industries will also have its new line of premium winching accessories and components on display at the SEMA Show. This includes a premium winch hook, shackle, tree trunk protector strap, and snatch block. These items are designed to help you get the most out of your winch, and each features Cerakote™ coating for maximum protection against wear and abrasion.

DIAMOND BAR, CA (Nov. 19, 2012)–The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced it has finalized an agreement to purchase the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS), the racing trade show that has been held annually in Indianapolis since 2009.

The IMIS will be consolidated with the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, which returns to Indianapolis for 2013 and beyond. The 2013 PRI Trade Show will occupy the entire Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Show days, December 12-14, 2013.

The acquisition unifies the racing industry’s two trade shows into one, creating the opportunity for exhibitors and buyers to do business in a single location.

ARB Intensity Light, JK Wrangler Stubby Bar

ARB launched a few new products at the 2012 SEMA Show, with the new Intensity LED Lights being one and a new its new Jeep Wrangler JK Stubby Bar being the other. The high-tech Intensity lights features LED lights within a traditional round design to provide a blend of spot and spread lighting (essentially combining the benefits of LED lights bars and Halogen and HID lighting). ARB says as 6500 kelvins, the color temperature of the LEDs is as close to daylight as possible with the light tha contains 32 LEDs per light. The lights are sold separately and are offered as a spot or flood beam.

ARB also released its Jeep Wrangler JK Stubby Bar front bumper, which is designed to provide proper clearance for larger off-road tires like 35s and up. The Stubby Bar is only as wide as the JK grille panel. It features outer wings designed to function as Hi-Lift jacking points, and brackets are provided for fitment of driving lights to the bar. The winch platform will fit most low-mount-style winches and narrow competition-type winches. It also features two front “flip up” license plate mounts to move the plate out of the way when the winch is in use. For more information, visit www.arbusa.com.

At the 2012 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas, Mopar made a batch of new product announcements. Off-roaders will certainly be intrigued by some of the offerings.

“At Mopar, we’re empowering our customers to put even more power, capability and
customization into their vehicles,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “We’ll continue to give our enthusiastsoptimal performance and appearance packages on the street, at the track and on the trail.”

Diamond Bar, CA – Dealers, jobbers, installers and other specialty-equipment industry enthusiasts attending the 2012 SEMA Show will be able to learn all about the dynamic Jeep and off-road lifestyle market through the new Off-Road Success Center, presented by OMIX-Rugged Ridge. Located in within the Trucks/SUV section in booth 30147 at the 2012 SEMA Show, the center provides those interested in learning about the off-road market with a place to exchange ideas, learn new concepts for success and network with other like-minded people.

The center will offer twice daily educational seminars hosted by third-party industry experts discussing their first-hand experiences and formulas for success. Additionally, the Off-Road Success Center will include one-on-one consultations, demonstrations and free print materials (seminar dates and times to follow) on these business-impacting topics. A range of vehicles illustrating the rich history of the industry will also be on display, including vintage models provided by Jeep Jamboree USA and OMIX.

The 2011 SEMA Show always provides appeal to automotive enthusiasts. Unless you’re in the automotive industry, you’re not getting into the show, which is a shame because there are some of the most amazing – and sometimes ridiculous – project vehicles you’ll ever see.

In the off-road realm, there’s no denying the popularity of the JK Jeep Wrangler that could be found all over the show. But not to be outdone, a great number of trucks were featured as well, and in a wide variety of different applications. Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Toyota and Nissan were all there. Here’s a look at some of truck we caught on camera.

For more on the 2011 SEMA Show, check out this story.

There are quite a few unique vehicles at the SEMA every year, and we came across quite a few off-road vehicles during the 2010 show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Whether it was for snow, sand, dirt or mud, there was a little bit of everything related to off-road at this year’s show. Check out some of our other coverage of the event in the Off-Road.com Blog or here.

Here are some unique off-road vehicles we saw at the show.

Zero South PHE-PTV


The Zero South Plug-In Hybrid Electric Polar Traverse Vehicle (PHE-PTV) is one of the more unique vehicles we’ve seen over the years. This vehicle can accelerate from 0-50 mph in 9.5 seconds on land with a peak speed of 72 mph (it tops out at 40 mph with tracks on snow), powered by a 200-horsepower electric-drive motor and a 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. It is designed to travel in hard-core snowy conditions and offers 20 inches of ground clearance with Mattracks and 16 inches with tires.