2005 Mustang Wins SEMA Design Award
By: Jon Hewett | Ford Communications Network
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The 2005 Ford Mustang was recognized as the most "Accessory-Friendly" new vehicle at the California International Auto Show. For more information on the 2005 Mustang, visit fordvehicles.com.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The 2005 Ford Mustang has captured the first of three Vehicle Design Awards from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, ahead of the group's international specialty products trade show set to open next week in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The award, which was actually announced yesterday as part of a SEMA promotional event at the California International Auto Show in Anaheim, recognizes the Mustang as the most "Accessory-Friendly" new vehicle available today.
"This is a real exciting and competitive category," said Carl Sheffer, SEMA vice president, OEM relations. "The Mustang was up against a host of notable vehicles this year, from the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum to the Corvette and the Scion tC."
"The previous generation Mustang is one of the most popular vehicles for the aftermarket; the 2005 Mustang will only add to the demand for parts and accessories," said Dario Orlando, founder of Steeda Autosports, one of the most successful Mustang performance builders. "As an all-new vehicle, it will create a huge demand for new performance and restyling equipment."
As the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, SEMA attracts more than 100,000 automotive industry leaders from over 100 countries each year to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Founded in 1963, the growth of the SEMA Show has mirrored the explosion seen in an aftermarket industry estimated to be worth over $29 billion annually today, and one that continues to grow at a rate of about $4 billion to $5 billion each year.
With more than 5,700 member companies, SEMA has become the authoritative source for research, product and parts data for the specialty auto products industry. The Vehicle Design Awards are selected by those SEMA member companies who regularly participate in technology sharing programs with OEMs. Mustang received 33 percent of the votes.
SEMA will reveal the winners of the Accessory-Friendly Truck and SUV Award categories during an AutoWeek/Automotive News Specialty Vehicle Forum on Monday, November 1 at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. The main show will once again occupy the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center, as it has for the past 28 years, spread out over more than 2 million square feet of display space with more than 1,400 vehicles on display.
For 2004, Ford Motor Company is once again the featured Manufacturer of Show at SEMA, with Mustang being named the Vehicle of Show.
Look for more SEMA coverage on Wednesday here on Ford.com.