• Sep 10th 2010 at 8:58AM
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SEMA will inaugurate a new award at this year's show, but in this case the voters are show exhibitors, not attendees. Called the SEMA Award, it lets the folks who provide the entertainment officially recognize the item that they found most entertaining.

There are three categories of hot – Hottest Car, Hottest 4x4 SUV and Hottest Truck – with contenders "proven... to be significant in the industry" already decided. Follow the jump for more info on the award and the eligible awardees.

Yet somehow, no matter how cool the Wraptivo Honda CR-Z Type F looks (see above), we're going to go out on a limb and guess there won't be any Honda CR-Zs on the winner's list.

[Source: SEMA]
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-- SEMA Show Exhibitors Select the Industry's "Hottest Vehicles" --

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (September 7, 2010) –SEMA Show exhibitors will choose three outstanding vehicles as the winners of an all-new award, simply called the "SEMA Award." Presented in three categories – "Hottest Car," "Hottest Truck," and "Hottest 4x4-SUV" – the SEMA Award marks the first time ever that the "exhibitor's choice" will be tallied, recognizing the year's top trend-setting vehicles.

"The SEMA Award allows us to celebrate the outstanding vehicles and trends in the specialty-parts industry," said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. "We will be able to tap into the exhibitors' unique ability to identify what's hot, just as the trends are gaining momentum."

To determine the winners of the SEMA Award, Show organizers will survey every booth vehicle at the SEMA Show taking place Tuesday-Friday, November 2-5, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The most prominent vehicles in three categories – car, truck and 4x4-SUV – will be named winners of the award.

"While the concept is new, it really is based on a phenomenon that we've experienced many times before," said Kersting. "Each year there seemed to be a handful of vehicle models that set the tone for the show - vehicles that are so popular it seems they are dominating at the event."

With more than 1,500 exhibiting companies each year, the SEMA Show typically includes more than 700 qualified booth vehicles. Modifications range from products that improve performance, safety and convenience, to those that enhance appearance and comfort.

The vehicles that are most likely to be in the running to win the SEMA Award have been identified by a panel of industry experts. Several indicators were used to select the contenders, including preregistrations of feature vehicles, involvement in one or more SEMA OEM collaboration programs, and coverage in enthusiast publications.

"The contenders have proven themselves to be significant in the industry," said Kersting. "Each contender is noteworthy, whether it's because of its sales record, previous interest from the industry or from exhibitors, existing accolades or simply the buzz that has surrounded the vehicle."

The contenders for the first-ever 2010 SEMA Award are:

Hottest Car:
* Audi A4
* Chevrolet Camaro
* Dodge Challenger
* Ford Fiesta
* Ford Mustang
* Honda CR-Z
* Hyundai Sonata
* Kia Soul
* Lexus IS
* Mazda 2
* Scion tC
* Suburu Impreza

Hottest Truck:
* Chevrolet Silverado
* Dodge Ram
* Ford F-Series
* Toyota Tundra

Hottest 4x4-SUV:
* Ford Explorer
* Jeep Grand Cherokee
* Jeep Wrangler
* Suburu Outback
* Toyota FJ Cruiser

While each contender comes with its own unique list of accolades, it will ultimately be the booth vehicle that is most prevalent at the 2010 SEMA Show that receives the inaugural SEMA Award. The winners will be announced during the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additional details about the program and the SEMA Show are available at www.SEMAShow.com.

About SEMA and the SEMA Show
The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.SEMAShow.com or www.sema.org, 909/396-0289.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the color scheme of this car and the lines. It's too bad the performance does not match the looks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, I think the performance does match the looks...

        Carbonfiber wrap = the appearence of lightweight material
        CR-Z = the appearence of a sporty car
        • 5 Years Ago
        The aftermarket guys are going to have a blast with this new car and when I saw it at Cars and Coffee last month I really liked it. "To increase performance we are looking to develop a supercharger system, suspension package, an ECU Tune, exhaust system, and other components with the help of our technology partners: Honda Accessories, Tein , HKS, BF Goodrich, Volk Racing, Hondata, and others to be confirmed at a later time."
        • 5 Years Ago
        so, if no one thinks the CR-Z is going to be on the winner's list, who paid you to put that craptastic vehicle as the image for the article?

        methinks you are going the way of the rags, bowing down to the ad dollars
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny, I've not once seen performance specs on the Wraptivo CR-Z, yet you somehow secretly know something we don't about the performance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is absolutely nothing "hot" about this car, no matter how many decals they put on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wait...I thought "VTEC" stickers were worth at least 10 HP!
      • 5 Years Ago
      They can polish that CRZ all they want but its still a carbon fiber turd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i love the big brakes and the acing rims on the 120 hp car . .fail
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, clearly just another blind hateraid post on Autoblog. It get comical sometimes when they post as if they have facts. I love that he is proclaiming the additional supercharger adds no HP to the base vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And again, someone who doesn't know how to read. Go read the original article about the Wraptivo CR-Z. It's linked in the article.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The RSX was the hottest car at SEMA , so was the Civic si, then the Fit. So is not
      surprise that the CR-Z will be tthe SEMA next star.
      The tuner mission is to improve the performance of the car , if the CR-Z is a underpowerded, and a turd then the tuner are glad to work with this car.
      So if the Hyundais are so powerfull, so track terror , so perfect they dont atract the
      tuners. Take the genesis Coupe this car is so perfect that just a stupid invest in
      • 5 Years Ago
      So Sonata is in the Hottest car list but Mazda3 is not, nor is Civic. Odd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wish you hadn't used the CR-Z for the lead photo with the article. It's a LOSER car, no matter what anyone does to 'improve' it. Honda should go ahead a pull the vehicle off the market because it misses the mark on every level. As a 'sports car' it fails (not enough power). As a hybrid/economy car is fails (not enough room to use the vehicle on a day-to-day basis since it's only a two-seater) , , , its economy is only average compared to others. Lastly, it's outright ugly. Honda is no longer designing cars that look good. They used to and did so for decades, but lately everything they build looks either controversial or down right ugly . . . and at least in my case, they've lost a long-time Honda fan (I own a gen-5 Prelude and will NOT replace it with another Honda).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Put a "T" in the grill and Mike Tim will think it's the best car every built.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The car has great looks, don't you think it would do well with an engine swap? I really dig the body style and think it's the best looking Honda since the S2000
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hottest Car- Ford fiesta
      Hottest truck- Ford f-series
      Hottest Suv- Subaru outback
      • 5 Years Ago
      Call me crazy but my vote is for the Suburu Impreza, I originally hated the look of this car, but it has grown on me in a way that only a few ex-girlfriends have.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why are they even bothering with the CR-Z ?

      Just leave it be.. just because its a honda doesn't mean it can be made into the usual Honda tuning.. fart can, bouncing all over the place etc etc
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Mazda3 has been around for 2 years and it's been shown at SEMA since then. The Civic is old and won't gain a vote because you won't see anything different on the car than what you've already seen.
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