SEMA 2019

Ford's 10 best SEMA builds show that what happens in Vegas doesn't have to stay in Vegas

Competitive off-road racing prodigy Christopher Polvoorde has put together an all-wheel-drive Ford Transit cargo van to keep up with his extreme adventure lifestyle.

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It all started five decades ago under the grandstand at Dodger Stadium. What is now the grandeur of the SEMA Show takes over Las Vegas for one week each year, bringing together automotive industry companies and buyers from around the globe in a showcase of the best the aftermarket industry has to offer.

Ford's 2019 SEMA display is the largest original equipment manufacturer exhibit at this year's show.

"It wouldn't be a SEMA show without some F-150 and Mustang love from our builder partners," said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Vehicle Personalization and Accessories. "These two iconic nameplates-the are always the most popular Ford vehicles throughout the show and each of these builds gives a refreshed glimpse at some of the latest trends in customization. There's a growing hunger for consumers to personalize their SUVs, which have a huge range of possibilities from lowered street rides to off-road overlanding."

AutomotiveMap chose the 10 best customized vehicles the automaker showcased, out of the more than 50 displayed, that highlight the myriad of different flavors that everyday vehicles can be customized or personalized for current or future owners who have different needs, interests and passions.

J Robert Marketing and Attitude Performance Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew FX4

J Robert Marketing and Attitude Performance Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew FX4

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Just in time for Veteran's Day, this bad-boy off-roader pumps up the patriot theme. The build platoon incorporated the talents of veteran-owned and operated Black Rifle Coffee Co. and Kryptek Outdoor Group plus J Robert Marketing and Attitude Performance, who joined forces with CPV Paint & Graphics and Soundz Plus to create this 4WD monster.

Upgrades include a Ford Performance cat-back exhaust with black chrome tips by Borla; a BDS Suspension 6-inch lift kit with Fox 2.5 remote reservoir coil-overs; Warn Industries front and rear bumpers with winch and fender flares; Yakima Load Warrior basket roof rack with accessories; Rigid off-road LED lighting; an A.R.E. truck cap and Obskura-Nox Kryptek camouflage vinyl graphics. KMC XD DemoDog 20-inch wheels and Interco SS M-16 tires move the tricked-out truck with Katzkin leather seats, Rockford Fosgate sound system, Indel B fridge, Switch Pros eight switch panel power and Cobra Electronics radios and electronic accessories inside.

MAD Industries Ford Escape

MAD Industries Ford Escape

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Surf's up! Or, would you rather head to the mountains with your fat tires this weekend? This compact 2020 Ford Escape will provide the four wheels to escape the city, plus carry your boards or bikes on the Ford Accessories roof rack crossbars and Yakima bike carrier round. There's room for extra gear and goods inside the cabin that is tricked out with a Miko ultra-suede headliner, custom trim in matte gray and a kicking Rockford Fosgate audio system. Head-turning 21-inch Rotiform OZR wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires and Eibach Pro Kit lowering springs add low-riding style, along with Custom BASF RM paint.

DRAGG Ford F-150 Lariat Sport SuperCrew 4x4

DRAGG Ford F-150 Lariat Sport SuperCrew 4x4

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"The Desert Defender" clearly is no drag! This 4WD pickup is set up to protect and serve in the backcountry and first-responder world. Upgrades include a Ford Performance supercharger with TVS technology, cold-air intake and Borla's cat-back exhaust sporting black chrome tips; BDS Suspension's 6-inch lift kit; Fox race series shocks; Wilwood Performance brakes; and DSM&T's harnesses and fasteners. It rides on 20-inch Fifteen52 TurboMac heavy-duty wheels and BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 rubber.

There's a Warn Industries recovery kit, chase rack, and rock slider side steps, along with Ford Accessories Black Appearance Package components. Its exterior features a body wrap designed by Ford Vehicle Personalization.

Addictive Desert Design contributed stealth fighter bumpers and a honey badger rear spare tire rack comes from American Truck. Other exterior features include: Bushwhacker fender flares, Rigid front bumper LED light bar, rock lighting and chase rack light bar, a Federal Signal police lighting package by West Coast Lights & Sirens, and Mohave Parts' Diablo bumper shackles.

Inside are Ford Accessories subwoofer and amp by Kicker Audio, body colored trim accents, and a police radio system by West Coast Lights & Sirens.

Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti (DRAGG)'s nonprofit youth-oriented automotive after-school program encourages youth to consider a future in the automotive industry.

MAD Industries Ford Expedition Stealth

MAD Industries Ford Expedition Stealth

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MAD Industries has turned the daily-driver, family-hauler 2019 Ford Expedition into a serious weekend adventure ride. A Whipple EcoBoost air induction system with Icon Dynamics Stage 2 coilover suspension insures ride performance on road and off, while Fuel Forged FF-45 22-inch monoblock wheels with Nitto Ridge Grappler tires will turn eyeballs in the city and add assurance on the trail. Serious stopping power comes from PowerStop Z36 high-performance rotors and ceramic formula extreme brake pads. Added lighting of the land comes from an Adapt 50-inch lightbar by Rigid and SR-L series spreader with halos that illuminate the landscape. Yakima's SkyRise rooftop tent provides shelter.

LGE-CTS Motorsports Baja Forged Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab XLT

LGE-CTS Motorsports Baja Forged Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab XLT

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Chase the race or camp on-the-run? A veritable Swiss army knife of add-ons enables the LGE-CTS Motorsports Baja Forged to function as a mobile command center, campsite and workshop. The Pronghorn modular utility flatbed paired with LGE-CTS Motorsports rear custom canopy nixes the standard bed for flexible storage and adds private camping space beyond the Tepui rooftop tent. The build features a roof rack illuminated by integrated Rigid LED lighting, an Icon 4.5-inch Stage 7 suspension lift, and 18-inch Method Race 304 NV HD bronze wheels wrapped in 37-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires.

On board for the ride are a Warn Industries 10S winch, ARB USA 6.5-foot awning with LED lights, Element refrigerator with freezer, and touring camp chairs. A Ford Accessories vehicle safe is located in the floor console by Console Vault, and Pelican Case protective gear and BOXO tools on BuiltRight Industries tool and tech panels add value.

Blood Type Racing Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid

Blood Type Racing Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid

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A walk on the wild side can also be fuel efficient. This Blood Type Racing concept uses the platform of the 2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid to blend the company's 3.3-liter hybrid engine with a Borla cat-back exhaust punctuated by black chrome tips to enhance looks and add a more enthusiastic sound. Other black chrome trim elements include the front grille and rear bumper accents by Lacks Trim Systems, door handle accents, and lower door moldings. A half-inch suspension leveling kit plus Ford Performance skid plate paired with 20-inch Ace Alloy AFF09 black chrome wheels wrapped in Toyo Tires Open Country A/T II rubber bump ups off-road capabilities.

Winter sports enthusiasts will be charmed by the two custom BTR Edition snowboards by Blank Snowboards that ride on a Yakima carrier mounted to Ford Accessories roof rack crossbars. A Ford Accessories rear seat entertainment system by Voxx adds entertainment in the cabin.

BDS Suspension Ford F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab XLT

BDS Suspension Ford F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab XLT

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The Taj Mahal of Super Dutys for the job site or overlanding is motivated by Ford's 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel. BDS Suspension's Go Beyond project outfits this brawny beast as an ultimate off-road adventurer for work and play. Upfits include a BDS Suspension 4-inch radius arm lift with Fox 2.5 factory race Dual Speed Compression coilovers and shocks; enlarged wheel openings with 40-inch Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ P3 tires mounted on 20-inch Method Race 605 NV-series wheels; Addictive Desert Designs stealth fighter front bumper with Warn Industries Zeon 12S winch; and Rigid LED lights for 4WD trekking at night.

In the rear is a Knapheide aluminum service box for storage and a hard-shell tent and awning; Dometic CFX-75DZW electric refrigerator, two-burner gas grill, and propane tank with custom mount; Ridetech air compressor kit with air tank; and power inverter. A collapsible aluminum table and camp chairs take care of domestic duties. Custom agate black and chroma elite copper paint outside is paired with custom Katzkin black and mahogany leather seats and Kicker VSS audio system in the cabin.

Prefix Ford Explorer

Prefix Ford Explorer

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If race support is your thing, Prefix's 2020 Ford Explorer will make you king! Built to honor to the men and women who toil behind the scenes on the safety and support side of motorsports, this customized midsized sport ute has a lowered suspension, Ford Performance skid plate, and 20-inch GWG wheels with Michelin tires.

Added value comes from the Whelen emergency siren/signal system, Ford Performance recovery kit, and Ford Accessories first-aid and roadside assistance kit by DC Safety.

Already on the job for the 2020 Trans Am race season, it will perform parade laps and pace vehicle duties.

Additional customization includes Recaro Cross Sportster ORV race seats inside while the exterior gets a two-tone red paint finish with white racing stripes, Ford Performance skid plate, Whelen emergency signal, and 20-inch GWG wheels wrapped in Michelin tires.

California Pony Cars Ford Mustang GT Fastback

California Pony Cars Ford Mustang GT Fastback

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Designers at California Pony Cars joined with Ford's performance engineers to enhance the styling statement and thrill factor of this 2019 Ford Mustang GT. A Ford Performance supercharger with TVS technology and cat-back exhaust with Borla's black chrome tips boost the 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine's power, while Ford Performance lowering springs combine with forged multi-piece 21-inch wheels by Triumph Performance with TOYO Proxes T1R tires to embolden the stance.

Ensuring safe and modulated stopping power are Baer EradiSpeed 15-inch front and 13-inch rear two-piece rotors.

California Pony Cars custom tailored the hood, decklid, side skirts, grille, front chin spoiler, rear diffuser, and wing with wicker bill, rear blackout panel, mirror covers, wheel arches, front bumper air duct panels, and an aluminum splitter kit. LED lighting is from Diode Dynamics.

Ford Performance inserted Recaro leather seats for the 'Stang's riders, while California Pony Cars added a customized carbon fiber center console, dashboard trim kit and window switch plates, CPC armrest covers, door sill plates, and coin tray. A 1,500-watt Kicker Audio system, LinksWell GEN II 11.8-inch high definition touch screen, and Diode Dynamics LED strip accent lighting finish the cockpit.

2019 Ford Performance Parts Ford Ranger

2019 Ford Performance Parts Ford Ranger

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Small can be big! This midsize Ranger is overflowing with a collection of Ford Performance Parts and other aftermarket goodies that will let adventure-minded enthusiasts journey further into the backcountry for a night, weekend or even longer.

Ride enhancements from Ford Performance are the specially-tuned Fox off-road suspension leveling kit providing 2-inches of front lift, Ranger Raptor wheels with BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires, and a hood-hinge light kit with Rigid DSS-Series light.

It's loaded with extras from Rigid that include an underbody rock light kit, 30-inch SR-Series Pro lightbar on top of front bumper, two 6-inch SR-Series Pro lightbars for the front bumper's lower opening, and D-Series 2x2 LED cube lights in the fog light openings.

Other goodies include a Warn 9.5 XP winch mounted on a winch-capable front bumper, Ford Performance by Warn Industries heavy-duty recovery kit and red tow hooks, Tepui HyBox rooftop tent, a decked truck bed storage system, RSI Smart Cap, ARB Elements refrigerator/freezer, and ActionTrax recovery boards.

Cadillac is moving the car buying experience into an interactive video-based platform as the brand works to gain new customers.

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Edmunds.com is predicting hat sales of used cars will rise through 2020. At the same time, used car prices are expected to decline. That's a recipe for success for used car buyers according to Carvana. The online used vehicle retailer is predicting four trends for used car shoppers.

Mainstream Cars Stay Hot

Carvana believes that demand for used cars from mass-market brands like Honda, Toyota, and Nissan will continue. In 2019 small and mid-sized cars showed the strongest price appreciation in the used-vehicle market, a trend that is expected to continue in 2020.

Consumers Choose Quality Over Everything

According to Carvana, "A recent study from Brandwatch asked consumers what attributes were most important for brands in the auto industry, quality was the most popular option with 30% of the vote. Affordability followed, with 21% of respondents choosing it as the most important attribute. Carvana has more than 8,000 cars available on their site for local buyers priced under $15,000."

Customers Continue to Get Comfortable Shopping Online

If there's one thing America can agree on, it's not politics. It's that they generally hate going to car dealerships. Shopping for vehicles online has grown tremendously over the past decade and Carvana expects that to continue, a trend driven by the ability for customers to "do it all" from financing to browsing to scheduling delivery without ever having to talk to a salesperson.

According to Carvana, 75% of car buyers are willing to purchase a car online and 97% of car buyers do online research before a purchase.

The Digital Economy Will Continue to Transform Car Buying

Technology is making it easier than ever to buy a car. New online initiatives like Cadillac Live allow customers to talk to a salesperson without leaving their couch. Getting a 360-degree view of the vehicle is possible thanks to sights from most manufacturers, and CarFax offers reports on used vehicles.

Chevy is once again selling a Silverado 1500 Realtree Edition.

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Realree, the world's leading camouflage brand, has teamed up with Chevrolet for a specially branded 2021 Silverado 1500 Realtree Edition model. This is the second collaboration between the two brands following the success of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition.

"Silverado continues to offer customers more choice and capability where it counts," said Bob Krapes, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing. "Building on the popular Custom Trail Boss model, the new Realtree Edition offers hunting and fishing enthusiasts a truck perfectly matched to their passions."

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Realtree Edition

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The truck is based on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss. It features exclusive graphics from Realtree and comes with a 2-inch factory suspension lift, 20-inch black wheels with Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT On-Off Road Tires, and the Silverado's Z71 Off-Road Package. The Off-Road Package includes monotube Rancho® shocks, Hill Descent Control, automatic locking rear differential, skid plates, and an AutoTrac 2-speed transfer case.

Realtree camouflage graphics on on the exterior of the truck and the interior door trim. The Realtree logo is integrated on the bedliner. The truck has black Silverado and Z71 badging, black rectangular dual-exhaust tips, 4-inch black round assist steps, and all-weather floor liners. It also comes equipped with Silverado's Durabed with 12 standard tie-downs.

The Realtree Edition comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It is available with an upgraded 6.2-liter V8 that is matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

"Having worked closely with Chevrolet all these years, it's great to see the team come out with the new 2021 Silverado Realtree Edition using our latest Timber pattern," said Realtree designer and president, Bill Jordan. "You don't realize how much goes into building a true performance truck until you look behind the scenes, and this new truck will mean so much to all outdoor enthusiasts."

The 2021 Silverado Realtree Edition will go on sale at Chevy dealerships in summer 2020. Pricing will be announced closer to production.