SEMA 2019

Toyota goes hard at SEMA with 9 super Supra builds

Toyota showed off nine Supra models among their lineup at the annual SEMA show.

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The Toyota Supra is finally for sale at dealerships and now things are getting fun. Aftermarket outfitters have gotten ahold of customer cars and Toyota has enlisted a few to go to extremes with their new SEMA builds.

The show selection is part of Toyota's celebration of 40 years of Toyota Racing Development heritage.

"2019 has proven a momentous year for Toyota and TRD," said Ed Laukes, group vice president, Toyota Division Marketing. "The eagerly anticipated 2020 GR Supra stole the show when it debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and this year marks the 40th anniversary of Toyota Racing Development. From NHRA drag racing and drifting to the NASCAR and IMSA racing series, TRD continues to push the limits of what a Toyota can do."

Here's what they showed off.

The GRudge Match: GR Supra Heritage Edition

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This is a showdown. Ed Laukes vs. Rutledge Wood. They decided to hold a build off for the 2019 SEMA Show, and they're each building a 2020 GR Supra. This friendly competition, but there's a clear cut winner. The question is, which one is it?

This model is Laukes' entry. He tasked Marty Schwerter of Motorsports Technical Center to combine elements of the MKIV Supra from the late-90s with the new 2020 GR Supra. It's tuned to produce over 500 horsepower on a stock long block.

The GRudge Match: GR Supra HyperBoost Edition

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The GR Supra HyperBoost Edition is NASCAR analyst and broadcast personality, Rutledge Wood's Grudge Match entry. Wood worked with Rick Leos of Lucky Leos 17 Motorsports to transform the model into a 750-horsepower Supra beast. It features a 20-piece carbon-fiber wide-body kit.

GR Supra Performance Line Concept

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One part Supra, one part carbon fiber, this Supra was designed by Toyota Customizing & Development. Along with the carbon fiber aerodynamic components its has 19-inch forged aluminum wheels.

​GR Supra 3000GT Concept

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Toyota Customizing & Development also created the 3000GT Concept. It's a tribute to the iconic TRD3000GT Supra body kit of the mid-90s that was released in celebration of the Supra's success in JGTC competition.

GR Supra Wasabi Concept

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This is "a Supra for the masses according to the Toyota Genuine Accessory Team that developed the model. Dubbed the Wasabi Concept, the Toyota features Brembo B-M Brakes, Öhlins suspension upgrades, Toyota forged aluminum wheels, and Five Axis aero parts.

GR Supra Racing Concept

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Before the Supra became a reality in the marketplace, this concept was shown as a hint of what the model could be. It debuted in 2018 and gave a peek at the look of what a competition model could look like.

​GR Supra GT4

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This isn't the first time that the GR Supra GT4 has been shown. It first appeared at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show in March. Developed by Gazoo Racing (that's the GR in GR Supra), the model features an FIA compliant cage, racing suspension components, Brembo racing brakes, OZ Racing wheels and a number of motorsports components.

​NASCAR Xfinity Supra

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This Supra was built for Toytoa development driver Christopher Bell, who is racing the No. 20 Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing this year. He's currently atop the driver standings.

​GR Supra Pace Car

\u200bGR Supra Pace Car

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The Supra is competing in NASCAR for the first time this year, which gave Toyota the idea to make a pace car variant of the model. This model features TEIN coil-over suspension, Project Mu brake pads, HRE Forged P101 Monoblok wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 tires, and a Whelen LED light bar. The model is on its way to the next NASCAR race in Phoenix following SEMA.

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is one of the winners of the U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Cars for the Money awards.

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It isn't just about which cars are good. For many buyers, it's about reaching the perfect blend of good, fuel efficient, and bang for your buck. The annual U.S. News & World Report Best Cars for the Money awards rates many of those factors, and more.

"Cars with low price tags aren't always good values," said Jamie Page Deaton, executive editor of U.S. News Best Cars. "A cheap car can have high ownership costs, making it more expensive in the long run. Plus, a lot of inexpensive cars don't give you a great ownership experience; it's not a good deal if it's not a good car. Every Best Car for the Money winner is a pleasure to own and a good value overall."

Within each class, the award winner has the best combination of quality and value. U.S. News & World Report measured quality using a car's overall score in the U.S. News Best Car Rankings. The overall score is based on safety and reliability data, as well as the collective opinion of the automotive press on a given model's performance and interior and how strongly each reviewer recommends the car. They measured value by looking at each model's real-time transaction prices, provided by TrueCar, and five-year total cost of ownership data, calculated by Vincentric.

Covering 11 categories, the awards highlight the cars, SUVs ,and minivans that give drivers the best combination of quality and value in their respective classes.

Here are the winners.

Best 2-Row SUV for the Money: 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Best 3-Row SUV for the Money: 2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Kia Sorento

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Best Compact Car for the Money: 2020 Kia Forte

2020 Kia Forte

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Best Compact SUV for the Money: 2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Honda CR-V

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Best Hybrid and Electric Car for the Money: 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

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Best Hybrid and Electric SUV for the Money: 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

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Best Large Car for the Money: 2020 Chevrolet Impala

2020 Chevrolet Impala

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Best Midsize Car for the Money: 2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Toyota Camry

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Best Minivan for the Money: 2020 Kia Sedona

2020 Kia Sedona

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Best Subcompact Car for the Money: Honda Fit

2020 Honda Fit

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Best Subcompact SUV for the Money: 2020 Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Ford trucks reigned supreme over the last decade.

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For decades, Kelley Blue Book has been studying auto sales trends and reporting on those findings. To mark the close of the decade, 2010-2020, KBB looked back at the numbers for the last 10 years and found some surprising things.

The single best sales month was December 2016.

Nico Rosberg 2016 F1 Champtionship

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There was a lot going on in 2016, not the least exciting of which was Nico Rosberg wining the F1 Championship. Automakers sold more vehicles in 2016 than they did at any other point during the decade. The December 2016 sales capped off a record year. Here's the top five months over the decade by volume:

  • December 2016: 1,683,408
  • March 2018: 1,648,222
  • May 2015: 1,634,833
  • December 2015: 1,634,329
  • August 2019: 1,632,287

Subaru might have had the best decade of everyone.

2020 Subaru Outback

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Sure, Ford sold a lot of trucks and Nissan saw tremendous early-decade growth in its SUV lineup, but Subaru is the real winner. In 2010, Subaru sold 263,000 vehicles in the U.S. By the end of the decade, in 2019, they sold 700,000. They probably would have sold more but they scaled back production to launch two new vehicles at the end of the decade.

Most forecasts were wrong about December 2019, but that doesn't mean it was a great month.

2020 Ram 1500

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Analysts forecasted weak sales for the last month of 2019 but the market surprised them delivering a strong result. However, December 2019 was only the 26th best-selling month of the decade according to KBB, which measured 1,506,401 units sold. See the best-selling trucks of 2019 here.

Volvo's best month was the last month of the decade.

2019 Volvo XC60

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Volvo left the decade with the best month it has had in 10 years. The company sold 12,360 units. However, Volvo had higher sales in the months prior to the Great Recession.

Ford delivered the highest monthly sales total of all automakers in the last 10 years.

2019 Ford Focus

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While some may bemoan the Blue Oval's current state of automotive affairs, they had a really great month five and a half years ago. In May 2014, Ford sold 244,501 vehicles, roughly 15.5% of the entire industry's sales for the month. In that single month, Ford sold more vehicles than Smart did in the entire decade. See the best-selling new cars of 2019 here.

Buyers are spending more on their cars than ever before.

2020 Toyota Highlander

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According to KBB, "At the end of 2011, the average transaction price (ATP) for a new vehicle in the U.S. was near $30,000. In February 2015, ATP for the month was above $33,000 for the first time ($33,056). It broke through $35,000 in June of 2017, and passed $37,000 later that year, in December when transaction prices commonly peak due to the high volume of luxury vehicle sales. Transaction prices were above $38,000 through the final three months of 2019. The Kelley Blue Book ATP in December 2019 was $38,767 – the highest point in the past decade."

See the best-selling new SUVs of 2019 here.

Tesla came to play.

2019 Tesla Model3

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In 2010 and 2011, Tesla wasn't really on anyone's radar and now it's a household name. KBB estimates that Tesla sold 12 vehicles in June 2012. They reached 10,000 in sales per month in March 2018 and hit peak monthly sales in December 2018 when 32,600 vehicles were sold.

High-performance cars were costliest in January 2019.

2020 Ferrari Roma

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Everyone seems to drive a Toyota RAV4 or a Honda Civic. For the select few wealthy enough to enjoy the fruits of the Acura NSX, Ford GT, and anything with a horse logo on it, this decade was kind for options but expensive. KBB says that in January 2019, the ATP for the segment peaked for the decade at $121,739.

With the Trump Tax Cuts came more fleet sales.

2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

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According to KBB, "Six of the Top 10 best months for fleet sales in the past decade occurred after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. In May 2019, an estimated 425,000 vehicles were sold to fleet buyers, a record 27 percent of total U.S. sales. Fleet, it's worth noting, generally accounts for 20% of sales in a given month."

There was never a time in the last 10 years that the Ford F-Series was not the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

2020 Ford Super Duty

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Ten straight years of month-to-month dominance. Muhammed Ali wasn't even that good. Ford has sold 7,578,608 F-Series pickups in the last decade - one every 41 seconds. The best month for the F-Series was December 2017 where, in a single month, the company sold 89,385 F-Series trucks.