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SEMA 2008: 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe Is Still Standing
SEMA 2008: 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe Is Still Standing

The Pontiac Solstice has had a short, tumultuous life: highly praised by enthusiasts for its looks, not so loved for its finish and feel. Then came the rumors of it being left on the cutting-room floor as GM recasts its future car lineup around high fuelers like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Not so, GM...Read More»

2009 Honda Fit
SEMA 2008: Honda Fit Gets Tuned

Honda's kith and kin at MUGEN have long tweaked out its Civics and S2000s and other enthusiast-aimed vehicles (like last year's Honda Civic Si MUGEN sedan). Now the 2009 Honda Fit is getting the MUGEN treatment, at SEMA with a fully outfitted concept car and in the near future, with a list of a la...Read More»

2009 Honda Civic
SEMA 2008: Honda Civic Stays in Tune with Mileage

The Honda Civic is a perennial favorite of tuners, and for the 2008 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Honda revealed a new Honda Factory Performance (HFP) Concept version of the fuel-sipping sedan. The theory behind the concept? Tuners want to preserve high gas mileage, so the accessories chosen--like the...Read More»

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
SEMA 2008: Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Bows

Funny, trucks were supposed to be a dead species two months ago when gas ran $4 a gallon. The 2009 Ford F-150 is running counter to those obituaries--Ford is actually increasing production of the best-seller--and with a new SVT-tuned Raptor edition, the F-150 is taking a defiant stand against...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
SEMA 2008: Tuners on Parade

Everywhere else in Las Vegas, there are signs of the fracturing economy: a huge pit across from the Convention Center that was to house a mega-development of condos and casinos, shuttered in its crater stage. Taxis are grumbling for the lack of fares. It's hard to tell if the Specialty Equipment...Read More»

2009 Toyota Venza
Pricing Announced on 2009 Toyota Venza

Today, Toyota announced pricing on its new 2009 Venza crossover, a vehicle that basically takes the place of the Camry wagon that hasn't been sold in years. It also fills a (microscopic) niche left behind after a recent upsizing of the Highlander. Toyota has an exhaustive lineup of not-quite-a-car...Read More»

photo credit: Z Sasaki: "Entertainment Center"
AT&T CruiseCastSM Debuts Even More Satellite ICE at SEMA

Delivering exactly what distracted American drivers need more of, AT&T CruiseCastSM and RaySat Broadcasting Corp. will unveil AT&T CruiseCastSM, "the Total In-Car Entertainment service that will enable families, commuters, and mobile professionals to watch a lineup of 22 satellite video...Read More»

Subaru 2.5 XT
"Practically Wicked" - Forester XTI Concept To Bow At SEMA

On the heels of its 2009 Motor Trend SUV Of The Year win with its 2009 Forester, Subaru teases with the Forester XTI Concept (2.5 XT shown), which they claim combines the versatility of the Forester 2.5 XT with the street performance of the Impreza WRX STI. While the standard-issue Forester has...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Hyundai Touts "World-Class Weight Efficiency" In 2010 Genesis Coupe

What you will see over in Hyundai's territory at the sprawling SEMA show in Las Vegas next week is the firm's first rear-wheel drive coupe, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, arguably its sportiest automotive entry to date. What you won't see is the smart engineering that includes liberal use of...Read More»

Suzuki SX4t Concept
Suzuki SX4t Turbo Concept to Debut at SEMA

The line of breathed-upon vehicles to debut at SEMA '08 just keeps on growing, and Suzuki is getting in on the game with the announcement of a few vehicles, including the SX4t Turbo Concept. Turbo boost gives the Suzuki SX4 Crossover a crisp jump in power to 221 horsepower and 208 pound-feet of...Read More»

F-150 Heavy Duty DEWALT Contractor Concept
Ford Highlights Four Customized F-150s At SEMA

Harking back to a sunnier, happier time when knobby-tired, lift-kit-equipped trucks, custom vans, and bellowing Jeeps roamed American highways en masse, Ford brings three 2009 F-150 nostalgia machines to SEMA to help wipe away the market blues. For these fantasy trucks, Ford tapped toolmaker...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SEMA
Chevy Releases Camaro Black SEMA Concept Teaser

Chevy today released one of its SEMA Camaro concepts, called simply Black, which is one of several concept Camaros it will be showing off this November at SEMA '08. Absolutely no details about the concept have been released, but this is quite a menacing sketch with its nicely integrated body kit...Read More»

Coach Builders Ltd. Challenger Convertible
Challenger Convertible to Bow at SEMA

GOTCHA. Or at least Florida-based Coach Builders Ltd., an aftermarket cabriolet converter firm, according to Carscoop, got us, prompting a feverish double-take at the evil green, uber-'70s bad boy with a dropped top and the HEMI 6.1-liter from the Challenger SRT8. Make that a Vortech-supercharged...Read More»

Project Lexus GS concept
Lexus Brings Big V-8, Chassis Dyno, and More Mojo to SEMA

Everyone's getting in on the SEMA action, it would seem, and even Lexus, long the maker of unobtrusive and smooth luxury conveyances, is going to wear a muscle tee and flex a bicep or two this November in Vegas. It seems they have carmakers like BMW and Audi in their sights, and it sounds like...Read More»

Dodge Resurrects HEMI Hi-Po, Retro Colors, Street Cred for SEMA

Despite a sick economy, days ago rumors of a merger with GM, and the tenuous scenario of being owned by Cerberus Capital Management, the Mopar folks at Dodge intend to put on one heck of a show at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association humongo gathering (aka SEMA). We reported to you...Read More»

Dodge Challenger SRT10 Concept
Viper V-10 Debuts in Dodge Challenger Concept

In what promises to be a bragging-rights, smoky burnout extravaganza, Chrysler today announces an all-aluminum 8.4-liter V-10 under the hood of its '09 Dodge Challenger SRT10 Concept headed to this year's SEMA. The engine is the same enthusiastic motivator for the brute-force Viper, and in...Read More»

2008 Hyundai Genesis RKSport Concept
Hyundai Genesis Sedan Gets Bling for SEMA

As Buick and Toyota will tell you, purveyors of vanilla soft-serv cars love partnering with design shops to give their posh rides some visual edge. And indeed, just like Toyota's Venza and Buick's Lucerne, Hyundai's new Genesis sedan does little to offend, with smooth, clean lines and a pleasant...Read More»

2009 Toyota Venza
Toyota to Display Tricked-Out Venzas at SEMA

Remember when Buick hired DUB magazine to pimp out a Lucerne, pushing that blue-hair-mobile about 40 ounces away from true street cred? It was like "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" remixed with some extra bass and the Buick tri-shield. Don't laugh, Lil Scrappy was sportin' one a few years back...Read More»

Dodge Ram R/T Concept
SEMA Craziness Begins with Dodge Ram R/T

Hot on the heels of the retail introduction of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500, the Dodge boys are showing off a SEMA-ized version of an Ram R/T. The finished truck will break cover at the SEMA convention that runs November 4-7 in Las Vegas. For those not familiar with the largest aftermarket trade show in...Read More»

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