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SEMA Announces 2015 New Product Award Winners

The SEMA Show New Product Awards are given to the most innovative and cutting-edge new and featured automotive aftermarket products. Nearly 2,000 products were entered into 16 different New Products Showcase categories to be considered for the 2015 SEMA New Product Awards. Winners were selected based on a variety of factors that included quality, marketability, innovation, technology, consumer appeal and more.
The 2015 New Product Award Winners are:


Collision Repair & Refinish Product
Winner
Malco Products Inc.
Quarter Panel Hemming Air TurboXTool
Use your existing air supply to precisely bend and close up to 3/4 in. (19.05 mm) deep wheel arc flanges of replacement quarter panels on late-model cars. Replicates a hammer and dolly motion at high speed; 80% faster based on field trials. Cushioned anvil protects panel finish while hammer rolls over and flattens flange from backside.
320-274-8246
www.malcotools.com
PN: QHT1A
Runner Up: 6 Hands, 6-Hands Universal Body Panel Holder
Runner Up: Luma III Inc., Aurora


Engineered New Product
Winner
Holley Performance Products
Holley EFI Digital Dash
The Holley EFI Digital Dash is a customizable Holley EFI compatible 7.5 by 4.625 dashboard display with a variety of gauge and indicator screens that can be programmed to display any parameter needed. It also offers a virtual switch panel, user-defined alarms and configurable shift lights, and it can control on-screen playback of your data logs.
270-782-2900
www.holley.com
PN: 553-106
Runner Up: Aeromotive Inc., X1 Fuel Pressure Regulator
Runner Up: Silverback Carbs, Silverback Carb


Exterior Accessory Product
Winner
Lund International: AVS, LUND, AMP RESEARCH, BELMOR
AMP RESEARCH PowerStep XL
You asked for it, we delivered! Featuring a rugged, bold design, the new patent-pending PowerStep XL offers a 3-in. lower stepping surface than the original PowerStep and makes accessing your lifted vehicle easier.
800-309-6823
www.amp-research.com
Runner Up: Rigid Industries LED Lighting, Rigid Industries Capture
Runner Up: Westin Automotive Products Inc., Overhead LED Light Hoop


Interior Accessory Product
Winner
Switch-Pros
SP8100 Switch Panel System
The Switch-Pro 8100 offers eight user-programmable switches. Switches can be programmed and controlled via smart phone or switch panel. Features include sealed, 100-amp power module (safe for under hood), adjustable back lighting, built-in over-current monitoring, low-voltage disconnect, flash and strobe functions, and user-selectable switch legends.
949-581-2991
www.switch-pros.com
PN: SP8100
Runner Up: Rightline Gear, Roll Bar Storage Bag
Runner Up: US Speedo, Stainless Steel Gauge Face


Merchandising Display
Winner
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels
Metal Series Jeep Bumper Display
The Mickey Thompson Jeep Bumper display is an interactive display that showcases the features and benefits of their Jeep Wrangler JK bumpers.
330-928-9092
www.mickeythompsontires.com
PN: MMDISPLAY
Runner Up: Husky Liners, The "Rider" POP Display
Runner Up: N-Fab Inc., N-FAB Step System Display


Mobile Electronics Product
Winner
App-Tronics LLC
SmartNav 5
SmartNav 5 is the benchmark updatable rearview mirror. With full-featured iGO Primo Navigation. Front-viewing DVR with pre-loaded ADR software. A 5-in. rear camera with the brightest display available, Bluetooth 4.0, FM transmitter and a host of media players and functions. Including optional wireless radar- and laser-protection and parking sensors.
888-587-4111
www.app-tronics.com/index.html
PN: SN-5
Runner Up: Custom Autosound Manufacturing, Slidebar Radio by Custom Autosound
Runner Up: Palmer Performance Engineering, DashLogic Display Controller


Off-Road/4-Wheel Drive Product
Winner
Bubba Rope
Gator-Jaw Soft Shackle
Gator-Jaw 7/16-in. soft shackle is rated at 32,000 lbs. Replaces heavy steel shackles. Benefits: safer, lighter and higher tensile strength than comparable steel shackles, flexible, one-piece construction, floats in water. Applications: towing, vehicle or equipment recovery and various marine uses.
877-499-8494
www.bubbarope.com
PN: 176745
Runner Up: Factor 55, ProLink Bridle
Runner Up: Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge, Exo Top Soft Top & Cargo Rack System


Packaging Design
Winner
Husky Liners
X-Act Contour Floor Liners Packaging
The new X-Act Contour packaging from Husky Liners is designed with a raw-dog look and feel to grab attention and invite the customer to feel the liner through a paw-shaped hole in the front.
800-344-8759
www.huskyliners.com
Runner Up: Aero Products, 6-Pack Traveler
Runner Up: Painless Performance Products, PowerBraid


Performance-Racing Product
Winner
Silverback Carbs
Silverback Carb
Technology fueled by innovation designed specifically for strip, drags, ovals, off-road and marine. Suitable for 300-1,000hp applications. Industry-first variable flatslide venturi with an adjustable-strip CFM from 600–850 and race CFM from 950–1,200 with temp and ALT compensating. Real gains of 20–50 hp. We pushed science to maximize intake energy.
801-393-1030
www.silverbackcarbs.com
PN: SB-Carb-850
Runner Up: 3pConnect, Turbosmart Position Sensor Wastegate Caps
Runner Up: COMP Performance Group, FAST Bump Stager


Performance-Street Product
Winner
Aeromotive Inc.
Phantom Flex Stealth Fuel System
Specifically designed for the increased fuel demand of flex fuel engines, this is a complete drop-in fuel system that places a high-performance (450 lph) fuel pump and baffle system into almost any gas tank. Its modular design provides proper fuel slosh control, venting and performance. A perfect solution for high-horsepower and flex-fuel applications.
913-647-7300
www.AeromotiveInc.com
PN: 18310
Runner up: Hotchkis Sport Suspension, Hotchkis Performance Front Upper Control Arms for ’64.5–’66 and ’67–’70 Ford Mustangs
Runner up: RideTech, C2–C3 Corvette Suspension System


Powersports Product
Winner
Dakota Digital
MCL-3014 Digital Plug-In Instrumentation for ’14-up Harley Touring Models
Direct-fit, direct plug-in digital instruments for ’14–up Harley-Davidson Touring Models, including the ’15 Road Glide. Using the stock harnesses, stock chrome bezels and supplied oil temp sensor, installation couldn’t be easier! Added features, such as oil temperature and gear position without losing factory readings! Available in red or blue.
800-593-4160
www.dakotadigital.com
PN: MCL-3014
Runner Up: Kicker, PSM3 Mini-Enclosed Speaker System
Runner Up: Lazer Star Lights, Motorcross Headlight Kit


Street Rod/Custom Car Product
Winner
Ron Francis Wiring
Blackbox Relay System
This fully programmable, state-of-the-art relay system allows full control of 10 individual relayed circuits. Control windows, door locks, fuel/water pumps, fans and more with this all-in-one unit. Bluetooth module for Blackbox remote control will be available spring of 2015 with both iPhone and Android applications.
800-292-1940
www.ronfrancis.com
PN: BX-10
Runner Up: NotcHead, NotcHead Line Clamps
Runner Up: Vintage Air Inc., E-Z Clip Refrigerant Hose Kit Kit


Tire and Related Product
Winner
Continental Tire
Continental TrueContact
The Continental TrueContact offers touring performance, all-season traction and best-in-class wet braking. A confident choice that features Echo Plus Technology to help conserve fuel and extend treadwear. Additionally, the Alignment Verification System provides an early warning system to inform drivers of a misaligned condition.
704-587-6228
www.continentaltire.com
PN: 15497440000
Runner Up: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Discoverer SRX
Runner Up: Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., EXO Grappler AWT


Tools & Equipment Product
Winner
Tire Profiles-TreadSpec
Groove Glove - Mobile Tire Laser Diagnostics
A laser-powered tire-tread depth and alignment measurement instrument utilizing cloud-based software developed by Tire Profiles Inc.
847-979-8043
www.tireprofiles.com
Runner Up: Celette, Naja Evolution 3D Measuring System
Runner Up: Luma III Inc., Aurora


Van/Pickup/Sport-Utility Product
Winner
DECKED
DECKED Pickup Truck Bed Organizer and Storage System
DECKED allows you to get to your gear without having to crawl into the bed. Load the weatherproof drawers up with 200 lbs. each and you can still operate them with only one hand. Made from 100% recycled HDPE with UV-protection additives, co-molded to a steel subframe, DECKED’s true 2,000-lb. deck load rating lets you load it up and get the job done.
208-806-0251
www.decked.com
PN: Model/Year/Bed-length specific
Runner Up: AnzoUSA, L.E.D 5-Function Corner Step OE Replacement
Runner Up: Rampage Products, Portable WIFI Back-Up Camera/Multi-Function Monitor


Wheel and Related Product
Winner
Deluxe Wheel Co.
Wide Whitewall Tire Rim
This is a 20-in. rim that replicates a 15-in. steel wheel with a 2.5-in. section of whitewall tire attached. The customer adds their own hubcaps for the model of car they are building and via mounts to a 20-in. low-profile tire—a nostalgic look of old-school wide whitewalls is created with modern performance.
269-930-4001
www.DeluxeWheels.com
Runner Up: Topline Products, Verde Custom Wheels – V25 – Quantum
Runner Up: Vorsteiner, Vorsteiner Flow Forged V-FF 103

CIMS/TCS Partnership Provides POS Tire Registration

AKRON (Aug 14, 2014) — CIMS Inc. will be partnering with TCS Technologies to use TCS’s Tire Power Software for an interface that will allow dealers to electronically register every tire sold at the point-of-sale (POS), the companies claim. “By TCS now offering POS tire registration, Tire Power software users can complete the tire registration process electronically,” said CIMS President Susan B. Kruder. “They will be fully compliant with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) Tire Identification and Recordkeeping Regulation and provide every customer with the safety protection of being directly notified at the time of recall.” Ms. Kruder said with all the safety recalls attracting attention lately, registering tires is an integral part of the safety recall process because it is the “only realistic way a tire manufacturer or brand owner can directly notify the tire purchaser.” TCS’s partnering with CIMS allows the software company to give its customers “an excellent value-added product and continues to keep us in the forefront of technology solutions for the tire industry,” said TCS President Barry Reese. “Critical services like CIMS help drive business for our Tire Power users, because it lets their customers know they care about their safety.”

Standard Motor Products, Inc. Releases More than 500 New Parts for Intermotor Import Line


New York, N.Y., May 27, 2014 - Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP®) announces the addition of 503 new part numbers to its Intermotor® line of genuine import parts. The Intermotor line expansion features over 220 new switches, including multi-function, combination, windshield wiper, steering wheel audio control, fog lamp, cruise control and more, covering more than 46 million additional vehicles-in-operation (VIO). Intermotor has also added more than 180 sensors, including more than 100 ABS speed sensors, covering an additional 23 million VIO. Also added was significant coverage for clone-able TPMS sensors, brake master cylinder fluid level sensors, turbocharger boost, transmission input and output sensor, vehicle speed and more. Additional key category expansion includes ignition starter switches, ignition lock cylinders, fuel pressure regulators, PCV valves and relays. "We continue to expand our import coverage especially in the high-tech key categories," said Phil Hutchens, Vice President Engine Management Marketing, SMP. "Our commitment is to lead the way in the import marketplace with the highest quality import products and complete coverage, providing our customers with the parts they need to grow their import businesses." All new applications are listed in the eCatalogs found at www.IntermotorImport.com and in electronic catalog providers.
The Intermotor brand offers the finest premium engine management related products including computerized engine controls, ignition and electrical, emission parts, sensors, switches, ignition wire, fuel injection and fuel system components for a broad range of import vehicles. SMP's Intermotor line of genuine import parts is unrivaled for its superior quality, original match and comprehensive coverage. For additional information, contact an SMP sales representative or visit www.IntermotorImport.com.
About SMP:
SMP® supplies independent professional auto technicians and automotive do-it-yourselfers with high quality replacement parts for engine management ignition, emission and fuel systems as well as temperature control products for domestic and import cars and light trucks. SMP products are sold through both traditional and non-traditional distribution channels. For more information, visit www.smpcorp.com.

U.S. ITC Issues Final Determination in Toyo Tire Design Infringement Claim

Orders Prohibit Importation and Sale of Infringing Tires
CYPRESS, CA – Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. and Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. (collectively, “Toyo”) announced today that the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) has issued its final determination against eight remaining respondents in the tire design patent infringement complaint filed by Toyo on September 20, 2013. The ITC issued limited exclusion orders and cease-and-desist orders to prohibit the importation and sale of any infringing tires by these eight respondents. Each was previously found to be in default and in violation of the law. Toyo, which markets and sells tires under the Toyo Tires® and Nitto® brands, has over the years developed and introduced passenger and light truck tires with designs that are both innovative and unique, many of which are protected by design patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Toyo had originally filed complaints before the ITC against 23 manufacturers, exporters, importers, distributors and dealers located in China, Thailand and the U.S. Of the 23 respondents, 15 had earlier agreed to settle the complaint. In addition to the ITC action, Toyo had also filed several companion Federal district court cases, most of which have now been resolved. As part of the settlements, the 15 respondents agreed to cease-and-desist from importing and selling the infringing products, and to promptly dispose of any remaining inventory. Several of the manufacturers agreed to destroy molds used to produce the named products, and some paid an undisclosed cash sum to Toyo. All of the settling respondents also agreed to not manufacture, market or distribute other tires which Toyo believes infringes on its intellectual property rights, but which were not a part of the ITC action.
“Toyo makes considerable investments in developing unique and proprietary tire designs. The designs are well-recognized and well-received in the marketplace, and represent the quality and aesthetic appeal that our customers have come to expect and recognize from our Toyo Tires and Nitto brands.” said Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas’ Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Iori Suzuki. “Toyo appreciates the ITC’s recognition of our design patents, and their enforcement of our intellectual property rights against infringers. We will continue to vigorously defend our patents against infringement.”
About Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc.
Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. ("TTHA") is the wholly-owned North American subsidiary of TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD. of Osaka, Japan. Headquartered in Cypress, California, TTHA and its group companies manufacture, import, sell and distribute Toyo Tires and Nitto brand tires in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Toyo maintains its commitment to innovation, quality, performance, and excellent customer service. Significant and continuous investments are made in its U.S.-based manufacturing facility and support operations in order to produce high-quality tires. The company's tire portfolio covers a broad range of applications, including high-performance racing-inspired tires, rugged off-road tires for light trucks and SUVs, luxury-touring tires, and commercial truck tires.

PlastiKote Introduces New Clear Wheel Paint Top Coat


Chicago, Ill. - April 15, 2015 - Specifically formulated to use over PlastiKote Wheel Paint, new PlastiKote Clear Wheel Paint Top Coat provides extra protection to extend the color durability and life of the paint. “Keeping a vehicle’s wheels looking like new can be a challenge,” said Shelley Potaniec, product manager, aerosols for Valspar. “Our new Clear Wheel Paint Coat is an exciting addition to the PlastiKote family of wheel paint products. It can be used over any of our existing colors or alone for added protection. It is easy to apply, dries fast and extends the color durability of the wheel paint.”
Easy to use, new PlastiKote Clear Wheel Paint Top Coat can be used alone or as to provide an added shield to vehicle surfaces painted with any of the four available PlastiKote Wheel Paint colors: steel (618), semi-gloss black (620), silver argent (621) and charcoal gray metallic (626). PlastiKote Wheel Paint features a durable resin system, and coupled with PlastiKote Clear Wheel Paint Top Coat, provides users with “The Perfect Finish” on wheels, grilles and auto trim as well as motorcycles and bicycles.
For more information on PlastiKote and its products, contact your PlastiKote sales representative, visit www.PlastiKote.com or call 866-222-8714.
About PlastiKote - The Perfect Finish
PlastiKote is a premium line of automotive aerosol paints and coatings that are specially designed for a professional, flawless finish. Since 1923, the PlastiKote brand has been known for leading-edge formulations and solution-specific products that meet demanding or unique requirements, environments or surfaces. As part of the Valspar Corporation, which also includes the House of Kolor brand, PlastiKote benefits from the global footprint and research and development capabilities of one of the world’s leading coating manufacturers. For more information, visit www.PlastiKote.com.