2021 SEMA Awards Winners Announced, GM Misses Out13
The winners of the 2021 SEMA Awards have been officially announced by the organizers of the annual aftermarket car show.
The SEMA Awards are “a recognition presented to new vehicle models that provide the aftermarket with the best platforms for customization,” and are voted on by SEMA Show exhibitors. Show organizers hand out five awards for five different vehicle segments. These were the winner of this year’s five different categories:
• Car of the Year: Ford Mustang
• Sport Compact of the Year: Toyota Supra
• 4×4/SUV of the Year: Ford Bronco
• Full-size Truck of the Year: Ford F-Series
• Mid-Size Truck of the Year: Toyota Tacoma
Chevy vehicles were announced as finalists in three of the five categories. The Chevy Corvette was up for Car of the Year alongside the Nissan GT-R and Ford Mustang, while the Chevy Silverado was up for Full-size Truck of the Year alongside the Ford F-Series and Ram. The Chevy Tahoe was also up for the 4×4/SUV Award, competing against the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler.
To reiterate, the SEMA Awards are voted on by SEMA Show exhibitors, which typically include custom car builders, aftermarket performance parts suppliers, tire and wheel companies, lubricants companies and more. Exhibitors identify the top three finalists in each category that best showcase their products and accessories, before voting to decide on the segment award winners.
“These vehicles represent today’s most popular models based on their potential for customization,” SEMA said in a statement. “Aftermarket manufacturers are investing in the vehicles for their ability to have upgraded performance, styling, comfort, convenience and safety. The program creates awareness for aftermarket products and highlights the ongoing collaboration between SEMA, automakers and aftermarket manufacturers to bring quality products to market.”
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I wouldn’t say any of those category winners are surprising except for Car of the Year.
Sport Compact, Full Size Truck, & 4×4 winners consist of newly/newish launched products. F-150 with the hybrid set-up is a clear innovation in the segment. Bronco winning 4×4 is fairly obvious, Supra wins sport compact as the 400z isn’t fully out yet.
Tacoma has always dominated the midsize segment and there aren’t any new releases to compete against.
It cause nobody wants to see a stock vehicle with just a lift kit…. or a new grill. People want wild builds in these shows. The only vehicle GM had here that was even worthy was the Silverado Beast, though I am surprised it didn’t win. The suburban street edition is a definite looser.
It didn’t win because the beast isn’t a production vehicle, yet.
Lol… gm’s efforts were lackluster at best. Many mentioned hp as key, technical as another key, and wild build as another key to win.
Wild hp 500 – 600+ in stock ICE vehicles or hybrid versions with the same or more hp is a vote.
gm not doing this = no winners. Lots of bridemaids tho…
Beta males are getting some recognition these days.
Way to go, Mary. Lack of effort?
So one you were like: “I’ve never touched a girl, so I’m gonna call myself a sigma male”.
And your surprised ! No Cadillac which all here seem is so spectacular. GM lost its edge years ago and Yogi’s daughter has done nothing to help. I was a die hard GM guy, not anymore, and enough of the Corvette, that is a small percentage of the market, niece toy not practical.
C8 not practical? You should see how much crap I was able to jam into it after my wife went overboard while on a road trip. Lol!
Ford’s inside and outside displays at SEMA 2021 absolutely ROCK! Ford’s shows and exhibits team went over the top. Ford has stolen the SEMA show this year with Stangs, Broncos, pickups, exhibits. New Bronco is a killer. Stangs are a hit. Ford’s drifting track and drift drivers are amazing. Ford can take their efforts to the bank.
Hello GM, what happened to you? What happened to the Camaro? Where have all your great car guys gone? Is Chevy’s heartbeat on a recusitator?
The Ford exhibit at this years SEMA Show in the Center Hall is stellar. Great lighting, graphics and various models. The Chevrolet display in the center of the Central Hall is OK, nice, meh, but nothing like the pizzazz of the Ford display. The Chevrolet display needed zip like Ford’s. Chevy workers wearing all black clothing, which by the way is the bad ass color of choice, and the ocean of carpet, was kinda like going to a funeral home.
Ford’s display had a constant packed mob. Chevrolet’s display was relatively open. Oh, Chevrolet needs to provide give a way souvenir stickers at their exhibit, just like many of the other exhibitors. Great to take home to the kids, or post in the garage / shop. It’s marketing man. Lee Iococca RIP. The last of the great vehicle marketers.
I have owned 35 Corvettes and a number of exotics, nice toys, not practical. Put your money in an everyday useable comfortable car. Drive your Vette on a 2000 miles trip with just stops for gas and food, tell me how practical that car is, nice, fun for short trips, but not a only car i would ever own vehicle, be honest.
For sure not an only car, but surprisingly comfortable on long drives, and has more useable space than expected.