The Truth About Cars » SEMA http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 18:00:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 EPA Ends Bid to Further Justify Itself http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/epa-ends-bid-justify/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/epa-ends-bid-justify/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 23:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1325682 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is dropping proposed policy language that would have done, well, nothing. That’s right, and it would have made a great Seinfeld story line: faceless bumbling government agency seeks to reframe public debate with a redundant, unenforceable, and unnecessary policy revision only to meet unanticipated wrath from industry and enthusiasts, forcing it to […]

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is dropping proposed policy language that would have done, well, nothing. That’s right, and it would have made a great Seinfeld story line: faceless bumbling government agency seeks to reframe public debate with a redundant, unenforceable, and unnecessary policy revision only to meet unanticipated wrath from industry and enthusiasts, forcing it to […]

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Showdown Over EPA Racecar Regulations Begins in Congress http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/showdown-over-epa-racecar-regulations-begins-in-congress/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/showdown-over-epa-racecar-regulations-begins-in-congress/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:18:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1305497 Is it curtains for modified street cars on the racetrack, or will a compromise save the day? The first meeting of a congressional committee tasked with deciding the fate of drivers who race modified street vehicles took place on March 15, and a glimmer of hope emerged, according to Jalopnik. Earlier this month, a bipartisan […]

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Is it curtains for modified street cars on the racetrack, or will a compromise save the day? The first meeting of a congressional committee tasked with deciding the fate of drivers who race modified street vehicles took place on March 15, and a glimmer of hope emerged, according to Jalopnik. Earlier this month, a bipartisan […]

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Bipartisan Bill Aims to Kill EPA Racecar Regulation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/bipartisan-bill-aims-kill-epa-racecar-regulation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/bipartisan-bill-aims-kill-epa-racecar-regulation/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 19:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1299721 Attention, racecar enthusiasts: Your Congressional representatives are looking out for you! Normally, this phrase would be met with suspicion and outright fear, but for those fighting the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulation on racecar conversions, it’s the best news they’ve had in weeks. A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress would protect the track-only use of […]

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Attention, racecar enthusiasts: Your Congressional representatives are looking out for you! Normally, this phrase would be met with suspicion and outright fear, but for those fighting the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulation on racecar conversions, it’s the best news they’ve had in weeks. A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress would protect the track-only use of […]

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Mission Inaction: EPA, Volkswagen, and Your Racecar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/mission-inaction-epa-volkswagen-racecar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/mission-inaction-epa-volkswagen-racecar/#comments Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1291241 The temperature was already well above average on Friday, September 18 when the Environmental Protection Agency issued Volkswagen a steaming-hot Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act. The seriousness and accuracy of the allegations are now well known. Emitting up to 40 times the allowable limit of nitrogen oxides is no small infraction, particularly […]

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The temperature was already well above average on Friday, September 18 when the Environmental Protection Agency issued Volkswagen a steaming-hot Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act. The seriousness and accuracy of the allegations are now well known. Emitting up to 40 times the allowable limit of nitrogen oxides is no small infraction, particularly […]

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SEMA Gives Motor Trend Titty Twister, Evans Cries Uncle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/sema-gives-motor-trend-titty-twister-evans-cries-uncle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/sema-gives-motor-trend-titty-twister-evans-cries-uncle/#comments Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:29:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1284746 It seems Jalopnik got to this before us. It appears Motor Trend‘s Scott Evans had a long, awkward meeting with his editors and those who control Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) member pursestrings about what constitutes fair coverage regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule clarifications. From Motor Trend: The EPA is not coming for your racecar. The EPA […]

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It seems Jalopnik got to this before us. It appears Motor Trend‘s Scott Evans had a long, awkward meeting with his editors and those who control Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) member pursestrings about what constitutes fair coverage regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule clarifications. From Motor Trend: The EPA is not coming for your racecar. The EPA […]

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Motor Trend Hits SEMA Hard — Then Changes Its Mind http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/motor-trend-hits-sema-hard-changes-mind/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/motor-trend-hits-sema-hard-changes-mind/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1284002 If you’re reading this, chances are that you have little to no familiarity with Motor Trend. The audience here at The Truth About Cars, as we all know, is a superbly well-educated and successful group of detail-oriented people from all parts of the (autism) spectrum. The readers of MT, on the other hand, are almost […]

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If you’re reading this, chances are that you have little to no familiarity with Motor Trend. The audience here at The Truth About Cars, as we all know, is a superbly well-educated and successful group of detail-oriented people from all parts of the (autism) spectrum. The readers of MT, on the other hand, are almost […]

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This Is the New Honda Ridgeline, Kinda http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/new-honda-ridgeline-kinda/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/new-honda-ridgeline-kinda/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2015 20:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1210921 Have you recently wondered, “What would the face of the redesigned Civic look like plastered on a desert-ready racing truck?” Honda has your number. This is the new Ridgeline. Except it’s not. The Japanese automaker announced its return to the Baja 1000 at SEMA on Tuesday and revealed the machine that will carry HPD’s HR35TT race engine — a 550 […]

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Have you recently wondered, “What would the face of the redesigned Civic look like plastered on a desert-ready racing truck?” Honda has your number. This is the new Ridgeline. Except it’s not. The Japanese automaker announced its return to the Baja 1000 at SEMA on Tuesday and revealed the machine that will carry HPD’s HR35TT race engine — a 550 […]

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Let There Be Light: Mazda Shows Specialty MX5s at SEMA Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/let-light-mazda-shows-specialty-mx5s-sema-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/let-light-mazda-shows-specialty-mx5s-sema-show/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:30:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1207857 Mazda will show two different concepts of its lightweight convertible next month at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas. The first, a Speedster concept of the MX-5 Miata is a lightweight version of the two-door, two-seater that, among other things, dumps the windshield in favor of a deflector and hopefully looks like a damn Bocar XP-5. The […]

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Mazda will show two different concepts of its lightweight convertible next month at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas. The first, a Speedster concept of the MX-5 Miata is a lightweight version of the two-door, two-seater that, among other things, dumps the windshield in favor of a deflector and hopefully looks like a damn Bocar XP-5. The […]

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We Can’t Rent This Camry, But Maybe We Can Track It http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/cant-rent-camry-maybe-can-track/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/cant-rent-camry-maybe-can-track/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:48:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=940617 TTAC’s authorial corps have been the lone contrarian element in their praise for the Toyota Camry – but not even Jack Baruth could have imagined a Camry XSE like the one that debuted at the SEMA show. The “Camry” seen here is little more than a tube-framed dragster with the V8 engine and driveline out […]

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TTAC’s authorial corps have been the lone contrarian element in their praise for the Toyota Camry – but not even Jack Baruth could have imagined a Camry XSE like the one that debuted at the SEMA show. The “Camry” seen here is little more than a tube-framed dragster with the V8 engine and driveline out […]

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We’re Sending Someone to PRI. What Do You Want To Know? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/were-sending-someone-to-pri-what-do-you-want-to-know/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/were-sending-someone-to-pri-what-do-you-want-to-know/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:30:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=677002 While TTAC typically covers at least three of the major US auto shows and a couple foreign ones, usually by proxy in the latter cases, we have never formally sent anyone to SEMA or PRI. This is changing for 2013, courtesy of NASA racer and Great Lakes Region Instructor Of The Year, Melissa Davis, who […]

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While TTAC typically covers at least three of the major US auto shows and a couple foreign ones, usually by proxy in the latter cases, we have never formally sent anyone to SEMA or PRI. This is changing for 2013, courtesy of NASA racer and Great Lakes Region Instructor Of The Year, Melissa Davis, who […]

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TTAC Author Gets Schooled: Tries Again http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/ttac-author-gets-schooled-tries-again/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/ttac-author-gets-schooled-tries-again/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:47:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=651306 Earlier this week I wrote a little article about the SEMA show and those weird little auto add-ons that so many people choose to stick all over their otherwise decent looking rides. In it, I contrasted performance add-ons with “auto accessories” and tried to poke a little fun at those plastic chrome doo-dads and the […]

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Earlier this week I wrote a little article about the SEMA show and those weird little auto add-ons that so many people choose to stick all over their otherwise decent looking rides. In it, I contrasted performance add-ons with “auto accessories” and tried to poke a little fun at those plastic chrome doo-dads and the […]

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Plain Jane to Bling Queen Courtesy of SEMA and the Miracle of Plastic Chrome http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/plain-jane-to-bling-queen-courtesy-of-sema-and-the-miracle-of-plastic-chrome/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/plain-jane-to-bling-queen-courtesy-of-sema-and-the-miracle-of-plastic-chrome/#comments Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:29:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=649130 I hear the SEMA show was last week. You know the SEMA show, right? It’s that important aftermarket manufacturers’ show held each autumn in Las Vegas where various companies try to pitch their products to customizers and retailers. Like all good automotive trade shows, SEMA features hundreds of companies and dozens upon dozens of custom […]

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I hear the SEMA show was last week. You know the SEMA show, right? It’s that important aftermarket manufacturers’ show held each autumn in Las Vegas where various companies try to pitch their products to customizers and retailers. Like all good automotive trade shows, SEMA features hundreds of companies and dozens upon dozens of custom […]

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Toyota’s Retro FJ Cruiser to Become History in 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/toyotas-retro-fj-cruiser-to-become-history-in-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/toyotas-retro-fj-cruiser-to-become-history-in-2014/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=644650 With every mountain climbed, every river crossed, and every supermarket parking lot conquered since its showroom debut in 2006, the Toyota FJ Cruiser prepares to retire to the countryside in 2014. The retromodern SUV — based upon the bones of the venerable Land Cruiser and the looks of the FJ40 — took one final bow […]

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With every mountain climbed, every river crossed, and every supermarket parking lot conquered since its showroom debut in 2006, the Toyota FJ Cruiser prepares to retire to the countryside in 2014. The retromodern SUV — based upon the bones of the venerable Land Cruiser and the looks of the FJ40 — took one final bow […]

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Stillen Will Sell Scion FR-S Body Kit Designed By Contest Winner – Should GM Bring Back the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/stillen-will-sell-scion-fr-s-body-kit-designed-by-contest-winner-should-gm-bring-back-the-fisher-body-craftsmans-guild/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/stillen-will-sell-scion-fr-s-body-kit-designed-by-contest-winner-should-gm-bring-back-the-fisher-body-craftsmans-guild/#comments Sun, 22 Jul 2012 16:27:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453590 Former Nissan racer Steve Millen’s aftermarket performance company Stillen is running a contest involving Facebook. Amateur designers can style the company’s body kit that will accompany Stillen’s performance toys for the Scion FR-S. The winner will get to attend SEMA this November, when the body kit will have its first public display. When I saw […]

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Former Nissan racer Steve Millen’s aftermarket performance company Stillen is running a contest involving Facebook. Amateur designers can style the company’s body kit that will accompany Stillen’s performance toys for the Scion FR-S. The winner will get to attend SEMA this November, when the body kit will have its first public display. When I saw […]

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More Sexist Car-Related Claptrap. Have They No Shame? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/more-sexist-car-related-claptrap-have-they-no-shame/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/more-sexist-car-related-claptrap-have-they-no-shame/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2009 18:45:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=333712 Sexy+Training-+Auto+Supermarket+Hot+Parts+Video+(E Sex sells. Or does it? I’ve long argued that sex actually gets in the way of selling cars. Who can think about cars when they’re thinking about sex? Sure, the blog posts on The Babes of SEMEN—I mean SEMA get eight billion hits. But so what? Does a pretty face and a pneumatic chest […]

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Sexy+Training-+Auto+Supermarket+Hot+Parts+Video+(E Sex sells. Or does it? I’ve long argued that sex actually gets in the way of selling cars. Who can think about cars when they’re thinking about sex? Sure, the blog posts on The Babes of SEMEN—I mean SEMA get eight billion hits. But so what? Does a pretty face and a pneumatic chest […]

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