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Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham working on a SEMA project with Mopar

Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is currently working on a project with the folks from Chrysler’s Mopar division to customize a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a series of YouTube videos chronicling the build – and the debut of this unique Challenger named Project Ultraviolet is set for the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The Tanner Foust Ford Focus ST

The Ford Focus ST to be well represented at SEMA 2012

Ford Motor Company has just issued a new group of artwork designed to preview the cars that will fill their booth at the 2012 SEMA Show with the latest batch focusing on the new high performance Ford Focus ST – including unique renditions of the sporty 5-door hatch from names like Cosworth, Steeda, Galpin Auto Sports and Tanner Foust.
The 2002 Enzo Ferrari

Enzo-heir Ferrari F70 hybrid hypercar to debut in Detroit

When the Ferrari F70 arrives, it will serve as the technical successor to the famed Enzo Ferrari while also being the most powerful road car ever built by the Italian automaker and while many expected that it would make its global, public debut in Europe – Ferrari has confirmed that the new hybrid hypercar will formally be unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Urban Ram

The Mopar Urban Ram could be a SEMA preview of the Ram SRT8

Among the Mopar artwork released last week was a shot of a 2013 Ram with a blue driver’s stripe that I speculated could be a hint as to the next Mopar branded vehicle but after seeing this sporty truck in person at the Mopar headquarters today – the black and blue ‘Urban Ram’ is more likely to be a hint to a future SRT pickup.
A collage of artwork teasing the 2013 Fusion sedans coming to SEMA

Ford SEMA Preview: the 2013 Fusion all dressed up looking mean and lean

Each year, the good people at Ford Motor Company put together a SEMA Show display that is easily among the best and with more of that excellence expected for 2012 – Ford has offered up their first round of SEMA artwork “teasers” with this first group focusing on the new 2013 Fusion sedan.
The 2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet

The 2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet debuts in Paris, coming to the US 2013 Q1

Audi dropped the details on their newest droptop high performance model back in early September but among the public debuts at the ongoing 2012 Paris Motor Show is the 2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet – including performance figures, fuel economy numbers and the first official pricing for the new topless midsized 2-door.
The 2013 Chevrolet Spark

The European 2013 Chevrolet Spark debuts in Paris with a familiar design

While the majority of the news coming from the 2012 Paris Motor Show this week relates to European automakers, the American automakers are well represented at the French auto show including the 2013 Chevrolet Spark for the European market that sports a similar look to the tiny Spark subcompact available in the USA.
The 2012 Toyota GT86 TRD

The 2012 Toyota GT86 TRD debuts new accessories in Paris

The 2012 Paris Motor Show brought about the introduction of the Subaru BRZ XT Line Concept and not to be outdone, Toyota brought out their own tuned up version of the joint venture rear drive sports coupe but unlike the Subaru, the GT86 TRD on display in Paris is fitted entirely with goodies that will be available via the European Toyota Racing Development catalog.
The first drawing of the 1949 Chevrolet MagnaFlow Revolver pickup

1949 Chevrolet MagnaFlow Revolver SEMA truck teased on a napkin

The exhaust experts at MagnaFlow have positioned themselves as one of the star features on the floor of the SEMA Show over the past few years and 2012 should be no different as they will unveil their 1949 Chevrolet pickup built on conjunction with design superstar Chip Foose sporting a unique exhaust system that earned this truck the name Revolver.
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept

Porsche Sport Turismo Concept styling, hybrid system coming to production models

Last week we introduced you to the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept, a wagon version of the popular Panamera hatchback that featured unique front and rear styling along with a revamped hybrid drivetrain with plug-in capabilities – with both the styling cues and that new plug-in hybrid system slated to arrive on production Porsche vehicles in the near future.
The ICON 1965 Dodge D200

ICON bringing 1965 Dodge pickup to SEMA 2012

California based custom four wheeler builder ICON is best known for their work with the ICON Bronco that has graced the pages of pretty much every online publication in the US over the past few years but at the 2012 SEMA Show, ICON will showcase their mastery of all things intended for off-roading with their take on a classic 1965 Dodge pickup.
The Maserati Levante

Jeep-based Maserati SUV introduced as the Levante in Paris

The 2012 Paris Motor Show has introduced the European auto show crowd to the Maserati sport utility vehicle based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee that made its “production form” debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show but the ute on display right now has shed the awkward Kubang name used in Detroit – instead turning to the new name of the Maserati Levante.
The 2013 Dodge Dart modded up by Mopar for SEMA

Chrysler teases a handful of their 2012 SEMA Show vehicles

The Chrysler Group routinely has one of the largest and most engaging displays at the SEMA Show each year and with under a month left until the huge automotive convention begins at the Las Vegas Convention Center – the folks from the Mopar division have offered up a very brief glimpse at five of the vehicles that will be in the massive Mopar display.
The 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera Edizione Tecnica

The 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo debuts at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

The Lamborghini Gallardo is expected to laid to rest with the 2014 model year as a new “entry level” Lambo (possibly called the Cabrera) meets the world but that doesn’t mean that the Italian supercar builder is giving up on the current Gallardo – with a lightly refreshed lineup for the 2013 model year on display now at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
The Cosworth Genesis Racing Series Coupe

Hyundai SEMA teaser #2 previews the Cosworth Genesis Racing Series Coupe

Hyundai’s decision to pull out of North American motorsports isnt going to prevent the Korean automaker from putting together an impressive display at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas with the newest teaser offering us a look at the Cosworth Genesis Racing Series Coupe – the second tuned up Gen Coupe to be previewed ahead of the big show.
The ARK Performance Hyundai Genesis R-Spec Coupe super tuner track edition

Hyundai first to tease SEMA 2012 with the ARK Performance Genesis Coupe

The start of the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas is 36 days away and Hyundai has struck as being the first automaker to tease one of their special 1-off SEMA Show builds with a first look at the 2013 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 R-Spec modified by ARK Performance to pack almost 400 horsepower and an aggressive, unique look.
The new McLaren P1 supercar

The new McLaren P1 supercar debuts ahead of the Paris Motor Show debut

We have known for some time that McLaren would use the 2012 Paris Motor Show to debut a next generation supercar and yesterday, images and early information on the McLaren P1 supercar hit the internet with the full information likely to arrive when the car debuts later this month in Paris.

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