Chevrolet has big plans for SEMA 2021.
Like many auto shows, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas was canceled last year. In its place was SEMA360, an online version of the aftermarket show that hosted virtual debuts of some crazy custom builds like the Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept. This year, the SEMA show is returning in its traditional form and will open its doors from November 2-5. Chevrolet is planning to steal the show with over a dozen "personalized, concept and performance-enhanced production cars, trucks and SUVs" at this year's event.
Unfortunately, Chevrolet hasn't announced any further details about the builds we can expect to see at the show, but there's a good chance we'll see some new custom Camaros. At the 2019 show, Chevrolet debuted the 2020 COPO Camaro John Force Edition and a stunning electric 1969 Camaro restomod.
Another highlight was the E-10 Concept, which was based on a 1962 Chevrolet C-10 with an electric powertrain from a Chevrolet Bolt EV. We expect a few custom C8 Corvette Stingray builds will also make an appearance to capitalize on the mid-engine sports car's popularity.
"The SEMA Show has always been an important event for the Chevrolet team to show off our vehicles with our latest accessories and performance parts - including compelling concepts that are sure to spark enthusiasts' imaginations," said Jim Campbell, GM US vice president of Performance and Motorsports. "Our designers are eager to evaluate all the great Chevys at the show and recognize the best with the Chevrolet SEMA Design Awards."
This year's 2021 Chevy SEMA Design Awards have four categories: Chevy SEMA Car of the Year, Chevy SEMA Truck of the Year, Innovative Use of Technology, and Designer's Choice. A concept image released by Chevrolet previews the design of the award that will be given to builders who "showcase outstanding innovation, personalization and performance in their vehicle and product designs."
"It's always inspiring to be at SEMA where we see many of the country's top builders take our Chevy products and turn them into personal statements," said Phil Zak, executive design director at Chevrolet. "The creativity and craftsmanship displayed in these vehicles is outstanding. Chevrolet's SEMA Design Awards are our way to recognize the ingenuity, invested time and passion that these builders have for Chevrolet, and it's a pleasure to award their accomplishments and hear their stories."