The SEMA Show is held each year in Las Vegas to bring the automotive aftermarket together in place, creating one of the most incredible trade shows that you will ever experience. While automakers play a relatively small role in the grand scheme of things at SEMA, the FCA is well-represented, both in the official Mopar display and across the sprawling show floor in the booths of other companies.
Over the past few years, the American auto industry has seen a sharp decline in car sales while trucks and sport utility vehicles have become more popular. This trend was evident even at SEMA, with more attention being paid to larger vehicles. Mind you, there were still plenty of classic and modern performance cars from American and foreign brands, but compared to the SEMA Show floor a decade ago, there are far more trucks and SUVs on display.
Fortunately, a shift to trucks and SUVs isn’t a problem for Mopar, as the Ram truck is well represented each year, but the Jeep Wrangler is the bigger story. Each and every year that the award for the Hottest SUV at SEMA has been announced, the Wrangler has taken home the title and 2019 was no exception. Based on the popularity of the new Gladiator, we were surprised to see that a Jeep didn’t take the title for Hottest Truck as well, but even without that award, FCA-built trucks were plentiful.
Of course, aside from the many Jeeps and Ram trucks scattered across the massive Las Vegas Convention Center, there was an impressive spread of Mopar muscle. The modern Dodge Challenger is the most popular Mopar muscle car in attendance, being joined by a few classic Challengers and Cudas. Surprisingly, the Dodge Charger wasn’t all that well represented this year, as Mopar held off on showcasing the new widebody car, but there were a few stunning classic Chargers and a few modern sport sedans in the outside portion of the show.
Some of the most unique Mopars in attendance, cars which you just won’t find from other manufacturers, include a 1,500-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Charger SRT Hellcat with a custom carbon fiber widebody kit, a Rampage pickup-car with a 392 Hemi in the bed and the twin turbocharged Oracle drift Viper. Another very unique Mopar at SEMA was the Hellcat-powered Christine replica ’58 Fury built by Graveyard Carz featuring an A41 4-Speed Automatic transmission from our good friends at Silver Sport Transmissions.
As you can see in the pictures here, SEMA focuses on every aspect of the automotive world, from lowriders to drag cars to rock climbers to insane street sleepers. There were more Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros than Dodge Challengers and Chargers on display, but when you factor in the Jeep and Ram brands, Ma Mopar has a more diverse offering for spectators than does any other automaker involved with SEMA.