• Toyota PriuSRT8 by American Racing Headers

    The huge annual SEMA show for builders and owners of highly customized cars brings out some truly bizarre creations. Only at SEMA will you see vehicles like the one-of-a-kind PriuSRT8, a Toyota Prius with a gas-guzzling V-8 engine under its hood that effectively turns the hybrid's green credentials on its head. The once gas-sipping hatchback underwent enormous amounts of work to fit a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, sourced from the Dodge Hellcat muscle cars, under its stubby hood. DON'T MISS: Toyota Prius One: stripped-down hybrid added at lower price American Racing Headers carried out the...

  • Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Land Speed Record car, at SEMA 2016
    Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid sets new Land Speed Record

    A Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid recently set a new land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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    Car modifiers find EPA emission rules a useful whipping boy, politically

    Car modifiers continue to push for more lenient emissions rules.

  • 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
    Hybrid Corvette Is Now Real, With 773 Horsepower

    An aftermarket company has built a hybrid Corvette, but will the idea catch on?

  • 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Tech Performance SEMA concept
    Hot-Rod Chevy Spark EV Unveiled For SEMA Performance Show

    The Chevrolet Spark EV Tech Performance concept will make the annual SEMA show a little greener.

  • Supercharged Honda CR-Z concept, 2012 SEMA show
    Honda Presents Supercharged CR-Z Hybrid Hatch At SEMA Show

    There’s been talk of a more powerful Honda CR-Z in the works ever since the hybrid ‘hot’ hatch was first launched. This was mostly because the CR-Z, which was billed as the first sporty hybrid, was neither sporty nor all that fuel efficient. Its official performance specs came in...

  • Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec 2012 SEMA concept

    Today is the opening day for the Specialty Equipment Market Association's (SEMA) main event, which takes place annually in the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event is popular among major automakers and the numerous small firms that cater to the multi-billion dollar aftermarket industry. While the highlight of the show is typically the high-horsepower muscle cars and trucks, smaller cars are starting to gain popularity at SEMA, particularly those from brands like Chevrolet, Fiat and Ford. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the small cars that are making it big at SEMA this...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius
    NASCAR Star Builds Racing Prius In Toyota Charity Challenge

    Think of the high-gas mileage Toyota Prius, and you’re unlikely to make the jump to the high-octane, big-buck world of NASCAR racing. But thanks to the $50,000 charity Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge event being sponsored by Toyota ahead of the 2012 SEMA show, the two worlds will collide...

  • 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid customized by M&J Enterprises in Phillips Ranch, California
    Green Can Be Cool: Customized 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Show Car

    Slowly, ever so slowly, the image of green cars is expanding beyond tiny tin-box hatchbacks and nerdy Toyota Prius hybrids to encompass a broader spectrum of the car scene. Take, for instance, this 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid show car, customized by Jonathan Garcia of M&J Enterprises in Phillips...

  • 2010 SEMA: Honda CR-Z show car live photos
    How Does A 533 HP 2011 Honda CR-Z Sound?

    Really, asking how a 533 HP 2011 Honda CR-Z sounds is a bit of a trick question because before you can answer you have to ask if it is going for economy or speed. Bisimoto’s 2011 Honda CR-Z rocked the SEMA show this year by proving that high horsepower and performance can still have a green...

  • Kia Forte Hybrid Concept
    Kia Teases 2012 Forte Hybrid Concept at SEMA Custom Show

    One of the joys of the huge, splashy, raucous SEMA show in Las Vegas is seeing what manufacturers toss up in the air to show off. Kia brought several customized cars, one of which falls into the green category: a propane-fueled mild hybrid version of its new, and well-received, Forte compact sedan...

  • 2010 SEMA Show: The Squid Scion xB byThe Salty Dogs live photos
    Scion Keeps Its Custom Reputation With Squid Themed xB

    Back in August went out to Las Vegas for a day of fun with the all-new 2011 Scion tC and for those who missed the article, it is a pretty nice ride. Well, imagine that if more news coming off the Vegas strip has Scion and now the 2011 Scion xB. For those of you plugged in to this...

  • Urbee Hybrid

    This week’s 2010 Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas won’t be home to just ridiculously modified muscle cars and pickup trucks, this year’s event will have a few green vehicles out in force. Take the new Urbee Hybrid, a car its makers describe as the world’s first 3D printed auto. Developed by Minneapolis’ Stratasys and Winnipeg engineering group, Kor Ecologic, the Urbee features a body 3D printed with an additive process. All exterior components--including the glass panel prototypes--were created using Dimension 3D Printers and Fortus 3D...

  • Toyota Prius G Sports Concept, 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon
    Toyota in Japan Gets Into The Prius Hybrid Bodykit Business

    The Japanese auto show known as the Tokyo Auto Salon is full of as many customized cars--and just as much weirdness--as its domestic counterpart, the massive SEMA show in Las Vegas. And just as it did at SEMA, with its Aerius and Aemulus customized Prius concepts, Toyota brought a factory custom to...

  • Toyota Prius EV-Mode button kit
    Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Accessories For Your Toyota Prius

    The huge SEMA show, mecca of car modifications from awful to awesome, now attracts even manufacturers, who commission custom versions of production cars in hopes that hotness will rub off on them. Even Toyota showed the Prius Aerius and Aemulus this year. But the real action is in the aftermarket...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius Aerius Aemulus show car, 2009 SEMA show
    Toyota Goes Wild on Custom Prius Models For Charity

    The annual event known as "SEMA" (for Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Assocation) has grown from its simple trade show origins into a global extravaganza bigger than most auto shows. Imagine the hugest Kustom Kar event you can possibly conjure. On steroids. In Vegas. SEMA is now a mandatory stop...

  • Toyota Surfrider Camry Hybrid CNG displayed at 2009 SEMA Show
    Is Toyota Planning To Build a Camry CNG Hybrid?

    If you've followed any of the news coming out of the 2009 SEMA Show, the mecca for modified cars, you may have seen that Toyota's display included a modified version of the Camry CNG Hybrid it showed last fall at the Los Angeles Auto Show.The Toyota Surfrider Camry Hybrid CNG, which pairs the...

  • FVT eVaro Front Quarter
    eVaro Plug-In Hybrid Points North

    A lot has changed since a group of forward thinking Canadians set up shop at SEMA in 2006 to raise money for the electric super car of the future. First off, their company's former moniker, Fuel Vapor Technologies, has been appropriately revised to Future Vehicle Technologies. Secondly, the...

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