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SEMA 2012: Day One News and Notes

 

Odds and ends from a busy first day of SEMA 2012:

Toyota Crowns Dream Build Challenge Winner, Unveils Avalon Concepts

Kyle Busch won the Toyota Dream Build Challenge with his “Rowdy Edition” 2012 Toyota Camry SE, beating entries by fellow professional racers Alexis DeJoria, Clint Bowyer, and Antron Brown. Busch’s dream build features a custom-made body kit, front and rear “belly” pans, DSE-designed and made front air splitter and rear diffuser, a dual exhaust system and red and black bucket seats lifted from the Lexus IS F. With the win, Busch earns $50,000 for his favorite charity.

Toyota also unveiled three sporty Avalon concept cars, including TRD, DUB (above), and hybrid editions.

Kia Motorsports Teams with DC Entertainment on Concept Cars

Kia teamed up with DC Entertainment to create five Justice League-inspired concepts. The five vehicles currently on display at Kia are the Optima, Rio, Soul, Forte Koup, and Forte hatch. Each one takes on a different persona—either Batman, The Flash, Aquaman, The Green Lantern, or Cyborg. Check back soon for photos.

SEMA Award Winners Announced

This year’s SEMA Award for the top trending vehicle models in four categories were announced today at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Ford Mustang was named Hottest Car, the Scion FR-S took the Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler received the Hottest 4×4-SUV award.

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