Ford leads 2018 SEMA Show Awards as Mustang reclaims Car of Year

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Ford took home three SEMA Show Awards on Monday night, including the Car of the Year prize for its Mustang. The show was expected to be loaded with pony cars, including this one customized by RTR. | RTR photo
Ford took home three SEMA Show Awards on Monday night, including the Car of the Year prize for its Mustang. The show was expected to be loaded with pony cars, including this one customized by RTR. | RTR photo

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Ford Motor Company was recognized three times during the annual SEMA Show Awards presented Monday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The company’s Focus, F-Series and Mustang took home the prizes for Sport Compact of the Year, Truck of the Year and the coveted Car of the Year, respectively.

“We are honored that SEMA Show exhibitors have bestowed Ford with these prestigious awards,” Hermann Salenbauch, the global director of Ford Performance, said in a news release. “We make a point of embracing the aftermarket and appreciate this endorsement from the SEMA community as we strive to keep our best-selling nameplates among the most customized vehicles around the world.”

The Car of the Year award was the fourth time the honor was bestowed on the Mustang. A slew of pony cars customized by the likes of Roush, RTR and others were expected to be scattered around the show floor for the four-day show.

It was the eighth Truck of the Year nod for the F-Series and the fourth Sport Compact of the Year award for the Focus.

SEMA handed out two other awards at the announcement. The Jeep Wrangler was named the 4×4/SUV of the Year and the Polaris RZR Turbo S was bestowed with the inaugural Powersports Vehicle of the Year honors.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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