The aftermarket industry also continues to grow every year with revenues expected to reach $40 billion by the end of 2007.

Tuned and tarted

Ford's crossover sales are staggering this year, 52% over last years and personalizing them is the trend. “CUVs continue to be the fastest-growing vehicle segment in the U.S., and we want to make sure buyers know there will be abundant personalization choices for them,” said Kim Irwin, vehicle personalization and accessory manager.

And abundant it is which is proven by the 9 specialized trucks and crossovers. Ranging from the outrageously over-the-top F-150 by Kdaddyz Kustomz to the more down-to-earth 3dCarbon Ford Expedition.

Personal favourite in this batch of Ford customized cars is the Make-a-Wish 1951 Ford F-series pick-up with supercharged 4.6-liter V-8 which was restored by students of Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor Mich. for Justin Lilley, a young cancer patient.

Nine Customized Ford Crossovers at SEMA