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Facing Page Delta Tech's Bogdan Du- rian's first aftermarket purchase for his 2003 Murano (2009 model pictured) was a roof rack. "In a crossover you want anything that gives you more space, like a rack," he says. Top & Center The U.S. market is not willing to give up the comfort and usefulness of the SUV, says Owens Products' Kathy Knautz, which has led to larger CUVs such as GMC's Terrain and Nissan's Rogue. SUV, which has led to larger CUVs. The CUV owners formerly drove light pickups and SUVs and have the desire to personalize their ride. The automotive aftermarket responded to this growing market segment by creat- ing a plethora of exterior accessories. Ow- ens Products started developing running boards for CUVs in 2007. Other companies manufacture and sell wind deflectors, hood shields, hood scoops, grilles, tube steps and grille guards, mud flaps, lighting, graphics, roof racks, hitches, body restyling kits and chrome dress-up kits for CUVs. Bogdan Durian, Delta Tech Industries, Ontario, Calif.: Actually, I was an owner of one of the first crossovers back in 2003 when the [Nissan] Murano came out — I still have the car. In my mind, it was one of the first experimental crossovers. So, I personally watched the trend coming. This was a trend that really started in Europe, basically. People were looking for the convenience of packing the whole family and the dog into the vehicle, like they did in an SUV. With gas prices trending upward though, there was a need for downsizing, and I think the crossover was the answer. But, in order to accommodate most people you have to make enough room to take all your stuff around, like your camping gear or whatever. That makes having a rack on your roof a necessity. And I have one on Perrycraft's Dan Epting says he suspects that crossovers "will have steps — specifically, step tubes or molded fiberglass steps. Probably more ground effects kits — you know, dress- ing up the bottom edge of the vehicle, making it look more aerodynamic, will be the direction. But, I think you'll see more molded running boards than nerf bars and tube steps. Photo of molded running board on a Toyota Sienna van from ATS. RESTYLINGMAG.COM JANUARY 2012 | RESTYLING 15

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