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SAE Congress Executive Summary

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SAE Congress Executive SummaryThe Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) was founded in 1905 to address the needs surrounding a new form of transportation: the automobile. Manufacturers were focused on advertising, but the need for patent protection and engineering standards was growing.

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The SEMA/AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH CENTER MPG Challenge 2008

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Record high gasoline prices were realized during the summer of 2008, with serious ramifications for commuters (especially those with long commutes and/or low mpg vehicles like pickup trucks and SUVs), automobile manufacturers, and the overall economy.

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Use of Advanced In-Vehicle Technology by Young and Older Early Adopters

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Adaptive cruise control (ACC) is an in-vehicle convenience feature designed to maintain a set speed and, when applicable, adjust the set speed to maintain a specified distance from a lead vehicle. When following another vehicle, the ACC system will automatically slow down or speed up in responses to changes in the lead vehicle’s speed.

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2008 Trends and Forecasts - Q4 Update

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The specialty-equipment industry took a hit in 2008 as consumers scaled back their purchases—new vehicle sales dropped 35% during the third quarter alone, for example—but depending on the type of consumers analyzed, spending varied significantly.

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2008 SEMA Market Study

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In 2007, retail sales of specialty automotive products reached $38.11 billion. That's an increase of 3.8 percent from 2006, and up 79.8 percent since 1998 when retail sales hit $21.20 billion. That equates to an average annual growth of nearly 8 percent year-over-year for the past 10 years.

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SEMA PADI - April 2009

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In April, the SEMA PADI decreased, going from 30 in March to 26 this month. This month, 7% of adult American drivers indicated that they had plans to purchase specialty-equipment products sometime within the next 3 months.

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List of Auto Parts Targeting to Enter the Chinese Specialty Equipment Market

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Vehicle customization has been growing rapidly in China, industry insiders estimate the Chinese specialty-equipment market is at approximately $12.5-$15 Billion USD. With 1.3 Billion in its population, vehicle sales reaching 93% of the U.S. passenger vehicle sales, according to data provided by JD Power & CAAM in January of 2009. SEMA has developed a new list of trade leads available to SEMA members online at www.sema.org/international. The Chinese government has begun to legalize specialty products for use in China. This is an initial list of approved products.

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SEMA PADI - March 2009

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In March, the SEMA PADI decreased from 43 in February to 30 this month. This month, 8% of adult American drivers indicated that they had plans to purchase specialty-equipment products sometime within the next 3 months.

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2009 Enthusiast Profile - Select Pickup Owners

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2009 Enthusiast Profile Mini Report - Pickup Owners, SEMA Research CenterOff‐roaders, toy haulers and skills tradespersons alike have gravitated toward full‐size pickup trucks for years.  And owners of full‐size pickups are still spending money on performance parts and accessories for their trucks: owners of the Ford F‐Series, Chevrolet Silverado and Dodge Ram each spent, on average, in excess of $2,300 over the last year, according to the la

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