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"MAKING GREEN COOL ZONE" TO DEBUT AT THE 2008 SEMA SHOW

In recognition of the specialty-equipment industry’s commitment to advancing green vehicle products and solutions, SEMA today announced plans to dedicate an exhibit at this year’s SEMA Show to showcase those companies whose creativity and innovation in the development, deployment and marketing of the green technologies prove that being environmentally friendly can also be cool. The Making Green Cool Zone will be featured inside the South Hall (upper level) at the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 4–7, 2008.

MOST BULL BARS NOW BANNED IN GERMANY

The German government has amended the German Road Traffic Admission Regulation (StVZO), effective June 1, 2008, to ban all non-approved metal bull bars. Thus, Germany is bringing its laws into compliance with the European Union regulations (Directive 2005/66/EC), which mandates that only those products which can pass extensive pedestrian-protection tests are allowed. All 27 members of the European Union are required to implement these restrictions, though Germany, the largest market in Europe, has until this point not done so. 

ALL-NEW HONDA FIT MEASURING SESSION—TAKE THE TAPE TO THIS POPULAR SUBCOMPACT



Attention SEMA manufacturing members! American Honda and SEMA are hosting a Measuring Session for the 2009 Honda Fit. Honda has redesigned its popular five-door subcompact and bumped output to 117 hp from the 1.5L single-cam iVTEC engine. With the current Fit getting an EPA-estimated 31 mpg (highway) and offering a versatile interior, it has become a popular choice with those looking for good fuel economy and a unique cargo hauler.

SEMA SHOW EXHIBITORS—NOW UPDATE YOUR SHOW DIRECTORY LISTINGS ONLINE

Exhibitors of the 2008 SEMA Show are invited to update their company’s listing online for the 2008 SEMA Show Directory. Each exhibitor’s Show contact was previously sent an e-mail with a password to access their company’s listing. For more information or assistance, contact Marel Del Rio at mareld@sema.org.

SEMA TO SHOWCASE INDUSTRY IN EMERGING CHINESE CONSUMER MARKET


SEMA Chairman Jim Cozzie presents at an industry forum in conjunction with the 2007 CIAPE event.

OEMs PIN HOPES ON SMALL CARS BUT STILL KEEP FAITH IN TRUCKS

Ford is going small and Honda is thinking big. Perhaps no duality better illustrates the state of the American automobile industry, as auto executives gathered last week at the Management Briefing Seminars, hosted by the Center for Automotive Research in Traverse City, Michigan, to discuss a market changing faster than anyone expected.

PRO COUNCIL DEVELOPS RESTYLING BUSINESS GUIDEBOOK

The Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) offers a new business manual to deliver innovative and practical solutions to improve restyling businesses.

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