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68 COUNTRIES WITH RIGHT-HAND DRIVE

What do Australia, Hong Kong, Kenya, Singapore, Japan and the United Kingdom all have in common? They are one of 68 countries with right-hand drive vehicles.

The full list:

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE EXPORT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Commercial News USA, the U.S. Department of Commerce publication, is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Exporter of the Year awards. The ThinkGlobal/Commercial News USA Exporter of the Year awards are given to one U.S. company in each of 14 industry categories. An Overall Exporter of the Year winner is also selected.

RUSSIA OUTPACING GERMANY AS EUROPEAN CONTINENT'S LARGEST CAR MARKET

In the first half of 2008, Russia for the first time displaced Germany to become the largest car market in Europe, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Russian new-car registrations hit 1.64 million during the first half of 2008, compared with 1.63 million cars in Germany.

RENAULT/NISSAN SEEKS SUPPLIERS—CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

The U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service Global Automotive Team has organized a webinar for U.S. suppliers interested in supplying Renault/Nissan. The automaker plans to open a plant in Tangiers, Morocco, in 2010, which will have the capacity to produce 400,000 vehicles per year.

For more details, click on www.buyusa.gov/auto/supply_to_renault_nissan.html.

TOP 15 FACTS ABOUT THE CHINESE MARKET


SEMA has compiled a list of 15 facts about the Chinese market:

GET YOUR FREE LISTING IN THE 2008–2009 SEMA INTERNATIONAL BUYERS GUIDE

All SEMA Show exhibitors and member companies are invited to be included in the 2008–2009 SEMA International Buyers Guide (IBG), an exclusive and comprehensive directory of companies involved in overseas sales.

WHEELS, SUSPENSION AND EXHAUST SYSTEMS ARE TOP-SELLERS IN ARGENTINA

Wheels, suspension and exhaust systems are among the top specialty-equipment products sold in Argentina, according to a brief report recently issued by the U.S. Embassy in Argentina.

CHINESE ENTHUSIASTS PAY FOR THE QUALITY, PRESTIGE OF IMPORTED WHEELS

In the United States, aftermarket wheels and tires are the most common form of car and light-truck customization. Research indicates that this is due to the ease of purchase and fitment, as well as the immediate effect on the vehicle's appearance. The market for wheels is big in other areas of the world, too: Europe, Mexico, South America, Australia and Japan. Many of the wheels sold in these countries are wholly or partly sourced from China. But what is the market for international wheel brands in the Middle Kingdom itself?

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