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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?

SPACE STILL AVAILABLE FOR ACCESSORIES DISPLAY AT AUTOMECHANIKA FRANKFURT

Reserve space at the upcoming Automechanika Frankfurt show taking place September 16–21 in Frankfurt, Germany. A few booths are still available in the accessories hall 4.1.

For more information, contact Shannon Hebert at Shannon.Hebert@USA.MesseFrankfurt.com.

SEMA members interested in displaying a project vehicle at the show should contact Linda Spencer at 202/783-4032.

SELL YOUR NISSAN, TOYOTA AND FORD TRUCK PRODUCTS IN EUROPE—HERE'S HOW

The Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi L200, Toyota Hilux, Fiat Strada and Ford Ranger are among the top-selling pickups in key European markets. More information, including the numbers of pickups sold per country and the top-selling models in eight European countries are available at www.sema.org/international.

SPECIALTY-EQUIPMENT SALES ON THE RISE IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Distributors, specialty automotive media and other members of industry recently met in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), at the Automechanika Middle East Show to foster the growing customization market in the UAE and the five other nations comprising the Gulf Coast region (Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman).

SEMA Vice President of Communications and Events Peter MacGillivray provided the audience an overview of the United States specialty market, as well as SEMA-crafted model legislation used to foster an open market for specialty products. 

INDIAN GOVERNMENT MAPS OUT GROWTH OF THE AUTOMOTIVE AND AUTO PARTS SECTOR

The Indian government, recognizing the automotive sector as a key area of growth, has developed a comprehensive plan for industry growth. The vision as outlined is "to emerge as the destination of choice in the world for design and manufacture of automobiles and auto components with output reaching a level of $145 billion (USD), accounting for more than 10% of the GDP, and providing additional employment to 25 million people by 2016."    

INDIAN COMPANY SEEKS SEMA-MEMBER COMPANIES FOR IMPORT ARRANGEMENT

An India-based company with plans for significant growth in the auto (passenger car) service sector is looking for aftermarket accessories for its retail site. SEMA members with a product portfolio matching the criteria below are encouraged to respond:

EXPORTING TRUCK PARTS? CLICK HERE FOR THE BEST SELLERS IN TOP MARKETS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES

Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Thailand are the top markets for pickups outside the United States, with sales of these light trucks making up between 7%–20% of the overall passenger vehicle markets. In Thailand, where more than 158,000 Hilux Vigo’s were sold, pickups make up 65% of all car and light-truck sales. In Australia, the best-selling pickup was the Toyota Hilux. Other best sellers are the Ford F-Series in Canada, the Fiat Strada in Brazil and the Nissan pickup in Mexico.

FREE INFORMATION ONLINE ABOUT NEW EUROPEAN CHEMICAL LEGISLATION

New European legislation on the use of chemicals, known as REACH—an abbreviation of Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals—calls for the registration of approximately 30,000 existing chemicals by manufacturer or user of any of the 30,000 chemicals in products sold in Europe. Pre-registration of existing substances began June 1, 2008, and must be completed by December 1, 2008.

CHINESE ENTHUSIASTS MAKE "ILLEGAL" PAINT JOBS THE HOTTEST TREND AT HOME

On the cover of the China Market Report (www.sema.org/international) is a photo of a Chrysler 300C with a fireball flame custom paint job on the hood and fenders. This picture was taken at the 2007 edition of the China International Automotive Aftermarket Industry Show, aka CIAAI, and it was the only car at the show that had this kind of custom paint.

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