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Market Report—Increased Gas Prices Fuel Compact-Performance Comeback

While the current sales are far from the boom of the late ’90s and early 2000s, the compact-performance segment continues to show a slow climb of consistent growth over the past few years.

Why the Classic Hot-Rod Market Is Trending Now

Virtually synonymous with the earliest days of the automotive specialty-equipment industry, hot rodding never seems to grow old. In fact, the market segment has remained incredibly resilient, even in the face of the recently bumpy economy.

UPS Survey Unveils Automotive Aftermarket Online Consumer Preferences

A new study, "UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper for Automotive Parts & Accessories Buyers," highlights new findings about online consumers that can help automotive aftermarket suppliers compete more effectively.

New Research Available for SEMA Members

Knowledge can be the difference between you and your competition. The SEMA Market Research team works hard to provide you with the information needed to maintain a prosperous business. A variety of market research reports are available to SEMA members, most at no charge.

Street Performance Sales Driving Specialty-Equipment Growth

Did you know that street performance is the largest specialty-equipment market niche? Performance parts and accessories for sports cars and musclecars have shown the most sales growth over the last few years.

Examining Specialty-Equipment and Automotive Market Trends

The search for marketplace information is never-ending. As the economy fluctuates, new technologies emerge and changing tastes shape sales, savvy industry professionals constantly look for indicators that will aid them in making business decisions based on more than mere supposition. While no one can accurately and consistently predict the course of things, knowing which way we’re going can confirm whether we’re facing a sunset or the dawn.

Car Care Pros Reformulate Their Approach to Modern Finishes

Anyone who has ever walked into a retail store knows that the number of car-care options available can be overwhelming, even to the most hardcore car guy.

Insuring Your Specialty Vehicle—The Basics and More

Whether they be OEM “dollar vehicles” or shop display cars, the aftermarket loves to promote itself through project builds and other collectible autos.

New Research Shows $31 Billion in Automotive Parts, Accessory Sales

Sales of automotive specialty-equipment products continue to climb, with sales in 2012 reaching $31 billion, according to the 2013 SEMA Annual Market Report. The figure represents a 4% increase over the previous year, and marks the third consecutive year of growth.

Emerging Trend: How Increasing Amounts of Ethanol at the Pump Can Affect You

If you haven’t noticed by now, most gasoline sold in the United States now contains ethanol. In fact, more than 90% of all gasoline contains up to 10% ethanol. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated that ethanol usage in fuel increase from nine billion gallons per year in 2008 to just less than 14 billion gallons in 2013.
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