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SEMA PADI: Index Down but Appearance Product Plans Up

In April, the SEMA Performance Parts and Accessories Demand Index (PADI) dropped to an all-time low, going from 30 in March to 26 this month.

Despite Market Downturn, 37% of SEMA Members Report Sales Growth

It’s no secret that specialty-equipment sales declined in 2008 as a result of our economy taking a turn for the worse during the latter half of last year. Despite this market contraction, 37% of SEMA members recently surveyed noted that their company’s sales actually increased in 2008 over 2007.

Consumers Reconsidering Decisions to Purchase New Vehicles

Consumers remain hesitant to make new vehicle purchases. Recent economic instability has not only caused consumers to reconsider these substantial purchases, but has also led them to neglect maintenance.

Top 10 Gadgets and Innovations to Keep Your Eyes On

While computers get smaller, phones become capable of sending email and iPods become personal entertainment centers, one aspect has remained relatively the same: the technology that fascinates us and simplifies our lives has been limited in its use within our vehicles.

1 in 3 Classic Pontiac Owners Plan to Race This Year

The Pontiac GTO (“The Judge”), shown here at the 2008 SEMA Show, was a favorite among performance enthusiasts and remains a classic. Owners of this and other '60s- and '70s-era Pontiacs will race through 2009.

New Crossovers and Small Cars Come to New York Auto Show

The 2009 New York International Auto Show presented several new and refreshed vehicles for consumers to eye their next possible vehicle purchase. Automakers also unveiled some concept and prototype vehicles to test consumers’ reactions and get a sense of whether their latest design efforts would bode well for future buyers. While attending the press days that led up to the show, the unveiling put forth by automakers revealed a continued shift towards small cars and crossovers.

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