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Nearly 25% of all buyers expected at the 2011 SEMA Show will come from more than 100 nations outside the United States.

Registration is strong from buyers from countries and regions around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Scandinavia, the United Arab Emirates, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. SEMA offers a variety of programs and resources to link Show exhibitors with these international distributors and retailers.

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German Court Upholds Consumer Right to Customize

In a closely watched case, a German court has for the second time in two years sided with a consumer who sued for the right to install aftermarket carbon-fiber wheels on his motorcycle. 

June 15 Deadline to Register for Priority Booth Space at SEMA China Business Development Conference

The deadline to register for Priority Booth Space at the SEMA China Business Development Conference is June 15.

Chinese Car Dealers Selling Aftermarket Accessories?

Scott Wood couldn’t have imagined that being named the Time magazine 2010 Dealer of the Year would be his ticket to China, but it was. Wood, who owns Chevrolet and Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealerships in the small town of Batesville, Arkansas, was invited to China to give a presentation to Chinese car dealers on selling accessories in dealerships. Wood sells quite a few Jeep accessories, so he naturally illustrated his presentation with examples of Mopar and aftermarket-branded Jeep accessories.

SEMA News—June 11

Chinese Car Dealers Selling Aftermarket Accessories? 

By Alysha Webb


Two Weeks Left to Participate in Low-Cost Program to Explore Large Emerging Market

U.S. specialty-parts manufacturers have until June 15 to register online at to participate in three days of one-on-one meetings with Chinese buyers and networking events, as well as tour the China International Auto parts Expo (CIAPE). Hotels, meals and an interpreter are included.

For more information, contact Linda Spencer at

Camaro Considered Luxury Sports Car in China; Competitor to Audi A5, BMW 5 Series

As incomes rise in China, so does interest in owning cars that show off financial status. In China, a “musclecar” can do that. There currently isn’t much of a musclecar segment in China. But foreign automakers are betting that they can create one with thorough marketing. And the buyers will be considerably wealthier than your average musclecar customer in the United States

10 Facts About the Russian Car Market You Need to Know

The specialty market in Russia is quite new. According to Fedor Svinin of the Saint Petersburg-based Tuning Inomarka Magazine, the market is only a little more than a decade old, noting that, “we may say that the tuning business started in our country in the late ‘90s.” But as the market comes back from a near standstill due to the drying up of credit and an economic crisis, sales are once again growing rapidly and luxury SUV sales are one of the fastest-growing segments.

More Companies Successfully Selling Overseas—How You Can Fast-Track Export Sales

An often-overlooked resource for SEMA members seeking new overseas markets for their products are export management companies (EMCs). A growing number of SEMA members are already selling their products directly overseas, many with great success. But even a larger number are not fully tapping their export potential.

2011 SEMA Show Exhibitor Summit

May 2 2011 3:30pm - May 4 2011 12:00pm
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas
SEMA is excited to announce that the 2nd annual SEMA Show Exhibitor Summit will be held May 2–4, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

SEMA is excited to announce that the 2nd annual SEMA Show Exhibitor Summit will be held May 2–4, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Cosmopolitan Hotel. The inaugural Summit was a huge success and an exhaustive program of educational sessions has been created to ensure those in attendance will greatly benefit from the event.

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