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SEMA Members Celebrate Fourth Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day

On July 12, 2013, SEMA-member companies joined with SEMA staff and thousands of enthusiasts to celebrate the fourth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). Official events were held in the United States, Canada and Australia to commemorate the day, designated by a SEMA-requested U.S. Senate resolution. Sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the U.S. Senate resolution recognized “that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.” Lawmakers in states, provinces, counties and cities have followed the Senate’s lead by adopting their own resolutions. This year’s participants included: Michigan; New Mexico; New York; Manitoba, Canada; Nova Scotia, Canada; Las Vegas, Nevada; Madera County, California; York County, Virginia; and Washington Parish, Louisiana.

SEMA News—October 2013

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By Colby Martin

Information for New Exhibitors at the 2013 SEMA Show

Take Advantage of the Programs, Promotions and ToolsThe SEMA Show is the world’s most valuable automotive specialty-equipment trade show. More than 2,100 companies have already secured space for the 2013 event, including more than 415 first-time exhibitors. And while the information provided here is particularly urgent for those who are new to the SEMA Show, it is also must-know content for all exhibiting manufacturers. More than 130,000 industry professionals are expected at the Show, which is open only to those individuals who are employed in the automotive industry. It is designed to provide manufacturers of automotive products and accessories with a venue to connect and do business with buyers from throughout the world, so the better informed exhibitors are, the more successful their experience will be.

SEMA News—September 2013

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By Steve Campbell

Information for New Exhibitors at the 2013 SEMA Show

Take Advantage of the Programs, Promotions and Tools

Vehicle Technology Matters More Than Ever

The Vehicle Technology Center (VTC) held a prominent position in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2012 SEMA Show, drawing greater attention and attendance than ever before. The VTC and Technology Briefing Seminar (TBS) program will be returning to the 2013 SEMA Show, providing attendees with new levels of education through the program’s vehicle technology keynotes, briefing sessions and workshops. The association’s vehicle technology programs, initiatives and relationships are investments in SEMA’s collective future. The purpose of the VTC and the accompanying TBS program is to inform SEMA members about the latest vehicle technologies and introduce them to the programs, resources, partners, solutions and benefits available to them at affordable costs as well as show them how to protect their businesses in the face of disruptive and advanced technological change. Advanced vehicle technologies are integral to both the relevance and the future of SEMA. To ignore their impact is a fundamental mistake. Disruptive technologies don’t totally eliminate existing vehicle technologies, but they do often eliminate unprepared businesses and companies.

SEMA News—September 2013

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By John Waraniak

First-Time Exhibitors

More Than 417 Reasons to Attend the 2013 SEMA ShowAccording to Show Management, the total number of first-time exhibitors at the 2013 SEMA Show (as of July 12) was already 417 and continuing to rise. With exhibitor registrations stronger than ever, buyers attending this year’s Show will have an unprecedented opportunity to connect with hundreds of new manufacturers and suppliers.Registration is now open for the 2013 SEMA Show, Tuesday–Friday, November 5–8. Attendees, as well as the media, are invited to register for the annual Show online (www.SEMAShow.com).

SEMA News—September 2013

First-Time Exhibitors

More Than 417 Reasons to Attend the 2013 SEMA Show

Chicago Auto Show Highlights

Automakers Predict Growth, Show Newest Models Auto-sales analysts are predicting growth in car sales overall—some to levels as high as 15.4 million for 2013. That would be good news for aftermarket manufacturers and retailers, as unit growth in the types of vehicles that enthusiasts tend to customize continues to gain momentum.

SEMA News—April 2013 

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By John Stewart

Chicago Auto Show Highlights

Automakers Predict Growth, Show Newest Models

Auto-sales analysts are predicting growth in car sales overall—some to levels as high as 15.4 million for 2013. That would be good news for aftermarket manufacturers and retailers, as unit growth in the types of vehicles that enthusiasts tend to customize continues to gain momentum.

Detroit Auto Show

New Models Take Center Stage A host of cars and trucks that could be important to SEMA-member retailers and manufacturers were debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Among those likely to be of interest to enthusiasts and the companies that serve them are the ’14 Corvette, ’14 Lexus IS and ’14 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Also shown was a concept version of what is thought to be Ford’s next F-Series pickup. If there was a single theme to the show, it was about enhancing mileage without sacrificing performance.

SEMA News—March 2013

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By John Stewart

Detroit Auto Show

New Models Take Center Stage

Auctions Bring in Nearly $57,000 for SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund

Dozens of Sponsors Take Part in Ford Mustang Build and Ed Pink Engine Project Two projects have brought nearly $57,000 to the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive leaders and innovators. Proceeds from two auctions will help provide assistance to university, college and trade-school students seeking careers in the automotive industry. The SEMA Mustang Build—Powered by Women and a custom engine to be built by Ed Pink Racing Engines were sold on eBay through Auction Cause, with parts and labor supplied by dozens of automotive businesses.

SEMA News—February 2013

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By Steve Campbell

Auctions Bring in Nearly $57,000 for SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund

Dozens of Sponsors Take Part in Ford Mustang Build and Ed Pink Engine Project

Highlights From the Los Angeles Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show has a reputation as a “green car” event that skews heavily toward advanced technology. This year’s show was consistent with that image, but there were more than a few debuts of high-volume production vehicles that will matter to SEMA members, along with an unusual number of interesting concept vehicles that may point the way to the future. Here are some that caught our eye.

SEMA News—February 2013

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By John Stewart

Tire Segment Shows Its Strength

For the third year in a row, the Tire Industry Association (TIA) allied with SEMA to present the Global Tire Expo (GTE)—Powered by TIA at the recent 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Designed as a freestanding tire industry “show within a show,” the GTE has proven to be an ongoing hit with attendees representing every sector of the tire industry, from automotive to commercial and from retreading to recycling.

SEMA News—February 2013

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By Mike Imlay

Tire Segment Shows Its Strength

2012 Global Tire Expo—Powered by TIA Spotlights Latest Industry Trends at SEMA Show

The 2012 SEMA Award

The Hottest Vehicles of the 2012 SEMA Show The SEMA Award was established to recognize vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. The honors have been presented in four categories each year since 2010: Hottest Car, Hottest Sport Compact, Hottest Truck and Hottest 4x4-SUV.

SEMA News—January 2013

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By Steve Campbell

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