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    Apr 01 2014
    Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry. These include issues affecting small-business owners and their employees.
    SEMA News—April 2014

    LEGISLATIVE AND TECHNICAL AFFAIRS
    By Steve McDonald

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    Apr 01 2014
    The Trucks, SUVs & Off-Road category continues to build momentum, presenting lucrative opportunities for the automotive aftermarket. At the 2013 SEMA Show, the Ford F-Series was named the Show’s Hottest Truck in the annual SEMA Awards, which honor vehicles most often featured by exhibitors in their booths. Once again, the Jeep Wrangler also reigned supreme as the Show’s Hottest 4x4-SUV. With items ranging from tonneau covers and bedliners to toolboxes, trailer hitches and suspensions, the market covers a wide variety of products and accessories. The following pages feature new Truck, SUV & Off-Road applications that debuted at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Along with the products, we’ve interviewed several industry executives for their perspectives on current trends, along with advice for selling into the category.
    SEMA News—April 2014

    TRUCKS, SUVs & OFF-ROAD PRODUCTS

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    Apr 01 2014
    A smart person in the industry that I respect a lot recently told me: “I’ve drowned a lot of horses trying to make them drink.” This, of course, references the old adage, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” Thinking about what he said, I found that, sadly, I could relate to his frustration through some of our experiences at the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC). In most cases, it boils down to prioritization.There’s no question that product data management is critical to business today. Thankfully, a good many companies on the supplier (manufacturer) side are stepping up to meet their customer’s needs while growing their own sales opportunities.
    SEMA News—April 2014

    BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
    By Jon Wyly

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    Apr 01 2014
    Businesses Still Using Windows XP After April 2014 Courting PerilBusinesses still using Windows XP after April 8, 2014, will be courting peril, according to countless IT experts. All Microsoft support for the operating system ends on that day, leaving XP forever vulnerable to new security breaches.“The importance of upgrading from Windows XP cannot be overstated,” said Tim Rains, director of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing. “We truly want people to understand the risks of running Windows XP after support ends and to recognize the security benefits of upgrading to a more modern operating system.”
    SEMA News—April 2014

    INTERNET
    By Joe Dysart

    Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’

    Businesses Still Using Windows XP After April 2014 Courting Peril

    Businesses still using Windows XP after April 8, 2014, will be courting peril, according to countless IT experts. All Microsoft support for the operating system ends on that day, leaving XP forever vulnerable to new security breaches.

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    Apr 01 2014
    Ford’s GT500 Replacement Prototype, Jeep “Latitude” Prototype, Chevrolet Cruze and Diesel Jeep Cherokee.

    SEMA News—April 2014

    INDUSTRY NEWS

    SPY PHOTOS

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    Apr 01 2014
    A Look at Areas of Interest for Specialty-Equipment CompaniesFor this story, we have drawn upon information from a variety of sources that, taken together, may suggest business trends. SEMA’s trade show data, new-vehicle sales, educational tendencies and other indicators are some of these often-overlooked sources. What follows is a look at some of the areas of interest that may show where business is headed in the near future.
    SEMA News—April 2014

    BUSINESS
    By Steve Campbell

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    Apr 01 2014
    By Mike ImlayRacers, street performance enthusiasts, four wheelers, restorers and boat owners all need engines, which means that, at some point, they tap into the performance niche occupied by engine builders and, more often than not, the specialty shops that install replacement engines. It’s a segment composed of small businesses, not-so-small businesses and by OEM crate-engine distributors—all offering powertrain solutions. In fact, use of ready-made drop-in crate engines with known horsepower and torque specifications has become a driving force in the marketplace in recent years. In particular, the GM LS series has become...
    SEMA News—April 2014

    BUSINESS
    By Mike Imlay

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    Apr 01 2014
    Breaking news from SEMA members, including MultiCam Inc., Meyer Distributing and Vehicle Specialties Inc., Goodguys Gazette, Piston Driven Manufacturing and Performance Racing Industry (PRI), Innovative Creations and more.
    SEMA News—April 2014

    INDUSTRY NEWS

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    Apr 01 2014
    SEMA’s Vice President of Vehicle Technology on the State of Advanced Vehicle Technology and What’s to ComeThe race to define future vehicles is on. Competition for the future of the auto industry is rapidly evolving between Silicon Valley and Detroit. While product is king, vehicle electronics and software rule. The recession accelerated the auto industry’s transformational changes, which are required for growth as well as the reinvention of vehicles—from mechanical to electrical systems, from stand-alone to connected, and from mass markets to personalization and customization. The changes we are going through today will impact the performance aftermarket industry for decades to come.
    SEMA News—April 2014

    VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY
    By John Waraniak

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    Apr 01 2014
    The Product Development Expo, fueled by the SEMA Garage, and sponsored by the SEMA Data Co-op and the Emerging Trends & Technology Network, will be held Thursday, April 10, at SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar, California. The expo will provide specialty-equipment companies with insight on how the methods for vehicle production have been transformed on the OEM level—specifically during the past 10 years— and require companies to adapt quickly to new and emerging technologies to stay competitive.
    SEMA News—April 2014

    INDUSTRY NEWS