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  • Posted on:
    Apr 23 2009

    Booth space is available in the upcoming 2009 Paace Automechanika Show taking place July 15-17. Held annually in Mexico City, the event draws more than 18,000 attendees in the automotive industry. More information is available at www.paaceautomechanika.com or by contacting lindas@sema.org.

  • Posted on:
    Apr 23 2009

    HE’S BACK: IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves was acquitted on five of the six charges facing him in his highly-publicized tax evasion case. The sixth charge (conspiracy) ended in a hung jury. Thus Castroneves was back in a Team Penske Indy car at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. He finished seventh. Dario Franchitti claimed the victory.

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    Apr 23 2009

    The Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) is a SEMA council dedicated to providing a forum for manufacturers' representatives in order to increase their impact as an industry, explore issues of common interest and concern, increase their collective knowledge and elevate the overall image of the profession.

    Below are the current members of the MRC Select Committee, the member-elected group of volunteers that represents a unified voice on behalf of its members.

  • Posted on:
    Apr 23 2009

    JetBlue is offering a 5% discount on airfare to the 2009 SEMA Show.

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    Apr 23 2009

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a finding that high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions endanger the health and welfare of current and future generations of Americans. The decision comes nearly two years after the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA has the authority and duty to consider regulating CO2 emissions.

    The Court’s intervention was sought since carbon dioxide is a natural chemical rather than a traditional “pollutant” subject to EPA oversight.

  • Posted on:
    Apr 23 2009

    Have you moved on? Up? Know someone who has? Let us know: editors@sema.org.

  • Posted on:
    Apr 23 2009

    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.

  • Posted on:
    Apr 23 2009
     

      A limited number of Suzuki's Kizashi 3 Concept are available to SEMA members for project-vehicle builds.

    Suzuki is providing SEMA members exhibiting at the 2009 SEMA Show with an opportunity to build a Kizashi 3 project vehicle. As one of the newest models planned to join Suzuki’s lineup, the Concept Kizashi 3 sport sedan debuted at last year’s New York International Auto Show.

    The automaker is generating additional interest in this launch through the specialty-equipment industry by providing pre-production versions of the vehicle to companies for one year to create and promote accessories.

    Suzuki has plans to launch the sport sedan at the end of 2009 as a 2010 model.

    Click here for Kizashi 3 project vehicle program information, proposal guidelines and requirements in PDF format. Proposals must be received by Suzuki by Friday, May 1. Additional details on the vehicle are available at www.kizashi3.com.

  • Posted on:
    Apr 23 2009

    While hobbyists and related businesses have worked diligently to defeat proposals in Washington, DC to create a national cash for clunkers program, a bill (H.B. 1207) has been introduced in the North Carolina State Legislature that would implement a state vehicle scrappage program for passenger vehicles that are at least 14-years old.