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    Dec 11 2008


    SEMA research shows young adult and middle-age consumers own GPS navigation systems in near equal measure (youth holding the edge by about 2%). A new study by ABI Research explores the difference in which nav devices the two age groups prefer.

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    Dec 11 2008

    Manufacturers: Demonstrate the quality, reliability and use of your product within the industry by conducting a product demonstration at the upcoming Technical Skills & Training Conference, set for Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, 2009, in Orlando, Florida.

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    Dec 11 2008

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed several revisions to the early warning rules, but the changes should have no impact on most manufacturers of specialty equipment.

    In 2002, the NHTSA established an “early warning” system for reporting information to the agency that could provide clues to potential future safety problems. Most of the direct reporting requirements are limited to vehicle and tire manufacturers. 

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    Dec 11 2008

    Dates and locations for several upcoming SEMA-sponsored shows and activities have been announced. Details are:

     SEMA Webinar, "Telematics: Vehicle Technology That Will Change Your Business," December 11, 10:00 a.m. (PDT)

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    Dec 11 2008

    SEMA has revised, updated and formatted for online usage its guide to emissions certification of specialty automotive aftermarket parts. Known as the “Black Book” and available only to SEMA members, the guide is now simplified in many areas to facilitate achieving emissions compliance status with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

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    Dec 11 2008

    In an effort to provide the freshest talent base to its member companies, SEMA has added a new Internships Wanted section to the Classifieds feature of www.sema.org/classifieds.

    For the past six weeks, current students and newcomers to the automotive industry have been able to post their resumes and business objectives to the SEMA website. There are currently more than 25 ads posted by potential interns based throughout the United States.

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    Dec 11 2008

    BAD NEWS: The motorsports industry received bad news with word that Honda was withdrawing its support for Formula One racing and that Audi would pull out of the American Le Mans Series, which it has dominated in recent seasons.

    NEW FEATURE: Texas Motor Speedway has eliminated 21,000 seats and will create Burnout Alley, a $2 million motorcoach area.

    NEW OWNER: Tim Buckley has purchased the Matco Tools Top Fuel drag racing team from David Powers. Antron Brown will remain the driver and Lee Beard stays on as crew chief.

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    Dec 11 2008

    SEMA eNews highlights the websites of SEMA-member companies through the Hot Links to Cool Sites section each week. SEMA members: To be included in Hot Links to Cool Sites, e-mail your company name and website to eNews@sema.org. Note: make sure to include “Hot Links” in the subject line of the e-mail.

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    Dec 11 2008


    The 2010 Mustang is one of several vehicles available in Ford's Project Vehicle Program.

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    Dec 11 2008

    During the recent webinar, “How to Make Money With the Right Social Media Tools,” Engauge Communications’ Director of Social Media Chad Israel provided insight on how to use social media and networking tools for cost-effective advertising and reaching new customers. Israel explained that social-media outlets, such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, are extremely useful for reaching customers due to the speed of communication.