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    Dec 04 2008

    The crew at GT Channel have a new performance driving video series on their website. Entitled “FAB 2,” it features three of the top pro drift drivers competing to execute the most stylish and flawless 180 slide into a parking spot. Adding to the challenge: they must perform it in a front-drive Scion tC. Check out the videos here.

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    Dec 04 2008

    Despite their youth and relatively low incomes, enthusiasts in the “Gen Y” age range are big buyers of custom automotive parts and accessories. Results from the 2008 Automotive Lifestyles Survey conducted August–September of this year show that 16-27-year-old enthusiasts spent, on average, nearly $3,000 on specialty equipment over the last year.

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    Dec 04 2008


    SEMA is working vigorously to challenge scrappage laws that would dismantle America's automotive heritage.

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    Dec 04 2008

    SEMA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging regulators to control carbon dioxide (CO2) tailpipe emissions through the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. SEMA opposed the establishment of a separate program under the Clean Air Act. In 2007, the EPA was directed by the U.S. Supreme Court to consider how best to regulate CO2 and other greenhouse gases. 

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    Dec 04 2008

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    Dec 04 2008

    One of the world’s smallest cars, the smart fortwo, had an imposing presence at the 2008 SEMA Show.

    It was not the first time the diminutive coupe featured at the Show, but it was the premier exhibition as a model for sale in the United States. Since going on-sale less than a year ago, the commuter car has had trouble meeting demand. There has been a steady wait for longer than the model has been on the market. In fact, the newcomer has been the only brand reporting positive sales figures for all of 2008.

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    Dec 04 2008

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has set the standard business-mileage deduction at 55 cents for 2009. This is below the 58.5 cents allowed during the second half of 2008, but above the 50.5 cents permitted during the first half. Widely fluctuating gasoline prices triggered two different rates for 2008.

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    Dec 04 2008

    SEMA-member companies have posted several new listings for job opportunities at www.sema.org/classifieds. Working for a SEMA-member company has many advantages. In addition to working for a company that supports and contributes to the success of the overall industry, being employed by a SEMA-member company enables employees to participate in webinars, access free market research, join SEMA committees and more. The newest classified listings posted under Positions Available include:

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    Dec 04 2008


    Hurst's partnership with Dodge to produce the limited-edition 2009 Hurst/HEMI Challenger is one example of the increasing opportunities between automakers and specialty-equipment companies.