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EUROPEAN CAR MANUFACTURERS SEEK A EUROPEAN SCRAPPAGE PROGRAM

The Association of European Vehicle Manufacturers (ACEA) is calling for European policymakers to implement a European-wide scrappage program to include incentives for owners who trade in cars at least eight years old. The association of 15 European automakers—which includes the European operations of General Motors and Ford—has announced its plans to forward a formal request for taxpayer-financed incentives to European policymakers. 

OFF-ROAD SUSPENSION ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING CATEGORIES IN CHINA

A small but growing slice of wealthy Chinese citizens are seeking enjoyment in off-roading much as other enthusiasts around the world have. These well-to-do off-roaders usually own two or more cars and use their 4WD vehicles on the weekend for leisure.

Chinese government statistics suggest that the number of passenger cars on the road at the end of 2007 numbered about 32 million, and according to industry data experts, about 6 million new domestically produced passenger vehicles will be sold in China in 2008.

DISCOUNT FOR SEMA MEMBERS TO EXHIBIT AT THE UPCOMING BEIJING-BASED CIAPE SHOW

The Chinese government recently announced the legalization of 500 specialty-equipment products. The Chinese government is sponsoring a trade show—China International Auto Parts Expo—to cover the entire automotive market and will dedicate two halls to specialty-equipment product. For those SEMA members interested in learning more about the market they might want to either exhibit at the Show or visit the show to see the market first hand.  Last year, the first year of the show, organizers reported 2,500 exhibitors and 60,000 visitors.

GERMANY ENACTS BAN ON CHIP-TUNING MODIFICATIONS

The German government has notified the automotive technical approval services in Germany that, effective immediately, they are prohibited from approving engine-management software (“chip tuning”) modifications. The government has cited lack of knowledge on the effects these modifications have on exhaust emissions, as well as other vehicle systems, such as braking and steering.

CONNECT WITH MORE THAN 4,000 INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PRE-REGISTERED FOR THE 2008 SEMA SHOW

More than 4,000 international buyers have pre-registered to attend the 2008 SEMA Show. Exhibitors: Find out which international buyers are interested in your products by visiting www.SEMAShow.com/tradeleads.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR THE 2008 SEMA SHOW INTERNATIONAL HAPPY HOUR

SEMA Show exhibitors are invited to attend the largest industry international networking event of the year, designed to bring together international buyers and manufacturers. A registration form is available online at www.SEMAShow.com/happyhour.

Note that pre-registration is required, and while there is no cost for this November 5 event, invitations are on a space-available basis only.

Questions? Contact Linda Spencer at lindas@sema.org.

DON'T MISS SEPTEMBER 5 DEADLINE FOR FREE LISTING IN SEMA INTERNATIONAL BUYERS' GUIDE

SEMA Show exhibitors have one week left to reserve their free listings in the SEMA International Buyers' Guide. The annual buyers' guide is shipped to every U.S. embassy and distributed to every international buyer at the SEMA Show and automotive trade shows worldwide. All exhibitors and SEMA members are invited to take advantage of this opportunity.

MORE THAN 500 SIGN UP FOR FREE INTERNATIONAL BUYERS' GUIDE LISTING—DON'T MISS SEPTEMBER 5th DEADLINE!

SEMA members and SEMA Show exhibitors are entitled to a free listing in the 2008–2009 SEMA International Buyers' Guide. The annual buyers' guide is distributed to every international buyer at the SEMA Show, shipped to every U.S. embassy and distributed at automotive trade shows worldwide. The deadline to take advantage of this free listing is September 5. A copy of the form is available online at www.SEMAShow.com/ibg.

Questions? Contact lindas@sema.org.

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