As the industry evolves and businesses seek to work smarter, the 2012 SEMA Show education days feature several comprehensive conferences focused on specific topics, dozens of product trainings and more than 50 free sessions.
The SEMA Mustang Build Powered By Women, better known as "High Gear," will debut in the Ford Motor Company booth on Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m., the opening day of the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2013 Mustang GT made national headlines during the summer when more than 40 women volunteered their time and expertise to customize the vehicle in less than two months. Immediately after the unveiling, the vehicle will be auctioned to raise funds for the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. Details about the auction are available at www.SEMA.org/Auctions.
As one of the industry's key market segments, the restyling industry is on track to make a strong presence at the 2012 SEMA Show taking place Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After just five months, the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) has reached a
milestone with its 100th supplier member joining the group. The program which
launched its beta phase in April now includes 100 manufacturer members, 40 data
receivers and exports from more than 25 brands. The list of all 100 supplier
members is available at www.SemaDataCoop.org.
Automotive experts are speculating on what the top vehicle models will be at
the upcoming SEMA Show taking place Tuesday-Friday, October 30-November 2,
2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jim Graven has been named as Director of Membership for the SEMA Data
Co-op. Graven, who has more than 15 years of experience in the specialty parts
aftermarket, will play a key role in growing the industry-owned and operated
data management solution - particularly as it transitions into a full system launch
Recognizing the top trend-setting vehicle models, the SEMA Awards
will be announced and presented to winning automakers during the 2012 SEMA Show
in Las Vegas, Nevada. Through the program, SEMA exhibitors that make products
for those trend-setting vehicles will identify the vehicle platforms that they
believe are best for accessorizing, and best for showcasing the industry's
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
dismissed a lawsuit which challenged the Environmental Protection Agency's
(EPA) authority to grant a partial waiver for 15% ethanol (E15) content in
gasoline for 2001 and newer model year cars and light trucks. The court
found that the groups bringing the lawsuit, which included trade associations
representing manufacturers of cars, boats and power equipment, along with the
petroleum and food industries, lacked standing to bring the lawsuit.
The all-female vehicle customization project known as the SEMA Mustang Build
Powered by Women, featuring a 2013 Ford Mustang GT donated by Ford Motor
Company, is on target for the unveiling of winning design "High Gear" at this
year's SEMA Show on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The customized vehicle, which
was built at Source Interlink Media's headquarters in El Segundo, CA, will be
auctioned on eBay immediately following the reveal with proceeds slated for the
SEMA Memorial Scholarship Foundation, an organization dedicated to fostering
the next generation of automotive aftermarket leaders and innovators.
For the fifth consecutive year, the SEMA Show will include an exclusive
program designed specifically for franchise and independent automotive dealers.
Taking place during the SEMA Show on Tuesday, October 30-Friday, November 2,
2012, the program focuses on critical areas of accessory integration and how
they impact operations in all key dealership departments.