Jim Graven Joins SEMA Data Co-Op

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
in January.

Positioned for the Future

Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) - SEMA CouncilThe Internet, data and industry consolidation have greatly impacted the role of manufacturer agents and how this critical segment delivers value for manufacturers, warehouse distributors (WDs) and accounts. These issues require a progressive Select Committee that will approach council business with a long-term vision to provide the council membership with sustainable solutions. A necessary step in assuring future viability is building a group of volunteers who are committed and willing to ask the hard questions. Through the recent Select Committee elections, the Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC) has solidified its foundation with the reelection of four incumbents.

SEMA Awards to Recognize Industry's Hottest Vehicle Platforms

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
coolest products.

Court's Ethanol Decision Jeopardizes Historic Vehicles, Specialty Parts

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.

Thirty SEMA Member Companies Supply Products for the SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women

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.


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