Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 7:00am

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Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 7:00am

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

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 7:00am

SEMA-members 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 enable the employee to participate in webinars, access free market research, join SEMA committees and more. The newest classified listings posted under Positions Available include:

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 7:00am

The following links represent the Automotive Restoration Market Organization's (ARMO) new, re-elected and returning select committee members. ARMO is a SEMA council dedicated to the prosperity of the businesses with the restoration industry. For more information on ARMO, visit www.sema.org/armo or contact Jan Desma at jand@sema.org.

New ARMO Select Committee Members

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 7:00am

As the Internet becomes an even more integral part of the car-buying experience, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has introduced a tool that will help consumers purchase a Mazda easier than ever before. According to PRNewswire, the Mazda Shopping Assistant program will be “the first in the industry to provide potential buyers with an actual quote—from the customer’s choice of dealer—for the vehicle they have chosen.”

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 7:00am

According to Ward’s Auto, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled its new Phantom Drophead Convertible in France. It will be handcrafted at the automaker’s headquarters in Goodwood, United Kingdom. The first vehicles are expected to be delivered in late summer.

The Drophead will be a two-door, four-passenger vehicle, measuring 220.8 inches in length and 78.2 inches in width, with a wheelbase of 130.7 inches. It’s powered by a 48-valve V12 engine, putting out 453 hp and 531 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,350 rpm. 

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 7:00am

You may be asking yourself how a quality system can be beneficial to you. Any company will benefit from greater consistency (repeatability) in its processes, identifying potential mistakes before they become an unwanted expense or result in the loss of a customer. A key component of a quality system is the concept of continual improvement. Continual improvement includes a corrective action plan that serves to remedy the current problem and changes the system (if needed) to prevent the mistake from reoccurring.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 7:00am

Ford Motor Company is planning to take its 10 years of hydrogen research expertise to the Bonneville Salt Flats this August. The company will attempt to set the world land-speed record in a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered Ford Fusion.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 7:00am

According to Trends Magazine, the information highway will have a major impact on the automotive industry as we know it today. 

Last May, Avis began offering wireless Internet in vehicles it rents at locations in four major cities with plans to expand the service to seven other cities in the near future.

This past January, Ford announced a partnership with Microsoft to provide an in-car communications and entertainment system. They called it “Sync,” and it is based on the “Microsoft Auto” operating system.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 7:00am

According to Ward’s Auto, Chrysler Group has confirmed that it will build a high-performance version of the Dodge Challenger. It is expected to launch sometime after the 2009-model base car rolls out. The SRT-8 Challenger will be based on the next-generation LX platform, the LY.

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