Mark Phelan of the Detroit Free Press believes that Ford’s recovery plan will gain some momentum from several new engine and transmission technologies that will dramatically improve the power and fuel economy of Ford vehicles. Combined, the systems could actually boost fuel economy by 20% or more and produce V6 engines with more power than some of the current V8s.
Audi AG has been experiencing some increased sales, as well as increased transaction prices, due to the success on the racetrack, according to Ward’s Auto. For the past seven years, Audi has won the Le Mans and has “been the overwhelming factor in the ALMS since it entered the series in 2001.”
As the automotive industry continues the debate regarding which alternative fuel should replace gasoline, some scientists have been studying the effects and environmental impacts of those alternatives in question. As Neil Winton of Detroit News Online states, “evidence continues to mount that car manufacturers are barking up the wrong tree with their push to convince motorists that ethanol-powered cars are a great way to pursue a green agenda.”
According to Ward’s Auto and Automotive News, the next-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sport sedan will feature a dual clutch automatic transmission system. The Lancer Evo will go on sale in fall 2007 in Japan, and early 2008 in the United States.
The SEMA International Relations Programs provides comprehensive services to help automotive specialty-equipment companies expand worldwide. As the global demand for the industry's products soars, a dedicated staff seeks to identify the biggest opportunities and educates members on how best to proceed. From qualified trade leads to international legislative advocacy and research studies, the SEMA program is a valuable resource to those looking to increase business.
Visit www.sema.org/international for more.
Below is this week’s list of SEMA Show 2007 exhibitors offering products to project-vehicle builders for free or at a discounted rate. To see previous submissions, click here.
SEMA is pleased to announce the hiring of William Miller as the association’s new senior vice president of operations. The new position, created as part of an internal restructuring to increase association capabilities, reports directly to SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. Miller will oversee the following five departments: Events and Communications; Marketing and Membership Services; Market Research and Information; Internal Systems and Project Teams; and OEM Relations.
Harley-Davidson, Vance & Hines and COMP Performance have teamed up to donate a 2008 Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy to the silent auction at the SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser. Featuring a twin-cam 96 cubic-inch engine that puts down 89 ft lbs torque, the Fat Boy also comes with 17-inch Bullet Hole Disc cast aluminum wheels with a fat 200mm wide tire out back and dual chrome mufflers.
SEMA Show exhibitors, your badge and badgeholder for the 2007 SEMA Show could be on its way to you as early as the second week of August.
That's right! If you're a SEMA Show alumnus, registered and approved, your badge and badgeholder will be sent to you before the Show. No waiting in line! Simply step off the monorail or shuttle bus, wear your badge and badgeholder and walk directly into the Show. It's our thank you for being an important part of the Show's success through your consistent attendance.
According to a federal government ruling, 100% of new motor vehicles will need to have a tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) by 2008. While tire-pressure monitoring systems represent an important development in car safety, they also pose challenges for our industry. Improper dismounting, for example, can break sensors, costing you time and money.