The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, which according to AutoWeek will go on sale in spring 2008, is expected to challenge BMW’s new M3 for outright driver appeal. Tobias Moers of Mercedes-Benz says that the C63 has more development miles than any other cars in AMG’s 40-year history.
The limited-production Volkswagen R32 will be one of the cars with a lot of appeal for the sport-compact market, but it won’t be easy to get. And according to WardsAuto, its price tag will be more than twice that of the $15,000 base-model Rabbit hatchback and will have exotic-car performance.
Hydraulic components are found many places in the automotive and specialty-equipment industries. They can be found on carbon-fiber hoods and the lift gates of SUVs. They are often slow and noisy. But some people have developed a product that could potentially replace standard hydraulics—the electromagnetic actuator.
According to Honda, the next-generation FCX Concept fuel-cell vehicle made its European driving debut at the Gotland Ring in Sweden. They claim the vehicle is 60% energy efficient, about three times that of a petrol-engine vehicle and twice that of a hybrid.
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SEMA members are invited to a free listing in the 2007–2008 SEMA International Buyers Guide, an exclusive directory of specialty-equipment companies seeking overseas business. The International Buyers Guide is distributed worldwide each year to every international buyer that attends the SEMA Show, and throughout the year at international trade shows. It’s also sent to more than 50 U.S. embassies including those in Germany, United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Australia, Italy, Brazil and South Africa.
With industry professionals from more than 100 countries expected at the 2007 SEMA Show, the annual trade-only event has taken extra steps to include several services and business opportunities specifically for international visitors.
Taking place Tuesday, October 30–Friday, November 2, in Las Vegas, the SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty-products trade event in the world.
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.
The SEMA Ambassador Program for 2007 is in full swing. SEMA Ambassadors are current members of the association who actively seek to recruit new members, thus fortifying support for the industry and helping to grow the force of the SEMA membership.
The following are the 2007 SEMA Board of Directors election results.
- Rick Rollins, Superchips, Inc.