As SEMA has reported in the past, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is targeting high-intensity discharge (HID) conversion kits for enforcement actions.
A version of SEMA-model legislation to create a registration category for replica motor vehicles was approved by the Nevada State Assembly. Under the bill, replicas are defined as vehicles manufactured after 1968 to resemble vehicles manufactured before 1968. Replicas would be exempted from all emissions-inspection requirements. Registration as a replica vehicle would be open to 100 such vehicles each year and use would be limited to occasional transportation and other hobby-related activities. Titles for these vehicles would list both the year of assembly and the model year that the bo
SEMA-supported legislation that would clarify that owners must pay only a minimal one-time registration fee for collector motor vehicles was approved by the Montana State Legislature and signed by the governor into law. Under Montana law, collector vehicles must be more than 30 years old and not used for general transportation. For details, contact Steve McDonald at email@example.com.
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Dates and locations for several upcoming SEMA-sponsored shows and activities have been announced. Details are:
SEMA-member 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 enables the employee to participate in webinars, access free market research, join SEMA committees and more. The newest classified listings posted under Positions Available include:
The links below represent the companies of some of the SEMA Hall of Fame inductees from 2000–2006.
- Rick Rollins, Superchips
Although only a very small percentage of the 1.3 billion Chinese citizens own cars, the number is growing. In 2006, automobile output and sales grew by over 25%, topping 7.20 million vehicles last year, according a recent CCID Consulting press release. The Chinese consulting firm states that China has become the second largest auto consumer and the third largest auto producer in the world.
Global warming and energy security worries are pushing more consumers to check out clean diesel vehicles, but buyer sticker shock and higher maintenance costs could push back against diesel growth in the United States, according to some industry observers who attended the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress. A recent article posted on Dieselforecast.com highlights a recent diesel panel discussion hosted at the latest SAE event.
AutoWeek reports that microcars are destined to achieve sales of only 100,000 units per year through 2013. In a recent article, AutoWeek reveals that CSM Worldwide, an automotive forecasting and market intelligence firm, predicts that U.S. consumers will shy away from cars that are smaller than subcompacts such as the Honda Fit and Chevrolet Aveo.