Thursday, July 5, 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 5, 2007 - 7:00am

The companies and website links listed below represent the members in various categories that have joined SEMA in the past 30 days. For information on SEMA membership, e-mail member@sema.org or call 909/396-0289, ext. 114. SEMA membership applications are also available online at www.sema.org.

Service Companies

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 7:00am

We saw it a few years ago: young car buyers were accessorizing their rides primarily with "dress-up" parts, such as big wings, race-inspired body kits and a host of dress-up modifications. This may sound like the sport-compact market of yesterday, but that market as we know it today has shifted more toward performance, with appearance almost becoming secondary. So what has happened to that consumer who wants his or her car to look cool and is less concerned with performance? The answer may lie in what is known as the urban-lifestyle market.

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 7:00am

General Motors has announced it will sell its Allison Transmission commercial and military business to the private equity firms Carlyle Group and Onex Corp. The selling price is expected to be around $5.6 billion. The agreement will include seven manufacturing operations in Indianapolis along with the worldwide distribution network and sales offices. However, GM will keep a plant in Baltimore, which produces the conventional and hybrid two-mode transmissions used in GM light trucks. Currently, the Allison Transmission is an option on the Silverado 2500 HD with the Duramax Diesel engine.

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 7:00am

As Dan Carney of MSNBC.com points out, Americans have had a tendency to supersize everything, from their food to the vehicles they drive.  However, with the rising prices of gasoline, more Americans have decided to downsize their vehicles.  And the sales of smaller vehicles reflect this change.  Honda, for example, reported the most Civic sales ever during the month of May.  But for some Americans, the thought of going to a smaller car is an uncomfortable feeling, fearing they are giving up safety for better fuel economy.

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 7:00am

Each year, cars and trucks are given various “best of” awards. This year, the Chevrolet Volt Concept received the 2007 North American Specialty Concept Vehicle of the Year and the Most Significant Concept Vehicle of the Year at an awards ceremony at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan. And the award for 2007 North American Concept Car of the Year went to the Holden EFIJY.

 

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 7:00am

Pricing for the 2008 Nissan Versa, Toyota Highlander and Audi RS4 Cabriolet have been announced.

*Sales for the early-model Audi RS4 Convertible are unavailable

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 7:00am

According to a story published by ForbesAuto.com, there are 10 styling trends that are dominating the future of vehicle design. It doesn’t take much thought to realize that many of these styling trends are the result of innovations spawned in the performance parts and accessories industry.

1. Higher Beltlines

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 7:00am

According to WardsAuto, American Honda Motor Co. Inc. wants to “boost sales of its Accord midsize sedan to a level not seen since 2001.” In recent year’s, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.’s Camry has surpassed the Accord in sales, and Honda wants to take back some of the market share.

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 7:00am

According to The Car Connection, Volkswagen has confirmed that the new Jetta sedan will be the first of the company’s vehicles to get the new clean diesel engine in 2008. Production for the clean-diesel Jetta TDI is expected to begin in January of 2008 and will go on sale in late spring. The new diesel will be 50-state complaint and will be badged as a TDI.

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