BMW has denied any concrete plan to build an M version of the entry-level 1 Series. But according to AutoWeek, the versions of the 1 Series that will be available resurrect the spirit of the original M3. The 1 Series is expected to debut at September’s Frankfurt motor show.
An unlikely new player has entered the biofuel arena. Tyson Foods, the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, and Syntroleum Companies recently announced the formation of Dynamic Fuels LLC to build the first commercial synthetic fuels plant in the United States. The plant will target the renewable diesel, jet and military fuel markets.
Electronics and software represent more than 20% of the cost of today’s vehicles. Analysts project growth to 35% or even 40% by 2010. So according to WardsAuto, so-called embedded computing is growing as well.
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The urban automotive lifestyles market is a form of vehicle customization that embodies the flamboyance, culture and lifestyles of young, urban (city-dwellers) drivers. Tune into this webinar and learn how to cash in on this profitable opportunity.
Urban Lifestyle Report
Thursday, July 26, 2007
10:00 a.m. (PST)
To view all of SEMA's archived webinars, visit www.sema.org/webinars.
Florida joined the growing list of states to enact SEMA-model legislation to amend the vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and create a classification for custom vehicles. The bill was approved by the Florida State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Charlie Crist. Under the new law, a street rod is defined as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948.
The U.S. Senate approved sweeping energy legislation last week that includes a provision to dramatically increase the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Passenger cars and light trucks would be required to meet a combined fuel economy average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020. That represents an increase of about 40% over the current standard of 27.5 mpg for passenger cars and 21.6 for light trucks and SUVs. Lawmakers rejected an alternative pushed by the auto industry, including SEMA, for a more moderate and technologically realistic CAFE increase.
Whether you don’t know the difference between a tee time and daylight savings time, or you can drive to the pin with the PGA’s best, it's easy to support your favorite SEMA council by making a charitable pledge online to the Council Cup – Cash for Kids golf tournament. Click here to pledge anywhere from $10–$100 or the amount of your choice.
Attention SEMA manufacturer members! Make plans to attend the Chrysler Group’s July 11 measuring session in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The session will feature the newest Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep sheetmetal that enthusiasts will soon clamor to accessorize. Cameras ARE allowed at the all-day session, which is open from 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., with a formal presentation beginning at 8:30 a.m.
2008 vehicles featured at the session include:
-Jeep Liberty 4x4
-Jeep Patriot (new)
-Dodge Avenger (new)
-Dodge Charger/Magnum (refreshed exterior/interior)