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The Exhibit Space Rental Agreement for the 2008 SEMA Show is now available online. Simply go to www.SEMAShow.com and click on the Buy A Booth link located under the Exhibitor headling.
The 2008 SEMA Show will be filled with the buyers you want to see, the media connections you need to make and the networking opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. Changes that are NEW THIS YEAR are:
Kia Motors America is now accepting project-vehicle proposals for companies seeking to build a Kia-themed project vehicle for the 2008 SEMA Show, November 4–7 in Las Vegas. Kia's vehicles offered through the program include the Rio, Rondo, Sportage and the all-new Borrego.
The deadline to submit project-vehicle proposals to Kia is May 27, 2008.
Kia Proposal Guidelines
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John Buttera, 67, died March 2 after a long bout with cancer.
John Buttera, who left his stamp on the drag racing world in the '70s by building a series of winning Funny Cars and dragsters, created some of hot rodding's most beautiful street rods of the '80s and '90s, and built the first billet wheels, died March 2 after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.
SEMA members can realize instant savings by participating in the Specialty Equipment Insurance Alliance (SEIA), a collaboration between SEMA and Driver Alliant Insurance Services. The program provides insurance coverage and risk management solutions to the specialty-equipment industry at the lowest possible cost.
SEIA pairs member companies with proven automotive insurance risk specialists to aggregate the knowledge and buying power for the association's members. Some have recorded four- and five-digit savings.
E-commerce sales this year are expected to grow anywhere from 16%–18% compared to 2007, according to forecasts from eMarketer, Forrester Research and JupiterResearch. This growth, according to eMarketer, will come from a shift by consumers spending their dollars at traditional retail stores to the Internet.
Forecasting future activity of the specialty-equipment industry can be a tricky thing, especially in an environment where economic uncertainty continues to affect consumers' prospects of spending in the near future. SEMA's latest Performance Parts and Accessories Demand Index (PADI) attests to the possible tightening of consumers' budgets. The latest index shows that the overall PADI score for January dropped by 51% from last year's reading.
Compact-performance enthusiasts have new platforms coming their way in 2008 that could alter the landscape of the segment. In recent months, many of the major automotive shows have been stages for new introductions. While perennial favorites, such as the Nissan 350Z and Honda S2000, will remain unchanged for 2008, the news of additional rear-wheel-drive cars will tempt many people into this burgeoning segment.