Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 12:00am

Wade Kawasaki, president of Avanche Corporation and long-time SEMA member, was presented with the 2007 SEMA Person of the Year Award.

"I'm very honored to be recognized by SEMA and my peers," Kawasaki said. "This industry has been such a big part of my life and my involvement with SEMA has enabled me to advance important industry initiatives, help guide and develop the growth of the next generation of leaders, and build some great relationships along the way."

Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 12:00am

Each year the SEMA Show recognizes products that set new standards for innovation and imagination. Following are the winners of the SEMA New Product Awards:

Best New Interior Accessory Product
Winner: PLX Devices Inc. – OBD Organic LED Gauge
Runner Up: Spotlight
Runner Up: Plasmaglow

Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 12:00am

During his Keynote Luncheon address to 2007 SEMA Show attendees, Toyota’s truck/SUV marketing chief outlined four ways that specialty-equipment businesses can join the automaker’s aggressive accessories strategy.

“There is significant opportunity for SEMA members to be part of our growth,” said Brian Smith, Toyota Corporate Marketing Manager, Toyota Trucks and SUVs, starting with becoming a supplier for Toyota, Lexus or Scion Genuine Accessories. Smith says Toyota has over 80 supplier partners.
 

Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 12:00am

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Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 12:00am

For urban-lifestyle enthusiasts—those who favor today’s flashy Cadillacs and Chryslers, among other machines—audio and video systems are just as important to their automotive personality as the 22-inch wheels, window tint and exhaust kits they purchase.

According to SEMA research, amplifiers are the most popular piece of A/V gear that urban-lifestyle enthusiasts buy; 59.4% of survey respondents saying that they owned one. Subwoofers (58.6%) and midrange speaker/component sets (54%) followed.

Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 12:00am

A new study conducted by PPG Industries shows that silver is the new favorite exterior color with North American car buyers, with 22% preferring it to the next closest favorite, white (19%). The popularity of silver is dipping slightly, down 2% from last year, while black—the third favorite at 15%—gained two points. Rounding out the top colors are red (13%), blue (12%), naturals (10%), other/niche market colors (6%) and green (5%).

Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 12:00am

SEMA research shows that the street-rod and custom market grew retail sales 66% in the past decade (1997–2006), just beating out the thriving restoration marketplace's 65% retail performance in the same period. The street-rod market encompasses highly-modified vehicles used for street travel and show based on body types originally manufactured prior to 1949, according to Jim Spoonhower, SEMA vice president of market research.

Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 12:00am

The following are websites for several companies participating in the SEMA Ambassador program. SEMA ambassadors recruit new members for the association, and the top ambassadors are recognized during the SEMA Show. For information on how to become a SEMA ambassador, contact SEMA, 909/396-0289.

2007 SEMA Ambassadors

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