Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 12:00am

Toyota is advancing the idea of a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Camry hybrid by building one for auto show display. This will not be the first time the manufacturer has toyed with CNG in the Camry; it experimented with the idea in 1999.

“With the combination of plentiful long-term supplies in North America, improved and more efficient recovery methods, favorable pricing and clean-burn/low emissions characteristics, CNG has become a prime energy-source for the future," said Irv Miller, Toyota Motor Sales group vice-president from the Sustainable Mobility Seminar.

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 12:00am

Enthusiasts who purchased a new vehicle within the last year did not wait long before adding their personal touches to their rides. The latest results of SEMA’s Automotive Lifestyle Survey showed that 85% of those who purchased a new car or truck sometime in the last 12 months also purchased custom parts and accessories within the first two months of ownership.

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 12:00am


Enthusiasts like the idea of an electric Jeep. But will they buy one?

Chrysler plans to put an electric car into North American production by 2010 and recently displayed four working prototypes developed under its in-house ENVI organization. The four models include a Town & Country minivan, the GEM Peapod Neighborhood Vehicle (NEV), the Lotus-based two-seat Dodge EV, and a Jeep Wrangler.

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 12:00am

A new report by the market research company Mintel estimates that the total automotive aftermarket (specialty equipment and “hard parts”) grew 3.5% in 2007 from the year prior. But the firm also expects that growth to stagnate in 2008 and slightly rebound in 2009. That’s the bad news.

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 12:00am

SEMA eNews highlights the websites of SEMA-member companies through the Hot Links to Cool Sites section each week. SEMA members: To be included in Hot Links to Cool Sites, e-mail your company name and website to eNews@sema.org. Note: make sure to include “Hot Links” in the subject line of the e-mail.

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 12:00am

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 employees to participate in webinars, access free market research, join SEMA committees and more. The newest classified listings posted under Positions Available include:

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 12:00am

Dates and locations for several upcoming SEMA-sponsored shows and activities have been announced. Details are:

SEMA Webinar, "U.S. and the World Economy: Will They Shift Forward?" October 2, 2008 10:00 a.m. (PDT)

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 12:00am

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