Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 12:00am

The SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser supported by DUB Magazine and Hot Wheels, presented by Advanstar and Alcoa, begins tomorrow! If you've made plans to attend, we look forward to seeing you there.

The sold-out event kicks off July 27 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, in Irvine, California with the Council Cup-Cash for Kids charity golf tournament. Buses depart from the hotel to nearby Strawberry Farms Golf Club at 6:30 a.m. See below for the SEMA council teams that will tee up to raise money for Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp.

Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 12:00am

The urban-lifestyle 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. (PDT)

To join, click here.

Also, mark your calendar for our upcoming webinar that will sharpen your skills in communication and diplomacy:

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 12:00am

Below is this week’s list of SEMA Show 2007 exhibitors offering products to project-vehicle builders for free or at a discounted rate. To see previous submissions, click here.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 12:00am

The SEMA International Relations Programs provides comprehensive services to help automotive specialty-equipment companies expand worldwide. As the global demand for the industry's products soars, a dedicated staff seeks to identify the biggest opportunities and educates members on how best to proceed. From qualified trade leads to international legislative advocacy and research studies, the SEMA program is a valuable resource to those looking to increase business.

Visit www.sema.org/international for more.

 

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 12:00am

According to Ward’s Auto and Automotive News, the next-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sport sedan will feature a dual clutch automatic transmission system. The Lancer Evo will go on sale in fall 2007 in Japan, and early 2008 in the United States.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 12:00am

As the automotive industry continues the debate regarding which alternative fuel should replace gasoline, some scientists have been studying the effects and environmental impacts of those alternatives in question. As Neil Winton of Detroit News Online states, “evidence continues to mount that car manufacturers are barking up the wrong tree with their push to convince motorists that ethanol-powered cars are a great way to pursue a green agenda.”

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 12:00am

Audi AG has been experiencing some increased sales, as well as increased transaction prices, due to the success on the racetrack, according to Ward’s Auto. For the past seven years, Audi has won the Le Mans and has “been the overwhelming factor in the ALMS since it entered the series in 2001.”

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 12:00am

Mark Phelan of the Detroit Free Press believes that Ford’s recovery plan will gain some momentum from several new engine and transmission technologies that will dramatically improve the power and fuel economy of Ford vehicles. Combined, the systems could actually boost fuel economy by 20% or more and produce V6 engines with more power than some of the current V8s.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 12:00am

According to Ward’s Auto, Chrysler Group has confirmed that it will build a high-performance version of the Dodge Challenger. It is expected to launch sometime after the 2009-model base car rolls out. The SRT-8 Challenger will be based on the next-generation LX platform, the LY.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 12:00am

According to Trends Magazine, the information highway will have a major impact on the automotive industry as we know it today. 

Last May, Avis began offering wireless Internet in vehicles it rents at locations in four major cities with plans to expand the service to seven other cities in the near future.

This past January, Ford announced a partnership with Microsoft to provide an in-car communications and entertainment system. They called it “Sync,” and it is based on the “Microsoft Auto” operating system.

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