Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 12:00am

SEMA Show exhibitors: Generate more buzz for your company and products by announcing your SEMA Show incentives and specials in SEMA eNews.

Exhibitors with special pricing, promotions, two-for-one offers and other incentives are encouraged to let SEMA know so that the information can be included. To announce your company’s special offers, send information to Adrienne Bailey at adrienneb@sema.org.  

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 12:00am

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

Thursday, October 23, 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 23, 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 23, 2008 - 12:00am

Vehicle-color preferences are beginning to shift as customers look to vibrant palettes for individuality. According to a report by automotive paint and coatings manufacturer PPG Industries, consumer preferences for vehicle paints are changing in reaction to modern non-automotive designs.  

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 12:00am

TreeHugger.com, a site not shy with its agenda, reports that bench racers are targeting a performance icon with electric vehicles. The story, titled “5 Eco-Cars Faster than the Porsche 911,” aims to send a shock wave through the perceptions of automotive enthusiasts. The article compares the sports car to a polished group of concepts, one-offs and dedicated electric supercars.  

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 12:00am

Over half of all 2009 automobiles planned for sale in the United States will feature support for Portable Media Players (PMPs), says a report from iSuppli, an electronics market analysis group. This option illustrates automakers’ push to increase sales through merging technology with amenities and modern conveniences.  

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 12:00am

Motor Trend has confirmed earlier rumors that Toyota will ship its iQ minicar to the United States. This new entrant will fill in as the smallest vehicle in the lineup, achieve in excess of 50 mpg, and be badged a Scion. Sources claim the model will debut in its North American form at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 12:00am

Mobile electronics sales grew 6.1% in 2007 with retail sales of $6.426 billion compared to $6.055 billion in 2006, with sound-system components comprising the top six mobile-electronics items that automotive enthusiasts have installed or plan to install (see graph below). Nearly 30% have or plan to install amps in their vehicles compared to almost 35% in 2006.

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 12:00am

Despite concerns with the current economic climate, all signs point to yet another packed and eventful SEMA Show this year, and with some careful planning that includes taking advantage of all Show resources, a few intense days can pave the road to your company's lifelong success.

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