Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

SEMA-supported legislation to exempt composite vehicles from emissions inspections was signed into law by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell. Under current Connecticut law, composite vehicles are those constructed from the component parts of two or more motor vehicles of different model year or vehicle type. 

For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

SEMA defeated legislation that would have required the development of a statewide program to mandate that replacement tires for passenger cars and light trucks be as energy efficient as tires sold as original equipment.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that current regulations to reduce ozone air pollution are insufficient. The agency issued a proposed rule to tighten the standard from 0.08 parts per million, averaged over eight hours, to around 0.07 ppm. The EPA may even reconsider whether to set limits to 0.06 ppm as had been recommended by the agency's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

From Brenda Priddy & Co.:

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

Good news for those in the brake business: performance enthusiasts ponied up $112,600 on brake parts and accessories last month, according to data from Terapeak, a developer of market-focused research software that monitors online sales and auctions.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

Attention SEMA manufacturer members! Make plans to attend the Chrysler Group’s July 11 measuring session in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The session will feature the newest Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep sheetmetal that enthusiasts will soon clamor to accessorize. Cameras ARE allowed at the all-day session, which is open from 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., with a formal presentation beginning at 8:30 a.m.

2008 vehicles featured at the session include:
-Jeep Liberty 4x4
-Jeep Patriot (new)
-Dodge Avenger (new)
-Dodge Charger/Magnum (refreshed exterior/interior)

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

Whether you don’t know the difference between a tee time and daylight savings time, or you can drive to the pin with the PGA’s best, it's easy to support your favorite SEMA council by making a charitable pledge online to the Council Cup – Cash for Kids golf tournament. Click here to pledge anywhere from $10–$100 or the amount of your choice.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

The U.S. Senate approved sweeping energy legislation last week that includes a provision to dramatically increase the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Passenger cars and light trucks would be required to meet a combined fuel economy average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020. That represents an increase of about 40% over the current standard of 27.5 mpg for passenger cars and 21.6 for light trucks and SUVs. Lawmakers rejected an alternative pushed by the auto industry, including SEMA, for a more moderate and technologically realistic CAFE increase.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

Florida joined the growing list of states to enact SEMA-model legislation to amend the vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and create a classification for custom vehicles. The bill was approved by the Florida State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Charlie Crist. Under the new law, a street rod is defined as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948.

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