Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

A panel of industry experts, including Steve Frazier of Amazon.com, will look at "eMarketing 2.0" during the 2007 Aftermarket eForum, July 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, Illinois. Frazier, vice president of U.S. Hardlines Category Management for Amazon, oversees the automotive retail group. He provided the keynote address for the 2006 eForum.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

Audiobahn promoted Doug Parks to director of marketing. Parks will be in charge of the company's marketing initiatives related to advertising, branding, shows and events, web, licensing, sponsorship, public relations and cross-promotional opportunities. Prior to this promotion, he was vice president of sales for Xsite In-Car Entertainment and directed all of Audiobahn's consumer and trade shows.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

The latest news from SEMA councils and committees:

Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC)
 
MPMC members have the unique opportunity to help shape the future of the automotive aftermarket by choosing appropriate representatives to serve on the select committee as their eyes, ears and voice.

Nominees for 2007 MPMC Select Committee Election

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

 

NEWS NUGGETS

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

INDY MOVES: Dario Franchitti won the rain-shortened Indianapolis 500 to become the first Scotsman to win the prestigious event since his hero, Jimmy Clark, in 1965. Meanwhile, his team owner, Michael Andretti, retired from driving after finishing 13th on Sunday.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

A version of SEMA model legislation to create a registration category for replica motor vehicles was approved by the Nevada State Legislature.   Under the bill, replicas are defined as vehicles manufactured after 1968 to resemble vehicles manufactured before 1968. Replicas would be exempted from all emissions inspection requirements applicable to other vehicles in the state.  Registration as a replica vehicle would be open to 100 such vehicles each year and use would be limited to occasional transportation and other hobby-related activities.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

President Bush signed into law a SEMA-supported measure that balances a minimum wage hike with $4.8 billion in small-business tax breaks. The wage will increase to $7.25 per hour over two years in three $.70 increments. The wage will rise to from $5.15 to $5.85 on July 24, 2007, followed by yearly increases to $6.55 and $7.25.

The tax-relief package increases the tax code’s annual expensing limits to $125,000 through 2008. The current limit is $112,000. Other provisions include incentives to hire disabled veterans and welfare workers. 

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

Brenda Priddy & Company reports:

We've seen two different concepts: one in 2003, and another in Paris in 2006, but here's the production version of Alfa's all-new 8C. This latest Alfa Romeo jewel, which will be produced in a limited edition of just 500, has been photographed while testing at the German Nürburgring.

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