FEV Engine Technology Inc. (FEV) recently unveiled a developmental gasoline/E85 turbocharged direct injection (GTDI) engine that also features variable compression ratio (VCR) at the 2007 SAE World Congress. According to a company press release, the engine is being developed in-house, in tandem with several other DI engine projects that FEV is working on with various automakers.
Good leadership drives the specialty-equipment industry, and business owners that clearly understand their role as leaders could help ensure a long business life ahead of their company. SEMA conducted a webinar earlier this year on leadership, and a presentation of that webinar can be viewed by clicking here. In addition to this valuable resource, a recent article posted on Dave Anderson’s LearntoLead.com discusses how founders of two auto manufacturers undertook their roles as leaders in their respective companies.
The Chevrolet Corvette is getting yet another boost in performance and luxury. The changes made to the 2008 Corvette come three years after the introduction of the current sixth-generation body style. According to a recent AutoWeek article, the Corvette is getting “a boost in performance, more luxury features and, most likely, a higher price.”
U.S. demand for diesel engines and related aftermarket parts is forecasted to increase 3.8% annually through 2011 to $20 billion, a sign of the industry’s continued strength since coming off a high 2006 sales level.
A recent AutoWeek.com article reported that Jim Farley, now group vice president and general manager of the Lexus Division, said that Toyota Tundra buyers are more demanding when it comes to choosing the model with the trim, color and features that fits their needs versus buyers of the previous generation Tundra.
AutoWeek reports that microcars are destined to achieve sales of only 100,000 units per year through 2013. In a recent article, AutoWeek reveals that CSM Worldwide, an automotive forecasting and market intelligence firm, predicts that U.S. consumers will shy away from cars that are smaller than subcompacts such as the Honda Fit and Chevrolet Aveo.
Global warming and energy security worries are pushing more consumers to check out clean diesel vehicles, but buyer sticker shock and higher maintenance costs could push back against diesel growth in the United States, according to some industry observers who attended the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress. A recent article posted on Dieselforecast.com highlights a recent diesel panel discussion hosted at the latest SAE event.
Although only a very small percentage of the 1.3 billion Chinese citizens own cars, the number is growing. In 2006, automobile output and sales grew by over 25%, topping 7.20 million vehicles last year, according a recent CCID Consulting press release. The Chinese consulting firm states that China has become the second largest auto consumer and the third largest auto producer in the world.
The links below represent the companies of some of the SEMA Hall of Fame inductees from 2000–2006.
- Rick Rollins, Superchips
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 the employee to participate in webinars, access free market research, join SEMA committees and more. The newest classified listings posted under Positions Available include: