Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 12:00am

Two production-ready amphibious vehicles are planned for introduction in the United States in 2009, according to UK-based Gibbs Technologies, who is forming three new companies to produce and market its vehicles in North America. Quadski, an all-terrain vehicle, will be manufactured and sold by Gibbs Sports Amphibians. Aquada, a vehicle that combines the handling of a sports car with an ability to travel at more than 30 mph on water, will be built and marketed by Gibbs Amphibians.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 12:00am

A new study reports that safety is a major reason why consumers consider and purchase Xenon or High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights on their automobiles.

The research was conducted by Brand-Aid Consulting of Wrentham, Massachusetts. In conjunction with R.L. Polk registration data, Brand-Aid surveyed 400 people who drove 2003–2005 model-year vehicles. Two hundred of the owners drove Xenon-equipped vehicles, while the other half drove vehicles with halogen lighting.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 12:00am

Textron Inc. is now seeking licensing agreements for its latest surface-contamination detection system that enables accurate, automated, inline inspection of metallic and composite panels prior to bonding, coating, painting or welding operations. It says that the technology is currently used for real-time, in-process panel inspection at a leading U.S. aircraft manufacturer, where detecting surface contamination before subsequent operations has resulted in lower scrap and rework cost and improved customer satisfaction.

Thursday, June 21, 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, June 14, 2007 - 12:00am

According to a federal government ruling, 100% of new motor vehicles will, by law, need to have a tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) by the year 2008. While TPMS represent an important development in car safety, they also pose challenges for the specialty-equipment industry. Improper dismounting, for example, can break sensors, costing you time and money.

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 12:00am

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Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 12:00am

 
Mass production and mass markets are giving way to increased vehicle personalization and customization, and automakers are looking for products, processes and partners to help them create accessory-friendly vehicles for fragmenting market segments.

The seminar "Is It Time for the Wagon to Pull the Horse?,” held April 17 at the 2007 SAE World Congress, featured panelists from the design and engineering departments of Toyota, Ford and DaimlerChrysler, and was moderated by SEMA Vice President, Vehicle Technology, John Waraniak.

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 12:00am

Contributions for the Council Cup-Cash for Kids golf tournament recently came from an unusual source: industry non-golfers.

Hot Rod Air Vice President and Hot Rod Industry Alliance Chairman David Stutts explains that while searching for HRIA members near California who were planning to attend the SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser, John Menzler of Comp Performance Group decided to step up with a contribution NOT to play. The idea took root almost as a gag, Stutts says.

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 12:00am

Nissan Project-Vehicle Proposal Deadline

SEMA Show Exhibitors: The deadline to submit a project-vehicle proposal to Nissan is this Friday, June 15. For details on what the proposal should include and additional information, access the proposal form located here.  

For more information on project-vehicle programs, contact Bill Wolf at billw@sema.org

Nissan Measuring Session

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 12:00am

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