Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. announced that Kenji Nakakura was appointed the company’s new president and chief executive officer. Mr. Nakakura will also serve as the representative director for the company and will continue to serve as a member of the board. He will assume all responsibilities effective January 1, 2008. Mr. Nakakura replaces Yoshio Kataoka, who will become advisor to the president and will continue serving as a member of the board.
Sport-Compact Council (SCC)
SCC is hosting a Jobber Focus Panel on Friday, December 7, 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m., during the PRI Trade Show in Orlando. The meeting, open to all SEMA members, will cover the latest compact-performance trends and outline the current direction of the market. The meeting is set for the Orange County Convention Center, Meeting Room S331B (on the third level). To RSVP or for more information, contact Paul Moritz at 909/396-0289, ext. 112 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Dates and locations for several upcoming SEMA-sponsored shows and activities have been announced. Details are:
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 enable the employee to participate in webinars, access free market research, join SEMA committees and more. The newest classified listings posted under Positions Available include:
The companies below represent the current exhibitors (G–Q) of the upcoming SEMA Spring Expo (SSE) and SEMA OFFROAD (SOR) set for the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, February 8–9. With a special emphasis on trucks and SUVs, SSE and SOR exhibitors will display a variety of products and services covering accessories, restyling, wheels and tires, and mobile electronics.
Getting a big boost from 2007 newcomers, sales of subcompact cars shot up 41% during the first nine months of this year. Sales of the Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa and Honda Fit reached double and triple digits from January to September of this year, compared to the same period in 2006. One question remains, however: do subcompact car buyers accessorize their vehicles?
For the second consecutive year, light trucks and off-road vehicles led the total number of display vehicles at the 2007 SEMA Show. Light trucks accounted for 24% of total display vehicles, up 3% from 2006, according to SEMA research. Off-road display vehicles rose 4%, comprising 21% of the show totals.
The top three pickups at the Show this year included the Ford F-Series, the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra and the Toyota Tundra, while the SUV list was topped by the Jeep Wrangler, Cadillac Escalade and Chevy Tahoe.
The new Jeep Wrangler was the most popular SUV displayed at the 2007 SEMA Show, and for good reason: as with its predecessors, the new Wrangler is built to be customized. Rugged, long-travel suspension for off-road thrashings; thick, knobby tires for muddin’; or just a simple winch, tube bumpers and off-road lights for looks and function, the Jeep Wrangler begs to be modified.