Thursday, August 9, 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, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

SEMA members and SEMA Show exhibitors are entitled to a free listing in the 2007–2008 SEMA International Buyers Guide, an annual buyer's guide distributed to every international buyer at the SEMA Show. The guide is also shipped to every U.S. Embassy and distributed at automotive trade shows worldwide.

The deadline to take advantage of this free listing is September 5. A copy of the form is available online at www.semashow.com/ibg

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

Tesla Motors, a manufacturer of high-performance electric cars, says it has passed a significant milestone by passing the 500 mark in 2008 model-year Roadster reservations. “We are currently planning to produce 800 of the first model-year Roadsters," said Darryl Siry, vice president of sales, marketing and service at Tesla Motors. "The fact that more than 560 are already accounted for demonstrates the tremendous demand for the 2008 Tesla Roadster.”

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

Advanced nanotech batteries are becoming a driving force in making electric cars go farther and faster between charges, up to five times farther than today’s conventional batteries, according to ZAP and Advanced Battery Technologies, Inc. With this in mind, the two companies recently announced the opening of a joint development office in Beijing, China, to expand their research, manufacturing and marketing of advanced batteries for electric cars using the latest in nanotechnology.

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

How you handle the business when you get it is at least as important as bringing it in, in the first place. If you don’t deliver a positive experience, meaning that you deliver all you promised and then some, customers are going to be disappointed, according to a recent article by Larry Mersereau, small business consultant, speaker and author in the field of marketing and promotion.
 
He notes that disappointed customers can do a number of things:

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

On the web, content is king—or it should be. If you want people to visit, stick around, and come back to your small business’ website, give them substance, says a recent article by the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

The appearance of your website is still important in helping establish professionalism and credibility. But the information and other substantive material you provide matters most.

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

Volkswagen of America, Inc. has set a new record with its Touareg V10 TDI driven by Ryan Arciero at the 2007 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) Race to the Clouds race—a 12.4-mile course. Arciero’s time of 13:17:70 was officially declared the new record holder for the alternative fuel diesel truck high performance showroom stock division. The previous record for this division was set in 2000 with a time of 13:34:63.

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

Hybrid vehicles are on course to achieve record sales in 2007, increasing by 35% compared with 2006, according to the “J.D. Power and Associates 2007 U.S. Hybrid Vehicle Forecast Second Quarter Update.”

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

During Chrysler’s “What’s New” media preview last month, global product development chief Frank Klegon shook things up by announcing the automaker is exploring a four-cylinder diesel for North America, according to a recent article by Diesel Forecast.

Klegon didn’t provide more details, dangling the question of whether Chrysler, in the midst of an ownership transition, will pull one vehicle from its stable of European diesels or look outside the box with an all-new engine. 

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

Forecasting the demand of specialty-equipment parts and accessories provides an invaluable tool for strategic market planners and helps answer one ongoing question: How will industry sales do in the coming months? To help answer this question, SEMA commissioned the market-research firm TechnoMetrica to survey consumers every month in order to gauge their specialty-equipment purchase intentions over the next three months. In July, TechnoMetrica's nationally representative sample of 1,004 consumers—which represents approximately 114 million U.S.

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