CarGurus recently announced its mid-year top 10 most popular car models as voted by consumers on www.CarGurus.com. Based on the quantity and quality of ratings received by each car on the website, 2007 models were ranked by consumer popularity. Given the recent spikes in gas prices, CarGurus commented that it was surprising that 70% of the top 10 most popular cars were utility trucks or sports cars. Topping the popularity list was the Jeep Wrangler, followed by the Ford Mustang.
The links below represent the companies that comprise the select committee of the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC). The mission of the MPMC is to provide meaningful solutions to industry-specific issues and challenges, thereby perpetuating the growth and prosperity of motorsports parts manufacturers. More information on MPMC is available by visiting www.sema.org/mpmc.
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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:
Dates and locations for several upcoming SEMA-sponsored shows and activities have been announced. Details are:
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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. appointed W. Mark Schmitz to executive vice president and chief financial officer. Schmitz succeeds Richard Kramer, who was named to the additional post of president of Goodyear's North American Tire (NAT) business unit in March. Prior to joining Goodyear, Schmitz was most recently vice president and CFO for Tyco International's Fire and Security Segment, where he has been since 2003.
The latest news from SEMA councils and committees:
SEMA has hired Jim Skelly as Council Relations Director. Skelly brings with him more than 15 years of experience at the NHRA, and he will serve as the staff liaison for the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) and the Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA). As an auto enthusiast and a strong communicator, Skelly will be instrumental in helping the councils move forward and achieve their respective goals. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 909/396-0289, ext. 103.
Sport Compact Car magazine is seeking product submissions for its December issue holiday buyer's guide. The 10-page guide will feature all manner of performance and accessory products and will be price-based. For consideration, send a high-resolution digital image, a 200-300-word product description, product price range, and company contact information via snail mail to:
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JOINED: Team owner Ray Evernham has completed his partnership with George N. Gillett, owner of the Montreal Canadiens NHL hockey team, creating Gillett Evernham Motorsports.
NEFF OUT AS CREW CHIEF ON SCELZI'S DODGE: One week after news broke that Mike Neff would join John Force Racing in 2008 as driver of its fourth Funny Car, Neff has been replaced as crew chief on Gary Scelzi's Don Schumacher Racing-owned Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger R/T. Todd Okuhara, former co-tuner for Scelzi's teammate Jack Beckman, takes the lead on the Mopar car, while Phil Shuler stays with Beckman.