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According to a federal government ruling, 100% of new motor vehicles will need to have a tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) by 2008. While tire-pressure monitoring systems represent an important development in car safety, they also pose challenges for our industry. Improper dismounting, for example, can break sensors, costing you time and money.
SEMA Show exhibitors, your badge and badgeholder for the 2007 SEMA Show could be on its way to you as early as the second week of August.
That's right! If you're a SEMA Show alumnus, registered and approved, your badge and badgeholder will be sent to you before the Show. No waiting in line! Simply step off the monorail or shuttle bus, wear your badge and badgeholder and walk directly into the Show. It's our thank you for being an important part of the Show's success through your consistent attendance.
Harley-Davidson, Vance & Hines and COMP Performance have teamed up to donate a 2008 Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy to the silent auction at the SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser. Featuring a twin-cam 96 cubic-inch engine that puts down 89 ft lbs torque, the Fat Boy also comes with 17-inch Bullet Hole Disc cast aluminum wheels with a fat 200mm wide tire out back and dual chrome mufflers.
SEMA is pleased to announce the hiring of William Miller as the association’s new senior vice president of operations. The new position, created as part of an internal restructuring to increase association capabilities, reports directly to SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. Miller will oversee the following five departments: Events and Communications; Marketing and Membership Services; Market Research and Information; Internal Systems and Project Teams; and OEM Relations.
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Electronics and software represent more than 20% of the cost of today’s vehicles. Analysts project growth to 35% or even 40% by 2010. So according to WardsAuto, so-called embedded computing is growing as well.
An unlikely new player has entered the biofuel arena. Tyson Foods, the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, and Syntroleum Companies recently announced the formation of Dynamic Fuels LLC to build the first commercial synthetic fuels plant in the United States. The plant will target the renewable diesel, jet and military fuel markets.
BMW has denied any concrete plan to build an M version of the entry-level 1 Series. But according to AutoWeek, the versions of the 1 Series that will be available resurrect the spirit of the original M3. The 1 Series is expected to debut at September’s Frankfurt motor show.
According to The Car Connection, Volkswagen has confirmed that the new Jetta sedan will be the first of the company’s vehicles to get the new clean diesel engine in 2008. Production for the clean-diesel Jetta TDI is expected to begin in January of 2008 and will go on sale in late spring. The new diesel will be 50-state complaint and will be badged as a TDI.