Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

SEMA Manufacturing members are invited to get a look at the new, redesigned-for-2008 Honda Accord coupe and sedan at an upcoming measuring session, Friday, Sept. 7, in Torrance, California. Cameras are permitted at the session, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

The deadline to register is Friday, August 31. E-mail responses with name(s), company name, address, phone number and e-mail address to: measuringsession@sema.org

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

If you missed Friday's webinar about the Supreme Court's recent decision on minimum resale price agreements, get the download now from www.sema.org/webinar. The audio/video, as well as a PDF presentation, are available from the menu at the right of the page.

Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 12:00am

90 DAYS TO THE SHOW

INNOVATIONS DAY:  MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2007

SHOW DAYS:  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2007

DEADLINES

August 10

  • Complimentary Banquet Tickets Request Due – Tab 1 (Show Facts)

August 24

  • International Exhibitor Registration Due (to receive badges in mail) – Tab 4
  • Lead Retrieval Rental (early-bird rate) – Tab 10

August 30

Thursday, August 2, 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 2, 2007 - 12:00am

According to a recent WardsAuto.com article, when Toyota Motor Corp. introduced its 3.5L, DOHC V6, 2GR-FSE, many eyebrows were raised. The reason? The engine would be the first to combine direct-injection gasoline (DIG) fueling with conventional port fuel injection (PFI). The engine was launched in the 2006 Lexus IS 350, and has won two consecutive Ward’s 10 Best Engines awards.

Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 12:00am

The concept of Six Sigma has been applied to many big businesses as a way to improve business processes, and several of these companies report substantial cost savings as a result. You can find out more about Six Sigma by downloading a series of SEMA webinars by going to www.sema.org/webinars and searching under archived webinars. In addition, the following article below, written by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, gives a simple example to help understand the basic approach to applying Six Sigma to your business.

Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 12:00am

Consumers are paying more money for the diesel option of a used vehicle than what that option originally cost new, according to a recent AutoWeek article. For example, the cost of the diesel option for the 2005 Mercedes E320 CDI sedan was $1,000, but the cost of this option rose to $2,500, according to Black Book used-vehicle price guide reports. The article notes that the reason for this lies in the fact that consumers want fullsize car and trucks with better fuel economy.

Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 12:00am

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., announced manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) for its 2008 Camry and Camry Hybrid.

The gas version carries over unchanged for the 2008 model year with a price increase of $100 for each grade. The weighted average of the increase represents 0.4% across all grades. The base MSRP for the 2008 Camry sedan ranges from $18,570 for the four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission to $28,120 for the premium XLE grade with a V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission.

Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 12:00am

Chrysler recently announced that it would extend its powertrain warranty from the three-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty to a new Lifetime Powertrain Warranty. The new Chrysler Lifetime Powertrain Warranty applies to most new Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles purchased from dealer inventory and delivered on or after July 26, 2007. With a lifetime warranty, will more consumers purchase Chrysler vehicles? In a recent survey of new-vehicle buyers, vehicle warranty ranked 13 among the top 52 characteristics important to consumers when shopping for a new vehicle. 

Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 12:00am

The motorized recreational vehicle (RV) and non-motorized or “towable” RV market, hindered by a slow economy, is expected to pick up speed over the next five years, growing 5% and reaching $15.9 billion, according to “Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing in the U.S.”, a new report from market research publisher SBI.

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