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.

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

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.

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

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.

MPMC Select Committee

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

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:

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

Dates and locations for several upcoming SEMA-sponsored shows and activities have been announced. Details are:

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

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Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 12:00am

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.

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