Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

According to a recent WardsAuto.com article, the Hummer H2 and Chevrolet and GMC light-duty pickups built after 2009 will come available with an all-new 4.5L V8 Duramax turbodiesel. The new powerplant will be produced at General Motors Corp.'s Tonawanda, New York, plant.
   

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

According to Kelley Blue Book's 'Driving Performance' portion of its consumer automotive perceptions research study Brand Watch, Toyota and BMW each claimed two number-one spots for best driving performance. Toyota took the top spot in both the minivan and non-luxury SUV segments, while BMW was singled out for top honors among luxury SUVs and luxury sedans, according to its latest results.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

Imagine a fullsize street diesel pickup running a quarter-mile drag race in 10 seconds while achieving speeds of around 130 mph, or pulling a 36,000-pound "sled" on a 300-foot clay dirt track in 13 seconds. Next, imagine the same guy who owns that diesel pickup driving it home and using it for everyday driving. This scenario describes a growing segment of die-hard diesel enthusiasts who are using their diesel-powered pickups for more than just everyday hauling and towing.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

SEMA members now have exclusive access to the 2007 Trends and Forecasts Quarterly Update - Q1, the latest update to the popular Trends and Forecasts series of reports, as an additional benefit to being a SEMA member. This most recent edition provides an industry overview of relevant developments and trends in the automotive industry during the first three months of 2007. In this report, which can be downloaded on www.sema.org/research, you will find:

* New-vehicle sales data
* The latest consumer buying trends

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

The links below represent the websites of retailers and installers/restylers that have joined the association within the past 30 days. For information about SEMA membership, contact member@sema.org or visit www.sema.org.

Welcome New Retailers

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

SEMA-members 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, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

Filler for eNews

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

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

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

The latest news from SEMA councils and committees:

Professional Restylers Organization (PRO)

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 12:00am

Yokohama Tire Corporation added two seasoned employees to its team: Gregg Vandermar, performance marketing manager, and Rusty Taylor, new manager of finance & administration, business division. Vandermark's responsibilities include corporate and consumer ride and drives, dealer training and working with automotive enthusiast groups and car clubs. He has more than eight years of tire-industry experience, formerly serving in several positions at Toyo Tires.

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