According to a recent Ward’s Auto article, German manufacturer ZF Friedrichshafen AG introduced a rear-wheel drive eight-speed automatic transmission at the International Vienna Motor Symposium.
Market-watchers have been particularly interested in the rash of announcements on fuel-cell (FC) vehicles that surrounded the 2007 Shanghai Auto Show and the recent funding and development news at the Hydrogen & Fuel Cells 2007 exhibition in Vancouver, according to a recent Fuel Cell Today article.
Although convertible hardtops have been around for some time, this past year has seen a huge influx of less expensive niche models with folding hardtops, according to a recent AutoWeek article. The article states, as hardtop convertible variants were introduced on vehicles, such as the Volvo C70, Pontiac G6, Volkswagen Eos, Chrysler Sebring, Mazda MX-5 and BMW 3 Series, automakers pushed their benefits: protection from the weather and theft, a quieter ride and even better body stiffness.
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More than 550 exhibitors are expected at this year's PAACE Automechanika taking place this July 11–13 in Mexico City. To date, 30 SEMA-member companies have signed up to exhibit at the largest automotive-parts trade show in Latin America.
The Salon de SEMA section of the show will once again feature dozens of project vehicles and a center stage with "Overhaulin'" co-host AJ introducing exhibitors and their products to buyers.
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Learn how much money you can save on shipping through the SEMA Freight Savings Plan by participating in the SEMA Freight Savings Program webcast today (Thursday, May 3) at 10 a.m. (PST).
By using the collective strength of the association’s membership to secure substantial discounts with specific carriers, SEMA members save an average of $2,000 on shipping costs. Carriers include: FedEx Express, Fed Ex Ground and FedEx Freight, Roadway, Central Freight Lines and New Penn Motor.
At the recent 2007 Global Automotive Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, John Waraniak, SEMA vice president of Vehicle Technology and Phil Martens, president of ArvinMeritor's light vehicle systems, gave a compelling overview of the OEM and aftermarket industries. Their comments referenced and built on several of the keynote remarks made by Robert Lutz, vice chairman, global product development at General Motors.
Advanstar Communications will be the Gold Sponsor of the SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, California, on July 27.
The SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser is where outgoing Board members are recognized for their service, newly elected Board members are introduced and the newest selections for the SEMA Hall of Fame are announced. The event includes charitable fundraising activities, and proceeds from the gala will be contributed to two very worthy causes—Childhelp and the Petty Victory Junction Gang Camp.
New York Assemblyman Bill Reilich is the new chairman of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. The Caucus is supported by SEMA. Reilich succeeds Montana Senator John Brueggeman who served in that capacity since the Caucus’ inception in 2005.