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    Feb 25 2010
    As the automotive industry continues to adapt to changes in the economy and consumer spending habits, SEMA-member companies are faced with the decision to race ahead with a new course for the specialty-equipment market or fall behind with the old status quo. In a recent SEMA webinar, "The Major Determinants of U.S. Automotive Demand: Factors Driving the U.S. Automotive Market," moderator John Waraniak, SEMA vice president of vehicle technology, urges members to focus on the upside of the industry’s downturn.
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    Feb 25 2010
    SEMA-member companies have posted several new listings for job opportunities (view all here).
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    Feb 25 2010
    SEMA is supporting a bill in the Oklahoma Legislature to reduce the annual registration fee for vehicles 25 years old and older to $5. Under current law, these vehicles are assessed at a rate of $15 per year.
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    Feb 25 2010

    David Brabham among the motorsports pros on green racing panel at the MIA-SEMA "The Race Has Gone Green" Conference during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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    Feb 25 2010

    SEMA News recently talked with Stuart Charity, executive director of the nearly 30-year-old Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), and Ben Bartlett, the AAAA’s national membership manager, about the Australian specialty-equipment market amid increasingly positive news that Australia is well on its way to an economic recovery.

    There are indications that the automotive industry there has begun to rebound, and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries reported growing vehicle sales—with particularly strong SUV sales—and overall sales for 2009 were expected to reach up to 900,000.

    Spurred by tax rebates for business purchases of vehicles and increased purchasing as growing confidence by consumers increases, the sales gap will be much less than feared just several months ago, although the total isn’t expected to reach the record-setting 1.05 million achieved in 2007. [Read More]

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    Feb 25 2010

    Exhibitor applications for the 2010 SEMA Show will be available in mid-March on www.SEMAShow.com. Forms must be returned by May 7 in order to participate in the priority space selection process.

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    Feb 25 2010
    SEMA eNews highlights the websites of SEMA-member companies through the Hot Links to Cool Sites section each week.
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    Feb 25 2010
    Lori Simonelli joins Toyo Tire U.S.A. as senior director of technical services; CPFilms recognizes Sunmaster as its National Dealer of the Year; Fujitsu Ten Corp. of America named MITO Corp. the exclusive distributor of Eclipse navigation products in United States; Centric Parts installs second fully functional dynamometer to meet demand; and more news from around the industry.
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    Feb 25 2010
    Legislation that would have expanded the definition of “abandoned motor vehicle” to include vehicles that were left unattended for more than six hours on private property without valid plates, title or permit will not be considered in the 2010 legislative session.