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    Apr 08 2010

    SEMA is opposing legislation to raise the registration fee on antiques, street rods and special-interest vehicles in Kansas.

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    Apr 08 2010
    SEMA-member companies have posted several new listings for job opportunities (view all here).
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    Apr 08 2010
    Good news for the automotive aftermarket: recent market research shows the industry growing between three and four percent in 2010 and beyond.
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    Apr 08 2010
    Capt. Mark Kelly, NASA Astronaut, is the grand marshal at the 23rd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals this weekend at Houston Raceway Park; NHRA drivers are ready for the 23rd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park; preferred seating offered for advanced ticket purchases at NHRA Unleashed events; and more news from the NHRA.
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    Apr 08 2010

    ProPledge staff met with potential partners in a groundbreaking warranty program at the recent NADA conference.

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    Apr 08 2010
    Kevin Harvick (Nationwide) and Kyle Busch (Trucks) sweep two major NASCAR events last weekend; the SFI Foundation Inc. gives all clear for teams and drivers to use Impact Racing gear purchased in 2009 and 2010; bad weather and track conditions spoil Eldora Speedway’s opening weekend; John Andretti and Bruno Junqueira land rides for the Indianapolis 500; and more racing news. 
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    Apr 08 2010
    A bill targeted for defeat by SEMA to ban the “use and sale of any exhaust pipe that increases the sound emission of any vehicle including motorcycles” was set aside for study by the legislature.
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    Apr 08 2010
    The SEMA Show may be closed to the public, but the annual event is of great interest to auto enthusiasts and consumers throughout the world because of the thousands of modified vehicles and new products on display. Luckily, international consumer publications continue to make the trip to Las Vegas and share the latest automotive trends with readers throughout the world.
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    Apr 08 2010
    We've just snagged this very UP CLOSE & PERSONAL photos of Hyundai's new Veloster and some new details are now visible. We now have a better look at the grille, lower fascia, headlights, fog lights and center-mounted exhaust outlets that appear cribbed from the Cadillac CTS Coupe!

    "We first saw the Veloster concept back in 2007 at the Seoul Auto Show. In July, 2009 president and CEO of Hyundai America, John Krafcik told us that the Veloster be on sale sometime in 2011, but that the production car will look '70%–80%' like the concept. He went on to say that the production Veloster could be thought of as a 'four-passenger CRX,' a car 'you can take out and wring its neck and still get good mileage. Fun and economical, with a great power-to-weight ratio.'"

    Power will come from either a 1.6L gas direct inject, I4 motor or the 2.0L version of Hyundai's new Theta II GDI engine. Both of which could be turbo-charged! We'd expect the base-power rating to be around 140hp, with the up-market motor getting closer to 180–190 hp. There is a chance that a dual clutch transmission will be offered as well.

    Chassis-wise, the Veloster will ride on the same FWD platform as the Accent and Elantra. Watch for its official debut sometime in the first half of 2011.
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    Apr 08 2010
    Customer service is not a strategy; it is a way of life, whether business is up or down. The customer and how you take care of that customer will ultimately determine whether or not your business will succeed, according to Robert Spector, best-selling author and international speaker best known for his book The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service Excellence. His latest book is called The Mom & Pop Store: How the Unsung Heroes of the American Economy are Surviving and Thriving.