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Mass production and mass markets are giving way to increased vehicle personalization and customization, and automakers are looking for products, processes and partners to help them create accessory-friendly vehicles for fragmenting market segments.
The seminar "Is It Time for the Wagon to Pull the Horse?,” held April 17 at the 2007 SAE World Congress, featured panelists from the design and engineering departments of Toyota, Ford and DaimlerChrysler, and was moderated by SEMA Vice President, Vehicle Technology, John Waraniak.
Nissan Project-Vehicle Proposal Deadline
SEMA Show Exhibitors: The deadline to submit a project-vehicle proposal to Nissan is this Friday, June 15. For details on what the proposal should include and additional information, access the proposal form located here.
For more information on project-vehicle programs, contact Bill Wolf at email@example.com.
Nissan Measuring Session
Contributions for the Council Cup-Cash for Kids golf tournament recently came from an unusual source: industry non-golfers.
Hot Rod Air Vice President and Hot Rod Industry Alliance Chairman David Stutts explains that while searching for HRIA members near California who were planning to attend the SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser, John Menzler of Comp Performance Group decided to step up with a contribution NOT to play. The idea took root almost as a gag, Stutts says.
Twenty-five volunteers from the industry will be vying for 16 open seats on the SEMA Board of Directors, as they seek to lead the automotive specialty-equipment market in the 2007–2009 SEMA Board of Directors elections taking place next month. With the voting of the chairman-elect position taking place this year, the 2007 elections will be pivotal.
SEMA has hired Will L. Woods, CAE, to the newly created position of vice president of councils. Woods brings with him more than 25 years of professional experience, including 13 years as executive director of a 2,400-member trade association and seven years with a California-based automotive trade association.
As SEMA’s first vice president fully dedicated to the council department, Woods will oversee and manage the association’s eight councils.
Vehicle technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate and helping SEMA members understand and leverage emerging vehicle technologies is one of the association's top priorities, according to John Waraniak, SEMA vice president, vehicle technology.
Editor's Note: Last week we reported that the NHRA was under new management. To clarify, the NHRA will remain a non-profit 501(c)(6) corporation, will retain all its non-professional racing, safety and educational activities and continue to be the sanctioning body for all NHRA racing activities, including the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
SEMA and Nissan North America have set a measuring session for Tuesday–Wednesday, June 19–20. The session will feature four 2008 Nissan vehicles—the Versa five-door hatchback, the Sentra and Sentra SE-R sedans and the all-new Altima Coupe.
Each company will get 60 minutes with the vehicles, and cameras are permitted. To participate, members must register by Friday, June 15.
The passing of Bill France Jr. this week elicited an outpouring of tribute among motorsports fans, professionals, writers and those in the specialty-equipment industry.