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U.S. SENATE APPROVES COMPROMISE CAFE HIKE

The U.S. Senate approved sweeping energy legislation last week that includes a provision to dramatically increase the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Passenger cars and light trucks would be required to meet a combined fuel economy average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020. That represents an increase of about 40% over the current standard of 27.5 mpg for passenger cars and 21.6 for light trucks and SUVs. Lawmakers rejected an alternative pushed by the auto industry, including SEMA, for a more moderate and technologically realistic CAFE increase.

NOT TOO LATE TO PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT FOR SEMA CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Whether you don’t know the difference between a tee time and daylight savings time, or you can drive to the pin with the PGA’s best, it's easy to support your favorite SEMA council by making a charitable pledge online to the Council Cup – Cash for Kids golf tournament. Click here to pledge anywhere from $10–$100 or the amount of your choice.

ONE WEEK LEFT TO REGISTER FOR CHRYSLER GROUP MEASURING SESSION

Attention SEMA manufacturer members! Make plans to attend the Chrysler Group’s July 11 measuring session in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The session will feature the newest Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep sheetmetal that enthusiasts will soon clamor to accessorize. Cameras ARE allowed at the all-day session, which is open from 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., with a formal presentation beginning at 8:30 a.m.

2008 vehicles featured at the session include:
-Jeep Liberty 4x4
-Jeep Patriot (new)
-Dodge Avenger (new)
-Dodge Charger/Magnum (refreshed exterior/interior)

TORA RAISES MONEY, INTIMIDATES OPPONENTS IN COUNCIL CUP-CASH FOR KIDS CHARITY GOLF TOURNEY

Members of the Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) are not only setting the fundraising pace in the Council Cup-Cash for Kids charity golf tournament, but they're also talking up a good game. The golf tourney, to be held in the morning and afternoon on the day of the SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser, has drawn participation from most SEMA councils, but none are putting their money—and self-deprecatory humor—on the line more than the LTAA.

MANUFACTURERS AND AUTOMAKERS AGREE: COLLABORATION IS THE FUTURE OF THE SPECIALTY-EQUIPMENT MARKET

 
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.

LAST CHANCE: NISSAN PROJECT-VEHICLE PROPOSALS AND MEASURING SESSION REGISTRATION DUE THIS FRIDAY

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 billw@sema.org

Nissan Measuring Session

HACKERS RULE! NON-GOLFERS TAKE THE LEAD IN THE COUNCIL CUP - CASH FOR KIDS

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.

RECORD NUMBER OF MANUFACTURERS JOIN IN SEMA SHOW SPACE SELECTION

With several months still remaining, the 2007 SEMA Show is expected to feature more than 2,000 exhibitors
 
A record number of manufacturers took part in the Priority Space Selection process for the 2007 SEMA Show. With several months still remaining before the event takes place October 30–November 2, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the event is expected to feature more than 2,000 automotive specialty-equipment manufacturers.

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