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Morrison’s 1960 Vette Immortalized as “Best in Show” at the Gran Turismo Awards

Art Morrison’s 3G Vette 1960 Corvette wins the coveted Best in Show Award at the Gran Turismo Awards held at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas during the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. Morrison’s Vette will now be immortalized in an upcoming Gran Turismo racing simulation game. 

The Gran Turismo Awards mission is to find the hottest car of the show (SEMA Show) game. This hottest car is catapulted to stardom with the inclusion in the next Gran Turismo video game, the franchise which has sold over 40 million copies since its introduction nearly nine years ago. 

Judging was done by a group of personalities and journalists from the automotive industry. Category judging was based on the judge’s choice for a car with well-balanced performance, style and speed. “Best in Show” was selected by the famed creator of the Gran Turismo franchise – Kazunori Yamauchi. 

Category Award Winners

Best Japanese Import: Leigh Guarnieri, 2007 Honda FTT

Best Domestic: Tajaldas, 2006 Pontiac Solstice

Best European Auto: Don Nicholson, 2006 Volvo C30

Best Truck/SUV, Daryl Klassen and Mike Deford, Hummer 3

Best Hotrod, Craig Morrison, 1960 Chevrolet Corvette

While anticipating the award announcements, Pharrell Williams’DJ, Jus Ske kept the hip hop tunes coming as fans could drive the anticipated Gran Turismo HD of Sony’s Playstation 3, nearly three weeks prior to the street date of the PS3. A street date for GT HD has still not been announced but is expected in 2007. 

After announcing the awards, fans were treated to a performance by the iconic rock band Foreigner. 

Gran Turismo has sold over 45 million units worldwide on the Playstation platforms. It is considered the standard for racing games with its realistic graphic, physics and realistic cars and tracks. It’s most recent version, Gran Turismo 4 has over 700 cars and enables you to drive around the world on over 40 tracks. 

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Chevrolet Silverado Classic Hybrid Wins Vehicle Design Award

SEMA's Awards Program Spotlighting Accessory Friendly Vehicles Chooses the Chevrolet Silverado Classic in Best Hybrid Category

 

 Nov. 2 The Chevrolet Silverado Classic Hybrid -- the first full-size production pickup to utilize hybrid technology -- is also the first hybrid to be recognized as the most accessory friendly vehicle at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, capturing one of four SEMA Vehicle Design Awards and becoming the benchmark in SEMA's newest design award category.

Each SEMA Vehicle Design Award recipient was part of a selection process that encompassed several SEMA member companies and automakers who regularly participate in technology sharing programs. These programs consist of various data sharing, measurement sessions and technology transfer initiatives which provide valuable information for each specialty equipment manufacturer to be in sync with the launch of new vehicles.

The SEMA Vehicle Design Awards were established to honor those newly introduced vehicles that best exemplify the alliance between the OEMs and SEMA-member companies. The awards recognize and celebrate the vehicles that a select group of voting members has chosen as the most accessory-friendly vehicles of the year. The Chevrolet Silverado Classic Hybrid received nearly 22 percent of the votes for 2006.

"The collaboration between Chevrolet, General Motors and SEMA is very valuable. We gain a lot of accessory ideas and product ideas to give the consumers what they really want. We look closely at what is offered at SEMA, we are encouraged with what's offered and we look at new ideas. That's where the collaboration comes in strong for us," commented Dale Sullivan, Regional Sales Marketing Manager, Western Region, General Motors.

"Our participating manufacturing members had early access to the Chevrolet Silverado Classic Hybrid and discovered that its proven lineage of design and engineering provides several opportunities for customer personalization," said Carl Sheffer, SEMA vice president, OEM Relations. "Based on feedback from the automakers, we are having a positive impact on the design and marketing of future vehicles."

SEMA reveals the winners of the accessory friendly Car, Truck, SUV and Hybrid categories at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the largest automotive specialty equipment trade event where the industry unveils thousands of new products to visiting trade professionals.

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $34 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,817 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289 or visit www.sema.org and www.enjoythedrive.com.

 

 

Jeep Wrangler Wins Vehicle Design Award

SEMA's Awards Program Spotlighting Accessory Friendly Vehicles Chooses the Jeep Wrangler in Best SUV Category

The Jeep Wrangler was recognized as the most accessory friendly SUV at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, capturing one of four SEMA Vehicle Design Awards and joining a prestigious list of past winners.

Each SEMA Vehicle Design Award recipient was part of a selection process that encompassed several SEMA member companies and automakers who regularly participate in technology sharing programs. These programs consist of various data sharing, measurement sessions and technology transfer initiatives which provide valuable information for each specialty equipment manufacturer to be in sync with the launch of new vehicles.

The SEMA Vehicle Design Awards were established to honor those newly introduced vehicles that best exemplify the alliance between the OEMs and SEMA-member companies. The awards recognize and celebrate the vehicles that a select group of voting members has chosen as the most accessory-friendly vehicles of the year. The Jeep Wrangler received nearly 25 percent of the votes for 2006.

"The big advantage that SEMA offers DaimlerChrysler is putting us together with providers and bringing quality parts to market. They enable us to work with the accessory companies early and ultimately the customer wins with a higher quality accessory. The Jeep Wrangler is the perfect canvas for personal accessories and re-accessorization," said Scott Brown, DaimlerChrysler Group Communications, West Coast.

"Our participating manufacturing members had early access to the Jeep Wrangler and discovered that the inherited design and classic engineering of this vehicle provides several opportunities for customer personalization," said Carl Sheffer, SEMA vice president, OEM Relations. "Based on feedback from the automakers, we are having a positive impact on the design and marketing of future vehicles."

SEMA reveals the winners of the Accessory Friendly Car, Truck, SUV and Hybrid categories at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the largest automotive specialty equipment trade event where the industry unveils thousands of new products to visiting trade professionals.

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $34 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,817 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289 or visit www.sema.org and www.enjoythedrive.com.

 

Ford Shelby GT 500 Wins Vehicle Design Award

 

SEMA's Awards Program Spotlighting Accessory Friendly Vehicles Chooses the Ford Shelby GT 500 in Best Car Category

 The high-performance Ford Shelby GT 500 was recognized as the most accessory friendly car at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, capturing one of four SEMA Vehicle Design Awards and joining a prestigious list of past winners.

Each SEMA Vehicle Design Award recipient was part of a selection process that encompassed several SEMA member companies and automakers who regularly participate in technology sharing programs. These programs consist of various data sharing, measurement sessions and technology transfer initiatives which provide valuable information for each specialty equipment manufacturer to be in sync with the launch of new vehicles.

The SEMA Vehicle Design Awards were established to honor those newly introduced vehicles that best exemplify the alliance between the OEMs and SEMA-member companies. The awards recognize and celebrate the vehicles that a select group of voting members has chosen as the most accessory-friendly vehicles of the year. The Ford Shelby GT 500 received nearly 22 percent of the votes for 2006.

"The value of the increased collaboration with SEMA members is good for both our businesses and it's good for the customer," said John Clinard, Western Regional Manager, Ford Motor Company. "Our attitude about vehicle personalization is just pure enthusiasm, we share that with the people who buy our cars and with those who buy SEMA accessories and parts to put on our cars."

"Our participating manufacturing members had early access to the Ford Shelby GT and discovered that its unique design and muscular engineering provides several options for customer personalization," said Carl Sheffer, SEMA vice president, OEM Relations. "Based on feedback from the automakers, we are having a positive impact on the design and marketing of future vehicles."

SEMA reveals the winners of the Accessory Friendly Car, Truck, SUV and Hybrid categories at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the largest automotive specialty equipment trade event where thousands of new products are unveiled to visiting trade professionals.

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $34 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,817 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289 or visit www.sema.org and www.enjoythedrive.com.

 

Toyota Tundra Wins Vehicle Design Award

SEMA's Awards Program Spotlighting Accessory Friendly Vehicles Chooses the Toyota Tundra in Best Truck Category

 

The Toyota Tundra was recognized as the most accessory friendly truck at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, capturing one of three SEMA Vehicle Design Awards to join a prestigious list of past winners.


 

Each SEMA Vehicle Design Award recipient was part of a selection process that encompassed several SEMA member companies and automakers who regularly participate in technology sharing programs. These programs consist of various data sharing, measurement sessions and technology transfer initiatives which provide valuable information for each specialty equipment manufacturer to be in sync with the launch of new vehicles.


The SEMA Vehicle Design Awards were established to honor those newly introduced vehicles that best exemplify the alliance between the OEMs and SEMA-member companies. The awards recognize and celebrate the vehicles that a select group of voting members has chosen as the most accessory-friendly vehicles of the year. The Toyota Tundra received nearly 41 percent of the votes for 2006.
"Vehicle accessorization is becoming more and more important to our customers, especially with trucks. Toyota has always been very supportive and interested in vehicle accessorization and our partnership with these companies through SEMA allows us to have high quality accessories at the point of sale," commented Brian Smith, Corporate Manager of Truck Operations for Toyota Motor Sales USA.
"Our participating manufacturing members had early access to the Toyota Tundra and discovered that the design and engineering of this popular truck provides several opportunities for customer personalization," said Carl Sheffer, SEMA vice president, OEM Relations. "Based on feedback from the automakers, we are having a positive impact on the design and marketing of future vehicles."
SEMA reveals the winners of the Accessory Friendly Car, Truck, SUV and Hybrid categories at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the largest automotive specialty equipment trade event where the industry unveils thousands of new products to visiting trade professionals.
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $34 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,817 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289 or visit www.sema.org and www.enjoythedrive.com 

SEMA Announces New Product Showcase Winners

The 2007 SEMA New Products Award winners were announced today at the 40th Annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winning criteria included: superiority in innovation, technical achievement, quality, workmanship and consumer appeal. Over 1,400 innovative new products were entered in this year's Showcase, making it the largest in SEMA Show history.

  The 2007 New Product Winners include:    Best New Mobile Electronics Product   Winner: Vizualogic   Product: Vizualogic Media On-Demand   Runners-Up: Rosen Entertainment Systems and Custom Autosound MFG    Best New Off-Road/4-Wheel Drive Product   Winner: Warn Industries   Product: Power Plant Dual Force HP   Runners-Up: E.O.P and Rancho/Dynomax    Best New Performance-Racing Product   Winner: Synapse Engineering Inc.   Product: Synchronic Wastegate   Runners-Up: Pro Charger and Comp Performance Group    Best New Performance-Street Product   Winner: Pro Parts LLC   Product: SBEK Boost Controller   Runners-Up: Turbo XS and Gear Vendors    Best New Street Rod/Custom Car Product   Winner: Flaming River Industries Inc.   Product: Cradel Rack & Pinon System for 1968-72 Chevelle and other GM    automobiles   Runners-Up: Dakota Digital Inc. and Experi-Metal Inc.    Best New Van/Pickup/Sport-Utility Vehicle Product   Winner: Fold-a-Cover/Style Step   Product: Style Step Tubes   Runners-Up: Pilot Automotive Inc. and Shur-Co    Best Engineered New Product   Winner: Center Line Wheels Corp   Product: Run Flat Military Tactical Wheel   Runners-Up: Pilot Automotive Inc. and Cobb Tuning LLC    Best New Merchandising Display   Winner: Mickey Thompson Performance   Product: Mickey Thompson Off-Road Mini-Tire and Wheel Display   Runners-Up: E-Racing Motorsports and MacNeil Automotive Products    Best New Packaging Design   Winner: Pilot Automotive   Product: Tie-Down Storage Caddy   Runners-Up: Warn Industries and Meguiar's    Best New Interior Accessory Product   Winner: B&M Racing and Performance Products   Product: Black Out Guages   Runners-Up: Craven Speed and PLX Devices    Best New Exterior Accessory Product   Winner: Pilot Automotive   Product: Trailer Adapter with Dual 12 Volt Receptacle   Runners-Up: Pilot Automotive Inc.    Best New Tools and Equipment Product   Winner: WAM Systems   Product: Direct TPMS   Runners-Up: GearWrench and Bartec    For comprehensive information about the SEMA Show, visit www.SEMAshow.com.  

New SEMA Vehicle Design Awards Announced

Three New Vehicles and One Hybrid Capture Prestigious Vehicle Design Awards at the 2006 SEMA Show

-- Three new vehicles and one new Hybrid vehicle were recipients of the 2007 SEMA Vehicle Design Awards announced today at the SEMA Show. The awards are presented to the most accessory-friendly vehicle in four separate categories, Car, Truck, SUV and SEMA's newest category, Hybrid. The Toyota Tundra took top honors in the Truck category, the Ford Shelby GT 500 won in the Car category and the Jeep Wrangler won in the SUV category. The newest award for the most accessory-friendly Hybrid vehicle went to the Chevrolet Silverado Classic.

Each SEMA Vehicle Design Award recipient was part of a selection process that encompassed SEMA member companies and automakers who regularly participate in technology sharing programs. These programs consist of various data sharing, measurement sessions and technology transfer initiatives which provide valuable information for each specialty equipment manufacturer to be in sync with the launch of new vehicles.

The SEMA Vehicle Design Awards were established to honor those newly introduced vehicles that best exemplify the alliance between the OEMs and SEMA-member companies. The awards recognize and celebrate the vehicles that a select group of voting members has chosen as the most accessory-friendly vehicles of the year.

"This is a very exciting time for the specialty equipment industry because there are so many accessory-friendly vehicles available this year, including several new Hybrids, which allowed us to create the new category," said Carl Sheffer, SEMA vice president, OEM relations. "The competition this year was intense and with so many new Hybrids on the market, the future is especially bright for the industry."

SEMA Announces Accessory Friendly Vehicles - Video Available

Four New Vehicles Capture Prestigious Vehicle Design Awards at the 2006 SEMA Show

-- Four new vehicles were recipients of the 2007 SEMA Vehicle Design Awards announced today at the SEMA Show. The awards are presented to the most accessory-friendly vehicle in four categories, Car, Truck, SUV and SEMA's newest category, Hybrid. The Toyota Tundra took top honors in the Truck category, the Ford Shelby GT 500 won in the Car category and the Jeep Wrangler won in the SUV category. The newest award for the most accessory-friendly Hybrid went to the Chevrolet Silverado Classic.

Each SEMA Vehicle Design Award recipient was part of a selection process that encompassed several SEMA member companies and automakers who regularly participate in technology sharing programs. These programs consist of various data sharing, measurement sessions and technology transfer initiatives which provide valuable information for specialty equipment manufacturers looking to be in-sync with the launch of new vehicles.

The SEMA Vehicle Design Awards were established to honor those newly introduced vehicles that best exemplify the alliance between the OEMs and SEMA-member companies. The awards recognize and celebrate the vehicles that a select group of voting members has chosen as the most accessory-friendly vehicles of the year.

"This is a very exciting time for the specialty equipment industry because there are so many accessory-friendly vehicles now available, including several new Hybrids," said Peter MacGillivray, Vice President Marketing and Communications for SEMA. "The competition this year was intense which tells us that the future of the specialty equipment industry is especially bright."

 

Vizualogic® VMOD™ Entertainment System Named
Best New Mobile Electronics Product at SEMA Show

 – The Vizualogic Media on Demand (VMOD™) Entertainment System was named Best New Mobile Electronics Product today at the 2006 SEMA Show.

VMOD, which allows consumers to download virtually any digital media into their vehicles, is a compact, powerful computing module that combines an Intel® Celeron® M processor and a 40GB automotive-grade hard drive, running a simple plug and play operating system.  The module is paired with a user-friendly software application from StreetDeck, which ties the whole user experience together in an automotive-friendly package.  Its compact size makes it easy to install under a seat or virtually anywhere in a vehicle.  An integrated video output allows users to plug directly into any of Vizualogic’s patented All-in-One Headrest Monitor/DVD Players, including the new iPod®-compatible A-1250, allowing users to download virtually any digital file from their home computers.  (VMOD also is compatible with other Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) systems.)

“We are elated to have VMOD chosen as the best new mobile electronics product at SEMA,” said Brian Torres, vice president of business development, Vizualogic. “We have a talented and dedicated team of engineers who have a vision of where digital media is headed, and this award is very gratifying for the entire Vizualogic family.”

“This project came to fruition thanks to a partnership that includes Intel for the architecture of the new system, StreetDeck for software and integration, and Portwell for the boards,” said Ian Kelly, Vizualogic’s lead engineer on the project.  “The end result is a system that allows users to play games and watch movies stored on the hard drive, browse the Internet, download and listen to music, and enjoy other multimedia experiences.  Basically, anything stored on a full-size home computer can be downloaded and accessed with VMOD.” 

VMOD will be sold through the automotive aftermarket and via retail channels, beginning in the first quarter of 2007.  MSRP will start at $699.00.

Vizualogic, a division of TMI Products, Inc., specializes in the development and manufacture of high quality integrated mobile electronic systems and accessories.  TMI, with more than 190 employees, was founded in 1982, and is based in Corona, CA. 


Intel and Celeron are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

StreetDeck designs and manufactures innovative products for in-car computing, integrating elements of mobile computing, media centers, broadband networking, mobile phone technology and software in open computing platforms.  The company was created in 2005 by the Mp3Car team, a group who since 1996 has been dedicated to creating the best, safest in-car computing experience possible.  Over time, this car computing forum attracted over 500,000 posts by thousands of car computing enthusiasts worldwide, evolving Mp3Car into an e-commerce destination.  Those roots, as well as academic research and years of development, bore StreetDeck, now jointly headquartered in Baltimore and LA, and working closely with such technology and automotive leaders as Microsoft, Parrot, and Seagate. For more information, see www.StreetDeck.com

 

Subaru of America Announces New SPT Power Packs

-- SPT Delivers Big Boost in Horsepower and Torque --

-- Subaru of America announced today at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas the launch of SPT Power Packs, a performance kit designed for Subaru Impreza WRX and STI and the Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT. The Power Packs consist of the SPT Performance Exhaust System, SPT High Flow Air Intake System and SPT Heat Shield.

SPT performance products each offer great features individually, but when combined, the Power Packs deliver a big punch. The SPT Power Packs have been dyno-tested and, when measured at the wheel, produce up to 30hp and 20lb-ft of torque on a stock 2007 STI, up to 10hp with 17lb-ft of torque on a stock 2006 WRX model, and up to 30hp and 30lb-ft of torque on a stock 2007 Legacy GT Sedan.

The SPT Performance Exhaust features a larger diameter, 3-inch stainless steel construction which replaces the stock intermediate pipe and muffler, resulting in an enhanced sound and performance.

The SPT High Flow Air Intakes are constructed of 319 die cast aluminum, manufactured to ensure smooth high flowing bends. Each intake kit includes; a silicone reinforced boot, anti-vibration mounting system, stainless steel t-bolt clamps, and a SPT 4-layer cotton gauge filter with a built-in velocity stack for smooth air flow. The intakes feature a new gunmetal gray-textured power-coat finish with a raised SPT logo, and are CARB certified and compliant with 50-state emissions regulations.

The SPT Heat Shields help ensure a supply of cool air to the engine intakes, thus reducing the loss of power that comes from a heated intake charge. Cooler air is drawn from inside the passenger front wheel well and behind the headlight; not from the hotter areas surrounding the turbocharger, engine and radiator. Unlike a traditional cold air intake, which places the filter element as low as possible in the vehicle, this setup helps to supply cool air while limiting the risk of water ingestion.

For additional information on this and other Genuine Subaru Performance Parts, or to request a copy of the latest catalog, log onto http://www.spt.subaru.com/.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru makes the best-selling All-Wheel Drive car sold in America based on R.L. Polk & Co. new vehicle retail registration statistics calendar year-end 2005. For additional information visit http://www.subaru.com/.


 

Two Isuzu Project Pickups to Be Displayed at SEMA

i-290 Sport Truck and i-370 Off-Road Truck Developed by Street Scene Equipment

Two exciting and aggressive Isuzu Pickup project vehicles, both developed by Street Scene Equipment of Costa Mesa, California, will be displayed at this week's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

The project vehicles -- a 2007 i-290 Extended Cab Sport Truck and a 2007 i-370 4x4 Crew Cab Off-Road Truck -- are designed to show consumers how they can customize an Isuzu Pickup with readily available aftermarket equipment.

"These trucks may look like concept vehicles," said Rick Stipa, executive manager, accessory and product planning for Isuzu Motors America, Inc. "But any customer, with a little bit of effort and imagination, can own a new Isuzu truck virtually identical to either of these showstoppers."

Isuzu i-290 Sport Truck

It began as a stock Pacific Blue 2007 Isuzu i-290 4x2 Extended Cab. But the i-290 Sport Truck -- now featuring bright gold stripes from Ape Graphics and a Snugtop tonneau cover -- is anything but ordinary. A Ground Force lowering kit drops the vehicle two to three inches for an aggressive stance, while wide 255/45R20 Toyo Proxes S/T tires on 20-inch American Racing wheels provide a street-ready look while enhancing grip and overall performance on-road.

On the outside, Street Scene Equipment contributed Cal-Vu signal mirrors, front bumper cover, wiper cowl, roll pan and side skirts, all painted body color by L&G Enterprises. Street Scene upper and lower chrome Speed Grille inserts, custom hidden hitch and valance driving lights complete the look.

Underneath and inside, the i-290 Sport Truck offers up a Kinetik battery supplied by Stir Marketing, a Gibson exhaust system, and black leather seats with body-color-keyed Pacific Blue inserts from Roadwire and Classic Soft Trim.

The whole package, according to Mike Spagnola, president of Street Scene Equipment, is expected to appeal to young males up to 30 years of age -- and the young at heart.

This vehicle embodies street-truck performance for those that like to be seen cruising in style. Both looks and handling are improved on the asphalt where this concept is most likely to be found.

Isuzu i-370 Off-Road Truck

While the i-290 Sport Truck represents one approach to affordable, available personalization for Isuzu Pickup buyers, the i-370 Off-Road Truck demonstrates that customization can go in a completely different direction.

Beginning with a stock Pacific Blue 2007 Isuzu i-370 4x4 Crew Cab, the Street Scene team raised the truck with a four-inch lift kit from Skyjacker, then added 35-inch BFGoodrich tires outfitted with American Racing wheels that are slick, literally-because they are Teflon coated, the better to wash off the muck from an excursion on a muddy trail.

The Street Scene-supplied signal mirrors, front bumper cover, wiper cowl and roll pan were painted body color by L&G Enterprises. The hyper-aggressive look is enhanced with Street Scene's Speed Grille inserts, custom hidden hitch, flip-up license plate kit and 6.5-inch driving lights; nerf bars and Dakar light bar from Rampage; custom gold stripes from Ape Graphics; and bedliner and tailgate extender from Isuzu Motors America. Like the i-290, the i-370 Off-Road Truck features a Kinetik battery, Gibson exhaust, and leather seats from Roadwire and Classic Soft Trim.

"This truck," says Spagnola, "demonstrates just how much you can do and how far you can go with an Isuzu Pickup -- from hunting, camping and mountain climbing to hitting the dunes and towing your motorcycles. It's a rugged American look that will appeal to active adults of a wide variety of ages and interests."

Both project trucks are based on popular members of the Isuzu Pickup line, which consists of the two-wheel-drive Extended Cab (available as either an i-290 with 2.9-liter, 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine or as an i-370 with a 242-horse, 3.7-liter inline five) and the five-cylinder i-370 Crew Cab (available in both two- and four-wheel-drive models).

Based in Costa Mesa, California, Street Scene Equipment is a leading aftermarket supplier of automotive styling accessories.

Isuzu Motors America, Inc., is the U.S. distributor of Isuzu sport utility vehicles and diesel engines. 

 

Michelin Showcases Supercars at SEMA Las Vegas

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2(TM) and Pilot Sport Cup(TM) Tires Meet Extreme Demands for High-Performance Vehicles

Michelin rolled-out some of the world's most exclusive supercars to tout its leadership position in performance tires at this years SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) convention being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Oct. 31 - Nov. 3, 2006.

Michelin tires are found on more supercars than all other tire manufacturers combined. The supercar line-up in the Michelin booth includes the Buggati Veyron, Pagani Zonda Roadster F, RUF Rt12, Saleen S7, Koenigsegg CCX, Fisker Latigo CS and McLaren F1 LM., and for the first time ever on Amercan soil, the Caparo T1.

From stronger engines to lightweight materials to improved aerodynamics, the delicate balance between performance and safety is the panacea for all supercar manufacturers. However, one element of the supercar that is not up for debate is the high-performance parts required to deliver world-class performance. This performance begins with the road and the ability to deliver a high performance tire that stands up to the unique demands of these ultimate driving machines.

"Michelin pushes the envelope for supercar performance through our research and development efforts allowing us to be a leader in creating new tire technology," said Parmeet Grover, brand director for Michelin. "These supercars provide us a unique platform, in addition to our success in motorsports, to ensure that drivers enjoy uncompromising safety and performance for both city and highway driving with ultimate confidence."

At the center of Michelin's tire research and development activities is its involvement in motorsports. Racing requires Michelin to deliver a high performance tire that is capable of handling the highest speeds in various weather and road conditions. Many supercars ride on Michelin(R) Pilot(R) Sport PS2(TM) tires, which were inspired by Michelin's success in Formula One, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the American Le Mans Series.

About Michelin

As the undisputed leader in the tire industry, Michelin (http://www.michelin.com/) designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks, motorcycles and the space shuttle. The company also publishes travel guides, maps and atlases covering Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America employs 22,300 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants in 17 locations.

 

 

Subaru Showcases Two New Forester Sports Models at SEMA Show

Forester Sports 2.5 XT Adds VDC Stability Control; Unique, Sporty Styling and Exclusive Interior Features; Enhanced Audio with Available Satellite Radio

-- Subaru of America, Inc. is showcasing two new versions of its All-Wheel Drive 2007 Forester compact SUV at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The 2007 Forester Sports models combine new, more powerful styling with exclusive interior features and enhanced standard equipment. The Forester Sports 2.5 XT adds to that the 224-horsepower intercooled turbocharged Boxer engine from the 2.5 XT Limited model.

With more aggressive styling, the new Forester Sports models are distinguished from their siblings by a new front bumper and unique black mesh grille. For a sleeker profile, the standard roof rail crossbars have been deleted on the Forester Sports models, but remain available as an accessory. The Forester Sports 2.5 XT in addition features standard 17-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the Forester Sports models feature exclusive anthracite black fabric upholstery. An automatic climate control system replaces the manual climate control system that is standard on the regular Forester 2.5 X model. The Sports models' 120-watt AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer will play MP3/WMA CDs. Also an upgrade over the regular 2.5 X model, this audio system also features SIRIUS(R) Satellite Radio Capability and a new auxiliary audio jack to connect iPods and similar music players.

All Subaru models come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a significant all-road, all-weather traction advantage over competitors that offer front-wheel drive as standard and make All-Wheel Drive an extra-cost option.

Four-wheel independent suspension and variable-ratio, variable-power assisted rack-and-pinion steering help make Forester models equally adept at managing twisty back roads and absorbing off-pavement ruts and bumps.

All Forester models feature as standard equipment front seat head/chest side-impact airbags, four-wheel ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), cabin air filtration system, power windows, mirrors and door locks, and a remote keyless entry system. Versatility is ensured by 30.7 cubic feet of carrying space behind the rear seat, which expands to 68.6 cu. ft. when both rear seatbacks are folded.

Legendary Subaru Performance

The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine that powers the Forester Sports 2.5 X is among the most powerful in its displacement category, with 173 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 166 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,400 rpm. The i-Active Valve Lift system helps to ensure responsive performance at all engine speeds.

The turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter engine in the Forester Sports 2.5 XT produces 224 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 226 lb.-ft. of peak torque at just 3,600 rpm. The functional hood scoop, a telltale sign of every turbo Subaru model, provides a stream of fresh air to the engine-mounted intercooler. The Active Valve Control System variable valve timing technology optimizes the engine's volumetric efficiency and performance at all engine speeds. When equipped with the standard 5-speed manual transmission, the Forester Sports 2.5 XT can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under six seconds. The turbo engine meets the strict Tier 2 Bin 5 Low Emissions Vehicle II (LEV II) certification for 2007.

Three Different Types of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

In all Forester models equipped with the 5-speed manual transmission, a viscous coupling locking center differential built into the transmission case divides engine power 50:50. Wheel slippage at one set of wheels causes more power to shift to the opposite set, ensuring that the wheels with the best traction receive more power.

In the Forester Sports 2.5 X equipped with the 4-speed electronic direct control automatic transmission, an electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch actively manages power distribution based on acceleration, deceleration and available traction.

The Forester Sports 2.5 XT with the optional 4-speed direct control automatic transmission is the first Forester model to use the advanced Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The VTD system is also used in the Impreza(R) WRX(R) Limited model equipped with the optional automatic transmission. The VTD system uses a planetary gear-type center differential that splits the power 45:55, with the rear-wheel bias enhancing handling agility and the performance-driving feel. An electronically controlled continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch controls power distribution between the front and rear wheels in response to driver input and driving conditions.

The Forester Sports 2.5 XT with automatic transmission is also the first Forester model equipped with Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), an advanced stability system that controls VTD All-Wheel Drive operation and integrates an electronic 4-wheel traction control system (TCS). A viscous limited-slip rear differential directs power to the rear wheel with the best traction.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes All-Wheel Drive Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru is the only car company that offers Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard equipment on every vehicle in its product line.

Source: Subaru of America, Inc.


 

 

 

READY, SET, GO! SONY RENEWS ITS COMMITMENT TO AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE AT SEMA SHOW
 
 
The Xplōd® Sound Expression Showcase Features Sony’s New 2007 Xplōd in-car Entertainment and Marine Products

LAS VEGAS (SEMA Booth #11066), Oct. 31, 2006 – Start your engines – Sony’s mobile electronics showroom at the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s annual tradeshow features spankin’ new 2007 Xplōd and Marine products, plus PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system where attendees can view a demo of Gran Turismo™ HD, inside a fully-laced Scion xA. Sony’s centerpiece Scion is one of 24 customized rides parked near 14 new Xplōd products on display. Sony Xplōd equipment is featured in 59 vehicles at the show.

In It to Win It

"This year, we added two outdoor sections,” said Brennan Mullin, general manager for mobile electronics at Sony Electronics. “Combined with our indoor showroom, we have the largest square footage in the North Hall. We’ve got something for everyone – from the SPEED Channel’s “Street Tuner Challenge” Mustang to a vintage low rider."

All My Friends Know the Low Rider

Sony has announced a new Team Xplōd member, Marco Patino, whose first Sony vehicle has prime real estate in the street-themed section of the Xplōd showroom. His 1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport is an authentic low rider classic with its lay-and-display hydraulics and multiple wheels and tire combinations. With four Xplōd amps and three pairs of two-way speakers, this car’s boomin’ audio system will knock you down. Patino served as the features editor of Lowrider magazine for 15 years and is an old-school builder with several magazine covers under his belt.

Cars with Attitude

Team Xplōd members Shawn Bennett and Rodney Findley are back in the booth this year showcasing their new cars: a 2006 Porsche Cayman S and a Dodge Ram 2500 Heavy Duty. Using Xplōd GTR amps and specialty speakers in a 3-way component system, Bennett lays the audio quality on thick in his Porsche Cayman, which contains the only Vortech supercharger specially designed for the Cayman S. Findley unveils his Dodge Ram with Xplōd audio, including three component systems, four 12-inch subwoofers, and four amplifiers.

Pump up the Volume

Sony has unveiled its new GT Series speakers, the perfect complement to the GT Series head units.  Four new models, XS-GT6935A (6 x 9-inches), XS-GT1625A (6.5-inches), XS-GT1325A (5.25-inches) and XS-GT5725A (5 x 7-inches) feature sleek new designs and high sound quality.  Pricing starts at about $60 for the XS-GT1325A and XS-GT5725A speakers and about $80 for the XS-GT6935A speakers.  The GT Series speakers will be available in January.

Additionally, Sony has introduced its new capless subwoofers. Besides delivering low frequency bass, the new subs also feature a new capless design on the back, giving more style options for car audio builders and designers. The XS-L154P5B subwoofer (15-inch), XS-L124P5B subwoofer (12-inch) and XS-L104P5B subwoofer (10-inch) will be available in January and will be priced at about $170, $110, and $90, respectively.

Size Does Matter

The Scion features some of Sony’s hottest new Xplōd products, unveiled at SEMA. The Sony slim subwoofers and amplifiers take up less room and are a great fit in both pick-up trucks and sports compact vehicles. With ten new small amps, six subs and two-way speakers, a component system and the head unit with Bluetooth® capability, the Scion is outfitted in the latest audio gear.

By Land or Sea

Outside of door 21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sony’s “toy world” showcases a ski boat and off-road vehicle decked out with Sony marine head units, subs and amps.  The new splash-proof head unit is installed and on display in the ski boat. Visit toy world for a demonstration of the new marine splash-proof head unit subs and amps in the Malibu Wakesetter or visit the Sony booth (#11066) to see Xplōd slim subs and amps and nav-u™ (NV-U71T) with real-time traffic (service subscription required, sold separately). For information about these products, visit http://www.sony.com/Xplod.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Sony reinforces its leadership role in car audio and portable navigation as an official sponsor of the National Hot Rod Association for the second consecutive year. Sony Electronics has signed up to remain the title sponsor of the NHRA Xplōd Sport Compact Racing Series for 2007. This year's racing events, including eight standalone and three PowerAde events, will take place at designated NHRA sites nationwide

 

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COOPER TIRE REVEALS NEW MARKETING INITIATIVE, PARTNERSHIP LOGO AT SEMA SHOW IN LAS VEGAS

 (October 31, 2006) – COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY (NYSE: CTB) will share the spotlight at its news conference in Las Vegas today at the 2006 SEMA Show, the biggest automotive specialty products trade event in the world. Along with announcements about company, brand and product news, Cooper and new motorsports partner the Champ Car Atlantic Series will unveil the new look and feel of the Atlantic Championship, as well as details about Cooper’s support of the series.

The news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, October 31 at 3:10 p.m. PT at the Cooper Tire SEMA display area, located at booth #40341 in the lower south hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center . The new Atlantic series logo and details of the new relationship between the Atlantic Championship series and new presenting sponsor and exclusive tire supplier Cooper Tire will be announced. Cooper Tire management will address the company’s vision for the future as well as focus on the new partnership with North America ’s premier open-wheel development series.

“The Cooper/Champ Atlantic partnership is mutually beneficial. We have conducted extensive testing with the newly-designed Swift 016.a chassis and have been able to provide a tire that allows for the best possible setup for optimal performance of both the car and tire. The Cooper Tire racing slick allows for more adjustments in the mid-range, giving teams and drivers more scope overall. We are confident that the tires will meet and exceed the teams’ expectations, resulting in high level competitive racing,” said Julian Baldwin, as Vice President, European Operations, and Managing Director, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe . 

The SEMA Show, held October 31-November 3 in Las Vegas , is the leading automotive specialty products trade event in the world. Some of the brightest minds and hottest products in the automotive community will be featured at the show that’s expected to attract over 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries across the globe. The high-profile international event is an ideal place for both Cooper Tire and Atlantic officials to discuss plans for the 2007 season. Las Vegas also serves as host of the 2007 season-opening race at the Vegas Grand Prix on April 8.

The new 2007 Atlantic racing package will also be prominently displayed in Vegas during the week of the show. The Swift 016.a Atlantic chassis, featuring the 300-horsepower Mazda-Cosworth engine and equipped with the new Cooper Atlantic racing slick tires, will be featured at the Cooper Tire booth.

About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is a global company that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of passenger car, light truck, medium truck tires and subsidiaries that specialize in motorcycle and racing tires, as well as tread rubber and related equipment for the retread industry.  With headquarters in Findlay , Ohio , Cooper Tire has 60 manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located around the world.  For more information, visit Cooper Tire’s web site at www.coopertireandrubber.com

About the Champ Car Atlantic Championship

The Champ Car Atlantic Championship continues to be the premier open-wheel development series in North America . In its 33rd season in 2006, the championship is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition and has helped produce past Champ Car champions Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve. 2006 Champ Car competitors Alex Tagliani, Andrew Ranger, Katherine Legge, Tonis Kasemets and 2005 Atlantic champion Charles Zwolsman are established Atlantic graduates along with 2004 Champ Car Rookie of the Year and 2003 Atlantic champ A.J. Allmendinger. In 2006, competitors will fight for the 12-race championship and the unique $2 million Champ Car series champion’s bonus. Beginning in 2007, all Atlantic teams will compete in Swift 016.a chassis powered by a 2.3-liter Mazda-Cosworth engine while riding on Cooper Atlantic racing tires. For more information on the series and to view this season’s races on demand, please visit www.champcaratlantic.com.

 

STRUT To Showcase New Wheel & Grille Collections at SEMA for the 2007 Escalade, Denali and Mercedes S550

—STRUT®, the leading designer of handcrafted, triple-chromed grilles, wheels and accessories for the luxury automotive market, will introduce three stunning new grille collections at the SEMA 2007 Show in Las Vegas designed exclusively for the Cadillac Escalade, GM Yukon Denali, and the Mercedes S550. The company will also debut a new Icon Wheel Collection.

2007 Cadillac Escalade—Vail Collection™ has been designed for Escalade devotees who desire to customize their vehicle with a distinctive look that showcases the owners’ flair for style. Included in the collection is one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, two side vents with STRUT shield, and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail Price: $6,000.

2007 GM Yukon Denali—Mammoth Collection™ is designed to seamlessly complement the distinctive redesign of this full-sized SUV. The collection features one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached. One crimped mesh Lower Air Intake vent and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail: $6,000

2007 GM Yukon Denali—Mammoth Collection™ is designed to seamlessly complement the distinctive redesign of this full-sized SUV. The collection features one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached. One crimped mesh Lower Air Intake vent and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail: $6,000 2007 Mercedes S550—Munich Collection™ offers owners of this high style and performance vehicle the ultimate in personalization. Included in the Munich Collection is one woven crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, one lower air intake vent with STRUT shield attached, two crimped mesh hood vents and one STRUT trunk shield. Suggested Retail: $8500 Icon7 Collection™ is a 2-piece wheel made from forged aluminum for strength and durability. Wheels feature 7-spokes with a STRUT shield at the center of each and prominently positioned on the center cap. Icon7 is available in 20, 22 and 24-inch sizes in chrome, satin or color matched to the vehicle. Suggested Retail: $10,000 - $12,000

 

About STRUT®

STRUT is located in San Clemente, California where the company recently relocated to a new expanded facility. The company is known globally for their trendsetting and distinctive collections of triple-chromed grilles, wheels, and accessories designed for luxury automobiles and SUVs preferred by discriminating driving enthusiasts. All collections are handcrafted like fine jewelry of the finest triple-chromed 316L stainless steel, hand-polished, and signed by the artisan.

STRUT is located in San Clemente, California where the company recently relocated to a new expanded facility. The company is known globally for their trendsetting and distinctive collections of triple-chromed grilles, wheels, and accessories designed for luxury automobiles and SUVs preferred by discriminating driving enthusiasts. All collections are handcrafted like fine jewelry of the finest triple-chromed 316L stainless steel, hand-polished, and signed by the artisan.

STRUT products are designed and manufactured to withstand any weather condition, providing ongoing luster and a superior appearance. STRUT products are available at custom automotive installation boutiques and dealerships World wide for the BMW-6 and 7 Series, Bentley Continental GT, Bentley Flying Spur, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac XLR, Chrysler 300C, Dodge Magnum,

Hummer H2, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes CLS 500, Mercedes S 550 and Range Rover. Custom grilles are also available on 2007 Sport Chassis by Freightliner heavy-duty pickup trucks. Additional introductions will be announced shortly.

 

Cooper Tire Reaches Out to Auto Enthusiasts and Gamers Through Need for Speed™ Carbon Video Game, October 31, 2006 –

COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY (NYSE: CTB) today announced its partnership with Electronic Arts on the latest title in the popular Need for Speed™ video game series, Need for Speed™ CarbonCooper has an in-game presence in the form of car decals, 10 branded billboards and three storefronts throughout the game’s cityscape as well as a Cooper-branded race. Additionally, the Cooper Zeon 2XS, used by all Cooper-sponsored drifters in reality, will be prominently featured in the game’s only drift track. For talented gamers, a set of Cooper Zeon ultra-high performance tires can be unlocked for use during the latter stages of the game. These tires mirror the excellent performance and handling characteristics found in real-world Cooper Zeon tires.

“Our deep product integration into the best-selling racing game title to date provides us another unique touch point in which gamers can interact with the Cooper Tires brand in a positive, non-traditional manner,” said Dave S. Craig, director of North American advertising for Cooper Tire. “The Need for Speed series has a large and dedicated fan base that will be exposed to the level of quality and performance that our tires offer -- both on the screen and in real life.”

According to the Entertainment Software Association, 69 percent of American heads of households play video and computer games and 69 percent of gamers are 18 years of age or older. In addition, according to a random selection online survey conducted by the Need for Speed Formula Drift Championship Series (formulad.com), fans of drift racing love to game; nearly 90 percent of respondents said they own gaming systems.

Cooper activated its in-game integration through a 16-mall gaming tournament in association with Mazda in October in 16 of the top 17 markets in the United States. The winners of each regional event received an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Las Vegas, admission for two to the Mazda Party at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, a $500 Cooper Tire gift certificate good towards a new set of tires, a $50 GameStop Gift Card and the Need For Speed: Carbon game. The 16 regional winners flew to Las Vegas this week for the finals at the Hard Rock Café on November 2 during the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The grand prize winner will drive home a new 2007 MAZDASPEED3 Sport Model packed with a GameStop/EB Games Gift Card, Logitech Z-5500 Digital Speaker System, Logitech Harmony Advanced Universal Remote and Logitech DriveFX Wheel.

Need for Speed Carbon, which features both city street and canyon racing, is available worldwide as of November 1 for Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Wii™ as well as the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™, GameBoy® Advance, PSP™ (PlayStation Portable) handheld entertainment system, PC and mobile. More information on the game can be found at needforspeed.com. About Cooper Tire & Rubber CompanyCooper Tire & Rubber Company is a global company that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of passenger car, light truck, medium truck tires and subsidiaries that specialize in motorcycle and racing tires, as well as tread rubber and related equipment for the retread industry. With headquarters in Findlay, Ohio, Cooper Tire has 59 manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located around the world. For more information, visit Cooper Tire's Web site at coopertire.com.                                         

 

 

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NAVIGON Software Selected by Delphi for its New Personal Navigation Device

The automotive components leader teams up with Germany ’s premier navigation software provider for NAV200, one of the newest entrants to the personal navigation market

LAS VEGAS and CHICAGO -- October 31, 2006 – NAVIGON, Germany ’s leading navigation software maker, helped Delphi Corporation recently launch NAV200, a compelling new entrant to the personal navigation device market – one of the fastest-growing sectors in consumer electronics. 

Delphi’s NAV200 comes with clout and credibility given the company’s global leadership position in automotive technology and systems components. Delphi, with a history that spans more than 100 years, is a world leader in mobile electronics, and vehicle components and systems technology. Today, Delphi is the leading manufacturer of satellite radios and accessories with over 14 million sold to date. In fact, three out of four people listen to satellite radio on Delphi hardware. Delphi hopes to follow that success with NAV200. The product employs NAVTEQ digital maps and will launch in North America, quickly followed by Europe and South America . In the U.S. , NAV200 will sell for $399.99.

“NAVIGON played a pivotal role helping to bring this product to market. They understood the business of integration,” said Adiel Avelar, global navigation business line manager, Delphi . “They helped make the journey to market smooth and easy – just what you want from a real world navigation experience.”

Headquartered in Germany and with a growing presence in the Americas , NAVIGON creates custom navigation software solutions for the world’s best known brands in consumer electronics, as well as custom navigation software solutions for personal navigation devices and smartphones.

“Delphi’s pedigree in mobile electronics technology is unrivaled,” said Andreas Hecht, general manager of the Americas for NAVIGON. “We’re pleased to be part of what we hope and expect will be a very successful product for Delphi .”

About NAVIGON

NAVIGON creates navigation software solutions for some of the world’s best-known brands in consumer electronics. NAVIGON makes the software that drives navigation products from Sony, Delphi , Fujitsu-Siemens, and more. Founded in Germany in 1991, NAVIGON invented the world’s first mobile GPS navigation product – and today, consistently ranks as Germany ’s most trusted name in navigation. NAVIGON continues to break new ground in the sector with the recent release of onboard and off-board navigation software created specifically for smartphones. NAVIGON is headquartered in Hamburg , Germany , with offices throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia .

NAVIGON USA headquarters is in Chicago , Illinois . For more information, go to www.navigonusa.com.

About Delphi

Delphi was the first company to integrate a radio into the dashboard in 1936, the first to bring satellite radio to the vehicle in 2001 and the first to bring a portable satellite radio to the market in 2002. To date, Delphi has sold more than 14 million satellite radio receivers and accessories. In fact, three out of four satellite radio subscribers listen on Delphi hardware. Delphi continues to expand its in-vehicle and consumer electronics technologies and offers a broad portfolio of products to answer a wide variety of information and entertainment needs. For more information, visit www.delphi.com/media.

 

STINGER REVS UP POWERFUL NEW CAR AUDIO BATTERY

SP1500d brings maximum performance and simplicity to car audio systems in a compact, direct-bolt-in unit

Clearwater, Fl., October 30, 2006, 2006
– AAMP of America's high performance car audio accessories division, Stinger®, enthusiastically introduces the SP1500d car audio battery that promises maximum dependability and performance while being easy to install in many GM and Chrysler automobiles.

The SPD1500d is the newest addition to Stinger's POWER2 family of dry-cell car audio batteries, which also includes the popular SP800, SP1000, SP1700 and SP2150 models. The SP1500d boasts all the benefits you would expect from a Stinger car audio battery but has the added benefit of side terminals and mounting accommodations of a group 34/78 battery. This makes the SP1500d the perfect choice for numerous Chrysler and GM automobiles when a direct bolt-in replacement and maximum performance is required.

The SP1500d packs an impressive amount of power for its size (approximately 7"x11"x8"). With a 5 sec discharge of 1500 amps, 825 cold cranking amps, reserve capacity of 120 minutes and an extremely fast recharge capability, the SP1500d offers what you need whether for car audio or engine start application! This combined with a power-to-size ratio that is superior to many other batteries of its size, means the SPD1500d is sure to keep your tunes rocking and your wheels rolling!

Contact your Stinger representative today for more information on Stinger's line of Power2 batteries featuring compact, technologically advanced designs that resist leaks, vibrations and corrosion. You need not look any further than Stinger to fulfill your high performance battery needs!



About AAMP of America:
AAMP of America is a global supplier of a broad spectrum of car and home audio video accessories, installation supplies and OEM integration solutions. AAMP of America brings many new technologies to the forefront including; convergence of personal audio devices into the automotive environment, integration of mobile video into OEM systems, and storefront point of purchase profit centers.

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AMERICA’S TOP MEchanics Compete in National live competition

For BP Amoco Ultimate® Golden Mechanic Title

Three of the best mechanics in America will compete at the SEMA show in Las Vegas for the golden wrench and the coveted title of AMOCO ULTIMATE GOLDEN MECHANIC.

What:               Amoco Ultimate Golden Mechanic Contest Finalist Event – a LIVE COMPETITION hosted by Car and Driver radio host, Alan Taylor – to find the best mechanic in the country. 

                         

                        Each competitor will have the opportunity to showcase their auto repair knowledge and auto diagnostic skills in a series of fast-paced physical challenges.  The finalists will also flex their brain power by answering tough questions from a panel of industry experts.

                        The winner will be announced onsite and will receive $25,000, a year’s worth of Amoco Ultimate fuel at BP (valued at $1,200), and will serve as an Amoco Ultimate national spokesperson in 2007. 

Who:                Through a national contest, BP and Amoco Ultimate chose three of the best mechanics in the country out of hundreds of entries to compete in front of a live audience to showcase their automotive knowledge, quick diagnostic skills and physical abilities.    

                        The event will be hosted by Car and Driver radio host, Alan Taylor, and finalists will be rated by an expert panel of judges, including The Car Coach®, Lauren Fix; Denny Kahler, past Chairman of the Board for Automotive Service Association (ASA); Evan Ngan, road test assistant for Road & Track magazine; and Steve Saleen, founder and president of Saleen Inc.

                       

Where:             The competition will take place at the SEMA show in Las Vegas , the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world.  Look for the Golden Mechanic competition area in the Motor Trend Proving Ground, which is an outdoor area located between the Center and South halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center . 

When:             Thursday November 2, 2006 from 1-2 p.m. PST

Why:                Join BP and Amoco Ultimate in showing support for the auto industry’s best.  Come see the contestants in action as they compete for the coveted title of “Amoco Ultimate Golden Mechanic.”

                       

                        Additional details:  

·         Live demonstrations/visuals will provide excellent photo opportunities

·         All media invitees will have a private viewing area; lunch will be served

·         2005 Golden Mechanic and 2006 Winner available for one-on-one interviews

GSPI And NRG Resources Present TVT 24/7 Products At 2006 SEMA Show

Oct. 29, 2006 Green Star Products, Inc. (OTC:GSPI) announced that NRG Resources, Inc. will be showcasing the TVT 24/7 product lines at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 31 through November 3, 2006.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry's brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW), the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from over 100 countries.

NRG has exclusive worldwide distribution and marketing rights for the TVT 24/7 lubricant product line manufactured by Green Star Products, Inc.

NRG has recently expanded its sales staff and has demonstrated its products in over 20 nations.

TVT 24/7 products have consistently demonstrated superior performance in all applications. The extensive product line includes auto industry products as well as an exclusive product line for machine tooling tasks such as Water Soluble Cutting Oils, Stamping, Drilling and Tapping Fluids, all of which are environmentally safe and biodegradable.

Green Star Products, Inc. (OTC: GSPI) is an environmentally friendly company dedicated to creating innovative cost-effective products to improve the quality of life and clean up the environment. Green Star Products is involved in the production of renewable clean-burning biodiesel and other products, including lubricants, additives and devices that reduce emissions and improve fuel economy in vehicles, machinery and power plants. For more information, see Green Star Products' Web site at http://www.GreenStarUSA.com , or call Investor Relations at 619-864-4010, or fax 619-789-4743, or email info@GreenStarUSA.com. Information about trading prices and volume can be obtained at several Internet sites, including http://www.bloomberg.com and http://www.bigcharts.com under the ticker symbol "GSPI".

Forward-looking statements in the release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, continued acceptance of the company's products, increased levels of competition for the company, new products and technological changes, the company's dependence on third-party suppliers, and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

 

AAIA Announces New Asian Initiative
2008 Aftermarket Expo in China Planned

LAS VEGAS, NV – Nov. 2, 2006 – The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) yesterday unveiled its new Asian Initiative, including hosting the Asian Automotive Aftermarket Expo in Macao, China, at the Venetian facility in 2008. The announcement was made at a press conference in the Venetian during AAPEX.

In addition to the expo in China, AAIA will reinforce its ongoing trade policy and promotions by hosting senior-level aftermarket executives at a seven-day Executive Enrichment Program in Shanghai and Beijing, China in March 2007.

"A recent survey of our members found a high level of interest in learning more about doing business in China and selling products to this rapidly-growing Asian vehicle aftermarket," said Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO, AAIA. "The U.S. aftermarket technology, brands, products and delivery system are the best in the world and we want to give our member companies who want to sell in Asia the contacts, knowledge and assistance needed to enter the fast-growth Asian markets."

Schmatz reviewed the findings of AAIA's member survey that inspired the Asian Aftermarket Initiative. More than 78 percent of respondents are currently selling products and/or services to the Chinese market. Of those respondents who are not currently selling in China, 58 percent indicated that they are planning to, according to Schmatz.

Survey respondents indicated that AAIA could best serve their interest and needs in China by:

  • Identify opportunities for the sale of products and services in China.
  • Help establish joint-venture contacts.
  • Provide information on Chinese business practices and customs.
  • Provide information about government, investment and other regulations.

Mort Schwartz, chairman, Jarmms Associates, and longtime AAIA volunteer leader, outlined the AAIA Executive Enrichment Program that will include high-level briefings on political, economic and cultural aspects of the fastest-growing nation in the world. The program will also offer auto parts manufacturing plant and auto parts store and repair shop tours, receptions and dinners with Chinese officials and American aftermarket executives doing business in China, and sightseeing.

AAPEX show manager Bill Glasgow, Sr., W.T. Glasgow, Inc., will manage the Asian Automotive Aftermarket Expo in Macao, China. Referring to Macao as the Las Vegas of Asia, Glasgow provided information on Macao's strategic location and growing reputation as Asia's leisure, entertainment and business destination. He also discussed arrangements with the Venetian Macao.

Lee Kadrich, vice president, government affairs and trade, AAIA, provided details of AAIA's strong global focus.

"By working for global policies and providing open markets, AAIA assists its members in developing new markets worldwide," Kadrich said. "Nowhere is this more vital than in the emerging Asian markets that will soon become the global epicenter of car production and sales."

For more information on AAIA's Asian Initiative, contact Rich White at 301-654-6664 or e-mail rich.white@aftermarket.org.

About AAIA
AAIA is a Bethesda, Md.-based association whose more than 8,000 member companies and affiliates manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, service, tools, equipment, materials and supplies. Through its membership, AAIA represents more than 100,000 repair shops, parts stores and distribution outlets.

 

Action Aplenty at SEMA for Yokohama Tire Corp.
Two new tires on display, off-road racer Cameron Steele signing autographs and a special blackjack tourney highlight redesigned booth #40709 during 4-day trade show
 It’s a sure bet the Yokohama Tire Corp. booth (#40709) at the SEMA Show will be where the action is. New tires, a celebrity racer, cool cars and even a blackjack tournament is scheduled during SEMA’s 4-day run at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
"Our booth has been redesigned to highlight our ‘Innovative Engineering Spirit’ theme and to spotlight our tire lines, making them more accessible for attendees to see," said Fred Koplin, Yokohama’s director of marketing. "We’ll have the full range, from our ADVAN flagship line to our newest tire, S.drive. We’ll even have a passenger jet tire on display."
Highlights of Yokohama’s show presence include:
* Launch of S.drive tire line: S.drive provides extraordinary grip and handling, thanks to the latest in nanotechnology.  "The S.drive performs better in both wet and dry conditions than the ES-100 it replaces," said Dan King, Yokohama’s director of sales, consumer products.  "The S.drive is quieter, features more even wear and is available in a much greater range of sizes than the ES-100 and the best competitors in the class."  Sizes fit the broadest range of sport sedans and coupes from Europe, Asia and North America, as well as popular vehicles as the BMW 3-series, Honda Civic and the Ford Mustang. The S.drive is available in sizes to fit 15-20 inch wheels, in aspect ratios from 30-55 and in sizes up to 285/30R20 99Y.  A total of 71 different sizes will available in 2007.
* Debut of AVID W4s: Since launching in 1997, the AVID line has topped the 10 million tires sold mark. The latest tire in the line is the W4s, which is the first AVID to achieve a W-speed rating. W4s is ideal for sport sedans such as the BMW 5-Series, Subaru WRX, Cadillac CTS, Lexus LS430 and Mercedes Benz E-Class, and sports cars such as the BMW Z4, Mazda RX-8, Nissan 350Z, Pontiac GTO. Sizes range from 205/40R17 to a 255/35R20. "The AVID W4s is engineered to deliver balance on a variety of requirements," according to King. "Today’s vehicles place a lot of emphasis on safety, environmental efficiency, power, handling and ride comfort. Yokohama engineers designed the AVID W4s to meet these demands while keeping with the popular AVID series pricing."
* Cameron Steele at booth: Off-road champ Steele, along with his Desert Assassins trophy truck, will be in the booth. The truck, outfitted with Yokohama’s Geolandar A/T-S 37-inch concept tires, will also be featured at the booth the duration of the show. Steele, who will be chasing a Baja 1,000 trophy later in the month, is scheduled to sign autographs on Tues., Oct. 31 and Wed., Nov. 1 from 11 a.m.-noon and 3 p.m.-4 p.m.
* "Beat the Odds" blackjack tourney:  On, Wed., Nov. 1, from 5 -7:30 p.m., about 40 tire dealers will vie for big prizes in this single-hand elimination contest. Prizes are a 2007 Lotus Exige S (with Yokohama ADVAN A048 tires on it) for first place, and $5,000 and $1,000 in casino chips for second and third place, respectively. It’s the first official showing of the Exige S and Yokohama is the exclusive tire supplier for it and all Lotus models.
* Booth vehicles: A broad selection of vehicles, all with Yokohama tires, will be on display in the booth. The vehicles are:
  -- Hummer H2 with Parada Spec-X 325/35R28 tires
  -- BMW 650i with ADVAN Sports
  -- Infiniti M45 Kenstyle with new S.drive tires
-- Lotus Exige with ADVAN A048s
  -- Cameron Steel’s Desert Assassins Trophy Truck with Geolandar A/TS 37-inch concept tires
Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global producer and distributor of premium tires for more than 89 years. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation offers a complete line of tires including high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, as well as off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.
Yokohama is a strong supporter of the tire care and safety guidelines established by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA). Details can be found at the "Taking Care of Your Tires" section at www.yokohamatire.com

 

Yokohama Debuts AVID W4S All-Weather Tire at SEMA

 Tire is W-speed rated, a first for the popular AVID line
                
 Since launching in 1997, Yokohama Tire Corporation’s AVID line has topped the 10 million tires sold mark. Continuing the momentum, Yokohama will debut the latest in the AVID line – the W4s – at the upcoming SEMA show in Las Vegas.
The AVID W4s is the first tire in the AVID line to achieve a W-speed rating and is ideal for sport sedans such as the BMW 5-Series, Subaru WRX, Cadillac CTS, Lexus LS430 and Mercedes Benz E-Class, according to Dan King, Yokohama director of sales, consumer products. Sports cars such as the BMW Z4, Mazda RX-8, Nissan 350Z, Pontiac GTO and others are also good candidates for the AVID W4s. Sizes will range from 205/40R17 to a 255/35R20.
“The AVID W4s was engineered to deliver balance on a variety of requirements,” said King. “Today’s vehicles place a lot of emphasis on safety, environmental efficiency, power, handling and ride comfort. Yokohama engineers designed the AVID W4s to meet these demands while keeping with the popular AVID series pricing.
“Our engineers utilized the A-tech tread compound in the AVID W4s, which delivers long mileage and high traction grip, giving the driver the confidence needed for wet, dry or snow-covered roads. The tire features a durable tread wear rating of 400, which is made possible by the A-tech tread compound and the even-wear tread design.”
According to King, the large shoulder blocks provide more rubber-to-road contact, resulting in enhanced cornering grip, and the shoulders also feature varying channels that are designed to cancel road noise. The continuous center rib generates responsiveness and enhances stability.
“Because passenger safety is our main concern,” said King, “the AVID W4s all-season tire provides traction due to its four, wide circumferential grooves that ensure efficient water evacuation and improve lateral traction in the snow. The staggered block design and multiple cross grooves work with the four circumferential grooves to improve both lateral stability and snow traction.”
The AVID W4s comes with Yokohama’s 30-day performance promise. Consumers can test drive the AVID W4s for 30 days and if not completely satisfied, return them for a full refund.
Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global producer and distributor of premium tires for more than 89 years. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation offers a complete line of tires including high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, as well as off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.
Yokohama is a strong supporter of the tire care and safety guidelines established by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA). Details can be found at the “Taking Care of Your Tires” section at www.yokohamatire.com

 

ECLIPSE PARTNERS WITH ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC
FOR SPECIAL COMPILATION CD

October 31, 2006 — Constantly recognizing the important role of music in
making driving fun, ECLIPSE has partnered with the Island Def Jam Music Group and its
fabulous roster of recording artists that dominant today’s urban music scene. The result from
this partnership is the “ECLIPSE Driving Music” CD release that features a compilation of
established and emerging artists’ work that reflects ECLIPSE’s ongoing commitment to music
enjoyment in each of its products.

To support the release of the CD, fast-rising star Megan Rochell will make a personal
appearance at the ECLIPSE SEMA Show booth. Meet her on Tuesday, October 31st @ 2PM
signing autographs (booth #10330, North Hall).

The “ECLIPSE Driving Music” CD contains 9 selected tracks and features some of the greatest
music from: Rhianna, Ne-Yo, Megan Rochell, Shareefa, Bobby Valentino, Lionel Ritchie,
Mic Little, Chrisette Michelle and Under the Influence of Giants.

Following a highly successful radio promotion contest last year to announce LL Cool J’s latest
album, ECLIPSE and Def Jam Island Music Group have continued their collaborative efforts,
and ECLIPSE DRIVING MUSIC is bound to please fans and music lovers with its unique mix
of artists and their music.

Adam Carolla Charity Car Auction
To give back to the community, ECLIPSE recently collaborated with Make-A-Wish Foundation®,
the premier wish-granting organization. Since 1980, they have enriched the lives of children with
life-threatening medical conditions through their wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission
reflects the life changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families,
referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

ECLIPSE is proud to be part of the team together with AL & ED’S AUTOSOUND, FREE FM and
SANTA MONICA SUBARU that has outfitted the SUBARU WRX TR Sedan (donated by SANTA
MONICA SUBARU) with the very best aftermarket upgrades. Unveiled at the California Auto
Show in this month, the car will be auctioned online from October 25 through November 4, 2006.
The car’s transformation has been documented on Free FM’s website http://www.971FreeFM.com.
At the auction’s close, The Adam Carolla Show will present the vehicle at the LA Auto Show to the winning
bidder as well as a check to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

ECLIPSE, a division of Fujitsu Ten Ltd., designs and manufactures precision audio, video and
navigation products with legendary sound quality and performance. ECLIPSE sells products
through a select group of specialty retail partners and nationally through Crutchfield and Circuit
City Stores. Additional information is available at www.eclipse-web.com.

 

RealWheels Plans to FREAK OUT

At the SEMA Show in Las Vegas

 Picture this… It’s Halloween in Las Vegas, and Illusionist Criss Angel, star of the A&E television series “Mindfreak” is ready to unveil a mysterious Magic-themed custom vehicle. It’s dark, extremely loud, unusual, completely customized, and a little bizarre.

On October 31st 2006, The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) trade show will again welcome over 100,000 aftermarket automotive industry professionals to the Las Vegas Convention Center for its annual conference. This event attracts the A-list of the auto industry and custom car builders, and is considered the Super-Bowl of the aftermarket business.

Northern Illinois based RealWheels Accessories, along with the efforts of over 20 sponsors, has been working all summer on the “Mindfreak H2” with the help of award-winning illusionist Criss Angel. “Every year people ask us how we will possibly top our previous show vehicles.” Says RealWheels Vice president, Jhan R. Dolphin. “I’ve always been a big fan of magic, and this year’s SEMA show opening on Halloween presented us with the perfect opportunity to create something very unusual. As if Las Vegas isn’t weird enough on Halloween, wait till we get there with this. When I shared my idea with Criss, he was thrilled to be part of the project.”

Halloween 2006 is a big day in the Magic community, as it marks the 80th anniversary of Harry Houdini’s death, undoubtedly the World’s most famous Magician. The unusual custom Hummer project was built in the spirit of Criss Angel’s A&E series “Mindfreak”. “The more you look at this vehicle, the more interesting and unusual things you’ll find.” adds Dolphin, “Even original artifacts from Houdini’s era have been discretely added into design features of the Mindfreak Hummer from the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, and from the Martinka Magic Shop in New York, once owned by Houdini himself. “Our greatest enjoyment from building a project of this scale is the reaction from people that see it, point at it, and photograph it to share with others.” Says Dolphin, “We plan to make it available at events all over the country during the next 18-24 months.”

RealWheels Accessories in Gurnee, Illinois has manufactured vehicle enhancement products for over 25 years. Their products range from stainless steel wheel simulators for big rig trucks and emergency vehicles, to chrome accessories for the Dodge Viper. They produce over 300 items for the Hummer vehicles, and recently released a line of accessories for the new Toyota FJ Cruiser. Photos of their past projects and additional information on the company can be found at: www.realwheelstrim.com. For more on Criss Angel, visit www.crissangel.com.

 

 

Volkswagen Showcases Euro-Tuning at SEMA

Volkswagen upgrades past favorites for a promising future

WHAT: Volkswagen provides a look into the future of compact car performance with the debut of the Volkswagen Rabbit and GTI concept vehicles that showcase their commitment to Euro-Tuning at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. Volkswagen also will display selected items and vehicles from their genuine VW Accessories portfolio. This year marks the return of Volkswagen to SEMA, following up on a successful debut in 2005.

WHO:   Derek Jenkins, chief designer at the Volkswagen
Design Center California   Ken Gurney, general manager, 
Volkswagen Parts & Accessories    Matthias Seidl, chief 
operating officer, Volkswagen of America   Gary Temple,
vice president of customer service, Volkswagen of America
Steve Keyes, director of corporate communications, 
Volkswagen of America   Keith Price, 
public relations manager, Volkswagen of America    
WHEN:  Tuesday, October 31, 2006 3:40-4 p.m. PST    
WHERE:  Volkswagen Booth #12636, Las Vegas 
Convention Center, North Hall

 

Boys Back at The Shop to unveil its

Web Site at SEMA

The site — a Web portal — will make it easier for “gearheads”

to find and obtain the information they need

Boys Back at The Shop, an online shopping mall devoted to auto enthusiasts and the special products they seek, will unveil its Web site (BoysBackAtTheShop.com) at SEMA October 31 – November 3.

The site is actually a Web portal which will collect all the auto aftermarket-related Web sites on the Internet and organize them all on one site. By using the Boys Back at The Shop site, car enthusiasts will now be able to quickly and easily find the information they want without having to search the entire Internet for it.

“Think of it as one huge garage that holds everything,” explains Boys Back at The Shop President Lou Mohr.

“Looking for auto restorers? We’ve collected them all for you in one convenient section — just click and look. Looking for wheel rims, they’re all in one section, too. If it’s car-related, it’s here on our site.”

According to Mohr, the site will be a popular destination for both car enthusiasts — or “gearheads” as they’re known in the industry — as well as companies looking to advertise their message to the “gearhead market.”

“Gearheads will love our site because it will allow them to spend more time on their cars and less time searching the Internet. Companies will appreciate our site because it’s obviously the place on the Internet to advertise their products and services to gearheads.”

SEMA members will have an exclusive opportunity to use the site during the show Tuesday, October 31 – November 3. 

 

Thresher Industries at SEMA Show 2006 in Las Vegas

Thresher Industries (PINKSHEETS: THRI), manufacturer of aluminum and composite castings and a member of SEMA, will exhibit at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas October 31st thru November 3rd, 2006. Tom Flessner, President and CEO of Thresher Industries, said, "We have been focused on the automotive aftermarket as part of our sales efforts and, as a member of SEMA, feel our participation and support of SEMA is critical to our long-term success."

Thresher Industries provides conventional cast aluminum as well as reinforced metal matrix composite aluminum alloy components for a variety of customers and applications. Thresher's ThermaLite and TerraLite alloys offer unique properties compared to conventional aluminum alloys such as increased wear resistance, unique thermal properties and greatly increased strength. Thresher also offers proprietary casting technologies including its Nautilus Core Technology, a bio-degradable recyclable process that is used to generate internal shapes and passages in castings without sand or binders normally used in casting operations.

Tom Flessner, President and CEO; Roger Rowell, CFO; and the Thresher sales team will be available at the Thresher booth #24505 in the main hall. Thresher will have information available as well as sample material and cast product in the

 

THE ‘SUMMER SOLSTICE GIVEAWAY’ GRAND PRIZE WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THE 2006 SEMA SHOW PRESS CONFERENCE

Winner to Receive a 2006 Custom-built Pontiac Solstice Convertible

—The ‘Summer Solstice Giveaway’ came to a close, but the excitement isn’t over yet! The winner of this highly-anticipated promotion will be announced at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas . Stop by the NOS Energy Drinks/Holley Performance Product Booth at the Central Hall, # 22213 on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 2:10PM and find out who gets to drive away in the grand prize: a fully-customized Pontiac Solstice valued at $35,000.
“Equipped with full NOS and CO2 Systems (provided by Holley Performance Products), a limited edition RK Sports body kit, Haun Racecraft Stage 2 turbo  kit, BASF flat blue paint and Panasonic audio system, this is a one of a kind car—built to please the ultimate enthusiast and the NOS Energy Drink consumer,” said NOS Marketing Manager and ‘Summer Solstice’ designer, Ernie Manansala. Built by Auto Gear World and complete with Privat wheels, Status Racing Seats and Dunlop tires, “It’s a perfect example of original and precise engineering,” added Manansala.
The ‘Summer Solstice Giveaway’ was supported by appearing in several full-page print ads and featured in numerous publications like Super Street and Import Tuner. According to NOS Brand Director, Michael Fine , “There was a tremendous consumer response to the car. Over 30,000 people entered the sweepstakes on-line, at retail or at events.” Fine also pointed out, “The ‘Summer Solstice Giveaway’ further exemplifies why partnering with Holley Performance Products and brand NOS is a perfect fit for the energy drink category.”
As part of the sweepstakes, additional prizes include: First Prize: One (1) winner will be awarded a Manco Spitfire Go-Kart (est. value: $2,000). Second Prize: Five (5) winners will be awarded a Holley NOS Kit (est. value: $500/prize). Third Prize: Five (5) winners will be awarded a year’s supply of NOS Energy Drink, 12 cases (est. value: $450/prize).
Fuze Beverage, LLC and Holley Performance Products partnered in 2005 to create High Performance Energy Drinks.  NOS Energy Drinks are available nationally in convenience stores, grocery stores and speed shops, for all those with a Need for Speed. For more information visit www.drinknos.com.
Holley Performance Products Inc., Bowling Green , KY , is a leader in the performance engine market, and is used throughout the world in racing, street, marine, powersports and industrial high performance engines. Holley’s family of companies includes the leading brands in the performance market including: Holley®, Weiand®, Lunati™, Hooker®, FlowTech®, Earl’s® and NOS®. For more information visit www.holley.com.

—STRUT®, the leading designer of handcrafted, triple-chromed grilles, wheels and accessories for the luxury automotive market, will introduce three stunning new grille collections at the SEMA 2007 Show in Las Vegas designed exclusively for the Cadillac Escalade, GM Yukon Denali, and the Mercedes S550. The company will also debut a new Icon Wheel Collection. 2007 Cadillac Escalade—Vail Collection™ has been designed for Escalade devotees who desire to customize their vehicle with a distinctive look that showcases the owners’ flair for style. Included in the collection is one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, two side vents with STRUT shield, and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail Price: $6,000. 2007 GM Yukon Denali—Mammoth Collection™ is designed to seamlessly complement the distinctive redesign of this full-sized SUV. The collection features one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached. One crimped mesh Lower Air Intake vent and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail: $6,000 2007 Mercedes S550—Munich Collection™ offers owners of this high style and performance vehicle the ultimate in personalization. Included in the Munich Collection is one woven crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, one lower air intake vent with STRUT shield attached, two crimped mesh hood vents and one STRUT trunk shield. Suggested Retail: $8500 Icon7 Collection™ is a 2-piece wheel made from forged aluminum for strength and durability. Wheels feature 7-spokes with a STRUT shield at the center of each and prominently positioned on the center cap. Icon7 is available in 20, 22 and 24-inch sizes in chrome, satin or color matched to the vehicle. Suggested Retail: $10,000 - $12,000 STRUT is located in San Clemente, California where the company recently relocated to a new expanded facility. The company is known globally for their trendsetting and distinctive collections of triple-chromed grilles, wheels, and accessories designed for luxury automobiles and SUVs preferred by discriminating driving enthusiasts. All collections are handcrafted like fine jewelry of the finest triple-chromed 316L stainless steel, hand-polished, and signed by the artisan. Hummer H2, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes CLS 500, Mercedes S 550 and Range Rover. Custom grilles are also available on 2007 Sport Chassis by Freightliner heavy-duty pickup trucks. Additional introductions will be announced shortly.
—STRUT®, the leading designer of handcrafted, triple-chromed grilles, wheels and accessories for the luxury automotive market, will introduce three stunning new grille collections at the SEMA 2007 Show in Las Vegas designed exclusively for the Cadillac Escalade, GM Yukon Denali, and the Mercedes S550. The company will also debut a new Icon Wheel Collection. 2007 Cadillac Escalade—Vail Collection™ has been designed for Escalade devotees who desire to customize their vehicle with a distinctive look that showcases the owners’ flair for style. Included in the collection is one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, two side vents with STRUT shield, and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail Price: $6,000. 2007 GM Yukon Denali—Mammoth Collection™ is designed to seamlessly complement the distinctive redesign of this full-sized SUV. The collection features one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached. One crimped mesh Lower Air Intake vent and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail: $6,000 2007 Mercedes S550—Munich Collection™ offers owners of this high style and performance vehicle the ultimate in personalization. Included in the Munich Collection is one woven crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, one lower air intake vent with STRUT shield attached, two crimped mesh hood vents and one STRUT trunk shield. Suggested Retail: $8500 Icon7 Collection™ is a 2-piece wheel made from forged aluminum for strength and durability. Wheels feature 7-spokes with a STRUT shield at the center of each and prominently positioned on the center cap. Icon7 is available in 20, 22 and 24-inch sizes in chrome, satin or color matched to the vehicle. Suggested Retail: $10,000 - $12,000 STRUT is located in San Clemente, California where the company recently relocated to a new expanded facility. The company is known globally for their trendsetting and distinctive collections of triple-chromed grilles, wheels, and accessories designed for luxury automobiles and SUVs preferred by discriminating driving enthusiasts. All collections are handcrafted like fine jewelry of the finest triple-chromed 316L stainless steel, hand-polished, and signed by the artisan. Hummer H2, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes CLS 500, Mercedes S 550 and Range Rover. Custom grilles are also available on 2007 Sport Chassis by Freightliner heavy-duty pickup trucks. Additional introductions will be announced shortly.
—STRUT®, the leading designer of handcrafted, triple-chromed grilles, wheels and accessories for the luxury automotive market, will introduce three stunning new grille collections at the SEMA 2007 Show in Las Vegas designed exclusively for the Cadillac Escalade, GM Yukon Denali, and the Mercedes S550. The company will also debut a new Icon Wheel Collection. 2007 Cadillac Escalade—Vail Collection™ has been designed for Escalade devotees who desire to customize their vehicle with a distinctive look that showcases the owners’ flair for style. Included in the collection is one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, two side vents with STRUT shield, and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail Price: $6,000. 2007 GM Yukon Denali—Mammoth Collection™ is designed to seamlessly complement the distinctive redesign of this full-sized SUV. The collection features one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached. One crimped mesh Lower Air Intake vent and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail: $6,000 2007 Mercedes S550—Munich Collection™ offers owners of this high style and performance vehicle the ultimate in personalization. Included in the Munich Collection is one woven crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, one lower air intake vent with STRUT shield attached, two crimped mesh hood vents and one STRUT trunk shield. Suggested Retail: $8500 Icon7 Collection™ is a 2-piece wheel made from forged aluminum for strength and durability. Wheels feature 7-spokes with a STRUT shield at the center of each and prominently positioned on the center cap. Icon7 is available in 20, 22 and 24-inch sizes in chrome, satin or color matched to the vehicle. Suggested Retail: $10,000 - $12,000 STRUT is located in San Clemente, California where the company recently relocated to a new expanded facility. The company is known globally for their trendsetting and distinctive collections of triple-chromed grilles, wheels, and accessories designed for luxury automobiles and SUVs preferred by discriminating driving enthusiasts. All collections are handcrafted like fine jewelry of the finest triple-chromed 316L stainless steel, hand-polished, and signed by the artisan. Hummer H2, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes CLS 500, Mercedes S 550 and Range Rover. Custom grilles are also available on 2007 Sport Chassis by Freightliner heavy-duty pickup trucks. Additional introductions will be announced shortly. Each SEMA Vehicle Design Award recipient was part of a selection process that encompassed several SEMA member companies and automakers who regularly participate in technology sharing programs. These programs consist of various data sharing, measurement sessions and technology transfer initiatives which provide valuable information for each specialty equipment manufacturer to be in sync with the launch of new vehicles.The SEMA Vehicle Design Awards were established to honor those newly introduced vehicles that best exemplify the alliance between the OEMs and SEMA-member companies. The awards recognize and celebrate the vehicles that a select group of voting members has chosen as the most accessory-friendly vehicles of the year. The Toyota Tundra received nearly 41 percent of the votes for 2006."Vehicle accessorization is becoming more and more important to our customers, especially with trucks. Toyota has always been very supportive and interested in vehicle accessorization and our partnership with these companies through SEMA allows us to have high quality accessories at the point of sale," commented Brian Smith, Corporate Manager of Truck Operations for Toyota Motor Sales USA.SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $34 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,817 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289 or visit www.sema.org and www.enjoythedrive.com —STRUT®, the leading designer of handcrafted, triple-chromed grilles, wheels and accessories for the luxury automotive market, will introduce three stunning new grille collections at the SEMA 2007 Show in Las Vegas designed exclusively for the Cadillac Escalade, GM Yukon Denali, and the Mercedes S550. The company will also debut a new Icon Wheel Collection. 2007 Cadillac Escalade—Vail Collection™ has been designed for Escalade devotees who desire to customize their vehicle with a distinctive look that showcases the owners’ flair for style. Included in the collection is one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, two side vents with STRUT shield, and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail Price: $6,000. 2007 GM Yukon Denali—Mammoth Collection™ is designed to seamlessly complement the distinctive redesign of this full-sized SUV. The collection features one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached. One crimped mesh Lower Air Intake vent and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail: $6,000 2007 Mercedes S550—Munich Collection™ offers owners of this high style and performance vehicle the ultimate in personalization. Included in the Munich Collection is one woven crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, one lower air intake vent with STRUT shield attached, two crimped mesh hood vents and one STRUT trunk shield. Suggested Retail: $8500 Icon7 Collection™ is a 2-piece wheel made from forged aluminum for strength and durability. Wheels feature 7-spokes with a STRUT shield at the center of each and prominently positioned on the center cap. Icon7 is available in 20, 22 and 24-inch sizes in chrome, satin or color matched to the vehicle. Suggested Retail: $10,000 - $12,000 STRUT is located in San Clemente, California where the company recently relocated to a new expanded facility. The company is known globally for their trendsetting and distinctive collections of triple-chromed grilles, wheels, and accessories designed for luxury automobiles and SUVs preferred by discriminating driving enthusiasts. All collections are handcrafted like fine jewelry of the finest triple-chromed 316L stainless steel, hand-polished, and signed by the artisan. Hummer H2, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes CLS 500, Mercedes S 550 and Range Rover. Custom grilles are also available on 2007 Sport Chassis by Freightliner heavy-duty pickup trucks. Additional introductions will be announced shortly.
Each SEMA Vehicle Design Award recipient was part of a selection process that encompassed several SEMA member companies and automakers who regularly participate in technology sharing programs. These programs consist of various data sharing, measurement sessions and technology transfer initiatives which provide valuable information for each specialty equipment manufacturer to be in sync with the launch of new vehicles.The SEMA Vehicle Design Awards were established to honor those newly introduced vehicles that best exemplify the alliance between the OEMs and SEMA-member companies. The awards recognize and celebrate the vehicles that a select group of voting members has chosen as the most accessory-friendly vehicles of the year. The Toyota Tundra received nearly 41 percent of the votes for 2006."Vehicle accessorization is becoming more and more important to our customers, especially with trucks. Toyota has always been very supportive and interested in vehicle accessorization and our partnership with these companies through SEMA allows us to have high quality accessories at the point of sale," commented Brian Smith, Corporate Manager of Truck Operations for Toyota Motor Sales USA.SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $34 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,817 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289 or visit www.sema.org and www.enjoythedrive.com —STRUT®, the leading designer of handcrafted, triple-chromed grilles, wheels and accessories for the luxury automotive market, will introduce three stunning new grille collections at the SEMA 2007 Show in Las Vegas designed exclusively for the Cadillac Escalade, GM Yukon Denali, and the Mercedes S550. The company will also debut a new Icon Wheel Collection. 2007 Cadillac Escalade—Vail Collection™ has been designed for Escalade devotees who desire to customize their vehicle with a distinctive look that showcases the owners’ flair for style. Included in the collection is one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, two side vents with STRUT shield, and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail Price: $6,000. 2007 GM Yukon Denali—Mammoth Collection™ is designed to seamlessly complement the distinctive redesign of this full-sized SUV. The collection features one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached. One crimped mesh Lower Air Intake vent and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail: $6,000 2007 Mercedes S550—Munich Collection™ offers owners of this high style and performance vehicle the ultimate in personalization. Included in the Munich Collection is one woven crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, one lower air intake vent with STRUT shield attached, two crimped mesh hood vents and one STRUT trunk shield. Suggested Retail: $8500 Icon7 Collection™ is a 2-piece wheel made from forged aluminum for strength and durability. Wheels feature 7-spokes with a STRUT shield at the center of each and prominently positioned on the center cap. Icon7 is available in 20, 22 and 24-inch sizes in chrome, satin or color matched to the vehicle. Suggested Retail: $10,000 - $12,000 STRUT is located in San Clemente, California where the company recently relocated to a new expanded facility. The company is known globally for their trendsetting and distinctive collections of triple-chromed grilles, wheels, and accessories designed for luxury automobiles and SUVs preferred by discriminating driving enthusiasts. All collections are handcrafted like fine jewelry of the finest triple-chromed 316L stainless steel, hand-polished, and signed by the artisan. Hummer H2, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes CLS 500, Mercedes S 550 and Range Rover. Custom grilles are also available on 2007 Sport Chassis by Freightliner heavy-duty pickup trucks. Additional introductions will be announced shortly.
Each SEMA Vehicle Design Award recipient was part of a selection process that encompassed several SEMA member companies and automakers who regularly participate in technology sharing programs. These programs consist of various data sharing, measurement sessions and technology transfer initiatives which provide valuable information for each specialty equipment manufacturer to be in sync with the launch of new vehicles.The SEMA Vehicle Design Awards were established to honor those newly introduced vehicles that best exemplify the alliance between the OEMs and SEMA-member companies. The awards recognize and celebrate the vehicles that a select group of voting members has chosen as the most accessory-friendly vehicles of the year. The Toyota Tundra received nearly 41 percent of the votes for 2006."Vehicle accessorization is becoming more and more important to our customers, especially with trucks. Toyota has always been very supportive and interested in vehicle accessorization and our partnership with these companies through SEMA allows us to have high quality accessories at the point of sale," commented Brian Smith, Corporate Manager of Truck Operations for Toyota Motor Sales USA.SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $34 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,817 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289 or visit www.sema.org and www.enjoythedrive.com —STRUT®, the leading designer of handcrafted, triple-chromed grilles, wheels and accessories for the luxury automotive market, will introduce three stunning new grille collections at the SEMA 2007 Show in Las Vegas designed exclusively for the Cadillac Escalade, GM Yukon Denali, and the Mercedes S550. The company will also debut a new Icon Wheel Collection. 2007 Cadillac Escalade—Vail Collection™ has been designed for Escalade devotees who desire to customize their vehicle with a distinctive look that showcases the owners’ flair for style. Included in the collection is one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, two side vents with STRUT shield, and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail Price: $6,000. 2007 GM Yukon Denali—Mammoth Collection™ is designed to seamlessly complement the distinctive redesign of this full-sized SUV. The collection features one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached. One crimped mesh Lower Air Intake vent and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail: $6,000 2007 Mercedes S550—Munich Collection™ offers owners of this high style and performance vehicle the ultimate in personalization. Included in the Munich Collection is one woven crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, one lower air intake vent with STRUT shield attached, two crimped mesh hood vents and one STRUT trunk shield. Suggested Retail: $8500 Icon7 Collection™ is a 2-piece wheel made from forged aluminum for strength and durability. Wheels feature 7-spokes with a STRUT shield at the center of each and prominently positioned on the center cap. Icon7 is available in 20, 22 and 24-inch sizes in chrome, satin or color matched to the vehicle. Suggested Retail: $10,000 - $12,000 STRUT is located in San Clemente, California where the company recently relocated to a new expanded facility. The company is known globally for their trendsetting and distinctive collections of triple-chromed grilles, wheels, and accessories designed for luxury automobiles and SUVs preferred by discriminating driving enthusiasts. All collections are handcrafted like fine jewelry of the finest triple-chromed 316L stainless steel, hand-polished, and signed by the artisan. Hummer H2, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes CLS 500, Mercedes S 550 and Range Rover. Custom grilles are also available on 2007 Sport Chassis by Freightliner heavy-duty pickup trucks. Additional introductions will be announced shortly.

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