A joint venture between the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and the Automobile Club of Southern California will result in a new state-of-the-art automotive research laboratory.
The facility is now being built by SEMA at its Diamond Bar headquarters. Once completed, the Auto Club will relocate its current research center in Los Angeles to the site. SEMA said the new center will allow expansion of the automotive testing it now conducts on behalf of its members, and also will provide direct automotive services to members such as smog checks and diagnostic tests.
``We have an opportunity to expand our service to members and the public through this testing center, where we will continue our vehicle analysis and increase our testing of automtive aftermarket parts,'' said Steve Mazor, the Auto Club's principal automotive engineer and manager of the center.
SEMA said it will lease the new facility to the club. The agreement between the two groups will provide the Southern California Auto Club-the largest affiliate of the AAA-with access to a wide range of aftermarket vehicle accessories for independent quality testing.