Chrysler Group featured OEM at SEMA show
DIAMOND BAR, Calif.-The Chrysler Group will be the featured original equipment manufacturer (OEM) at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)-International Tire Expo (ITE) trade show, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, through Friday, Nov. 8, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
In recent years, it has become the custom for featured OEMs to use the SEMA-ITE venue to launch new car and truck models and unveil concept vehicles that may eventually make it to production. General Motors Corp. was the featured OEM at last year's SEMA-ITE show.
Jim Schroer, executive vice president, global sales and marketing, Chrysler Group, said the company sees ``continued marketing opportunities and promotional advantages as key factors of our participation and will use this venue to feature all of the Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep brands in this increasingly important marketplace.''
SEMA said other OEM exhibitors at this year's show will include Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Panoz and Toyota. According to the trade association, the OEM presence at the SEMA show has grown from three manufacturers to the current 10 over the past five years.
The 2002 show will occupy the newly expanded Las Vegas Convention Center, which SEMA said now has more room available for car makers' exhibits and those of the more than 1,300 other automotive specialty equipment, accessories, and tire companies that will participate in the show.
The convention center's expanded space will allow all of the show's exhibitors to be under one roof for the first time since 1996.
Firm has safety guides available
FINDLAY, Ohio-After 10 years as Environmental Development Corp., the company has changed its name to Automotive Environmental & Safety Engineering (AESE) in order to better reflect the nature of its work.
The company, based in Findlay, said it also has available the 2002 editions of its Environmental and Safety Guides for Vehicle maintenance and Refueling Operations. Comprising nearly 1,300 pages, the guides cover management practices and solutions for compliance with Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.
AESE also recently completed an upgrade to its Web site, www.envirosafeshop.com, which it said provides environmental and safety information and resources related to vehicle maintenance and refueling operations.
For more information, contact AESE at (800) 288-3599 or (419) 422-1200; or e-mail [email protected]
ASE sponsors tech sweepstakes
Bedford, Texas-The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) are sponsoring a ``Go to the Show'' sweepstakes.
The contest is open to all ASE-certified technicians. Three winners chosen from among entries will receive a two-night stay in Las Vegas to attend the 2002 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) show. Airfare, ground transportation to and from the airport, hotel room, meals and show entrance fees are included. Show attendance on Nov. 5 and 6 is mandatory, the ASE said, and winners must hold current ASE certification at the time of the sweepstakes drawing in August.
Entry forms can be obtained by calling the ASE at (703) 669-6600 or by downloading a PDF format version at the group's Web site, www.asecert.org. To enter, fill out the form and mail it to AAIA, Attn: Sweepstakes, 4600 East-West Highway, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814. Participants must be 21 years old to enter. Entries must be received at AAIA before Aug. 1.
Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC), a unit of the Valvoline Co., reported that midway through its fiscal year, VIOC's franchise division has added eight new franchisees that hold licenses for a total of eight locations.
The company noted it also has had 16 franchisee service centers open throughout the U.S., bringing its total number of franchise locations to 324 and its overall number of quick-lube outlets to 687.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) said attendee pre-registration for the 2002 SEMA show is now available at www.semashow.com. The online pre-registration fee is $10, compared to $20 via fax or mail. Once pre-registration closes in September, the fee will increase to $50.
A bill pending in the New York state assembly would require automobile manufacturers to provide service information to motor vehicle owners and independent repairers.
State assemblyman Daryl Towns, D-Brooklyn, is sponsoring New York Assembly Bill 10435-the Motor Vehicle Owner's Right to Repair Act-which is similar to a resolution introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.