SEMA committee needs volunteers
DIAMOND BAR, Calif.-Racers Against Street Racing (RASR), a program formed two years ago by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) to combat illegal street racing, is looking for volunteers.
Noting that individuals who participate in dangerous street racing activities ``put their own lives and the lives of others at risk,'' Diamond Bar-based SEMA said RASR is working to develop programs to keep would-be street racers off the street and on the racetrack.
RASR's aim is to educate younger automotive enthusiasts about the dangers of illegal street racing, the trade association said, and to fight against an activity that is a major concern to the automotive aftermarket,
Last year RASR sponsors raised money to distribute to high schools across the country ``MTV's Flipped: Speed Demons,'' a video demonstrating how many lives can be ruined by just one person participating in illegal street racing.
SEMA also said RASR officially became a non-profit organization last year under the association's existing educational services. The anti-street-racing program currently is raising money to distribute the next installment of the MTV video.
SEMA members interested in joining the RASR committee should contact Gregg Guenthard at [email protected]
Mitchell 1, Hahn debut parts ordering
POWAY, Calif.-Mitchell 1 and Hahn Automotive Warehouse Inc. have created a marketing partnership as part of Mitchell's goal to expand its national network of connectivity to automotive parts suppliers.
Mitchell said its objective is to give repair shop owners greater flexibility and increased efficiencies in ordering parts when using Poway-based Mitchell's OnDemand5 Manager shop management system.
The venture provides Mitchell 1 customers electronic access to Hahn's line of aftermarket parts while Hahn's customers now receive special discounts on Mitchell's entire line of software products.
Jeff Washburn, Hahn's director of management information services, said implementation of the program already has produced more sales and demonstrated a lower parts return rate for its service dealer network.
EPA to audit auto makers' Web sites
WASHINGTON-The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to audit the Web sites of auto makers to ensure they are providing independent technicians with all the information they need to repair emissions-related equipment on cars and light trucks.
In June 2003 the EPA ordered original equipment manufacturers to provide independent technicians with the ability to use vehicles' onboard diagnostic systems for emissions equipment-the same as they do for their franchised car dealers. The agency now seeks feedback from technicians on their experiences with the Web sites. It has formed a 15-member steering committee for that purpose, consisting of representatives from OEMs, tool companies, repair facilities and aftermarket associations.
More about the evaluation process is available on the committee's own Web site, www.oemaudit.com.
Anti-counterfeiting bill reintroduced
WASHINGTON-Rep. Joe Knollenberg, R-Mich., has reintroduced the Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act.
The bill would strengthen existing anti-counterfeiting laws by forcing convicted counterfeiters of auto parts and other goods to forfeit the machinery used to produce fake products, as well as the money they made by selling them.
``Penetration by counterfeit automotive products...has the potential to undermine the public's confidence and trust in what they are buying,'' said Paul Foley, vice president of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, in a press release supporting the bill.
Mr. Knollenberg originally introduced the bill in the previous Congress, but it failed to garner a single hearing.
Dana finalizes aftermarket biz sale
TOLEDO, Ohio-Dana Corp. has finalized the sale of its automotive aftermarket business for about $1 billion.
Affinia Group Inc., an affiliate of the Cypress Group, bought the business. The sale price includes roughly $950 million in cash and a seller's note with a face value of $74.5 million, Dana said. The sale encompasses 52 facilities employing about 13,000 people. Combined annual sales for the operations reached about $2 billion in 2003.
``The sale provides Dana with important strategic and financial flexibility,'' said Michael Burns, Dana chairman and CEO.