SEMA develops step-by-step system in conjunction with California Air Resources Board to help participating members comply with emissions regulations. Clemson University I-CAR is an active participant, providing laboratory facilities for analysis to aid SEMA members who are aftermarket manufacturers.
China’s commercial-vehicles industry is poised for a transformation as suppliers focus on services and clean energy. These changes are occurring amid market shifts as China attempts to reduce pollution and congestion in cities.
"Craft shop" approach of low-volume, all-aluminum, high-end makes is too restrictive for America's best-selling vehicle. SEMA Show training classes by I-CAR demonstrate special techniques necessary and the learning curve for mainstream body shop technicians.
China’s automakers are gearing up to take advantage of smartphones and Internet services as they attempt to match the connectivity capabilities of their international competitors. Expanding their development programs and partnering with outsiders are key elements in the efforts.
Volkswagen Group is on a technology blitz aimed at increasing overall vehicle efficiency. The IR-resistant dashboard materials and the 10-speed DSG transmission are in the production pipeline along with other innovations.
The use of lead in engine bearings for light-duty vehicles was banned in the European Union from July 1, 2011, bringing widespread changes in coatings. Although heavy-duty engines have not yet been subject to similar legislation, Federal-Mogul believes that it is only a matter of time before they are.