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John Stewart

Action Needed on Side-by-Side Standards

ROV and ATVThe Consumer Product Safety Commission has proposed mandatory standards for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles; also known as "side-by-sides".

Regardless of what type of off-highway vehicle you most enjoy, it is important that you contact all of your federal legislators and the Senate Committee Members listed below. As an OHV community, we can pull together and speak with one, very loud voice.

Please read the information below, then send an Email now to the Relevant Senate Committees Opposing CPSC’s Proposed Mandatory Standards for ROVs (Side-by-Sides)

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Fuel Economy Increases for 2009

Fuel Economy Improvements for 73 percent of 2009 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep® Models

  • Nineteen Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep® models see fuel economy improvements, which represents 73 percent of the total product lineup
  • 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid, Dodge Durango Hybrid, Dodge Journey, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass offer best-in-class fuel economy
  • Fuel savings of as much as 6.7 million gallons of fuel per year for American consumers
  • Engineering innovations contribute to improved fuel economy

Auburn Hills, Mich., Oct 31, 2008  -  As 2009 model year vehicles arrive in local Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep® showrooms, customers will be pleased to find that fuel economy has increased on 19 of Chrysler LLC’s car, truck and SUV models, representing 73 percent of the entire product lineup. American consumers could see savings of as much as 6.7 million gallons of fuel per year with the 2009 fuel economy improvements.

“Chrysler is committed to improving fuel economy for our customers, and we consistently look at viable technologies to help us achieve that goal,” said Bob Lee, Vice-President – Powertrain Product Team. “With offerings such as our Multi-displacement System (MDS), Active Transfer Case and Front-axle Disconnect, we are able to deliver consumers fuel economy improvements in a majority of our 2009 models.”

In total, six Chrysler brand models (Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler Sebring Convertible, Chrysler 300, Chrysler 300 SRT8 and Chrysler Aspen), nine Dodge brand models (Dodge Caliber, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Charger, Dodge Charger SRT8, Dodge Durango, Dodge Nitro, and Dodge Ram 1500) and four Jeep models (Jeep Patriot, Jeep Compass, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Commander) have better fuel economy than their 2008 predecessors.

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Consumer Forecast: Spending in 2009

To arm the industry with timely consumer data, SEMA is launching a series of enthusiast polls designed to illustrate the true pulse of the market. The initial study is a consumer forecast that engages those in the hobby about their vision for 2009. From spending habits to opinions for manufacturers, thousands of enthusiasts will be contacted to submit their impressions about the upcoming year.

One element of the study that is becoming clear is the attitude towards spending. While the survey continues to reach additional enthusiasts, these introductory findings reveal valuable information for members of the specialty-equipment industry to consider.

For example, survey takers have been asked about the amount of money they spent on automotive parts and accessories throughout 2008. They are then asked to estimate the amount they intend to spend in the coming 12 months. Some of the early results suggest that the conditions of the current economy are hitting demographic groups differently.

Click here to read more about Consumer Forecast: Spending in 2009 from SEMA.

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Weight Reduction Critical to Meeting New CAFE Regs

Powertrain Advances and Weight Reduction Both Critical to Meeting New CAFE Regs, Aluminum Industry Says

WASHINGTON, March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Obama administration announced new regulations for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) levels for passenger cars and light trucks, raising standards to 27.3 miles per gallon by 2011. The Aluminum Association supports these standards, believing the optimum solution for automakers to quickly engineer and build more fuel-efficient vehicles is to pursue a mix of technologies including powertrain advancements and lightweighting.

The following statement is from Buddy Stemple, chairman of The Aluminum Association's Auto & Light Truck Group:

"The Aluminum Association agrees with the Obama administration's regulations on CAFE. Greater use of aluminum to reduce carbon emissions while improving fuel economy must be part of the solution for the industry moving forward. Specific to this rule, we agree with the administration for continuing to support size-based standards for passenger cars. Size-based standards will allow automakers to build large vehicles that consumers demand with the fuel efficiency they expect and will positively impact future vehicle design and construction. Research proves that size - not weight - is a better determinant of vehicle safety.

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Right To Repair Legislation Gains Support

Five More Members of Congress Support 'Right to Repair' Legislation - Reps. Boucher, Gerlach, Rogers, Shuler and Welch Co-Sponsor HR 2057

BETHESDA, Md., May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following the recent introduction of the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (HR 2057) into the 111th Congress, the bill gained five more co-sponsors last week, according to Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).

Reps. Rick Boucher (D-VA), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Mike Rogers (R-AL), Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Peter Welch (D-VT) have joined bill's original co-sponsors, Reps. Towns (D-NY), Eshoo (D-CA) and Miller (D-CA).

"Within a week of the bill's introduction, the inclusion of these five members of Congress from both sides of the aisle signals growing support in Congress for the Right to Repair Act," said Schmatz. "We applaud their commitment to ensuring that motorists in their districts retain the choice of where to have their vehicles serviced and repaired."

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