Automotive Consulting by Sun International

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      Sun International has more than 25 years of experience in all areas of the automobile business and related topics, specializing in problem solving for "niche" and small volume specialty vehicles that are not available in the US through the original manufacturer. We can provide solutions for: importing, EPA, CARB, DOT, engineering, marketing, advertising, promotion, public relations, sales, after sales, warranties, spare parts, performance parts, long term support, etc.

     Some examples of our specialty vehicles and small volume programs for new vehicles: BMW Alpina, Ferrari 512 BB, 400i, Lamborghini Countach, Peugeot 205 Turbo 16, Porsche 959, Renault 5 Turbo, Ford RS 200, Ford Escort RS Cosworth, etc. These vehicle are not available in the USA from the original manufacturer because it is impractical or impossible for the manufacturer to accomplish the US homologation / Certification for such a small volume and to provide all of the marketing and support including long term after sales support that would normally be provided for larger volume vehicles. We can provide all of the support or advise on the vehicle program solutions.

     If your company wants solutions to automobile import, marketing, sales, distribution, promotion, engineering, Certification for US specifications, small volume vehicle programs, spare parts, etc. we can provide the complete solution or advise and help your company to develop all or any part of your program.

Sun International experience:

  • EPA, CARB "small volume manufacturer" engine family certifications and, ICI 
  • DOT safety standards engineering, Registered Importer  
  • Certified Vehicle Manufacturer.

We can provide access to vehicle import services including Customs Broker, legal, bonding, Registered Import (DOT) and ICI (EPA).

When contacting us for consulting please consider the following:

  • What does your company want to accomplish with what vehicle(s)?
  • What are the issues to solve?
  • What is your present background knowledge and experience with this topic?
  • What would you like us to do for your company?

   If you would like to import your own personal vehicle which will require services of a Registered Importer and Independent Commercial Importer, we strongly recommend that first you contact several representatives of the manufacturer to possibly obtain specific information regarding the difference between your present foreign vehicle and the manufacturer's US version of that model. In some cases the manufacturer has been able to supply an actual list of necessary modifications. Keep in mind that it is not always seen as in the manufacturers best interest to supply this information as it may be seen as a lost sale through the US importer. Nevertheless, it is worth your effort to try for this information. 

Auto Week June 10, 1991

Sun International managed to keep the Corporate Average Fuel Economy fines very low. Comparison is shown to the right.

Send e-mail to:

US Customs:                          Importing a Car
Request information and forms from the nearest office, from embassies and consulates abroad,
or write to: Customs, P.O.  Box 74707, Washington, D.C. 20044
Duty Rate for imported automobiles: 2.5% of the declared value.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Tel. USA 202 564-9660  This number has an excellent fax back service for obtaining forms and detailed explanations of the EPA regulations.

Department of Transportation (NHTSA / DOT)   Show Or Display   Vehicle Import Regulations

California Air Resources Board (CARB) Smog Check ; tel. 800 / 952-5210;
or contact your local Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR)

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