Inaugural Automotive Dealer Council meeting takes place
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July 21, 2014

Net Driven hosts Automotive Dealer Council
The inaugural meeting of the Automotive Dealer Council was held at Net Driven's new headquarters in Scranton, Pa., on July 17, 2014.


Vogue Tyre celebrates 100-year milestone
To commemorate its 100th anniversary in 2014, Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co. conducted an anniversary celebration in Chicago this past weekend for employees and business partners. The company was started in 1914 by Harry Hower, a chauffeur who invented the whitewall tire with a patented gold stripe design.


TBC Wholesale expands the Sumitomo brand
TBC Wholesale Group, a brand under the TBC Corp. umbrella, continues the expansion of the Sumitomo brand with the addition of seven sizes to the Touring LS broad line touring program.


Yokohama, Michelin, Bridgestone and... Kenda?
On the heels of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England, Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich turned back the clock to July 20, 2003. That was the day Kenda USA was the most popular tire company in the world.


Vipal to display at Latin American tire expo
Vipal Rubber Corp. will display its DV line, VL130 ECO tread and other retreading products at the 2014 Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo July 23-25 (exhibit booths M718 and M727) at the ATLAPA Convention Center in Panama City, Panama.


Mitchell 1 enhances SocialCRM marketing solution
Mitchell 1 has added a new website development service to its SocialCRM shop marketing solution to provide automotive repair shops a cost-effective solution for designing, managing and maintaining a professional business website.


Stellar has two new customer service techs
Hydraulic truck-mounted equipment manufacturer Stellar Industries Inc. announces the addition of Frank Marshall and Nick Anderson as customer service representatives in the Stellar customer service department.


30 years for Epicor electronic catalog
Epicor Software Corp. is celebrating the 30th anniversary of electronic cataloging for the automotive aftermarket. The company introduced the industry’s first electronic catalog in August 1984.


Falken Tire scores doubleheader victories
Team Falken, manufacturer of high performance on- and off-road tires, continues its winning ways with a first place in the Spec Trophy Truck Class in the demanding Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and two firsts in class in the West Coast Ultra4 Series, both run this past weekend.



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MTD 100: ‘Internet pricing leveled the playing field’
The maxim “business as usual” has become “business unusual” for the dealers on this year’s MTD 100. They emerged from a global recession to find an increasing threat to their margins: tire pricing on the Web. Their willingness to adapt to change has given them the competitive edge to grow their businesses.


Wheel weight update
From start to finish, it took only a few months to get the ban on lead wheel weights approved in Minnesota.


TPMS: Determine the system on a BMW 3-Series E-90
There are two types of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) on 2009-13 BMW 3-Series E90 vehicles.


Flashback: the day Kenda ruled the world
On July 20, 2003, Kenda may have been the most recognizable tire brand in the world. That was the day professional golfer Ben Curtis won what we in the United States often call the British Open.


I know where the next Goodyear plant will be built
A Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. spokesperson recently told me that the company had not yet chosen a site for its new $500 million consumer tire plant. I believe that is true.


The 'usual suspect' is the No. 1 tire, says Consumer Reports
In its April issue, Consumer Reports ran a summary of its latest -- not new -- tire tests. They encompassed seven different categories that don't normally overlap.

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