Two winter tires tie for top spot in CR tests
October 5, 2015

Consumer Reports: The Best Winter Tires Are…

Consumer Reports (CR) included winter tires in its most recent comparison tests. Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich reports on CR’s top winter tire picks in his latest blog, including the two tires fighting for the top spot.

Yokohama Truck Tires: From Months to Days

The Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi LLC plant is mass producing truck tires, roughly 24 months after breaking ground.

K&M Tire Acquires Midwest Tire & Muffler

Delphos, Ohio-based K&M Tire Inc. has acquired the assets of Midwest Tire & Muffler Inc., which operates distribution centers in Rapid City, S.D., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Bismarck, N.D.

Tire Consultants Welcomes Arthur Mayer

Tire Consultants Group LLC (TCG) has named automotive industry veteran Arthur Mayer to oversee the group's new market research and business development unit.

Timberland Tires Earns Kudos for Sustainability

Timberland tires, created by Omni United (S) Pte. Ltd. and Timberland LLC, earned runner-up recognition as a sustainable innovation during the Ethical Corp.'s Sixth Annual Responsible Business Awards Sept. 25.

Action Gator Tire Rebrands Five Stores

Five stores in South Florida owned by Fred Christensen Enterprises will be rebranded as Action Gator Tire Stores.

TBC Unveils Its First OTR Radial Tire Line

TBC Brands has introduced the Power King xERT-3, an E-3/L-3 off-the-road radial tire that features an aggressive tread design for demanding all-purpose applications.

J&R Tire Joins Marangoni Network

J&R Tire Inc. of Fairburn, Ga, has joined the Marangoni Tread North America dealer network. The company will offer Marangoni’s signature brand Ringtread as well as Unitread precure treads to the Atlanta area.

Continental Says Take a Detour for Tire Rebate

Continental Tire the Americas LLC will reward a $70 Visa prepaid card to consumers who purchase four Continental passenger or light truck tires. The “Today’s Detour” promotion runs through Nov. 2, 2015.

Cooper Joins 'Dream Team' Initiative

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has joined Dream It. Do It., a Manufacturing Institute (MI) initiative that aims to enhance the image of careers in manufacturing and address the widening skills gap in the nation’s manufacturing workforce pipeline.

Goodyear/Sumitomo Split is Official

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has dissolved its global alliance with Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.

TIA Takes ATS Class to Florida

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is taking its Certified Automotive Training Service (ATS) Instructor Class on Nov. 10-13, 2015, to Sarasota, Fla.

Note to tire manufacturers: ‘You can’t have your cake and eat it, too’
Each month we ask members of our National Advisory Council (NAC) a question or questions on a current hot topic. This month we asked, “Goodyear was the first tire manufacturer to begin selling tires directly to consumers online. Now Michelin has a pilot program that includes tire installation. What are your thoughts on this development? How do you feel it will affect your business?” Here are some of their responses.

Virtual reality is used to train techs to service GDI engines
Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology is not new, but technicians are beginning to see more of it as car manufacturers add more GDI-equipped vehicles to their product lines. Robert Bosch LLC says in 2015 37% of new vehicles will feature GDI technology. By 2020, 49% of all new vehicles will have GDI engines. Bosch projects it will have 56% OE market share in GDI technology in 2017.

Lewis General Tires is almost as old as the General brand

Leon Lewis Sr. received his first shipment of General tires in 1919, the year he opened one of the earliest General Tire & Rubber Co. franchises in the United States.

Nokian Crashes the Party in the Consumer Reports Winter Tire Test

In its November 2015 issue, Consumer Reports (CR) did more than reveal the results of its all-season tire testing, which I reported on in my Oct. 1 blog. It also rated 21 winter tires.

Consumer Reports: Michelin, Continental and Pirelli Dominate Recent All-Season Tire Testing

Every year in its November issue, Consumer Reports (CR) reveals the results of its "Road Report" tire testing. This year, the magazine rated tread wear, specifically all-season tires.

Conti has BIG plans for General in 2016

Bill Caldwell and Travis Roffler must like to play poker. The Continental Tire the Americas LLC executives are keeping their plans for General tire close to the vest.

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