Harold Coker, recent inductee to TIA Hall of Fame, dies
November 17, 2014

Harold Coker, founder of Coker Tire, dies
Harold Coker, founder of Coker Tire Co. and recent inductee to the Tire Industry Association Hall of Fame, died on Nov. 16, 2014. He was 84.

DENSO has been very busy of late
On the heels of strong first-half 2014 consolidated financial results, DENSO Corp. and its North American subsidiaries have kicked it up a notch.

Vehicle data privacy principles fall short
The Auto Care Association says vehicle manufacturers’ new privacy principles do not provide consumers with adequate control of their car’s data, a failure that will likely prevent independent service providers from accessing the diagnostic data of their customers’ vehicles.

NTSB will hold symposium on tire safety
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a symposium on passenger tire safety on Dec. 9-10, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

Hankook is OE on more trucks in Europe
Hankook Tire Corp. Ltd. is expanding its range of light to medium duty truck tires for the European market. The company’s AH11 pattern for the steer axle and DH05+ for the drive axle are to be fitted to several Mercedes-Benz Atego Euro VI models.

Tenneco expands premium brake pads line
Tenneco Inc. has expanded its line of Monroe Total Solution ultra-premium replacement ceramic and semi-metallic brake pads to include coverage of more than 5.5 million additional late-model foreign and domestic passenger vehicles.

Mahle Service Solutions unveils new website
The new website of Mahle Service Solutions, a division of Mahle Aftermarket Inc., is intended to complete the transition that began in 2013 with Mahle's purchase of RTI Technologies.

Rancho brand will mark 60 years in 2015
Launched by Clarence Shook as family-owned “Rancho Jeep Supply” in Los Angeles, Calif., Tenneco Inc.’s Rancho performance suspension and shocks brand will celebrate its 60-year-long history during 2015.

Hercules introduces the H-704 drive tire
Hercules Tire unveiled the Hercules H-704 premium closed shoulder deep drive tire at the recent SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas.

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Preparing your customers for winter
Customers know they need proper tires to navigate through the brutal conditions of the winter that is to come, but the need for other winter car care services might be less apparent to them. Independent tire dealers should be ready to approach their customers with solutions to potential winter driving problems such as impaired visibility and fluid replacement. They also need to prepare their employees to deal with this busy time of year.

9 common consumer misperceptions regarding winter car care
”You don’t know what you don’t know” can certainly apply to how too many consumers approach the winter driving season and car maintenance.

Ultra-high performance tire sales: Still growing year by year
Neither snow, nor rain, nor tariffs, nor gloom of a recession will keep UHP tire shipments from increasing. It’s not exactly the Postman’s Creed, but it does indicate how strong the replacement ultra-high performance tire segment has been in the United States, particularly in the last five years.

SEMA Show aftermath: Who was there and who wasn't (and who wasn't allowed)
Every year, the SEMA Show, Global Tire Expo (GTE) and AAPEX draw thousands of people to Las Vegas. The list of attendees is always a veritable Who's Who of the tire industry.

Intense competition: Monro's growth curve is scary
John Van Heel, CEO and president of Monro Muffler Brake Inc., recently made the most cryptic statement many of you will read over the Halloween season.

It seems the U.S. government wants to unfairly punish Double Coin
Double Coin Holdings Ltd. and, by association, China Manufacturers Association LLC, are being punished for a crime they didn't commit.

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