Senate vote keeps tire registration debate alive
August 3, 2015

Senate says yes to tire registration
The U.S. Senate passed a long-term federal highway bill that includes mandatory tire registration and other tire-related rules advocated by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA.)

Toyo's new Celsius offers more winter safety
The new Toyo Celsius is not an all-season tire like the Toyo Extensa A/S. It’s not a winter tire like the Toyo Observe GSi5.

Bridgestone extends NHL sponsorship
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC (BATO) is extending its term as the Official Tire of the National Hockey League (NHL), and will return as the title sponsor of the NHL Winter Classic outdoor game.

Hankook swings for a 'great hit' with rebate
Hankook Tire America Corp. is promoting six of its most popular passenger and light truck tires with the 2015 ‘Great Hit’ mail-in rebate program.

Hunter sponsors SEMA Show contests
Hunter Engineering Co. has launched a new two-part social media contest that offers trips to the 2015 SEMA Show -- and the chance to win a free SmartWeight Touch wheel balancer at the show.

AAPEX app provides access now
The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) mobile app provides instant access to everything before, during and after the event, which is slated for Nov. 3 through Nov. 5, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nev.

TIA's ATS class is heading to Cincinnati
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is offering its Certified Automotive Training Service (ATS) Instructor Class in October in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Gabriel introduces rewards program
Gabriel (Ride Control LLC) has launched a loyalty program for light vehicle shops and technicians in the U.S. The Gabriel Answerman Advantage rewards program includes point-of-sale materials, promotions, rewards and business tools.

Yokohama plans for Indonesia's new auto show
Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. is going to the inaugural Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show 2015 with a special focus — Indonesia's demand for eco cars and SUVs.

US Motor Works earns Top 100 honor
US Motor Works LLC has been named one of the Top 100 automotive aftermarket suppliers for 2015 by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). The honor coincides with the company's 20th year in business.

Centric Parts celebrates 15 years
Centric Parts is marking its 15th anniversary in 2015 with a new ad campaign and slogan that celebrates the manufacturer's expertise and reputation for excellence: Centric Delivers, From Lab to Lift.

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Burning issues: Tariffs, online sales, tight margins
The independent dealers on this year’s Modern Tire Dealer 100 are finding ways to grow in the face of government regulation, changing consumer buying habits and economic uncertainty.

Ask leading and difficult questions with confidence
We have been looking at the importance of asking questions, the right questions in the right order for the right reasons that generate the right results.

A rocky ride on a space-saver tire
This month my article revolves around a recent road experience I had as opposed to a market view, just to be different for a change.

Goodyear addresses online sales, pricing and more during conference call
Although Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is moving full-speed ahead with its "value proposition" strategy, there are still headwinds with which to be dealt. That especially applies to the upcoming winter tire selling season.

Why domestic tire makers may be sad new tariffs are in place
I'm sure Chinese tire manufacturers and U.S. companies importing tires from China are longing for the days when tariffs on Chinese consumer tires were "only" 39%.

The fate of Chinese tire imports is in the hands of the ITC
By July 27, 2015, we will know if the duties on consumer tires imported from China will stand. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will make that determination.

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