Tire manufacturers are continually refining existing technology and introducing new concepts to the marketplace. Here’s a look at the latest advancements and how you can market and sell them.


The Goodyear Fuel Max LHS (for long-haul steer) is the company s most fuel-efficient steer tire in
January 27, 2015

Goodyear adds the LHS to its Fuel Max lineup

At the 2015 Goodyear Dealer Meeting in Grapevine, Texas, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. introduced its most fuel-efficient long-haul steer tire in North America, the Fuel Max LHS.

Tags: Brian Buckham, Dealer meeting, Gary Medalis, SmartWay-verified, Truck tires

January 20, 2015

Vehicle manufacturer issues recalls for TPMS

Winnebago Industries Inc. is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Winnebago Trend, Travato and Itasca Viva motorhomes manufactured Nov. 13, 2014, to Dec. 23, 2015. The recall affects 1,107 vehicles.

Tags: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS recall

January 20, 2015

Car dealerships gain market share -- again

There were 5 million more passenger tires sold in the U.S. last year compared to 2013, and car dealerships accounted for 400,000 of those units. Their 8% share of the market is the highest it has ever been -- and it is growing.

Tags: Car dealerships, Company-owned stores, Distribution channels, MTD Facts Issue, Warehouse clubs

The tread pattern of the General Grabber Arctic LT features interlocking winter sipes.
January 15, 2015

Winter wonder: the General Grabber Arctic LT

The Grabber Arctic LT is the newest General winter tire from Continental Tire the Americas LLC. The studdable winter tire's all-weather, cut-and-chip resistant compound is designed to maintain cold-weather flexibility, excellent traction and long, even tread wear.

Tags: General Grabber, LT tires, Travis Roffler, Winter tires

Compared to the Continental ExtremeWinterContact, the WinterContactSI has the same snow traction and
January 15, 2015

Ready for (next) winter: the WinterContactSI

The new Continental WinterContactSI is designed for passenger cars, minivans and CUVs. It will be available in the fall of 2015, although Continental Tire the Americas LLC will begin accepting dealer orders in April 2015.

Tags: Continental WinterContact, Travis Roffler, Winter tires

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Figure 1: Registering the tire pressure sensor.
December 16, 2014

Optimal service for Kia Optima TPMS  

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on a 2011 to 2013 Kia Optima monitors the air pressure in the four road tires with wheel-mounted tire pressure sensors. To do this, the system uses a TPMS receiver, four radio frequency (RF) tire pressure sensors, two warning indicators on the instrument cluster, and a data circuit to perform system functions

Tags: Kia Optima, Mitchell 1, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

Brityrex addresses ‘part-worn’ tires and tire labeling
December 16, 2014

Brityrex addresses ‘part-worn’ tires and tire labeling  

I recently attended the three-day Brityrex Show in the UK, and this biannual event featured for the very first time a special seminar entitled TyreTalk that incorporated a series of speakers from various aspects of the tire industry.

Tags: Brityrex show, European Notebook, European tire labeling, John Stone, Part-worn tires

CEO Jean-Dominique Senard delivered an impassioned speech regarding Groupe Michelin’s
December 16, 2014

Michelin Challenge Bibendum  

Groupe Michelin held its 12th annual Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB) in Chengdu, China, in November. The event brought together members of both the private and public sectors to examine sustainable mobility; this year’s conference focused on innovation in mobility, and how it can drive growth and urban well-being.

Tags: Groupe Michelin, Michelin Challenge Bibendum, Michelin North America Inc.

Nitto covered the SEMA Show in real time at its booth.
December 15, 2014

2014 SEMA Show coverage  

Cab drivers in Las Vegas were told to be ready for 140,000 visitors during Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. That estimate proved to be too low.

Tags: 2014 SEMA Show

Figure 1: Removing the tire from the wheel (1 of 2).
November 10, 2014

Honda Fit 2008-2013 TPMS service  

When a tire pressure sensor or control unit is replaced on a 2008-2013 Honda Fit, or a known good wheel is substituted, the ID(s) of all four tires’ sensors must be memorized by the TPMS control unit. After memorizing the sensor ID(s) or doing a tire rotation, the mounting location of sensors 1, 2, 3 and 4 must be determined. See Reset procedures.

Tags: Honda Fit, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

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