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Whether you’re directing your dealership’s business from the back office or you’re working the sales counter, this section has the information to enhance your company’s image with the consumer, help your operational efficiency and make you more profitable.


The new Exo Grappler AWT from Nitto is a hybrid between an all-terrain and a mud terrain tire
September 19, 2014

Nitto adds two tires to the Grappler line

The new Terra Grappler G2 and the Exo Grappler AWT bring a tread wear warranty and severe snow service certification to the Grappler line of all-terrain tires from Nitto Tire USA Inc.

Tags: Exo Grappler AWT, Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., Stephen Leu, Terra Grappler G2

September 18, 2014

SEMA awarded $300,000 federal grant

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has been awarded part of a $2.2M federal grant which aims to expand exports of automotive aftermarket products into foreign markets including Russia, the United Arab Emirates and China.

Tags: Exports, SEMA, Specialty Equipment Market Association

For driving comfort, the Nokian Line SUV has hemispherical indentations -- reminiscent of a golf
September 18, 2014

Nokian previews a new SUV performance tire

Just before summer officially ends, there is one more summer tire being introduced: the Nokian Line SUV.

Tags: Juha Pirhonen, Nokian Line, SUV tires

September 18, 2014

2Q income rises while sales fall for Kumho

Kumho Tire Co. posted net profit of 52.6 billion won on net sales of 895 billion won for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. That compares to income of 50.8 billion won on sales of 1 trillion won for the second quarter of fiscal 2013.

Tags: Kumho financials, Raw material costs

Peter Szijjarto, left, Hungary s Parliamentary State Secretary to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
September 17, 2014

Apollo chooses Hungary for plant site

And the winner is: Hungary. In June, Apollo Tyres Ltd. had narrowed the location for its consumer and commercial tire plant to Hungary or Slovakia.

Tags: Hungary, Neeraj Kanwar, Plant capacity, Tire plant

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All 17 T- and H-rated sizes of the Snowtrac 5 will be produced at the Vredestein plant in The
August 21, 2014

Apollo Vredestein screens Snowtrac 5  

The hottest tire in the Vredestein lineup is the Snowtrac 5. It’s new, it’s superior to its predecessors, and it meets European and North American winter tire standards for performance.

Tags: Apollo Vredestein, Bob Ulrich, European tire labeling, Winter Tires

Consumers are spending money on deferred tire and service purchases
August 19, 2014

Consumers are spending money on deferred tire and service purchases  

According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires remained healthy in June. From a volume standpoint the dealers reported that they sold 0.7% more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 1.3% increase in May and a 1.3% increase in April.

Tags: Nick Mitchell, Your Marketplace

When China and friends took over
August 18, 2014

When China and friends took over  

The year is 2024. Consumer tire imports from China are way down compared to 10 years ago.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial

Cooper Tire’s total advertising spend in 1997, including its association with Arnold Palmer
July 31, 2014

Cooper Tire: 100 years and counting  

Not a single person who helped bring the Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. to life in 1914 is still alive. There are no eyewitnesses to the events leading up to its creation, or with whom to share insightful stories about its formative years.

Tags: 100 years, Arnold Palmer, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., OE tires

Global connections: focus on specialty tires
July 31, 2014

Global connections: focus on specialty tires  

Specialty tires add a significant global dimension to a dealers’ inventory. Although there are some domestic producers of specialty tires, namely Specialty Tire of America Inc., which produces bias-ply tires in Pennsylvania and Tennessee, and Maine Industrial Tire LLC, which has manufacturing in Pennsylvania as well as China, much of the product available in the marketplace is made overseas.

Tags: American Kenda, American Omni Trading Co., BKT (USA) Inc., Continental Tire the Americas LLC, CTP Transportation, East Bay Tire, Greenball Corp., Specialty tires

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