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Cover Story - February 2017 2017

High Performance Tires are Being Forced Out of Their Niche

By: Ann Neal

There doesn’t seem to be many T- or S-rated tires at the OE level anymore. The growing number of broad market passenger cars equipped with high performance tires raises the question: Is there a high performance tire market anymore?

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Figure 1: Identifying tire pressure sensor components. (Illustrations courtesy of Chrysler Corp.)
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TPMS: Chrysler/Jeep Wrangler – 2011-15

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Michelin Introduces the Pilot Sport 4 S in the U.S.

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Bruce and Mary Faulkner talk about farm tires at the BKT booth with Loudan Hammersmith, left, and Dave Paulk, sales managers for the tire maker. Bruce Faulker manages the tire department and service center at Provision Partners Cooperative in Stratford, Wis., and he was among the 350 tire dealers to attend K&M’s annual conference.
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K&M Tire Conference Helps Dealers Advance

As independent tire dealers battle the competition, they often search for the one thing that will help them stand out. At the 2017 K&M Tire Inc. annual dealer conference in Overland Park, Kan., the wholesaler provided a day-and-a-half event full of educational sessions to help dealers identify those opportunities.

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There are 3 Types of Learning: Each Has its Upsides and Downsides

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Dealers Should be Able to Raise Tire Prices to Offset Cost Pressures

According to the results of our survey, demand for passenger and light truck replacement tires was up nicely in December. The latest results benefited from cycling easy comparisons in the Northeast, Great Lakes and Upper Mid-Atlantic regions of the country, including more normal winter weather.

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