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Cover Story - July 2017 2017

Top 100 Dealers Find Opportunities in Traditional Retailing

By: Ann Neal

The independent tire dealers on this year’s Modern Tire Dealer 100 are finding ways to grow despite the digital revolution turning the traditional retail sector upside down. The nation’s top dealers are overcoming e-commerce challenges to acquire, renovate and build stores.

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No Problem! Dealers Plan to Adapt to Autonomous Vehicle Service

Each month we ask members of our National Advisory Council (NAC) a question or questions on a current hot topic. Recently we asked, “What do you think of autonomous vehicles? Do you think ‘self-driving’ or ‘driverless’ vehicles will catch on? If so, how soon? How will they change your service department?”

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Demand for Passenger and LT Tires Increased Modestly in May

According to the results of our survey, demand for passenger and light truck replacement tires increased modestly in May. From a volume standpoint, the dealers reported they sold 0.8% more tires last month relative to the previous year’s period.  Despite the fact that demand improved in May, sales trends were not significant enough to definitively change the narrative that demand trends have not met expectations for the first half of 2017, which included three consecutive months of negative volumes.

Figure 1: Registering the tire pressure sensor (1 of 2).
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TPMS: Kia Sorento 2011-2017

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on the 2011-2017 Kia Sorento 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.

The new ECUBE service unit is used to help tire dealers perform on-road service calls.
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A New Era Dawns for Mobile Tire Fitting in Europe

The season of tire and automotive shows is now in full swing across Europe and the general feeling in the market is that there are now far too many events for competitive companies to either exhibit in or visit.

Centric Premium Brake Rotors are manufactured using original equipment specifications and production processes to precisely restore braking performance.
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Brake System Maintenance Is Essential to AEB Technologies

The federal government had an opportunity to mandate three types of automatic emergency braking (AEB) technologies on all light vehicles last year. But in January 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said no. The agency explained AEB technologies are already here, and its own rule making process would delay the development of even better technologies for improving vehicle safety.

Zixin Liu, market planning director for Wanli Tire Corp., spoke at the 2017 Shanghai International Auto Show.
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Who Is Wanli? Industry Analyst Breaks Down the Chinese Company

Following leaks from South Carolina in early June that Orangeburg County is expecting an investment of $1 billion from a Chinese company named “Wanli,” many in the tire industry wanted to know more details. Chief among them was the question, “Who on earth is Wanli?”

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