When it comes to tires with higher speed ratings, 2013 was a year of growth across the board, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).
In the domestic replacement segment, H-rated tire shipments were up 6.3%, while V-rated shipments were up 10%. Tires Z-rated and higher were up 3%. Here is the breakdown of the passenger tire shipments by speed rating, in millions (2012 shipments are in parentheses).
H-rated: 33.8 (31.8)
V-rated: 16.4 (14.9)
Z, Y- and W-rated: 13.5 (13.1).
In the original equipment segment, H-rated tire shipments were up 18.8%, while V-rated shipments were up 18.6%. Tires Z-rated and higher were up 70%.
The RMA, through its Market Information Services department, released its preliminary results on Feb. 14. For more information on the RMA's latest numbers, check out these links:
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.