Due to lack of support, the organizers of the North American Tire & Retread Expo (NATRE) are rethinking the exposition format of the show. As a result, plans to hold the expo in Nashville, as previously announced, have been put on hold.
Though the historic 3.7-mile Sebring International Raceway circuit notorious for its bravery checking high speed corners and its relentlessly bumpy track surface remains the same, this year’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 15 will be a bit different for Michelin.
Despite claiming the overall race victory at Sebring for the past 15 consecutive years with technical partners Audi, Peugeot, Porsche and BMW prototypes, a 16th consecutive Michelin win is unlikely.
Michelin is currently eligible to compete only in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, the sole open tire class in the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The powerful GTLM class finds Michelin as the technical partner of choice for the factory squads from BMW Team RLL, Corvette Racing, Porsche North America and SRT Viper, along with the top independent Ferrari teams from Risi Competizione and Krohn Racing.
Amid a year of changes in the sport, one key element that has not changed is Michelin’s commitment to continuously develop innovative tire technologies through competition. “Sebring is a special place for sports car racing and for Michelin,” said Chris Baker, motorsports director for Michelin North America.
“Sebring presents a broad range of technical challenges that help us to develop the braking performance, turn-in and corning power that help our teams in competition and which translate into our latest consumer tires like the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3,” said Baker. “In addition, absolutely laser-beam-direct lineage to our work here in Sebring can be seen in the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 being delivered as original equipment on extremely-focused but street-able cars such as the 991-chassis Porsche 911 GT3, the Ferrari 458 Speciale, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series and--in 2015--the new C7 Corvette Z07 Performance Package. Our track-to-street philosophy doesn't get any more apparent than that.”
Michelin is the official tire partner of Sebring International Raceway and the only tire maker inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame. In addition to the Turn 17 Bridge, pit lane and track signage, the Michelin Alley print publication, www.michelinalley.com site and @michelinalley Twitter feed will provide a steady stream of news, photos and insights for the fans.
Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. has hired Jeff Bootz as vice president of sales. Bootz comes to Nitto Tire from its sister company, Toyo Tire U.S.A., and he begins his new role with Nitto on May 1, 2017.
Rising raw material costs significantly affected Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s financial results for the worse in the first quarter of 2017.
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. is adding F-load range tires to the brand’s Open Country line of light truck products to meet the needs of late model truck owners and dealers.
What does it take to be Modern Tire Dealer's Tire Dealer of the Year? Business success, marketing know-how and industry expertise are the foundation. Community involvement and management skills are important, too. And our 2017 award brings something special to the recognition.
Each month we ask members of our National Advisory Council (NAC) a question or questions on a current hot topic. Recently we asked, "Do you sell tires to consumers online via your website?"
Meineke Car Care Centers LLC honored its top owners and operators during its annual convention, including the group's first three-time winner of the Franchisee of the Year award.
TBC Brands LLC has introduced the first studdable winter tire for the Sumitomo brand. The Sumitomo Ice Edge is certified for severe snow performance and will be available in 57 passenger, CUV and SUV sizes for the 2017 season.
Net sales for Michelin Groupe were up 9.9% in the first quarter of 2017, led by early buying of tires ahead of the company’s price increase which went into effect April 1.
Big O Tires LLC franchisees celebrated growth in all business metrics at their annual convention April 4-5, 2017, in San Diego, Calif.
The nation’s largest network of independent tire dealers increased overall passenger and light truck tire unit sales in 2016 by 7.8% and same-store sales by 5.5%. With a net gain of 44 new Tire Pros stores last year, Ron Sinclair reminded dealers, “We have power!”
The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on 2007 to 2016 GM/Cadillac Escalade Series system uses the remote control door lock receiver (RCDLR), body control module (BCM), four radio frequency (RF) transmitting pressure sensors, and the serial data circuit to perform the sensor learn mode functions.
The new BFGoodrich Winter T/A KSI from Michelin North America Inc. is designed for passenger and crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) in the Canadian market.
Registration is open for ASA Automotive Systems Inc.’s 2017 Software User Conference and Info Expo in St. Louis, Mo., scheduled for April 30 to May 2.
Bosch Automotive Service Solutions has released Bravo 2.9, the latest update to its diagnostics software for the OTC Encore professional scan tool.