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.
Race strategy proved key to victory for Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg at the Austrian Grand Prix, who started from third on the grid. The German started behind both Williams drivers, but by stopping before them and maximizing the benefit of new tires – a maneuver known as the ‘undercut’ – he was able to gain the lead after the first round of pit stops.
Rosberg’s team mate Lewis Hamilton used the same strategy even more effectively. Hamilton started on the P Zero Red supersoft and then completed two stints on the P Zero Yellow soft, to finish just 1.9 seconds behind his team mate despite starting from ninth on the grid. Both drivers fought closely to the end, with Valtteri Bottas clinching his debut podium, just eight seconds off the lead.
The Force India of Sergio Perez started from 15th on the grid on the soft tires and went to lap 29 before completing one more stint on the soft and then the final stint on the rapid supersoft compound. This opposite tactic from most drivers elevated him to sixth at the finish.
Despite track temperatures in excess of 40 degrees centigrade, the two Marussia drivers – Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton – as well as Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi all finished the race with just one pit stop.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “Tire performance was very much in line with our expectations today, despite the warmer conditions. As a result of that, degradation was a little higher than we saw previously and it was a straightforward two-stop race, with a one-stopper becoming a little too ambitious for most teams. We saw an entertaining grand prix where tire strategy was very important, and of course it’s always great to see a new face on the podium. Congratulations to Valtteri and Williams, as well as Mercedes, for a great performance all weekend.”
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.
Women in Auto Care, formerly the Car Care Council Women’s Board, has released a new website as part of its recent rebranding initiative.