Pep Boys — Manny, Moe & Jack is adding 134 locations with the purchase of Just Brakes Total Car Care. The acquisition gives Pep Boys more than 900 locations in the U.S.
Tenneco Inc. is beginning the second leg of its “Shockmobile” North American tour in mid-July with visits to Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis and dozens of other Midwest cities.
A 25-foot-long, 10-foot-high translucent Monroe OESpectrum shock absorber on wheels is the centerpiece of the tour, which promotes Tenneco’s “Everything Gets Old. Even Your Shocks” campaign.
The custom-built, LED-illuminated shock is towed by a specially equipped sport-utility vehicle featuring matching yellow-and-black graphics along with information on how consumers can learn more about the importance of inspecting shocks and struts at 50,000 miles/80,000 kilometers.
“Our first three-week tour was a lot of fun as the Monroe ambassadors visited customers throughout the Northeast,” says Denise Hanefeld, marketing coordinator for the Monroe brand.
“It was also a real eye-opener for tens of thousands of consumers, many of whom reported how ‘shocking’ it was to see a 25-foot-long rolling shock absorber that glows in the dark. Perhaps most important is the fact that our web traffic at Monroe.com and follower engagement on each of our social media channels are growing substantially as a result of this consumer education initiative.”
The Shockmobile tour, which will include several popular college football venues this fall, is part of the Monroe brand’s “Everything Gets Old. Even Your Shocks” marketing campaign, which is designed to remind millions of vehicle owners that ride control components – like other, more visible consumer products – wear out and need to be replaced.
If reports out of Asia are correct, details about the sale of Kumho Tire Co. will become more clear this week.
In 2008, North American tire manufacturers had the capacity to produce 352.7 million tires annually. Five years later, that number was down to 306.3 million tires annually, a 13.1% drop.
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, the wholesaler provided a day-and-a-half event full of educational sessions to help dealers identify those opportunities.
Nexen Tire America Inc. has sent a letter to its customers informing them of a "weighted average price increase of 5%."
Artificial intelligence (AI) has come to the tire industry by way of Sears Auto Centers. With the pilot launch of the retail chain's "Digital Tire Journey" Web app, consumers can identify the appropriate tires to fit their driving preferences.
Federal Corp.'s Chungli, Taiwan, consumer tire factory was involved in a fire on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. There were no casualties, and the production facilities were unaffected, says a company spokesperson.
High-value-added passenger tires is the buzz phrase in the tire industry right now. Also known as HVA tires, they are defined by some companies as tires 17 inches and above in size, by others 18 inches and above. Either way, they are trending upward.
The Smithers Group has upgraded its tread wear testing capabilities at its primary Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna, Ohio.
The European subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp. is acquiring a chain of 104 stores in France.
The North Carolina Tire Dealers Association (NCTDA) will honor its 2017 Dealer of the Year and induct two new members into its Hall of Fame.
Mark Peak of Peak Auto Service Inc. in Girard, Kan., won the grand prize in a recent Jeep Rubicon Sweepstakes from Friend Tire Co., a wholesaler in Monett, Mo. that's a wholly owned subsidiary of the Yokohama Rubber Corp.
Discount Tire has added a store in Sugar Land, Texas. It is the third Discount Tire outlet in Sugar Land, which is part of the Houston metropolitan area, and the 12th location in Fort Bend County.
Every year, Modern Tire Dealer breaks down "the year that was" in its January Facts Issue. It is the first publication with an in-depth report on the previous year's performance.
The 2017 Lexus LS sedan features the Turanza T005 run-flat tire by Bridgestone Corp. as original equipment.