The January 2017 Facts Issue features a record 42 charts and graphs. That includes an expanded "Pricing and Sizes" section.
The Ford F-150 pickup has been the most popular vehicle in the U.S. for 35 consecutive years. Why not analyze its original equipment sizes and retail pricing for its most popular size, 265/70R17?
To do that, we needed the help of The Fitment Group (www.fitmentgroup.com), a supplier of data and business intelligence solutions. Founded in 1999 and rebranded in 2012, the Fitment Group supplies the tire industry with the following:
* demand planning solutions,
* competitor pricing analysis, and
* comprehensive tire and wheel fitment data and wheel visualization solutions.
On page 40 of the Facts Issue, we give you a price point breakdown of size 265/70R17 in nine regions. Want to know what the opening price point was in your area? We've got it. Good, better, best? We have that, too.
In addition, the Fitment Group has projected the demand for the seven top Ford F-150 sizes in 2017. In 2017, for example, the number of size 265/70R17 tires sold nationwide will be... well, to find out, check out the January Facts Issue, which will be on your desks shortly. Can't wait? The digital edition of the issue is already on our website, www.moderntiredealer.com.
If that isn't enough information on that page, we also have included the most popular domestic OE passenger and light truck tire sizes from 2012 to 2015, courtesy of the Rubber Manufacturers Association. That, too, should help you with inventory management, as vehicles with those sizes show up in your service bays.
And where does size 265/70R17 rank in terms of popularity? Not surprisingly, it was one of the top five most popular OE sizes all four years.