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3 New Sizes Crack the Top 10 OE Passenger Tire List

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The most popular original equipment passenger tire sizes in the U.S. in 2018 were not the same sizes as in 2017.

According to the preliminary edition of the latest U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) Factbook, two sizes -- 235/45R18 and 235/40R19 -- cracked the list of top original equipment passenger sizes for the first time.

Top 6 OE Passenger Tire Sizes in the U.S. in 2018

1. 225/65R17 4.1% 2. 235/60R18 3.8%
3. 275/55R20 3.5% 4. 235/45R18 3.3%
5. 235/40R19 3.0% 6. 245/60R18 3.0%

The top six OE sizes represented 20.7% of the total OE passenger tires shipped by USTMA members in 2018. (Another size, 235/65R18, also appeared on the Top 10 list for the first time. It was ranked ninth.)

On the replacement side, 225/50R17 replaced 225/60R16 as the sixth most popular size (225/60R16 dropped to seventh), while the third and fourth place sizes swapped positions.

Top 6 Replacement Passenger Tire Sizes in the U.S. in 2018

1. 205/55R16 4.4% 2. 225/65R17 4.3%
3. 215/55R17 3.5% 4. 215/60R16 3.4%
5. 195/65R15 3.1% 5. 225/50R17 2.0%

The top six replacement sizes represented 20.7% of the total replacement truck tires shipped by USTMA members in 2018. (The ninth and 10th most popular sizes -- 235/65R17 and 225/60R17 -- made the Top 10 list for the first time. They replaced 195/60R15 and 265/70R17, respectively.)

USTMA's Factbook 2019 is a report on tire shipment activity in the United States for 2018. For information on how to purchase the report, visit www.ustires.org.

To read more about the statistical data found in USTMA's Factbook 2019, check out these links:

"U.S. Tire Shipments Total Record 216.7 Million Units."

"Once Again, the Top Truck Tire Size Is 295/75R22-5."

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