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What consumer tire sizes should you stock in 2013? The 2013 Modern Tire Dealer Facts Issue has the answer for you.

For example, in 2010, the top original equipment sizes for passenger and light truck tires were P215/60R16 and LT245/75R16, respectively. Those sizes remained on top in 2011, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

Here are the top five OE passenger and LT tire sizes in 2010, courtesy of the RMA:

Top 5 OE consumer tire sizes in the U.S., 2010

Passenger            Light truck

1. P215/60R16     1. LT245/75R16

2. P265/70R17     2. LT245/75R17

3. P215/55R17     3. LT225/75R16

4. P235/70R16     4. LT275/65R18

5. P275/55R20     5. LT265/70R17

The top five passenger sizes accounted for 23.5% of the domestic OE shipments in 2010, while the top five LT sizes accounted for 65.7%.

And the top two sizes last year? They were 17-inch sizes: P265/70R17 and LT245/75R17.

For more information about the tire industry in 2012, courtesy of the Facts Issue, check out these links:

"MTD Facts Issue: changes in oil changes."

"MTD Facts Issue: flat tire shipments in '12."

"MTD Facts Issue: retreading market share."

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