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You may see five new passenger tire sizes in your shops in 2015. And double that number of new LT sizes.

The Tire & Rim Association is putting the finishing touches on its 2015 Yearbook, which includes the new sizes not available when the 2014 edition was printed.

As if size proliferation wasn't already a problem, there are no existing sizes that were deemed obsolete. That means there was a net increase in the number of sizes in the aftermarket.

Here are a few examples.

New passenger tire sizes:

275/35R15 (standard load);

305/55R20 (extra load);

P245/40R18 (extra load).

New LT sizes:

LT205/70R15 (Load Range C);

LT215/65R16 (Load Range D);

LT375/40R24 (Load Range F).

Look for a list of all the new consumer sizes in Modern Tire Dealer's January 2015 Facts Issue. The 2015 Tire & Rim Association Yearbook also will list them -- plus new truck, OTR, agricultural, industrial and utility tire sizes!

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