It used to be that flashy sports cars ruled the ultra-high performance (UHP) tire market. But the market has also expanded as the car parc has changed. With more vehicles tuned with more performance-focused features, tiremakers have followed suit with more complex tires. The result is a healthy UHP tire market — one dealers can't afford to ignore.
The domestic tire industry experienced a “resurgence in growth” through the third quarter, Rick Brennan, vice president of strategic planning for Sumitomo Rubber North America, said during the company’s Dec. 1 virtual dealer forum.
The Falken Ziex ZE001A all-season tire in size 235/65R17 103T will roll on the 2021 Toyota Sienna. It's the first tire to be made in Sumitomo's factory in Buffalo, N.Y., selected as an original equipment fitment.