Kumho Tire USA is bringing two new tires to market to start 2021 — the Crugen HT51 for commercial vans and other transport vehicles — and the Ecsta V730, a performance tire designed to inspire drivers both on and off the track.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will continue to focus on fleets in 2021 with new fuel-efficient-focused tires, three new retreads, plus a portal to help fleet managers manage multiple aspects of their tire programs.
Trelleborg Wheel Systems has expanded the Brawler HPS (High Performance Solid) telehandler tire range to include the Comfort line. The new tires are designed to reduce vibration and offer telehandler and compact wheel loader operators a more comfortable ride.
The challenges of 2020 have been immense, and commercial tire dealers are doing their best to weather the storm. As Bob Berlin, president of Orange, Mass.-based Pete’s Tire Barns Inc., put it, “We’re pretty much flat for the year — and we’re happy.”
I run across a lot of 50-year-old tire dealerships that have a mix of businesses, like the retail tire dealership that opened a warehouse to deliver tires to its stores and then started wholesaling to get more volume, better pricing, and more cash profit.