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Cover Story - August 2016

BMW’s Run-Flat Tire Philosophy: ‘We Don’t Want to Mess With Something That’s Working’

By: Joy Kopcha

BMWs are far from the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. Halfway through 2016 BMW sales amounted to not quite 2% market share with a little more than 153,000 vehicles sold, according to statistics compiled by Good Car Bad Car. Still, that relatively tiny segment of new car sales is a driver for an entire category of tire technology: run-flat tires.

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Assessing Performance: Employees Need to Know What Is Expected of Them

One of the more frequent questions posed by tire and service dealers when dealing with performance assessments (or employee reviews) is the obvious one: “How do I get started?” That is quickly followed by “How long should they be?” or “When should I do them?” or “What should I say?”


TPMS: 2007-13 Chrysler/Jeep Compass and Patriot

There are two tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) available for the 2007-2013 Chrysler/Jeep Compass and Patriot, a base system and a premium system. The base system does not specify how many tires are low or where they are located. The premium system does so.

The robust General Grabber X3 has the ability to climb rocks due to its multi-angle gripping edges, deflection ribs and pads and sidewall lugs, Continental Tire notes.

Rock Star: General Grabber X3 Mud Terrain Tire Goes to the Extreme

Continental Tire the Americas LLC recently showed off the capabilities of two new tires at a ride-and-drive event for some its biggest customers at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa. One was a General brand — the Grabber X3, and the other was the Continental TerrainContact A/T.

Rutger Veerman launched his own tire purchasing and selling business three years ago.

Size and Prompt Delivery Is the Way Forward in Europe

It would be fair to say that the tire market in Europe has changed considerably over the last 10 years, with both wholesalers and dealers experiencing a number of significant developments that have affected how they operate and look to gain a profit.


Dealer Survey Shows an Early Indication of Demand Uncertainty

According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires increased modestly in June. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported they sold 1.2% more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.6% decrease in May and a 0.2% decrease in April.

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