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Cover Story - May 2019

Low Rolling Resistance Tires and the Future of Hybrids

By: Joy Kopcha

By 2030 hybrids will account for half of Toyota's global vehicle production. That means 'green' tires are going mainstream, and they're expanding beyond 15- and 16-inches to match the rest of the replacement tire market.

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The CPX-900 battery and system analyzer from Midtronics for conventional and advanced vehicle systems assesses the health of both a battery’s starting and reserve capacity abilities through patented Conductance Profiling technology. Photo courtesy of Midtronics
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The Latest Battery Testing Tools

At any moment in time, one out of four car batteries needs replaced. The only way to know which one is to test every vehicle that comes in for service.

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New Employees Should Master One Task at a Time

Training someone to work in a tire store is like teaching algebra — the student has to know the basics first. Muscle memory helps in math, and it can help a new employee learn the ropes without taking shortcuts.

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Consumers May be Experiencing Sticker Shock Following Price Increases

Recent conversations with dealers leave us with a view that retail sell-out remains healthy and trends continue to remain on the positive side of the ledger. From a volume standpoint, surveyed dealers relayed they saw unit sales volumes improve in the low-single-digit range compared to the same period last year and were up roughly 1% for the first quarter as a whole.

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