Goodyear and Conmet to offer fleets the commercial tire industry’s first combined tire and wheel hub analytics solution

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and ConMet announced their strategic collaboration to create combined digital solutions that will better connect commercial truck fleets to the health of their tires and wheel ends.

For the first time in the industry, two companies will use their combined expertise in connected mobility and their existing data resources to provide fleets with holistic insights on tire and wheel end performance. The goal is to allow fleets to remotely monitor their vehicles in real time, automate insights and make better maintenance decisions in order to improve vehicle safety, as well as maximize efficiency and uptime.

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Goodyear tire development program aided by second dynamic simulator

Goodyear is to install a second DiM250 Dynamic Driving Simulator, supplied by VI-Grade, at its Innovation Center in Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg.

Goodyear will use the simulator in conjunction with another DiM250 recently installed at the company headquarters in Ohio, USA. Both innovation sites also have previously installed VI-Grade Compact Simulators to assist with virtual tire development.

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Continental Manufactures Tire With New ‘HL’ Load Index

Large, powerful cars and SUVs with electric or hybrid drive are far heavier than conventional vehicles, yet offer little room to fit larger tires with higher load capacities. In response, Continental is now manufacturing the first passenger tire with the new “HL” load index. Inflated to the same pressure, these tires have a higher load capacity than those built to the former XL standard, said the company.

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American-Canadian Tour (ACT) switches to Hoosier Tire

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The American-Canadian Tour’s (ACT) officially sanctioned series and tracks will be switching to Hoosier Tires starting with the Community Bank N.A. 150 at Thunder Road on Sunday, May 2.

ACT Late Models will run a new 8-inch tire specially designed and built for the division. The tire is the result of extensive testing by Hoosier Tire and ACT that focused on reliability and overall performance.

The tires cost $130 each, the same price as the 8-inch American Racer tire the class had been using.

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Continental expands its online dealer portal ContiOnlineContact for OTR and agricultural tires

Hanover, January 18, 2021. Continental expands the digital online dealer portal ContiOnlineContact. The portal now lists the entire Off-The-Road (OTR) and agricultural tire portfolio. This enables dealers and customers from the agricultural, industrial, earthmoving, port and airport sectors, among others, to order tires flexibly and on demand. With the expansion of the dealer portal to include OTR and agricultural tires, service performance will be continuously improved and tire ordering will be catering to the individual needs of the customers. The new products are available both as ad-hoc orders with delivery directly from the regional warehouses and as direct shipments from the factories. 

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Global Automakers Releases 2020 Q4 Sales Numbers

Following our transition into a new year, the Global Automakers of Canada (GAC) has released sales figures for its members in Q4 2020.

Given the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic during 2020, OEMs witnessed the shutting down of production facilities in Q1 and Q2, along with parts shortages, new inventory was significantly down during the course of the year.

By the end of 2020, GAC member sales total 900,767 units—a 21.4% decline compared with 2019 which saw 1,146,587 units sold.

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KAMAZ-master dominates first half of DAKAR 2021 on standard Goodyear OFFROAD ORD tyres

On January 3rd, the 43rd Dakar started in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The so-called motorsport marathon covers over 7500 km and will end on January 15th. The infamous competition is also known as one of the toughest rallies in the world. … Once more the standard Goodyear OFFROAD ORD tyres showcase their extraordinary performance in terms of grip and durability.  

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US 2020 auto sales slide 15%, but recovery stronger than expected

Pittsburgh — US new vehicle sales are forecast to have fallen about 15% year over year to 14.4 million units in full-year 2020, the lowest total since the beginning of the decade, but the industry’s performance finished the year stronger than anticipated, according to industry analysts.

Cox Automotive said strong December sales boosted the year’s final projection, according to a report Jan. 6.

“The final days of December appear to have been stronger than forecast, and a number of [automotive] OEMs have cited unexpected robust retail activity over the holidays,” said Charlie Chesbrough, Cox senior economist. “There was also no shortage of positive news in the last week of December, and that may have encouraged consumers and lifted sales – passage of the stimulus package, more certainty around the election outcome, coupled with a lot of vaccine news.”

 

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NHTSA issues rule allowing R&D exemptions for U.S. manufacturers

NHTSA has issued a closing rule that may enable U.S. manufacturers of autos and tools to hunt an exemption from federal security requirements for functions of analysis or demonstration, in keeping with a federal document.

The rule permits home manufacturers that produce nonconforming autos and tools to function these merchandise on public roads — probably dashing the event of automated driving techniques and different forward-looking applied sciences within the U.S.

In a press release, the company stated the motion “levels the playing field with importers, which until this rule were the only entities able to obtain these research and demonstration waivers and will help ensure that domestic manufacturers will have the same opportunity to develop and demonstrate automated shuttles and other innovative technologies.”

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Falken Tire selected as original equipment for Toyota’s new model “mirai”

Falken Tires announced it will begin supplying its high-performance Falken AZENIS FK001 A/S tires to Toyota Motor Corporation for use as factory standard tires on their new model MIRAI fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) for the North American market, which went on sale this December.

The new model MIRAI not only achieves improved fuel economy compared with previous FCEVs, but is also designed to provide a more refined, comfortable ride as well as a quieter drive.

Read the source article at Traction News