Pirelli vintage tires take spotlight at Monterey Car Week


MONTEREY, Calif.—Looking to leverage the publicity that the annual Monterey Car Week for vintage automobiles generates, Pirelli Tire North America sponsored “Concorso Italiano,” said to be the largest gathering of luxury and exotic Italian cars worldwide.

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Talk the talk in order to walk the walk


In the age of automation, self-driving vehicles and artificial intelligence, it’s comforting to know that one thing still matters: That personal touch.

Late last month, our automotive service expert, Dan Marinucci, spent an hour discussing that point in our latest livestream event, entitled “Service Sales Skills Computers Cannot Perform.”

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Goodyear studying larger tires NASCAR Cup Series

Bristol, Tennessee – Goodyear Tire & Rubber, in partnership with NASCAR, is planning to change the design of the race tires it supplies to the NASCAR Cup Series to a larger rim diameter, perhaps 18 inches versus the current 15-inch formula, by 2021.

The change would coincide with the introduction of NASCAR’s “Generation-7” vehicle design, scheduled to debut in the 2021 season.

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MAXAM Tire Unveils New Forestry Tire


MAXAM has introduced the LogXtra forestry line to its broad range of specialty tire programs. MAXAM says it has engineered the MS931 LogXtra to provide the industry with the best solution for abusive forestry applications.

Throughout the development and performance validation phase of the LogXtra program, the design components and tire construction have displayed increased efficiency, durability and traction compared to industry benchmarks, MAXAM says.

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Bridgestone adds new sizes to Firestone Transforce AT2 tire


Bridgestone Americas announced the expansion of the Firestone Transforce tire line to include new size offerings for Class 4-5 commercial truck vehicles.

The Firestone Transforce AT2 is an all-position, radial tire designed for all-terrain performance, featuring a tread design to promote traction in wet and winter conditions. With an innovative tread-to-road contact footprint, the Firestone Transforce AT2 tire is engineered to deliver lasting durability throughout its life.

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Hankook Expand Original Equipment Portfolio with 2020 Ford Explorer


Hankook Tire recently announced that that it will be providing its touring all-season Kinergy GT tire as the original equipment for the 2020 Ford Explorer.

The size 255/65R18 [Pattern H436] of the Kinergy GT tire will be fitted onto the SUV vehicle.

Hankook explains in a release that the tire’s low rolling profile and tread design is well-suited to complement Ford’s 3.0-liter V6 EcoBoost gas engine and 10-speed transmission and aid in improving the SUV’s fuel mileage rating.

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Shifting expectations drive off-road innovation


It’s no secret that consumer preferences are evolving, and their expectations for companies, brands and products are higher than ever.

This is increasingly true in the tire industry, as more consumers seek tires that meet multiple performance needs without tradeoffs. … 

…As the off-road consumer tire segment continues to grow, function is only one part of the equation. Aesthetics also matter.

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Michelin’s NexTraq unit launches digital safe-driving tool


ATLANTA — NexTraq L.L.C., a Group Michelin company focused on telematics solutions, has developed a digital tool that disables drivers’ smartphones and tablet screens while their vehicle is in motion.

The new tool — dubbed “MobileBlock” — was developed in partnership with SafeDrivePod International B.V., Michelin said, and is designed to help managers enforce company policies restricting unauthorized use of company-issued tablets and smartphones, thus limiting distractions.

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Alliance Tire introduces combine tire with extra load capacity


WAKEFIELD, Mass.—Alliance Tire Group has introduced the Alliance Agriflex+ 372 VF CFO. The combine and grain cart tire rated is to carry 186 percent of the load of a comparably sized standard radial tire when operating at harvest speeds of under 10 mph.


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Bridgestone Announces Expansion of All-Terrain Tire Line


Bridgestone Americas has announced the addition of new size offerings to its Firestone Transforce tire line for the benefit of Class 4-5 commercial truck vehicles.

The three newly introduced sizes of the Firestone Transforce AT2 tire for medium-duty commercial vans and trucks are 225/70R19.5 LRF, 225/70R19.5 LRG and 245/70R19.5 LRG. Size 225/70R19.5 LRF of the tire is currently available in Canada and the U.S. Bridgestone will release the other two sizes in the market by October 1 of this year.

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