GfK: LT tires led ‘sluggish’ 2017 U.S. replacement market

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NEW YORK — Despite a unit sales decline of 3.1 percent last year, light truck (LT) tires led a sluggish U.S. consumer tire market in 2017 vs. 2016, according to the latest data issued by analytics firm GfK Group.

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Bridgestone on TireHub: Expect Broader Distribution, Faster Access and More Opportunity

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In the wake of the announcement of the deal between Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Bridgestone Americas Inc. to combine both tiremakers’ company-owned distribution networks into a new entity called TireHub, Tire Review sat down with TJ Higgins, president of Bridgestone’s North America Integrated Consumer Tire Group, to find out more about the joint venture, its impact on the replacement tire landscape and what tire dealers can expect.

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Future Tire Conference 2018: Q&A with Conti’s Philipp Struck

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LONDON—Contintental’s Philipp Struck, who will present a paper at the Future Tire Conference in Cologne, Germany, discusses the future of tires and tire technologies.

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New mobility: Will tire makers ever see the light?

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Original article published in ERJ’s March/April issue.

Electric vehicles, connected mobility and autonomous driving, are forecast by many to radically change the way we all travel around in the not-too-distant future.

While there is clearly an element of technology-push and hype around such developments, there seems little doubt that some big changes are on the way.

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March U.S. auto sales expected to rise

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U.S. new-vehicle sales are on pace to reach the highest March volume since at least 2001, according to three forecasts issued Wednesday, marking a solid start to the closely watched spring selling season. The forecasts, from LMC Automotive/JD Power, Edmunds and Cox Automotive, project sales to rise about 3 percent this month from March 2017. That would be the industry’s largest year-over-year increase since September and the second gain so far in 2018.

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TIA Promotes Tire Safety During National Car Care Month

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) will spread tire safety tips to take part in April’s National Car Care Month.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly 11,000 tire-related car crashes occur in the United States. Throughout the month of April, the Tire Industry Association will focus on educating drivers on the importance of keeping tires properly inflated while highlighting other important aspects of tire maintenance safety tips.

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Goodyear Reveals Tires Designed to Withstand EV Instant Torque Better

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Goodyear Reveals Tires Designed to Withstand EV Instant Torque Better 9 Mar 2018, 11:28 UTC · Browse through any Tesla forum and one of the main topics you’ll come across – usually started by people who bought their vehicles more recently without doing proper research – is the speed at which the cars devour the tires. 4 photos With 20-inch wheels and a performance-oriented nature, satisfying this quench can get very expensive, very soon.

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Stapleton’s: With SUVs driving sales, more opportunities to sell exclusive brand tyres

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Over the last year or so it has been broadly noted that the SUV/4×4 sector of the tyre market has been impressively resilient. Not just from the relatively local impact of the UK’s Brexit vote and resulting inflation and slump in certain motor vehicle sectors (in the UK at least). The tyre industry’s also been faced with escalating raw materials costs at a global level.

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Pirelli unveils ‘cyber car’ technology in Geneva

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Geneva, Switzerland – Pirelli & C. SpA has unveiled its latest technical achievement, called Cyber Car, at the 88th Geneva international motor show, 8-18 March.

The new original equipment system, which has been developed in cooperation with car-makers, involves a sensor that enables interaction between the tire and the car.

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Why Trucking and Logistics Will Lead the Autonomous Vehicle Revolution

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When we think about the advancement of self-driving vehicles it should start with trucking, freight and logistics.

Trucks move about $700 billion of cargo in the U.S. annually, which amounts to about 70 percent of the nation’s freight by weight. In the near term, that’s why the economic case for driverless technology is so much greater for commercial vehicles.

While many look ahead to the decline of human driving and a subsequent decrease in crashes and traffic fatalities and injuries, most agree it remains a distant vision.

Just last week the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., said that self-driving vehicles that fit the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous operation rankings won’t even reach 4 percent of new-vehicle sales by 2030. Beyond that, it’s possible they could reach 55 percent by 2040.

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