Tire Discounters Hires Crawford to Lead Franchise Program

Tire Discounters Inc. has hired industry veteran Dave Crawford to lead its recently unveiled franchise program, which will launch in 2021.

As director of franchise development, Crawford will help “accelerate the company’s national growth by adding best-in-class franchise dealers” to complement its 135-plus company-owned locations, say Tire Discounters officials.

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Canadian Auto Dealers Seek Managed ICE Phaseout

OTTAWA – The Canadian automobile sector has called on the country’s provinces to better coordinate efforts to increase demand for electric vehicles. This follows the Québec government announcing a ban on local sales of new combustion-driven light vehicles from 2035.

While the ban would not apply to most commercial vehicles and used-auto sales, and hybrid sales and use might still be allowed, Brian Kingston, the new president and CEO of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Assn., fears this policy might not achieve its goal of promoting EV sales: “You need a plan, not a ban,” he tells Wards.

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Exec. Interview: Bill Caldwell, Continental’s Sr. VP of Sales

COVID-19 has affected tire manufacturers in a myriad of ways, and Continental Tire the Americas is no exception. While the company has made changes to its dealer program this year, they’ve shown resilience with the help of industry partners and have a big 2021 ahead.

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AirBoss Announces US$22.0 Million in Awards Across ADG’s Survivability Portfolio

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NEWMARKET, Ontario, Oct. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AirBoss of America Corp. (TSX: BOS) (the “Company” or “AirBoss”) today announced that AirBoss Defense Group (“ADG”) has recently been awarded an additional US$22.0 million in contracts across its survivability portfolio for multiple parties in North America and internationally.

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Fountain Tire Launches Digital Vehicle Reporting

Digital vehicle inspection and reporting became standard practice across Fountain Tire locations this month.

The new offering provides customers with detailed photos and descriptions taken during the vehicle inspection process. The resulting reports play an important role in customer communication, education and transparency in the vehicle repair process.

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Goodyear expanding direct online tyre sales across Europe

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Goodyear has been marketing its passenger car tyres in Germany directly to end users for fitting by a listed partner for roughly six months. And for years before that there has been a noticeable trend towards online selling. Following on from our online preview article, Tyres & Accessories’ German group publication Neue Reifenzeitung interviewed David Anckaert, vice president Commercial Europe at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and began by asking: is it too early to draw initial conclusions?

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Goodyear Launches Exclusive Watch Collection With B.R.M Chronographes

AKRON, OhioJuly 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Goodyear (NASDAQ: GT) has combined a global licensing collaboration with a motorsport agreement to launch an exclusive watch collection with French luxury watch specialist B.R.M Chronographes.  This follows the recent announcement that Goodyear has joined forces with the Algarve Pro Racing team champion European Le Mans Series, who will be showcasing the B.R.M Chronographes.

The design of the timepieces will match the look of the Algarve Pro car, reflecting Goodyear’s fundamental association with motorsport.

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Industry veteran Chip Perry to helm A2Z Sync

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Improving customers’ car-buying experience is “the biggest opportunity in automotive retail” today, says auto retailing veteran Chip Perry. And to do that, dealerships need to transform the sales process by eliminating the bottlenecks that lead to long waits at the showroom and frustrate customers, he said. Perry, who previously led both Autotrader and TrueCar, is now CEO of A2Z Sync, which helps dealerships transition to one-person selling.

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Coronavirus tanks U.S. auto sales in the second quarter for GM, FCA

U.S. vehicle sales in the second quarter for General Motors, Toyota Motor and Fiat Chrysler plunged by more than 30% as the coronavirus caused consumers to stay at home, and dealerships and factories to shutter. The hefty declines are in-line with what Wall Street expected. Hyundai Motor and Porsche also reported significant drops in sales between April and June compared to a year earlier. The automakers were among the first to report second-quarter sales on Wednesday.

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TireHub Surprises Essential Workers with Free Tires

TireHub recently donated 70 sets of tires to essential workers through its Helping Hoops program.

Helping Hoops recognized an essential worker through each of TireHub’s 70 distribution centers across the country. Each TireHub Logistics Center (TLC) partnered with a retail customer who then chose a customer in their community to surprise with a new set of free tires.

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