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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Michelin Launches Premium Line of Automotive Belts, Tensioners and Idlers on Amazon

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GREENVILLE, S.C., June 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Michelin North America is launching a new line of quality automotive belts, tensioners and idlers available for purchase through Amazon. Automotive technicians and “DIY” enthusiasts can now purchase Michelin serpentine drive belts, along with…

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TIA and GfK to hold webinar on COVID-19 and what’s next for tire retail

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) and market research firm GfK US will hold a webinar about what comes next for the U.S. retail tire marketplace as the nation begins reopening from the coronavirus lockdowns.

“Beyond the Crisis: A Roundtable on COVID-19 and What’s Next for Tire Retail,” will take place Monday, June 22, at 2 p.m. EDT. To register, go to https://insights.gfk.com/covid-19-gfk-tia-tires-webinar-2.

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Suspension of operational activities “will undoubtedly have severe, long-lasting reverberations for our industry”

Brussels – The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers Association has called for support measures to mitigate the increasingly severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Europe’s tire industry.

Health concerns, supply shortages, low demand and government restrictions have led many ETRMA member companies to announce temporary closures of their European manufacturing facilities.

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Quebec: List of Essential Workplaces amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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The Gouvernement du Québec has ordered the closing as of Wednesday, March 25 at 00:01 until April 13, 2020 of all non-essential stores and services.

It should be noted that all businesses can always engage in teleworking and e-commerce.

All businesses that produce inputs or raw materials necessary for priority services and activities must maintain their activities accordingly, bearing in mind the directives from public health authorities. …

 

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The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the automotive industry

The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which originated in Wuhan, China in end-December 2019, is fast spreading its tentacles across the world and is having a major impact on all aspects of society, including the automotive industry. All through January and February, automakers and their suppliers have been scrambling to keep vehicle assembly lines humming but March has seen the industry take concerted action, in sync with government advisories, to keep its personnel safe.

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Tim Baker Takes Over Helm of Triangle Tire Tech Center

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Longtime tire industry engineer Tim Baker has been promoted to deputy general manager of A3T, the technical center for Triangle Tire in Akron, Ohio.

Baker joined Triangle Tire in 2014 and most recently served as project engineer. He is replacing Ed Montgomery who has retired from the company. His experience includes working for both Bridgestone/Firestone and Kumho Tires as a tire design engineer.

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Yokohama Tire wants drivers to welcome spring with up to $70 rebate on select tires

Langley, BC (March 16, 2020) Yokohama Tire (Canada) Inc. is making it more attractive to drive into Spring, with rebates of up to $70 on a set of four performance, all-season or light truck tires. 

“We want to reward Canadians for making the switch to winter tires by welcoming them to Spring with rebates on our ADVAN, AVID AND GEOLANDAR lines, as well as the PARADA SPEC-X,” said Diana Colosimo, Brand Development Manager for Yokohama Tire (Canada) Inc. “Once the temperature is consistently up above 7 Celsius, it’s time to put away the winter skis, coats and tires and start enjoying the benefits of all-season tires.  Switching to all-season tires provides extended tire wear, a serene ride and improved fuel economy, and we’re making it more attractive to choose Yokohama for warm-weather driving with the 2020 Yokohama Spring Rebate.”

Topping the list of incentives is a chance for buyers to win back the purchase price of their new tires in addition to their rebate claim of $70 (for a set of four tires). Customers are asked to claim their Yokohama VISA prepaid cards at yokohamarebate.ca and will then be automatically entered into the contest to win the purchase price of their set (up to $850).

Now through May 31, 2020, customers can receive $70 rebates on high-performance tires (ADVAN APEX, ADVAN SPORT A/S+, ADVAN FLEVA, ADVAN NEOVA AD08R, ADVAN SPORT V105, ADVAN SPORT V105 ZPS), all-season tires (AVID ASCEND GT, AVID ASCEND LX, AVID ASCEND, PARADA SPEC-X) and light-truck tires (GEOLANDAR G055, GEOLANDAR H/T G056, GEOLANDAR X-CV, GEOLANDAR A/T G015, GEOLANDAR X-AT, GEOLANDAR M/T G003, GEOLANDAR X-MT G005).

As well, buyers will be eligible for a $50 rebate on a set of four AVID TOURING S all-season touring tires.

For more information on the Yokohama Consumer Rebate program, visit yokohamarebate.ca.

About Yokohama Tire (Canada) Inc.

Yokohama Tire (Canada) Inc. markets and distributes a full line of tires for high performance, passenger car, light truck, and commercial truck applications, as well as off-the-road tires for mining, forestry and construction applications. It maintains distribution centers across Canada to serve more than 1,000 independent tire dealers and well over 3,000 retail locations. yokohama.ca/.