Nexen Tire adds Roadian Mud Terrain Xtreme tire to its portfolio

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Nexen Tire announced the launch of the Roadian MTX (Mud Terrain Xtreme), a versatile mud-terrain tire that is suitable for both on-and off-road driving. This tire has been enhanced to maximize load and towing capabilities without sacrificing any of the ruggedness or on-highway driving comfort that is expected from the Roadian line of tires.

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Tire Recall: Antares Comfort A5 Tires

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that Zhaoqing Junhong Co. Ltd. has initiated a recall on 1,916 Antares Comfort A5 tires.

The tires were found to potentially experience sidewall separation while driving. Sizes involved in the recall include LT 225/75R16, 118/116S 10 PR and were produced between May 8 and May 21, 2017.

Purchasers of the effected tires can contact Zhaoqing customer service at 1-855-444-5120, or view the NHTSA’s recall report online.

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Goodyear contract extension with NASCAR

NASCAR and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today announced a renewed sponsorship agreement that ensures Goodyear is the exclusive tire of NASCAR’s top three national series.

The newly signed agreement continues Goodyear’s designation as the “Official Tire of NASCAR” and extends an uninterrupted relationship that started in 1954. Goodyear and NASCAR’s six decades of partnership is one of the longest-running sponsor programs in any sport. In addition, Goodyear has been the exclusive tire supplier for the sanctioning body’s top three series since 1997.

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Falken Tire picked as OE supplier for new Volkswagen Polo

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Falken Tires has announced that it was selected as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for the sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo. Available October 2017, the brand will supply its premium tire models AZENIS FK453, SINCERA 832AECORUN, ZIEX ZE914A ECORUN and winter tire EUROWINTER HS449 for factory fitting.

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Toyo Tires unveils 20-inch Proxes Rr Dot competition tire

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Toyo Tires is rolling out six new sizes of its Proxes RR DOT competition tire including the first 20-inch sizes in the two-groove DOT competition tire segment.

The Toyo Proxes RR is designed for dry tracks. With consistent lap times and predictable handling, it is ideal for NASA and SCCA road racing, track days and high-performance driving schools.

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Toyo Tires, National Auto Sport Association launches GT Challenge

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Toyo Tires and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) announced the creation of the Toyo Tires GT Challenge. This new class features equally prepared Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport and GT4 Clubsport MR race cars competing on 18-inch Toyo Proxes RR DOT competition tires. The inaugural race will take place during the 2017 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance.

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Quebec drivers flock to change their winter tires before Dec. 15 deadline

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It’s that time of year again — winter-tire season. Quebec drivers are making their way to the mechanic in large numbers this weekend to install their winter tires before the Dec. 15 deadline. In Montreal, a little snow and a cold wind Saturday, some drivers at Merson Automotive on Saint-Jacques Street in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighourhood waited more than two hours to have their tires changed.

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Winter tires now the fastest growing tire category in Canada

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Winter tire use is gradually rising, but driver education about safety benefits remains essential to wintertime accident prevention. Four-in-ten drivers outside Quebec still do not own winter tires.

Cambridge, November 14, 2017 – Winter tire shipments across Canada have grown at an annualized rate of four per cent over the past five years making winters the fastest growing tire category, according to the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC).

The growth of this category is due to efforts by tire makers, retailers and the government to educate drivers about the superior traction and shorter stopping distances provided by winter tires. Government incentives to make winter tires more affordable have also had a positive impact.

TRAC’s 2017 Canadian Consumer Winter Tire Study, conducted by Leger, found that 66 per cent of Canadian motorists ride on winter tires. But outside Quebec, where winter tires are the law, the percentage drops to 60 per cent. For the approximately 40 per cent of motorists found by the survey not to be using winter tires, the top reasons were the belief that all-season tires provide sufficient traction (51 per cent), reduced driving in winter (22 per cent) and cost (21 per cent).

Regionally, the 2017 study found:

  • 60 per cent of British Columbia drivers ride on winter tires
  • Alberta’s usage rate is 57 per cent
  • In Manitoba and Saskatchewan usage stands at 48 per cent
  • 59 per cent of Ontario drivers use winters
  • In Atlantic Canada, where winter tire usage is surpassed only by Quebec, the usage rate is 83 per cent

To support consumer education, TRAC has just released a new report detailing winter tire use in Canada and the latest market and test data. Read the full 2017 Winter Tire Report here: http://bit.ly/Winter-Tire-Report-2017orwww.tracanada.ca.

“Despite increasing winter tire usage, educating drivers about the safety benefits of winter tires remains critical to making our roads safer in winter”, says Glenn Maidment, president of TRAC. “The fact that four-in-ten motorists outside Quebec are not using winter tires puts at risk everyone who drives in cold-weather conditions – regardless of whether the road surface is dry, snow-covered or icy. Every motorist needs to understand winter tires radically outperform all-seasons in all cold-weather driving conditions.”

The superior traction and braking capabilities of winter tires are the result of advanced tire technology, particularly in tread design and rubber compounds. These advances have improved traction performance across all tire categories, but especially for winter tires. The “soft” tread compounds in today’s winter tires retain their flexibility even in extreme cold. At temperatures at or below 7 degrees Celsius, winter tires provide significantly better traction than all other types providing greater control on all cold-weather road surfaces and significantly shorter stopping distances.

 

“Research by the Quebec government shows that, since the winter tire law was enacted, the province saw a significant decrease in injury accidents in the province,” says Maidment. “Imagine the massive reduction in vehicle damage and personal suffering during the winter driving season across Canada if all drivers protected themselves and their families with winter tires.”

Survey Methodology

A survey of 1,633 Canadians was completed online during the period of October 9–12, 2017, utilizing Leger’s* online panel, LegerWeb. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

 

About the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada

The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) is the national trade association representing tire makers, rubber products manufacturers and importers as well as rubber recyclers and suppliers of goods and services related to the industry. TRAC is committed to educating drivers about proper tire care and maintenance. A key advocacy goal in the cold-weather months is to raise awareness about safe winter driving and the safety and performance benefits of winter tires.

 

Media Contact:

 

TRAC Contact:

Email: info@tracanada.ca

Phone: 519.249.0366

www.tracanada.ca; www.betiresmart.ca

Twitter: @BeTireSmartCA

Facebook: betiresmartCA

 

Michelle Magee

Associate, Xposure PR

Email: michelle@xposurepr.com

Phone: (416)471-2336

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Sumitomo rolls out ‘Smart Tyre’ innovation roadmap

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TOKYO — Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. has set out a series of targets for its development of innovative tire products to meet increasing requirements around safety, sustainability and connected mobility.

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ERJ Top 10 Technology Stories

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ERJ focus on significant developments and advances in rubber materials, processing and application technologies:

Mesnac advances “most intelligent” TBM

TIRE MANUFACTURE – Mesnac has recently introduced what it said was “the most intelligent tire building machine (TBM) designed independently in China”. The PS2A PCR machine, features ‘synchronous turn-up’ and intelligent control technologies, and achieves cycle times of less than 40s…

Yokohama taps ‘informatics’ to accelerate rubber research

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