GM will lighten next-gen pickups with carbon fiber


DETROIT — General Motors is expected to make revolutionary changes to the makeup of its next-generation pickups to better position them against Ford Motor Co.’s market-leading trucks and accelerate its progress toward stricter federal fuel economy standards.

Two sources familiar with the company’s plans confirmed GM will offer carbon fiber for the beds of the pickups. It would be the largest-scale automotive application of the light-weight, high-strength material, whose long, labor-intensive production process and high cost relative to steel and aluminum have limited its use mostly to luxury vehicles and sports cars.

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Yokohama Adds New, Long-haul Drive Tire


Yokohama Tire has launched the TY577 MC2, a new, fuel-efficient long-haul drive tire. The SmartWay-verified tire is now available in the U.S. and comes in sizes 295/75R22.5, 11R22.5, 285/75R24.5 and 11R24.5, and is also offered in 16-ply construction.

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Continental breaks ground at new Tire Plant in Thailand


Continental celebrated the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony last November 21, marking the start of construction of its new Greenfield tire plant in Rayong, Thailand. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Chalee Chotiwong, Chief of Provincial Administration Organization for Maenamkoo district, as well as Continental management, the local project team, and suppliers.

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Bridgestone introduces digital tool box for tires


Bridgestone has introduced “Toolbox,” its next-generation digital tire assessment and asset tracking platform for truck and bus tires. Available as both a desktop and mobile application, Toolbox has been already deployed globally in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Russia, and Latin America. It is scheduled for release in Japan next month.

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The numbers are in: Canadians really like our SUVs and trucks


Canada has a population of just over 36 million people; by the close of this year, current annual sales of new cars will be about 2 million. Estimates put used car sales at about three million for the same time period.

We buy a lot of cars.

Light trucks, actually. For all the jabber after the last economic crash a decade ago, the one that took the leasing industry with it, we’ve left behind the promise of subcompact vehicles, become bored with sedans and continue to shun the hybrid and electrics that dominate headlines but little else.

“Sixty-eight to sixty-nine per cent of the market this year is light trucks,” says Dennis DesRosiers, of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. “In fact, for four of the past 12 months, it’s been over 70 per cent, and this will stay positive for another year, at least.” 

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Canadians roll the dice on business success at SEMA


LAS VEGAS, Nevada – There are several Canadians taking a gamble here, but they’re not at the slot machines. They’re at the SEMA Show, and they’re hoping to put Canada’s mark on the automotive world.

It stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association, and it’s the continent’s largest trade show for the automotive aftermarket. It’s not open to the public, and attendees can’t actually buy something and bring it home.

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Global truck tire market to grow 4% to 2027


Leatherhead, UK – Global truck tire demand is set to show 3.5% year-on-year growth over the next 10 years, according to Smithers Rapra.

In a new market report, the research firm estimates that the value in this market will come in at $107.6 billion this year and then reach $152.4 billion in 2027.

“Volume consumption of all truck tires will increase at a rate of 3.2% per year from 2017–2027, according to the market study. This estimate, it noted, allows…

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Michelin North America joins RubiconPro hauler buying program

Rubicon Global, Atlanta, has announced that Michelin North America Inc., Greenville, South Carolina, has joined the RubiconPro buying program. With this addition, independent hauling and truck fleets will be offered discount pricing on new Michelin and BFGoodrich commercial tires and retreads. RubiconPro features fuel, equipment, financial, insurance and compliance benefits that previously were …

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Goodyear Completes AS-3A Tire Size Lineup


Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has added a size, 20.5R25, to the AS-3A tire for construction, mining and quarry applications.

“This important addition completes the tire’s size lineup, which covers a full range of applications and conditions, including snow and ice-covered surfaces that require exceptional traction,” says Eric Matson, global field engineering manager for Goodyear.

Features of the Goodyear AS-3A include:

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Nexen adding Roadian MTX mud-terrain tire


DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — Nexen Tire America Inc. is adding a mud-terrain tire, the Roadian MTX, to its portfolio in an effort to break into what it deems the “largest-growing” segment of the North American aftermarket.

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