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    1. Kumho Releases New Ecsta V730 Performance Tire

      Kumho Releases New Ecsta V730 Performance Tire

      Kumho Tire has launched its new Ecsta V730 performance product line nationwide.

      The Ecsta V730 is designed to handle the demands of tracks in wet and dry conditions by utilizing an ultra-high grip tread compound with fine carbon black and synthetic resins that further enhance handling, responsiveness, and grip, Kumho says.

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    2. Hankook expands Ventus V2 Concept2 line with 23 new sizes

      Hankook expands Ventus V2 Concept2 line with 23 new sizes

      Hankook Tire expand its passenger tire portfolio by adding 23 new sizes to its all-season ultra-high performance Ventus V2 Concept2 (H457) line, nearly doubling the product’s current size offerings, bringing its total to 45 size options.

      The new sizes will be produced at Hankook’s North American manufacturing facility in Clarksville, Tennessee. and will include popular larger rim diameters between 17-20 inches.

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    3. Quebec Once Proposed Outlawing Motorcycle Riding In The Winter And It Sort Of Makes Sense

      As Canada Moto Guide notes, much of Europe already has laws in place to require the use of winter tires for all vehicles in specific months. This alone takes a lot of motorcycles off of roads. However, some governments want to take it a step further: A couple of years ago, Quebec proposed a ban on motorcycles from its roads entirely during the winter months. During a cold ride to a flight lesson I realized it’s not entirely crazy.

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    4. BKT Awarded SQEP Gold Certification by Caterpillar

      BKT Awarded SQEP Gold Certification by Caterpillar

      Caterpillar has awarded BKT ‘s Bhuj plant SQEP (Supplier Quality Excellence Process) Gold certification, an acknowledgement reserved for suppliers who have stood out during the year for achieving the highest levels in terms of quality and control over processes, BKT says.

      Opened in 2015, Bhuj is an autonomous plant that makes the radial Earthmax tires for CAT vehicles.

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    5. Hercules Tires Details 2021 Products, Program Improvements

      Despite the ups and downs of 2020, Hercules Tires has new products for SUVs and light trucks, as well as improvements to its dealer programs in store for 2021.

       “Our mission is to continue to focus on and exceed expectations for our customers,” says Josh Simpson, senior vice president, proprietary brands, at American Tire Distributors. “With being tuned in to the independent tire dealer, we want to provide unmatched profitability to a wide selection of quality products.”
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    6. Nokian Tyres Introduces New Hakkapeliitta 10 Winter Tire

      Nokian Tyres Introduces New Hakkapeliitta 10 Winter Tire

      Nokian Tyres is releasing what the company calls its new flagship product: the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 studded tire for passenger cars and SUVs.

      The company says the tire’s double-stud technology is suitable for all winter conditions and offers balanced grip and controlled handling on ice, snow, and bare roads alike.

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    7. Falken Tire selected as original equipment for Toyota’s new model “mirai”

      Falken Tires announced it will begin supplying its high-performance Falken AZENIS FK001 A/S tires to Toyota Motor Corporation for use as factory standard tires on their new model MIRAI fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) for the North American market, which went on sale this December.

      The new model MIRAI not only achieves improved fuel economy compared with previous FCEVs, but is also designed to provide a more refined, comfortable ride as well as a quieter drive.

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    8. Yokohama Tire’s Geolandar CV G058 wins 2020 Good Design award

      Yokohama Tire’s Geolandar CV G058 wins 2020 Good Design award

      Yokohama Tire’s latest Geolandar product, the Geolandar CV G058, was named a 2020 GOOD DESIGN award-winner in the transportation category from The Chicago Athenaeum.

      “We’re honored once again to earn a prestigious GOOD DESIGN award for one of our Geolandar tires,” Andrew Briggs, Yokohama’s vice president of marketing and product management. “In 2019, our extreme all-terrain Geolandar X-AT and the performance SUV/crossover Geolandar X-CV also received two GOOD DESIGN awards.

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    9. Yokohama Tire to supply Advan racing tires for new Porsche racing series

      Yokohama Tire announced it will supply ADVAN racing tires as the control tire for the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama, a new Porsche racing series to be held in the United States and Canada from 2021.

      The company will supply the ADVAN A005 for use on dry tracks and the ADVAN A006 for use on wet tracks.

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    10. Continental aims to triple returns with tech-focused CEO

      Continental aims to triple returns with tech-focused CEO

      FRANKFURT -- Continental seeks to grow faster than its automotive peers and roughly triple profitability as the supplier pushes through a deep restructuring under new CEO Nikolai Setzer. Continental is targeting an 8 percent to 11 percent adjusted earnings before interest and taxes margin in the medium term, the German supplier said Wednesday, up from its forecast for about 3 percent this year. It may buy companies, sell businesses and strike partnerships to achieve its goals.

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    11. Trelleborg Adds COMFORT Line to its Brawler HPS Range for Telehandlers

      Trelleborg Wheel Systems has expanded its Brawler HPS (High Performance Solid) Telehandler Tire range to include the COMFORT line, which offers tires engineered to reduce vibration and improve the driving experience of telehandlers and compact wheel loaders in waste and recycling applications. This new line of solid tires maximizes ride comfort, while delivering the best possible performance in demanding environments.

      Alessio Bucci, Product Marketing Senior Manager at Trelleborg Wheel Systems, says: “Waste and recycling applications are extremely demanding on tires, which are at risk of being damaged or punctured during operations. Standard solid tires give increased safety and require zero maintenance, but this often comes at the expense of operator comfort. Now, with the introduction of Trelleborg’s COMFORT line for telehandlers and compact wheel loaders, drivers will experience a softer ride thanks to increased shock absorption and reduced vibration.”


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    12. Prototype Tires for Electric Buses Tested at the Contidrom

      Hanover, November 27, 2020. Automakers and commercial vehicle manufacturers are not alone in having to change their processes in response to electric mobility. Tire manufacturers too need to come up with new development concepts to accommodate this new form of propulsion. One particularly demanding field in technological terms is the development of tires for electric urban buses. In response, Continental and VDL Bus & Coach, a leading manufacturer of electric buses, have pooled their expertise and jointly developed initial prototype tires. These are currently being tested at Continental’s Contidrom proving grounds.

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    13. Pirelli Announces Price Increase on Car, Light Truck Tires

      Pirelli will increase prices in the U.S. for car and light truck tires, with the increase varying by line and tire size.

      The price increase is to take effect on Jan. 1.

      Pirelli says the increases are due to changing market conditions. Members of the Pirelli sales team will contact customers to provide more detailed information about the changes.

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    14. Kingston Tire Shop Owner Shares His Customer’s Favourite Winter Tires

      Selecting the right set of winter tires for your vehicle can be a daunting task — especially if you’re a first-time winter-tire user with minimal real-world experience on which to draw for your decision. After all, winter tires exist across a wide range of prices, styles, and intentions, with some better-suited to certain conditions and vehicles than others.

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    15. Goodyear Releases Power Transmission Belts

      Goodyear Releases Power Transmission Belts

      Goodyear Belts, a licensee collaboration between Adventry and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company , has produced a line of power transmission belts.

      The line of belts launched on Dec. 1 and offers belts for both industrial and transportation markets.

      Goodyear materials for both standard and specialty belts have been designed and tested to provide dependable and durable service, the company says.

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    16. Hankook picked as original equipment supplier for Fita 500 and Fiat Panda

      Hankook picked as original equipment supplier for Fita 500 and Fiat Panda

      Hankook Tire announced will equip Fiat with its original equipment tire, Kinergy Eco², expanding its ever-growing global original equipment.

      The Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda are the first FCA city cars fitted with the new gasoline Mild Hybrid technology and they are the first step towards the electrification of the Fiat brand. The two models, icons of style, design and “Made in Italy” around the world, now improves fuel efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions on average by 20% and up to 30%.

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    17. Pirelli Elect: The Tyre That Increases Autonomy, Reduces Onboard Noise and Maximises Grip

      Low rolling resistance to increase autonomy, decreased road noise for ultimate comfort, immediate grip that puts the power down for a quick getaway, and a special structure designed to support the weight of a battery-powered vehicle. These are the key characteristics of Pirelli Elect tyres, developed by Pirelli together with leading car manufacturers to meet...

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    18. Bridgestone Selected by Lamborghini as Tire Supplier for Huracán STO Supercar

      BRUSSELSNov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Lamborghini has chosen Bridgestone as the tire supplier for the Lamborghini Huracán STO, a new super sports car set to be released in 2021.

      Bridgestone has developed a tailor-made Potenza tire for the Huracán STO engineering a high-performance tire capable of maximizing the Huracán STO's traction, handling, control, and extreme overall performance.

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    19. 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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    20. Just the Facts - multiple reasons why it’s beneficial to have winter tires.

      The 1950s police drama “Dragnet” inspired several catch phrases including “The story you are about to see is true”, “We were working the day watch”, and my personal favourite “Just the facts, ma’am”. Apparently, Sergeant Joe Friday, a fictional character created and portrayed by Jack Webb, never actually said “Just the facts, ma’am” but somehow it stuck. What is sticking in my mind these days are important facts related to winter tire usage in Canada from TRAC’s recently released 2020 Canadian Consumer Winter Tire Study, and supported by other studies from Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) and Manitoba Public Insurance. In keeping with the Dragnet theme, “The facts you are about to read are true”:

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