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    1. Goodyear and Conmet to offer fleets the commercial tire industry’s first combined tire and wheel hub analytics solution

      The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and ConMet announced their strategic collaboration to create combined digital solutions that will better connect commercial truck fleets to the health of their tires and wheel ends.

      For the first time in the industry, two companies will use their combined expertise in connected mobility and their existing data resources to provide fleets with holistic insights on tire and wheel end performance. The goal is to allow fleets to remotely monitor their vehicles in real time, automate insights and make better maintenance decisions in order to improve vehicle safety, as well as maximize efficiency and uptime.

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    2. Goodyear tire development program aided by second dynamic simulator

      Goodyear is to install a second DiM250 Dynamic Driving Simulator, supplied by VI-Grade, at its Innovation Center in Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg.

      Goodyear will use the simulator in conjunction with another DiM250 recently installed at the company headquarters in Ohio, USA. Both innovation sites also have previously installed VI-Grade Compact Simulators to assist with virtual tire development.

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    3. Continental Manufactures Tire With New 'HL' Load Index

      Large, powerful cars and SUVs with electric or hybrid drive are far heavier than conventional vehicles, yet offer little room to fit larger tires with higher load capacities. In response, Continental is now manufacturing the first passenger tire with the new “HL” load index. Inflated to the same pressure, these tires have a higher load capacity than those built to the former XL standard, said the company.

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    4. American-Canadian Tour (ACT) switches to Hoosier Tire

      American-Canadian Tour (ACT) switches to Hoosier Tire

      The American-Canadian Tour’s (ACT) officially sanctioned series and tracks will be switching to Hoosier Tires starting with the Community Bank N.A. 150 at Thunder Road on Sunday, May 2.

      ACT Late Models will run a new 8-inch tire specially designed and built for the division. The tire is the result of extensive testing by Hoosier Tire and ACT that focused on reliability and overall performance.

      The tires cost $130 each, the same price as the 8-inch American Racer tire the class had been using.

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    5. Continental expands its online dealer portal ContiOnlineContact for OTR and agricultural tires

      Hanover, January 18, 2021. Continental expands the digital online dealer portal ContiOnlineContact. The portal now lists the entire Off-The-Road (OTR) and agricultural tire portfolio. This enables dealers and customers from the agricultural, industrial, earthmoving, port and airport sectors, among others, to order tires flexibly and on demand. With the expansion of the dealer portal to include OTR and agricultural tires, service performance will be continuously improved and tire ordering will be catering to the individual needs of the customers. The new products are available both as ad-hoc orders with delivery directly from the regional warehouses and as direct shipments from the factories. 

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    6. Global Automakers Releases 2020 Q4 Sales Numbers

      Following our transition into a new year, the Global Automakers of Canada (GAC) has released sales figures for its members in Q4 2020.

      Given the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic during 2020, OEMs witnessed the shutting down of production facilities in Q1 and Q2, along with parts shortages, new inventory was significantly down during the course of the year.

      By the end of 2020, GAC member sales total 900,767 units—a 21.4% decline compared with 2019 which saw 1,146,587 units sold.

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    7. KAMAZ-master dominates first half of DAKAR 2021 on standard Goodyear OFFROAD ORD tyres

      On January 3rd, the 43rd Dakar started in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The so-called motorsport marathon covers over 7500 km and will end on January 15th. The infamous competition is also known as one of the toughest rallies in the world. ... Once more the standard Goodyear OFFROAD ORD tyres showcase their extraordinary performance in terms of grip and durability.  

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    8. US 2020 auto sales slide 15%, but recovery stronger than expected

      Pittsburgh — US new vehicle sales are forecast to have fallen about 15% year over year to 14.4 million units in full-year 2020, the lowest total since the beginning of the decade, but the industry's performance finished the year stronger than anticipated, according to industry analysts.

      Cox Automotive said strong December sales boosted the year's final projection, according to a report Jan. 6.

      "The final days of December appear to have been stronger than forecast, and a number of [automotive] OEMs have cited unexpected robust retail activity over the holidays," said Charlie Chesbrough, Cox senior economist. "There was also no shortage of positive news in the last week of December, and that may have encouraged consumers and lifted sales – passage of the stimulus package, more certainty around the election outcome, coupled with a lot of vaccine news."


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    9. NHTSA issues rule allowing R&D exemptions for U.S. manufacturers

      NHTSA has issued a closing rule that may enable U.S. manufacturers of autos and tools to hunt an exemption from federal security requirements for functions of analysis or demonstration, in keeping with a federal document.

      The rule permits home manufacturers that produce nonconforming autos and tools to function these merchandise on public roads — probably dashing the event of automated driving techniques and different forward-looking applied sciences within the U.S.

      In a press release, the company stated the motion “levels the playing field with importers, which until this rule were the only entities able to obtain these research and demonstration waivers and will help ensure that domestic manufacturers will have the same opportunity to develop and demonstrate automated shuttles and other innovative technologies.”

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    10. 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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    11. Completing merger is just the start for PSA, FCA

      PARIS -- When Carlos Tavares takes charge of a combined PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles this year, he will quickly need to revive the automakers' fortunes in China, rationalize a sprawling global empire and address massive overcapacity. Tavares has proved his credentials by turning around PSA but he will face an even bigger challenge once the automaker merges with FCA to create Stellantis.

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    12. Fiat And Peugeot's Stellantis Merger Is Good To Go

      Fiat and Peugeot’s merger is inevitable, Mitsubishi dealers are very excited about the new Outlander, and Tesla. All that and more in The Morning Shift for December 21, 2020. Reuters had the story in October about the European Union’s final approvals, and Bloomberg says today that the merger officially is good to go. When consummated, FCA-PSA will be the fourth-biggest automaker. It is called “Stellantis” for some reason.

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    13. 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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    14. Continental pilots real-time tread depth monitoring

      Continental says it has successfully demonstrated real-time tire tread depth monitoring in a pilot using vehicles from carsharing provider Share Now Denmark.

      In cooperation with project partner and telemetry specialist Traffilog, the company merged feeds from tire sensors and telemetry data from Share Now’s fleet of cars with a proprietary algorithm in the cloud. As a result, Continental claims it can predict tire tread depth in real time to an accuracy of 1mm. It hopes that in future, smart digital tire solutions such as this will be a key driver in enabling need-based servicing of tires, instead of regular, scheduled servicing.

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    15. Michelin to connect all its car tires by 2023

      Michelin says it is working toward equipping all of its automotive tires with RFID technology by 2023 and expects to have delivered up to 1,500,000 RFID-equipped car tires as early as 2020. It notes that among other benefits, RFID enables improved tire management from the factory to end of life as well as opening up possibilities for offering predictive maintenance services to improve driver experience.

      “We are currently working with car manufacturers on the development of algorithms,” explained Michael Ewert, VP, global sales original equipment, Michelin. “Since RFID technology ensures this exact tire identification, it is conceivable in the future that drivers will see a tire status display next to their fuel gauge.”

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    16. Yokohama Named Title Sponsor Of 2021 Jeepspeed Race Series

      Yokohama Named Title Sponsor Of 2021 Jeepspeed Race Series

      Yokohama Tirehas a new off-road racing partner: Jeepspeed. Starting in 2021, Yokohama will be the title sponsor and exclusive tire provider in the Yokohama Tire Jeepspeed Race Series.

      Jeepspeed is a class within the Best In The Desert (BITD) racing series. In 2021, Jeepspeed will be featured in all five BITD events, plus the Mint 400. Yokohama’s GEOLANDAR M/T G003 is the spec tire.

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    17. Goodyear Innovation Challenge Shines Light On Students

      Goodyear Innovation Challenge Shines Light On Students

      A collaboration between The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company ‘s Akron Innovation Lab and Case Western Reserve University offers college and graduate students an opportunity to design the future via a virtual competition focused on the mobility ecosystem.

      Goodyear is sponsoring the competition for the fifth straight year as part of its continuing drive to deliver future mobility solutions.

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    18. Continental warns of price to livelihoods in electric car transition

      Continental, one of the world’s largest car suppliers, has warned the transition to electric vehicles is happening too rapidly and at the expense of people’s livelihoods. Ariane Reinhart, the German group’s head of human resources, told the Financial Times that environmental regulations, although necessary, were coming so fast “we cannot compensate for it in terms of employment”.

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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. Bridgestone to Increase Prices on PLT Replacement Tires

      Bridgestone says it will increase prices for select Bridgestone and Firestone passenger and light truck replacement tires sold in the U.S. and Canada.

      The new pricing will take effect Jan. 1, 2021 with adjustments at the article and pattern level.

      Members of the Bridgestone consumer replacement tire sales team are contacting customers to provide more detailed information about the changes, the company says.

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    22. 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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