April Class 8 Truck Orders Up 36% YoY
May 22, 2013
Class 8 tractor orders remained above 20,000 units for a seventh consecutive month in April, reaching the second highest volume over the past 16 months, according to ACT Research Co.
April Class 8 net orders totaled just over 23,200 un...
NRF: Retail Import Growth Expected to Slow Over Summer
May 15, 2013
The National Retail Federation reported that the import volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.3% in May over the same month last year, but growth could trickle to a standstill by the end of the summer.
Test Shows Bridgestone OE RFT Level With Conventional Tires
May 13, 2013
Run-flat tires have often been blasted for the inferior comfort they deliver, however a recent European test gives hope that puncture avoidance may no longer equal a harsh ride.
German motoring organization ADAC and Austria's OAMTC put...
Soil Compaction Superiority of IF Ag Tires Demonstrated
May 7, 2013
A French study has demonstrated the effectiveness of improved flexion (IF) tires at reducing soil compaction compared to a set of tread tracks.
Private Fleets More Willing to Add Trucks: Survey
May 6, 2013
Private truck fleets are adding vehicles at a faster rate than for-hire fleets, according to a second quarter fleet survey by CK Commercial Vehicle Research.
"Half of the private fleets participating in the quarterly survey indicat...
Titan Looks at Tractors for Farm Growth Hints
April 25, 2013
An interesting note in Titan International's first quarter financial report shows that the U.S. agricultural segment is not as big as it may seem.
Titan chairman and CEO Morry Taylor said he expects the North American farm segment to h...
Rubber Prices Hit New Low
April 23, 2013
Back in October 2011, analysts at Deutsche Bank predicted that natural rubber prices would average $4.50 a kilogram in 2013. At the moment, it looks as if that projection was way off - last week, natural rubber prices reached a new low, sinking in ex...
Retreaders Don't See Bright Future for Passenger Retreading
April 11, 2013
Passenger tire retreading doesn't appear poised for a comeback, according to a recent survey by TRIB.
The survey of TRIB members around the world shows that 48% expect no change in the state of passenger tire retreading, and 29% expec...
Mega Trends: Changes Will Reshape Life, Retail and Mobility
April 11, 2013
In the future, 81% of the U.K. population will be living in urban areas. There will be 200 million connected devices and one in four British citizens will be shopping online - the highest number in the world, per capita. The over-65s will represent a...
CCC Survey: Three Out of Four Cars Need Service
April 5, 2013
April is National Car Care Month, and the Car Care Council said this is the ideal time to help your customers with some extra vehicle attention.
And according to CCC research, they really do need some help. The results of vehicle inspe...
Run-Flat, Low RR Tires Losing Favor with Drivers
April 3, 2013
Satisfaction is declining among customers whose vehicles are equipped with run-flat or low rolling resistance tires, according to the recently released J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study.
European Commercial Vehicle Registrations Fall for 14th Month in a Row
April 3, 2013
Figures for commercial vehicle registrations in Europe, released by ACEA, show that they fell by 13.3% in February and were down 11.9% over the first two months, year on year. February was the 14th consecutive month that demand for commercial vehicle...
Trending: Mobile Shoppers Prefer Websites To Apps
March 21, 2013
Mediapost.com - Despite retailers’ desire to move people to their native apps, most mobile shoppers prefer going to their mobile websites.
Consumer Sentiment Rises in February
March 4, 2013
Consumer sentiment rose in February to its highest level in three months on an improving stock market and hopes for continued job gains, according to the University of Michigan-Thomson Reuters consumer sentiment gauge.
Measures Started to Close Canada-U.S. Tire Price Gap
February 19, 2013
Canada's Senate Committee on Finance has confirmed the Tire Dealers Association of Canada's (TDAC) findings that discriminatory "country pricing" by tire manufacturers is forcing tire consumers across Canada to pay anywhere from 30% to 50% mo...
RMA Report Shows How Tough 2012 Was
February 19, 2013
It's no surprise that the U.S. replacement tire market took it on the chin in 2012, but now we have some concrete numbers to put in place.
Fleet Sentiment Report Shows Positive Signs
February 5, 2013
CK Commercial Vehicle Research reports that truck fleets see some positive signs going forward.
In its first quarter Fleet Sentiment Report, CKCVR said overall planned buying activity for commercial trucks and trailers "for the nex...
Study: Fuel-Efficient Tires Maintain Winter Performance
February 4, 2013
A new study released today by Transport Canada shows that the winter weather performance of fuel-efficient medium truck tires is on par with that of non-fuel-efficient tires.
Consumer Confidence Sinks Further
January 31, 2013
Coming off of a tough December, the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index fell further in January.
The index fell to 58.6 for the month, compared to 66.7 registered in December. The index compares today's current confidence leve...
Plan to Produce guayule Rubber in Southern Europe
January 30, 2013
Italian elastomer firm Versalis and guayule biomass specialist Yulex Corp. have announced the formation of a strategic partnership to manufacture guayule-based biorubber materials.
Within the partnership, the companies will launc...
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