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Why A&M Auto Service Specializes in European Cars & SUVs

In this episode of Auto Pros On The Road, Joe Keene and Jacqui Van Ham visit Rob “Dutch” Silverstein, owner of A&M Auto Service. Family

Take a Deep Dive into Engine Building with Concord Engines

Auto Pros on the Road puts the Babcox Media team on location in shops across the USA. This episode is sponsored by Autolite.

Auto Pros on the Road Visits Turning Wrenches European Auto Repair

Auto Pros on the Road puts the Babcox Media team on location in shops across the USA. This episode is sponsored by Autolite. In Episode

Tires

Earn Fleet Customer Trust Via Proactive

Asset uptime and safety are major concerns for fleet managers,

Bridgestone Introduces New Bandag Drive Tire

Bridgestone Americas has launched its new Bandag B713 FuelTech drive

Bridgestone Launches WeatherPeak Touring Tire

Bridgestone Americas has launched the new Bridgestone WeatherPeak touring tire,

Business & Commentary

Raising the Next CEO

As the co-CEO of Virginia Tire & Auto, I’ve had the great fortune of building on the legacy that my parents created when they started

Raising the Next CEO

As the co-CEO of Virginia Tire & Auto, I’ve had the great fortune of building on the legacy that my parents created when they started

Service

Launch Tech Releases The X-431 ADAS Pro Plus

Launch Tech USA has released its third-generation professional ADAS system calibration stand for passenger cars, the X-431 ADAS Pro Plus. The stand is made of an aluminum

Launch Tech Releases The X-431 ADAS Pro Plus

Launch Tech USA has released its third-generation professional ADAS system calibration stand for passenger cars, the X-431 ADAS Pro Plus. The stand is made of an aluminum

The Opportunity of the Emerging CUV Tire Segment

According to the Specialty Equipment Market Association, aka SEMA, CUVs are the fastest-selling type of vehicle in the United States, accounting for 45% of passenger vehicles sold in 2021. They are also the most common type of vehicle on the road, accounting for almost one in four vehicles, according to the new “CUV Market Snapshot” […]

The Evolution of Battery Diagnostic Tools

When we talk about batteries, charging and starting system diagnostics, there are certain aspects of it that have always been the same due to fundamental electronic principles. However, in the realm of tools, everything has changed. Electronics, along with charging and starting system technology, has advanced so dramatically over the last 20 years, that you […]

Recommending the Right Mud-Terrain Tire

Imagine this: a customer walks into your dealership and tells you they want mud-terrain tires for their favorite off-roading vehicle. Before hearing anything else, do NOT just give them any ol’ mud-terrain tire. No, no. In this Tire Review Continental Tire Garage Studio video, we will discuss the importance of matching your customer with the […]

News & People

TBC Announces Brian Maciak to Lead Big O Tires Team

After a 17-year career at Big O Tires, a subsidiary of TBC Corporation, Jim Bull, vice president and general manager of Big O Tires, will retire effective July 1. Big O says over the past three years, and under Jim’s leadership, the company has achieved record sales and record profitability, including becoming one...

Former Yokohama Tire Executive Jim MacMaster Passes Away

Jim MacMaster, Yokohama Tires’ former executive vice president and chief operating officer, passed away on June 14. He was 75. MacMaster, who spent 39 years in the tire industry, retired from Yokohama in 2010 after 30 years with the company. He also served as chairman of the Rubber Manufacturers Association...

TireHub Hires Grant Dismore as Vice President of Operations

TireHub has hired Grant Dismore to fill the role of vice president of operations.  Dismore has previously served in executive roles at Interstate Batteries, the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages. He has extensive experience in customer-facing delivery operations, distribution strategy implementation, large fleet operations and complex...

Winhere Brake Parts Hires New Director of Friction Category

Winhere Brake Parts has added Tony McKey as its new director of friction category. Prior to joining Winhere, McKey spent 26 years with NAPA Auto Parts and most recently was the director of category management for the NAPA Brakes offering. Winhere says McKey’s aftermarket experience spans a variety of leadership...

TIA Reorganizes Leadership Team

The Tire Industry Association has reorganized its leadership team in a move to create an organizational structure that will better serve TIA’s mission into the future, CEO Richard Gust has announced. The changes include new titles and responsibilities for long-time TIA executives Sandra Martinez, who becomes chief operating officer; Kevin...

Hamaton Promotes Vice President of North American Subsidiary

Hamaton has promoted Enri Osmani, general manager of Hamaton Inc., to vice president of the company’s North American distribution and technical center. Osmani has worked in the TPMS market for 12 years and has invaluable experience and a tremendous network within the industry, Hamaton says. When Hamaton’s Michigan-based subsidiary opened...

Yokohama to Celebrate Advan Tire at Pikes Peak 100th Anniversary

Yokohama Tire has announced plans to celebrate the 100th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, including sponsoring and securing a position as the exclusive tire supplier of The Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama for the fifth straight year. All the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport vehicles will be...

Photo Gallery: Big O Tires 60th Anniversary Conference

The Big O Tire Conference and 60th-anniversary celebration was held in Dallas, Texas this year, with one main theme: this is only the beginning for the Big O Tires brand. Among the hundreds present were not only tire dealers within the Big O network but also representatives from TBC Corporation...

TBC Announces Brian Maciak to Lead Big O Tires Team

After a 17-year career at Big O Tires, a subsidiary of TBC Corporation, Jim Bull, vice president and general manager of Big O Tires, will retire effective July 1. Big O says over the past three years, and under Jim’s leadership, the company has achieved record sales and record profitability, including becoming one...

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky Orders GAO Right to Repair Study

Chairwoman Jan Schakowsky recently wrote a letter to the General Accounting Office (GAO) requesting examination of competition and cyber security issues related to access to in-vehicle data. The Auto Care Association says it strongly agrees with Schakowsky’s statement in the letter that “when manufacturers take steps to limit repairs by...

Leeds West Groups Purchases Oklahoma Property for Midas Location

Leeds West Groups (LWG) has purchased real estate in the Tulsa, Oklahoma DMA with plans to rebrand it to a Midas location in Q4 of 2022. The purchase price, seller and deal terms are not being disclosed at this time.  LWG owns and currently operates 10 franchise locations across Oklahoma with...

Bridgestone Touts Sustainability, Indycar Commitments at Advanced Tire Production Center Grand Opening

Bridgestone Americas celebrated the grand opening of its new Advanced Tire Production Center (ATPC) in Akron, Ohio – the city’s first new tire factory in over 70 years – June 22. The ATPC will manufacture all Firestone Firehawk race tires for the NTT Indycar Series. Home to 60 expert tire builders...

Podcasts

The Trickle Down Effect of Tire Supply Chain Disruption [Audio]

For the last several years, the one word that constantly comes up in conversations about the tire business is supply–No. 1 getting the tires, and No. 2, getting the ones you need. Inflation has caused logistics and transportation costs to rise, and we’re still seeing port congestion and other ripple...

Why Scaling Up Helps Business with Tires Plus’ Jarid Lundeen [Audio]

Even when Jarid Lundeen worked in the restaurant and banking industries, one thing about the customer experience always stood out to him: Consistency. Early on, he learned consistency creates success, which is what he looks to instill in his four Tires Plus locations in Minott, North Dakota. But how do...

Transtar’s Neil Sethi Featured on AMN Drivetime Podcast

During his recent AMN Drivetime podcast interview with Babcox Media CEO Bill Babcox, Neil Sethi, president and CEO of Transtar Holding Company, shared his fascinating journey from studying biology and medicine as an undergrad to shifting gears and finishing with an MBA focused on finance. Throughout this journey, which continues...

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