Denise Koeth - Senior Contributing Editor, Tire Review
Manufacturers Push UHP Summer Tire Segment to the Limits

In a targeted segment that caters to enthusiasts — from spirited daily drivers to weekend track warriors — dealers who are up to speed on tire features, performance and options will find success with their UHP summer customers.

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Tires for Fast-Growing SUV/CUV Segment Must Meet Versatile Consumer Demands

Both OE fitments and replacement tires have shifted to increased rim diameters from what was standard just a decade ago.

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Commercial Van Tire Segment Continues to Deliver Growth

In addition to increased e-commerce sales during the pandemic, many elements have influenced the growth of the commercial van tire segment.

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Winter Tire Market Flat, But EV-Specific Products Bring Opportunity

Affected by pandemic supply chain disruptions and the uptick in sales of all-weather tires, the winter tire market in the U.S. has been largely flat in recent years. Despite the expectation that this will continue, tire dealers in snowy regions like the northern U.S. and Canada still should plan ahead to meet consumer demand in

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Last-Mile Delivery Tires Set to Outpace Long-Haul Tire Volumes

Prior to the pandemic, the last-mile delivery (LMD) market was booming. So, when COVID-19 hit, and newly-homebound consumers placed even more online orders — retailers like Amazon shortened delivery times to two days, one day, or even same-day services — and the segment exploded. The surge in business brought even more demand for LMD tires,

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Comparing Trends in All-Season and All-Weather Tire Segments

When it comes to all-season and all-weather tires, consumer expectations have been a driving force in both segments, affecting everything from OE fitments and sales trends to tire performance. Essentially, consumers want the convenience of not having to swap tires every winter, as well as the safety and performance provided by capable all-weather tires, according

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Core Values Drive Best-One of Indy’s Success

At Best-One of Indy, success is built in from the top down, as well as the bottom up. The tire dealership, with 15 locations in central Indiana, adheres to four core values, which are the driving force in everything its staff does, from the leadership team to the techs and customer service staff running the

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Touring Tire Trend Holds Steady

While there have been – and will continue to be – changes in the touring tire market, the segment is holding steady and remains an important part of a tire dealer’s product mix. The touring market, defined by Kenda Tires as metric or p-metric applications that apply to automotive platforms for both cars and CUVs,

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When is it Time to Replace an Ag Tire?

Eventually, it comes time for hardworking farm tires to be replaced. Most of the time, the need for replacement can be determined during maintenance checks. Matt Frank, senior product brand manager for Bridgestone Americas’ Firestone Agriculture Tires, says when tread depth decreases below 20% of its original depth, new tires may be needed. In addition,

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The Ins and Outs of Ag Tire Maintenance

There’s no doubt that farmers work long hours and place heavy demands on their equipment. This is why, when it comes to keeping ag tire customers up and running, tire dealers must stand at the ready, armed with knowledge, fast service and the right inventory. Successful farm tire dealers and their staff are knowledgeable about

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Tires for Pickup Trucks are Picking Up Speed

In recent years, the pickup truck market has grown in more ways than one. While the number of vehicles in the segment continues to climb, the versatility expected of pickups is also on the rise. According to a Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) report in April 2021, the light truck (LT) segment — which includes

For Kantner’s Tire Service, Adaptability Equals Success

At Kantner’s Tire Service, efficient and honest service comes just as easily as treating staff and customers like family. That’s because the Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania-based tire dealership is, in fact, a third-generation, family-owned business that has stayed true to its roots for more than four decades. The single-location dealership, owned by the Roberts family, has provided