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Yokohama will raise prices on its light and medium commercial truck tires

Yokohama Tire Corp. has announced that effective January 1st, 2011, it will be raising prices on its complete lineup of light and medium commercial truck tires. In addition to a 6% hike on commercial tire prices and a 5% increase on bias and radial OTR tires, Yokohama also plans to announce additional in-line price adjustments at a future date.

Gary Nash, Yokohama VP of the OTR division, explains, “It’s a very difficult decision, especially in light of these tough economic times. However, by incorporating operational efficiencies with our environmental procedures and the latest technology, Yokohama remains committed to bringing the best products to the market at competitive prices.”

John Cooney, Yokohama director of commercial sales, adds, “As always, we continue to do our best to contain costs. We have avoided increasing prices but unfortunately, find it necessary to have the continued rise in the costs of raw materials, manufacturing and transportation reflected in our product pricing.”

Yokohama’s price hike is part of a growing industry trend among top tire manufacturers. Pirelli, Michelin, BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Toyo, Falken, Kumho, Hankook, and Cooper have all planned similar increases.

For dealers looking to extend profit margins, now is the time to stock up on wholesale tires and wholesale truck tires at current prices. Once manufacturers adjust their price tags, consumers will be forced to shell out the extra cash.

Filed under: Tire Business Tips, Tire News, Truck/Commercial Tires, Yokohama Tires

Continental introduces new bus and RV tire

While most of the new tires being introduced these days are typically for passenger and commercial truck applications, Continental is making its presence felt in the recreational vehicle and regional bus segment of the market. The company has officially introduced its newest RV and bus tire, the HSR2 SA, which is a specialized all-position tire that will be manufactured at the companies Mt. Vernon plant in Illinois.

According to Continental Tire, the new Heavy Regional Steer tire delivers “maximum fuel efficiency on regional roads through advanced tread design and compounding.”

For companies looking for more mileage out of their wholesale truck tires, the HSR2 SA was verified as a low rolling resistance tire by the EPA SmartWay program (when used in line haul steer positions).

“A standard method of travel in Central and South America, bus and rapid transit is rapidly growing in the North American markets as public transportation systems are added and consumers look for ways to reduce their environmental impact,” said Clif Armstrong, CTA’s marketing director for commercial tires. “By completing our product lineup for bus tires with the HSR2 SA, we have introduced our first regional application bus tire for the Americas that will help fleet managers and even RV drivers control their tire and fuel costs.”

Among the novel features of this new tire are:

  • customized tread geometry designed to aid in water evacuation
  • good wet traction
  • reduced stone retention
  • A five-rib tread design and VAI+ visual alignment indicator system to help ensure even wear

The new Continental HSR2 SA is available now from tire wholesalers throughout North and South America in the following sizes:

  • 275/80R22.5
  • 295/80R22.5
  • 315/80R22.5

 

Filed under: Continental Tires, Tire News