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White House rolls out tire safety, efficiency program with NASCAR

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
The White House rolled out a new program aimed at getting American consumers to buy tires that will enable cars to get better mileage and take better care of them to cut down on tire-related crashes....
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For mpg gains, tiremakers deliver -- consumers shrug

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
The auto industry is putting improved tires onto cars these days, but consumers aren't so sure they like the results. It is a rare disconnect between industry ingenuity and consumer stubbornness -- and neither the automakers nor their tire suppliers can do much to correct it at the moment....
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Tire tech keeps eye on distance and pressure

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Under pressure to help automakers hit higher fuel economy targets, tire companies are championing new technologies. Those technologies are taking many different forms....
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Michelin to double budget-tire sales to counter Chinese

Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
Michelin will nearly double the proportion of budget tires in its global sales mix to as much as 30 percent to counter the huge rise in Chinese imports sold in Europe and the U.S., CEO Jean-Dominique Senard told Automotive News Europe....
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NICK GIBBS

Michelin gains from homegrown distrust in China

6:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
European sales of cheap Chinese tires are growing fast, but in China suppliers such as Michelin are winning customers who don't trust homegrown tire makers....
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Harold Coker, founder of antique tire maker Coker Tire, dies at 84

4:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Harold Coker, founder of Coker Tire in Chattanooga, which produces tires for antique vehicles, died Sunday. He was 84....
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Chrysler recalls 33,443 light trucks in U.S. for tire pressure issues

9:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Chrysler Group said that it was recalling 33,443 light trucks in two separate campaigns to prevent false warnings from the tire pressure monitor systems....
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Maine store's free tires bring customers back

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Stanley Subaru gives its new-vehicle buyers a benefit it calls "Tires for Life."...
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AutoNation partners with Hennessey on performance upgrades

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
AutoNation, in a move to cater to the tuner crowd, began providing customers with performance upgrades at its 27 Chevrolet dealerships this month through a new partnership with aftermarket tuning house Hennessey Performance....
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Michelin seen missing 2014 sales goal, report says

Sept. 23, 2014 11:37 CET
Michelin may miss its goal of boosting sales by 3 percent this year on weak European and emerging markets, a French daily reported, citing the company's finance chief Marc Henry....
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European chamber urges China to ease aftermarket rules

Sept. 12, 2014 14:03 CET
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China has urged the nation's government to allow more competition for vehicle aftermarket service as it says current regulations are the "key driver" of the monopoly situation that has led to state probes within the auto industry....
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Federal-Mogul agrees to buy TRW engine valve unit for $385 million

9:23 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Federal-Mogul said today it agreed to acquire the engine valve business from TRW Automotive Holdings for $385 million in cash. TRW's engine valve unit generated revenue of $610 million last year and employs 5,400 people in 12 countries....
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Regulators' sweep threatens auto parts business model

Aug. 25, 2014 12:32 CET
Suppliers who have colluded for years to inflate parts prices for automakers, dealers and repair shops in a global market with annual sales of more than 80 million vehicles, are now being exposed in a worldwide sweep by regulators....
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Suppliers see promise in China's aftermarket

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The global replacement parts business likely will become even more appealing to automotive suppliers. In emerging markets, and especially in China, many new vehicles sold in recent years now need replacement parts....
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Hyundai will pay dealers who get shops to buy genuine parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
To win sales away from the aftermarket, Hyundai has started an incentive program for U.S. dealers who sell certain Hyundai replacement parts to body shops....
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Mike Alexander, legendary custom-car builder, dies

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Mike Alexander, half of a Detroit-area brother duo who became famous for their custom cars, died July 18. He was 80....
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Tire makers roll into South Carolina

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
South Carolina became the nation's leading tire producer in the fourth quarter last year with estimated daily output of 89,000 tires, edging Oklahoma's 88,000 units....
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Federal-Mogul takes aim at 'cheap' aftermarket parts from China

8:00 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
Federal-Mogul, saying its Champion spark plugs and other aftermarket parts are losing out to “cheap” products from China sold by big retail chains, is fighting back. The diversified parts supplier said today its aftermarket division will be renamed Federal-Mogul Motorparts. A crew of newly hired technicians will visit stores and service shops to tout the benefits of Wagner brake products, ANCO wiper blades and other components....
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Michelin to close truck tire plant in Hungary

May 6, 2014 13:07 CET
Michelin plans to close its truck tire plant in Budapest, Hungary, in response to adverse trends and aggressive competition in the European market. The French firm, however, will keep making high-performance car tires in the country....
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GM’s new recall risk: replacement ignitions

4:30 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
As General Motors recalls 1.6 million vehicles that have defective ignition switches linked to at least 12 deaths, it faces another potential risk -- this time in the spare parts market. Repair shop owners say it is still possible to purchase GM brand ignition switches manufactured by Delphi Automotive carrying the same parts number as the product at the center of the recall....
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MIKE COLIAS

Why one Chevy dealer doesn't fear the Reaper

9:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2014
Digital marketing tools, slick service apps and fresh F&I strategies were on the radar of many dealers who attended the NADA convention here this weekend. But for Chevrolet dealer Heinke Trapp, it was a date with The Reaper....
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Ford's aluminum F-150 faces insurance rate, repair shop challenges

8:07 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
After laboring for five years to develop its aluminum F-150, Ford now confronts a new challenge: preventing higher insurance rates and a dearth of mechanics equipped to repair its body from deterring buyers....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Michelin says new tire gets better with age

9:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
Michelin said it has developed a tire with tread that changes as it wears to reduce stopping distances....
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Nissan plans big push for Nismo parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2014
Nissan North America wants to help its dealers retail more motorsports parts as it pushes for a bigger U.S. role for its Nismo performance brand. Nissan parts and service officials are planning ways to step up marketing of the Nismo parts line, including a standardized motorsports boutique that would occupy floor space in participating Nissan dealerships....
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