Tires

Michelin Japan to Launch New Circuit Racing Sports Tire Usable on Public Roads

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. is set to launch the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 R, marketing this as a circuit racing sports tire that can also be used on public roads. The tire will be available in two sizes, with the lineup consisting of one 20-inch and one 21-inch size. Incorporating the latest technologies that Michelin has cultivated throughout...

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Sumitomo Rubber Launches High-Grip Competitive Tire for Use on Hard Dirt Surfaces

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has begun sales of the Dunlop Direzza 95R, a competitive tire for use in rallies and dirt trials. Launched on Sept. 11, the tire is available in two sizes: 205/65R15 94Q and 185/60R15 88Q XL, with the XL indicating the ability to carry extra load. Offering a high level of grip, the Dunlop Direzza 95R...

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Yokohama Rubber Launches New Advan A08B Spec G as Competitive Tire for Gymkhana Events

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) launched a new competitive tire on Sept. 4 for use in gymkhana motorsport events. Named the Advan A08B Spec G, the tire is available in only one size – 295/50R16 87V – and has no set price. The Advan A08B Spec G is based on the existing Advan A08B, a series of street radial tires...

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Bridgestone’s Ecopia EP150 Tires Selected as OE for Nissan Serena e-Power

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has started supplying its Ecopia EP150 tires as OE for Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:7201) Serena e-Power, which recently underwent minor changes. Tires under the Ecopia brand are able to maintain excellent performance in a number of metrics sought after in tires – including wet performance and stable handling – while also helping to cut down on...

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Bridgestone President Akihiro Eto Reiterates Company Focus on Studless Winter Tires Over All-Season Tires

Speaking at a results briefing on Aug. 9, Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) President and COO Akihiro Eto commented on his company’s position with regard to all-season tires in the Japanese market. Bridgestone, Eto said, is not planning any change to its stance of using studless winter tires with proper snow performance – as opposed to just going with all-season tires. He...

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Toyo Tires Looks to Grow Profits by Strengthening Relationship With Mitsubishi

Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) is aiming to strengthen its relationship with Mitsubishi Corp. (TYO:8058) on a comprehensive level. By pursuing this while also capitalizing on its own strengths, the tire manufacturer plans for the resulting synergies to provide a positive effect of 10 billion yen ($94.64 million) in operating profit by 2023. Expectations here are that carrying out policies alongside...

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