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Nexen Tire Japan to Launch World’s First Hello Kitty Car Tire in Summer 2018

Nexen Tire Japan Inc. announced on Sep. 1 that it has agreed to team up with Sanrio Co. Ltd. (TYO:8136) to launch the world’s first Hello Kitty-themed automotive tire. Nexen Tire Japan is planning to launch the Hello Kitty tire in Japan in the summer of 2018 with a global launch also on the horizon. The Hello Kitty tire will...

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Yokohama Rubber Begins Delivery of Geolandar Tires for New Jeep Compass

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) announced on Aug. 31 that it has begun supplying its Geolandar G055 tires to FCA US LLC for use as original equipment (OE) in the automaker’s new Jeep Compass. The model went on sale in North America this June. Developed using Yokohama Rubber’s advanced BluEarth tire technology, the Geolandar G055 SUV tire’s utility performance allows...

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Sumitomo Rubber Supplies Dunlop Enasave EC300+ Tires for Mitsubishi Motors’ New Expander

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has begun deliveries of the environmentally friendly Dunlop Enasave EC300+ tires for Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s (TYO:7211) next-generation multi-purpose vehicle, the Expander. The automaker’s new crossover was unveiled this month at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. To achieve the high environmental performance demanded by the Expander, the EC300+ tires provide the fuel-efficient tire technology cultivated...

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Nexen Tire Japan to Launch High-Performance All-Season Tire

Nexen Tire Japan Inc. has announced that it will start selling a new all-season tire, the Nexen Blue 4 Season, on Sept. 1. The product will be available in 18 sizes, ranging from 13 to 17 inches. The new product has adopted V-shaped grooves, improving its hydroplaning resistance and its performance on slush. Meanwhile, 3D sipes provide snow traction and...

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Sumitomo Rubber Steps up Development of Specialized Tires for Electric Cars

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) is accelerating its development of specialized tires for electric vehicles (EVs) in anticipation of further vehicle electrification. Although the company already supplies tires for EVs, the inclusion of batteries makes EVs heavier than vehicles with internal combustion engines, leading to demand for more durable tires. Sumitomo Rubber President Ikuji Ikeda said that by further improving...

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Bridgestone to Expand Indian Plant Production With $300M Investment

Bridgestone Corp.’s (TYO:5108) group company in India, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd., has announced that it will shore up production capacity at its Pune and Indore plants for passenger car radial tires. Bridgestone India will invest $304.3 million in a phased manner over the next five years. The investment is expected to increase the combined daily production capacity of the two...

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