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Bridgestone Begins Supply of Turanza Tires as OE for New Mazda 3

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has started supplying its Turanza T005A line of tires as OE for Mazda Motor Corp.’s (TYO:7261) new Mazda 3. Designed with a focus on people, the new-model Mazda 3 is said to bring radical improvements to basic vehicle performance. Mazda is touting this as including significant refinements in terms of how smooth the car feels to operate,...

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Continental’s EcoContact 6 Performance Tires Adopted as OE for Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Continental Tire Japan Co. Ltd. recently announced that its EcoContact 6 tires, a series of high-performance eco-friendly tires launched in March, have been adopted as OE for the new-model Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Specifically, the front tires for the new C-Class will be 225/45R18 95Y XL EcoContact 6 MO tires, with the rear tires to be 245/40R18 97Y XL EcoContact 6 MO...

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Toyota Adopts Toyo Tires’ Open Country Series as OE for New RAV4

Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) recently announced that its Open Country tire series has been adopted by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) as OE for the automaker’s new-model RAV4, which launched in North America last December. The styling of the new Toyota RAV4 conveys power befitting an SUV while also mixing this with a sense of refinement. On the practical side, the...

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Sumitomo Rubber to Launch New Minivan Tire With Improved Performance Across the Board

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has announced that it is planning a June 1 launch for the Enasave RV505, a new tire made specifically for minivans. In addition to limiting the wobbling that minivans tend to encounter when going around curves or through a crosswind, the RV505 offers an improved lifespan and quieter operation. Sumitomo Rubber intends to launch the...

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Toyo Tire Develops Drive Simulator for Virtual Tire Performance, Safety Education

Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) has developed a driving simulator with realistic steering, accelerator and brake controls for tire performance safety education events. Control software developed by Toyo Tires will enable drivers to virtually experience how tire wear can change braking distance under rainy conditions or cause hydroplaning, as well as how differences in inflation pressure can alter operational stability. It...

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Bridgestone Wins Design Rights Infringement Lawsuit Against Chinese Tire Manufacturer

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) announced on April 12 that it has won a design rights infringement lawsuit against the Shengtai Group in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court. The case stemmed from the Japanese firm’s claim that the major Chinese tire manufacturer utilized a tread pattern patented for the Bridgestone ST3000 truck tire. Bridgestone first filed the lawsuit with the Beijing Intellectual...

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