winter tires

Sumitomo Rubber Highlights Appeal of Studless Winter Tires in New Promotional Anime

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has released “Road To You: Kioku ni Mau Konayuki,” an anime music video promoting the company’s Winter Maxx series of Dunlop-branded studless winter tires. Released on a special webpage on Oct. 3, the video is the third such anime promotion for the company’s Winter Maxx series. “Road To You: Kioku ni Mau Konayuki” tells the...

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Bridgestone to Launch New Blizzak Winter Tire With Improved Performance on Wet, Icy Surfaces

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is set to launch a new product under its Blizzak brand of studless winter tires. Named the Blizzak DM-V3, this SUV- and 4×4-exclusive tire offers improvements to both traction on icy surfaces and braking performance on wet surfaces. It is scheduled to begin hitting the market on Aug. 1. As a studless winter tire for SUVs and...

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Toyo Tires Targets Boxy Cars as Focus of Studless Winter Tire Business

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) is focusing its sales of studless winter tires on the Winter Tranpath TX, a tire launched last year for exclusive use with boxy cars, including SUVs and minivans. The Winter Tranpath TX helps to limit the characteristic wobbling of high-roofed, boxy cars. And as a studless winter tire specialized for use with these...

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Promising Signs Emerge in Japanese Market for Studless Winter Tires

While snowy conditions around Japan have started later than average this winter, recent developments are hinting at a more favorable tailwind for sales of studless winter tires. Coming into mid-December, northern Japan is finally seeing full-fledged winter conditions, while elsewhere even parts of the Kanto region are beginning to see snowfall. Publishing a demand forecast this summer for the second...

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Toyo Tires Wins Good Design Award for M925 Snowplow Tire

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) recently announced that it has won a 2018 Good Design Award for its M925 snow tire, a product made exclusively for snowplows. Launched in July 2017, the M925 is designed to improve snowplow performance. The tire sets itself apart with its tread: while conventional studless tires for trucks and buses adopt a symmetric...

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Yokohama Rubber Launches New Run-Flat Tire With Improved Durability

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) on Oct. 1 launched its new iceGuard 6 ZPS tire, a run-flat model under its iceGuard 6 line of studless winter tires for passenger cars. The ZPS mark, which is also imprinted on the tire’s sidewall, refers to the company’s Zero Pressure System technology and the run-flat tire structure that allows for this. Development for...

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