COMPTON, Calif.-Les Schwab Tire Centers of Prineville, Ore., may have become the first independent tire dealership in the U.S. to take delivery of electric vehicle tires. In late May, Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corp. provided six of its pre-production X29 radials to Schwab's Chico, Calif., store for delivery to a California State University at Chico team who will be running a converted Saturn SL2 Sedan in the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Challenge in mid-June in Detroit.
Goodyear in mood to make acquisitions
PHOENIX-Goodyear Chairman Stanley C. Gault said the company's successful efforts at trimming its enormous debt has given it the ability to set its sights on acquisitions.
``We are interested in looking at some acquisitions,'' Mr. Gault said, following his May 11 keynote address at the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers annual meeting in Phoenix.
He said purchases in sectors such as general products are a possibility, ``more so, perhaps, than in the tire industry.''
Total Research study rates Michelin best
GREENVILLE, S.C.-Total Research Corp. has rated Michelin as the top tire brand for product quality for the fifth consecutive year, based on its annual brand equity survey.
The Princeton, N.J.-based research firm's annual nationwide survey measures consumers' perceptions of product quality among more than 200 different brands in 47 product categories. Michelin also ranked among the top 20 brands for all categories in the survey for the second consecutive year.
In May, Michelin topped the J.D. Power and Associates study of consumer satisfaction with replacement tire brands.
New guide analyzes truck tire failures
ALEXANDRIA, Va.-The Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations has issued a revised, combined edition of its manuals on tire wear conditions and tire analysis for fleet managers and tire professionals.
The new ``Radial Tire Conditions Analysis Guide'' includes 200 color photos and illustrations along with descriptions of every tire failure and service condition-for both original tires and retreads-known to the industry, the TMC said.
The guide also explains how to correct the problem and what can be done with the damaged tire.
The manual costs $79 for TMC and ATA members and $95 for non-members. To order, contact the TMC at (800) 282-5463 or (703) 838-1763.
Dunlop promotes 3 in sales, marketing
BUFFALO, N.Y.-Dunlop Tire Corp. has promoted Joseph C. Berexa to the newly created post of vice president of sales, responsible for private brands, product export, government and industrial tire sales and retail store operations.
Mr. Berexa previously served as vice president of sales administration, a post now filled by Derek Jenner. Mr. Jenner, formerly vice president of marketing, will be responsible for sales staff supervision, consumer affairs and customer service.
Dunlop also promoted Patrick J. Logue to vice president of marketing, from director of product marketing, responsible for advertising and promotional activities.
New Ford Contour to run on Generals
AKRON-Ford Motor Co. has selected General Tire's AmeriG4S as an original equipment base tire for its 1995 Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique car line. General also will supply a T135/70R15 spare tire for the new models.
The AmeriG4S, an M&S-rated, all-season performance tire, will be built at General's Charlotte, N.C., plant.
NHTSA warns dealer against regrooving
WASHINGTON-Prompted by a dealer's complaint, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a warning to a tire dealership in Sunnyside, Wash., accused of selling regrooved passenger tires.
NHTSA sent a letter to R*&*R New & Used Tires on Feb. 17, advising the 2-year-old dealership that selling regrooved tires not marked ``regrooveable'' is a violation of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.
Robert Francis, manager of R&R, said the firm does not regroove used passenger tires. NHTSA did not accuse it of regrooving tires but stated ``it has come to our attention that you might be in violation'' of the act.