RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc.'s Falken brand is launching "Falken Academy," a dealer training seminar and ride-and-drive program designed to help it build relations with its dealer network.
Located at Falken's U.S. headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga, the academy is a two-day training program that offers participants both classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training at nearby Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., and the Cleghorn Trail, a popular off-roading point near San Bernardino, Calif.
"This is a long-term initiative for Falken Tires," Nick Fousekis, Falken's director, advertising and promotions, said, noting the goal is to allow participants to experience first-hand how Falken tires perform in "demanding" conditions.
Falken hopes to have roughly 1,500 guests — retailers, dealers and salespeople — come through Falken Academy this year in three waves, in February, June and August, Mr. Fousekis said.
The first wave is under way this week.