On the OE side of the ledger, shipments of high-performance tires slipped 13.5% to 22.4 million units, but the penetration of such tires in the OE sector increased to 60.2% from 56% as OE car tire shipments overall slid 19.2%, reflecting a drop in car, SUV/CUV and light vehicle production of 18.9%
The shift at OE also is reflected in the breakdown of OE tire sizes, where the 10 most popular sizes now are all 17-, 18-, 19- or 20-inch rim diameter sizes — including three new 20-inch sizes, accounting for nearly 36% of all OE shipments.
Six of the 10 most popular replacement tire sizes are 50-, 55- or 60-series, the USTMA data show, and seven are 17-, 18- or 20-inch rim diameters.
During 2020, the number of accepted sizes grew by five low-profile dimensions, according to the Tire & Rim Association: 195/60R17; 235/60R19; 195/50R19; 295/55R20; and 235/50R21. The new sizes expand the list of accepted sizes to 370.
Sales of new light vehicles (cars, SUVs/CUVs, light trucks, vans, etc.) were off 14.4% in the U.S. and 20 in Canada in 2020, according to data from Automotive News, a sister publication of Tire Business under the Crain Communications umbrella.
Ford and Toyota remained the top-selling car/light truck/van brands in both countries last year, with the Ford F-150 the single most popular vehicle in both nations.
The data discussed here are excerpted from Tire Business' 2021 Market Data Book, which can be purchased as a single copy and which will be available in searchable form from Tire Business' Data Store.