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Firestone M/T 2 Tire Designed for Maximum Traction

M-Firestone-0076-LR-1.jpgThe new Firestone Destination M/T2 tire from Bridgestone Americas Inc. is designed to provide maximum traction for 4×4 vehicles, pickup trucks and SUVs in off-road conditions.

The new tire replaces the Firestone Destination M/T, which came out in 2002. Bridgestone says the new M/T2 tire “does everything better” than its predecessor. Advances in tire technology, especially compounding, are responsible for improvements in off-road, snow and wet performance.

A new tread compound, three-ply sidewall construction and more aggressive upper sidewall design give the Destination M/T2 increased traction in mud and offer stronger resistance to chips and tears. Stone and mud rejectors help keep the tread clear of debris.

The Firestone Destination M/T2 tire has 20% more biting edges than the previous generation tire for better grip on slick, wet surfaces and in snow conditions. The company also added sipes for better snow traction capability compared to the prior tire. The Firestone Destination M/T2 tire is studdable.

Product manager Justin Hayes told Modern Tire Dealer that there are two types of buyers of the new Firestone Destination M/T2 tire. “There’s one who really cares about the performance, he’s going to take his truck or Jeep off road and he wants the traction capability,” he says.

“For that type of customer we’ve significantly improved the off-road performance capabilities versus the current generation Destination M/T on dry rocks, wet rocks, creeks, mud and sand. In all of these types of off-road conditions, the traction capabilities of the Destination M/T2 have been improved versus the predecessor product.”

Hayes says the other type of driver who would purchase an M/T tire primarily cares about the looks of the product. “For this type of driver the Destination M/T2 has a much more aggressive look and feel than the previous generation product. The tread area has been totally redesigned, the off shoulder area has more rubber and a more aggressive protruding image for the driver who wants the tire to look aggressive.”

The Firestone Destination M/T2 tire is available in 29 sizes for 15- to 22-inch wheels. The tires will be delivered to stores in July 2017.

“The Firestone Destination M/T2 tire is the ultimate tire for adventure-seekers looking to get the most performance out of their truck or Jeep,” says Erik Seidel, president, consumer replacement tire sales, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

“Overlanders and weekend warriors expect their tires to perform across a wide range of intense conditions, and the Destination M/T2 delivers an incredible off-road driving experience. We built a tough tire that attacks the terrain.”

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Hankook and Bridgestone Earn GM Supplier of the Year Honors

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Hankook Tire America Corp. and Bridgestone Corp. received supplier of the year awards from General Motors Co. at the auto manufacturer’s 25th annual supplier awards ceremony.

This is the first time Hankook has received the award. This is the second straight year and 15th occasion that Bridgestone has received this award, which includes the Bridgestone Americas Inc. division.

GM recognized 118 of its best suppliers from 15 countries that have consistently exceeded its expectations, created outstanding value or brought new innovations to the company. It is the most suppliers GM has recognized since introducing the Supplier of the Year program in 1992.

“We are focused on building positive supplier relationships, bringing new, customer-centric innovations to GM and being the OEM of choice among suppliers,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, global purchasing and supply chain. “The companies we recognize tonight not only have brought innovation, but also delivered it with the quality our customers deserve.”

The winning suppliers were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives and selected based on performance criteria in product purchasing, indirect purchasing, customer care and aftersales, and logistics.

“Acknowledged by our partners, this award is an additional proof point which testifies to Hankook Tire’s technology leadership and premium quality,” said Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook. “We will continue to thrive as a global premium brand by providing innovative, top-quality tires to our partners worldwide.”

Said Mike Martini, president, original equipment, U.S. and Canada, for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations: “I am proud of the effort and dedication that earned Bridgestone this honor for the 15th time. This award is a testament to our product, engineering and manufacturing performance at Bridgestone, and belongs to the dedicated teammates across our global organization who bring value and innovation to partners like GM.”

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Most Popular Tire Brand Trends

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Every year, Modern Tire Dealer breaks down “the year that was” in its January Facts Issue. It is the first publication with an in-depth report on the previous year’s performance.

In order for readers to understand what the numbers mean, we also 1) show trends and 2) analyze what we have found. Is our Facts Issue heavy with numbers? Sure. Are they stand-alone numbers? Heavens no!

In our latest edition, we look at the number of retail dealers and outlets represented by the brands listed in our yearly Modern Tire Dealer 100 list. More Top 100 dealers sell Michelin than any other brand. What other consumer tire brands are commonplace among the largest tire dealers in the U.S.? And does comparing past with present numbers reveal any trends?

The answer to the last question is “yes.” On page 27 of our Facts Issue, we rank the most commonly listed brands by the number of dealers who sell them from 2006 through 2016. To give you a quick, visual snapshot of what those numbers reveal, here is a Web-only line graph that breaks down the brand-to-dealer ratio over time.

Not surprisingly, many of the dealers selling one of the three Tier 1 brands also sell another brand from the same tire manufacturer.

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Bridgestone Results from Olympic Sponsorship

356805.jpegTeam Bridgestone ended up with one gold medal and two silver medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bridgestone Americas Inc. partnered with five U.S. Olympic hopefuls for the games, which ended Aug. 21. One of the athletes, gymnast Aly Raisman, accounted for the three medals.

Here is a review of the five Olympic athletes sponsored by Bridgestone, plus their results.

1. Aly Raisman (gymnastics): gold medal in the women’s team all-around, silver in both the women’s floor exercise and individual all-around.

2. Meb Keflezighi (track & field, men’s marathon): 33rd place.

3. Kelley O’Hara (women’s soccer): lost to Sweden in the quarterfinals.

4. Cullen Jones (men’s swimming): didn’t qualify for the Olympics.

5. Khatuna Lorig (women’s archery): didn’t qualify for the Olympics.

Bridgestone is also sponsoring Will Groulx at the 2016 Paralympic Games, which will be held in Rio Sept. 7-18. Groulx will compete in men’s cycling.

Team Bridgestone also is partnering with four-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson, who is serving as “coach” of an internal program to offer performance-based training and inspiration to Bridgestone’s retail employees. Johnson’s world-record 400m time of 43.18 seconds, set in 1999, was broken by South African Wayde van Niekerk, who won gold at the 2016 Olympics with a time of 43.03 seconds.

Each of the six athletes not only received financial support from Bridgestone, but also access to Bridgestone’s “cutting-edge products and technologies,” according to the company.

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Bridgestone Updates Retread For Refuse Hauler Tire

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Bridgestone Americas Inc. has released a new Bandag BRM3 retread with a proprietary compound and advanced tread design that is engineered to deliver a balance of long wear, durability, and traction.

The Bandag BRM3 is designed for use as an all-position tire in the refuse industry.
“Bridgestone continues to invest in research to deliver retread solutions that optimize tire management programs at a fraction of the cost of new tires,” says Ben Rosenblum, director of marketing for Bandag in Bridgestone’s Commercial Group. “The Bandag BRM3 is the longest wearing tread for refuse applications that Bandag has ever produced, while still offering the traction and durability that refuse companies require to meet the day-to-day demands placed on their fleets. Bandag is the retreader of choice for America’s largest refuse fleets, and we continue to expand our product portfolio to better serve the needs of these analytical customers.”

Key features of the BRM3 retread include:

a proprietary, scrub-resistant compound, which contributes to long service life;

shoulders that help resist damage caused by frequent twisting and turning often found in refuse applications;

a high center void design to enhance traction; and

shoulder sipes that contribute to strong grip on wet roads.

The BRM3 retread from Bandag was developed exclusively for refuse fleets striving to lower their cost per mile or reduce cost per driver hours. Bridgestone says the BRM3 delivers “significant improvements over its predecessors,” including an improvement of more than 20% in wet braking traction when compared to the BRM2 tread pattern, and 20% longer wear life than the BRM tread pattern.

Premium truck tires from Bridgestone are designed to be retreaded multiple times, enabling fleets to operate more sustainably. Since 1957, the Bandag retread process has kept an estimated 300 million tires out of the waste stream and saved more than four billion gallons of oil, while also helping fleet customers lower their operating costs.

The BRM3 retread comes in a 26/32” tread depth and is available now through the Bandag nationwide network of dealers in the U.S. and Canada.

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4 Innovative Tires on Display at Rifen

logoA truck tire from Groupe Michelin and Bridgestone Corp.’s line of run-flat tires were among the products to win innovation awards at Reifen Essen 2016.

The awards were presented during opening celebrations of the trade fair, which continues through May 27.

Michelin won for its Michelin X Line Energy Triple A tires. The line offers complete coverage of tires that have achieved Class A fuel efficiency according to the European regulations. The line includes a drive axle tire for trucks, a steering axle tire, and trailer tires with Class A fuel efficiency.

Bridgestone’s DriveGuard run-flat tires were recognized for their versatility, as they can be fitted to almost any passenger car equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system. The specialist jury also gave a special mention to the tire for its environmentally friendly credentials, as it is fully recyclable.

Service concept and process optimization award

4JET Technologies GmbH was recognized for its system designed to equip tires with an individual, permanent QR code which can be read by a smartphone camera. The company has also developed a process which enables individual QR codes to be marked onto the tire using lasers. This means that the scan and connect application enables tires to be continuously monitored throughout their life cycle.

Motor vehicle service award

Corghi SpA’s Uniformity is a tire fitting machine with diagnostic functions. The new machine will allow what is referred to as match mounting to take place on the tire fitting machine itself. Not only does Uniformity carry out normal tire fitting and removal, it also conducts a complete diagnostic process of the individual wheel and/or the vehicle’s entire wheel set.

With the Innovation Awards, Messe Essen wishes to further promote and embed the awareness of tires and tire-related products and procedures as a sustainable high-tech product in the mind of the public. Benchmark test criteria included environmental credentials, sustainability, resource conservation, and innovative content. Messe Essen is displaying all applications from candidates during the trade fair in a dedicated area in Hall 7.

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Bridgestone Adds 7 Run-Flat Sizes

M-Bridgestone-Driveguard-add-sizes-1Bridgestone Americas Inc. has expanded its DriveGuard run-flat tire line with seven new sizes engineered to fit some of the most popular family vehicles on the road today — minivans, crossover vehicles and sports utility vehicles.

“We introduced the DriveGuard tire line in 2014 for coupes, sedans and wagons,” says Philip Dobbs, chief marketing officer for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC. “Since then, we heard customers resoundingly say that they wanted that same peace of mind when behind the wheel of their family vehicles – minivans, crossovers and small SUVs. We listened, and we’re excited to make this innovative technology available to more drivers and more vehicles.”
Featuring specially designed run-flat technology, Bridgestone says DriveGuard tires give drivers the ability to continue driving up to 50 miles at up to 50 mph to safety on a flat tire.

With the expanded size offering, the DriveGuard tire line from Bridgestone now fits more than 80% of minivans and 43% of crossovers and small SUVs – the fastest growing vehicle segment. The additional DriveGuard tire sizes arrive in stores May 1, 2016, in the U.S. and Canada.

Designed to deliver a quiet, comfortable ride and provide all season traction, DriveGuard tires come with a 50,000 to 60,000 mile treadwear warranty. DriveGuard tires are available in 43 sizes, 15 to 19 rim diameters.

Bridgestone commissioned a survey conducted online by Harris Poll in April 2016 among 2,109 U.S. adults. Results indicated 73% of drivers on the road today have experienced a flat tire, and 90% agree getting a flat tire would disrupt their day. The survey also revealed that nearly three quarters of drivers (72%) would be willing to pay more for tires that would allow them to continue driving up to 50 miles at up to 50 mph on a flat.

While the survey shows more than half of drivers (57%) claim they know how to change a flat tire, nearly three in five (58%) drivers have called someone for help. Only 34% of women say they know how to change a flat tire, compared to 82% of men who say the same. The majority of Americans (68%) indicated changing a tire on the side of a busy road is the biggest safety hazard of a flat tire.

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Bridgestone Recalls Some Firestone Passenger Tires

imagesBridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC is recalling certain Firestone FR710 tires, size 205/65R16, and Champion Fuel Fighter tires, sizes 205/65R15 and 205/70R15, manufactured March 27, 2016, to April 9, 2016.

The potential number of tires affected is 32. Bridgestone says it is voluntarily recalling approximately 2,900 tires in “an abundance of caution.”

The company says these replacement passenger car tires may have been manufactured with inconsistent rubber coverage over the steel plies. As a result, the tread may separate, increasing the risk of a crash.

Bridgestone will notify the owners that purchased the tires, and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. Bridgestone has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Bridgestone customer service at 1-800-847-3272.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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Bridgestone Driveguard Expands Fitment Sizes

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The Bridgestone DriveGuard was already available in 36 run-flat sizes that fit coupes, sedans and wagons. It is now available in 43 sizes.

Seven new Bridgestone DriveGuard sizes, designed for mini-vans and CUVs, will be available May 1, 2016.
But those seven extra sizes expand the line’s reach into two other vehicle categories. They fit mini-vans and crossover vehicles.
“We introduced the DriveGuard tire line in 2014 for coupes, sedans and wagons,” says Philip Dobbs, chief marketing officer for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC. “Since then, we heard customers resoundingly say that they wanted that same peace of mind when behind the wheel of their family vehicles — minivans, crossovers and small SUVs.”

According to Bridgestone, the addition of the seven sizes gives the company 80% coverage of the mini-van segment and 43% coverage of the CUV segment. All seven are W-rated.

225/65RF16

235/65RF16

225/65RF17

225/60RF17

235/65RF17

235/60RF17

235/55RF18

The new sizes will fit vehicles such as the Jeep Cherokee, Toyota Sienna, Subaru Forester, Dodge Caravan, Chevy Equinox, and the Honda CR-V, Odyssey and Pilot.

Bridgestone backs the H- and V-rated sizes with a 60,000-mile limited tread wear warranty. The seven W-rated sizes are backed by a 50,000-mile warranty.

Featuring specially designed run-flat technology, the premium all-season touring tires give drivers the ability to continue driving up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) at up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour to safety on a flat tire.

Bridgestone introduced the new sizes at a drive-and-learn at Texas Motor Speedway on April 27, 2016. Two Firestone Firehawk tire lines were also introduced: an all-season performance tire and a summer UHP tire. More information on the new Firehawk tires will be available May 4, according to Bridgestone.

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Bridgestone Sponsors 6 in Olympic Games 2016

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This year’s Olympic Games — all of them — will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And Bridgestone Americas Inc. will be a part of it.

The company is partnering with six U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls for the upcoming games. The Olympics will be held in August; the Paralympics will be held in September.

The “Team Bridgestone” members are:

1. Meb Keflezighi (track & field, marathon),

2. Cullen Jones (swimming),

3. Aly Raisman (gymnastics),

4. Kelley O’Hara (soccer),

5. Khatuna Lorig (archery), and

6. Will Groulx (para-cycling).

Each of the six will receive financial support and access to Bridgestone’s cutting-edge products and technologies.

On the “Road to Rio,” Team Bridgestone athletes will participate in both employee and consumer-facing communications and marketing efforts leading up to and during the Games. As previously announced, Olympic track & field legend and four-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson has also partnered with Bridgestone and will serve as the “coach” of an internal program to offer performance-based training and inspiration to Bridgestone’s retail employees.

“Athletes are the driving force of the Olympic Games and represent the heart of the Olympic movement,” says Gary Garfield, CEO and President of Bridgestone Americas. “They are also Bridgestone customers who drive to and from their daily training sessions and, like Bridgestone tires, are built to perform — no matter the weather conditions or the distance.”

Bridgestone Corp., Bridgestone America’s parent company, announced its official TOP Worldwide Olympic Partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on June 13, 2014, making a long-term commitment to the Olympic movement which extends through 2024. The upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games hold a special significance for Bridgestone, not only as its first Olympic Games as an official partner, but also as the first-ever Olympic Games in South America. Bridgestone has strong ties to the region and Brazil in particular, where the company has operated for more than 90 years.

In the countdown to Rio 2016, and through 2024, Bridgestone will work in partnership with the IOC to support the Olympic Games and National Olympic Committees and teams around the world – including the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and Team USA.

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