Four out of five fleet drivers told by a franchise dealer they need new tyres subsequently head to a fast-fit to buy them, according to a new survey. Research by epyx for the launch of its new TyreServe shows that dealers are leaking a worthwhile source of profit by not successfully retailing replacement tyres to fleets.
Apollo Tyres has opened its first branded retail outlet in Lebanon. Branded as Apollo Zone, this outlet is designed to provide customers with an enhanced retail experience and a better feel for the brand and products on display, including passenger car, truck-bus and agriculture tyres. This Apollo Zone is located in the Beqaa Governorate of Lebanon, which is the main road connecting Lebanon to Syria. The Apollo Zone has been opened in association with Saka Trading Co, one of the Lebanon’s oldest and respected wholesalers and retailers of tyres, batteries and car accessories.
Michelin says it will continue as sole tyre supplier to the FIA Formula E Championship for an additional three seasons. The World Motor Sport Council confirmed Michelin supply for season 3 (2016-2017), 4 (2017-2018) and 5 (2018-2019), subject to the finalisation of the corresponding agreements. The tyre maker has served as a technical partner to Formula E since the championship’s creation.
Manufacturers that aim to offer a comprehensive and competitive commercial vehicle fleet portfolio can’t get by without retreading (typically mould cure retreading performed in large, centralised facilities), nor can they reduce fleet transport costs and meet customer expectations without partnering with the tyre trade and drawing upon the extensive range of services these specialists offer. In the five years since opening a truck tyre retreading facility alongside its new truck tyre plant in Wittlich, Germany, Goodyear Dunlop has made greater inroads into the local fleet business market.
WAI is giving customers the chance to really get to grips with the new WAI branding by exhibiting at this year’s Equip Auto exhibition. The event, held at the Paris Nord Exhibition centre, will be the first mainland European show that will display the company’s new corporate imagery and branding alongside its product ranges of starter motors, alternators, window regulators, wiper motors, ignition leads and coils.
The Board of Directors at Toyo Tire & Rubber today resolved to hold an Extraordinary Meeting of Shareholders on 12 November in order to present its candidates for the positions of chairman and president. Shareholders will vote on whether to approve Katsumi Komaguchi as the company’s new chairman and Takashi Shimizu as its president.
In mid-September the emissions hit the fan for VW. What began with an admission that half a million Golfs and Beetles were not showing the right emissions values in lab tests, quickly became a global scandal involving 11 million vehicles, disastrously affecting the group’s share price, resulting in the ‘restructuring’ of the firm’s global leadership and worst of all affecting confidence in both VW and the wider automotive and automotive testing industries.