Interaction – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Fri, 21 Feb 2020 04:56:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.8 Infiniti Survey Indicates Almost 30 Percent of Parents Likely to Break Traffic Laws with Children in the Car https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/infiniti-survey-indicates-almost-30-percent-of-parents-likely-to-break-traffic-laws-with-children-in-the-car/ https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/infiniti-survey-indicates-almost-30-percent-of-parents-likely-to-break-traffic-laws-with-children-in-the-car/#respond Sun, 16 Feb 2020 12:29:35 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29900 A survey conducted by Infiniti Middle East indicates that parents are unlikely to practise what they preach when it comes to road safety education for their kids. It is a case of “do as I say, not as I do” for a significant minority of parents in the UAE and they fail to set the […]

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A survey conducted by Infiniti Middle East indicates that parents are unlikely to practise what they preach when it comes to road safety education for their kids. It is a case of “do as I say, not as I do” for a significant minority of parents in the UAE and they fail to set the right example for their children. Almost one-third of them (29 percent) of parents admit that they are equally or more likely to break traffic laws with children in the car.

 

About 91 percent of the parents covered in the survey do recognize that when their children grow, they are likely to replicate the driving behavior of their parents. However, this has not stopped them from behaving badly while on the move. Parents also made it clear that they understand the importance of road safety education, with 78 percent saying that they have discussed good driving behavior with their children.

 

Commenting on the findings of the survey, Markus Leithe, Managing Director, Middle East, INFINITI said that the lessons we learn as children stay with us all of our lives. He said that while the survey has made it clear that though parents understand the importance of setting a good example, there can be occasions when they fail to walk the talk.

 

Infiniti’s ‘Eyes on You’ campaign was conceptualized with the goal of attracting attention to key safety issues – highlighting the responsibilities of parents and the manner in which their on-road behaviour affects – and down the road is mimicked by their children.

 

It is a serious cause for concern that the habits that parents identified as the ones children are mostly to exhibit when they grow up are using a mobile phone while driving (48 percent) and speeding (38 percent. It is these two factors that are the top two causes of road accidents on a global basis. What causes even greater concern is that not wearing a seat-belt (51 percent) has been identified as the behaviour most likely to be copied.

 

Weighing in on the topic, Dr. Saliha Afridi, Clinical Psychologist and Managing Director of Lighthouse Arabia said, ‘Modeling is the most effective form of shaping children’s behavior. We can tell our children to put on their seat belt or not to text and drive, but if we do those things ourselves we are not just giving them permission, but also encouragement to do the same. Children will do as we do, not as we say.’

 

One encouraging finding of the ‘Eyes on You’ survey was that parents can be encouraged to change.  Almost 90 percent of the participants in the survey said that being made more aware of the link between their own driving habits and the road safety of their children in the future would make them change their driving behaviour.

 

INFINITI’s ‘Eyes on You’ survey covered 1,869 parents across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Lebanon. The campaign is closely aligned with the Dubai traffic safety strategy to reduce road fatalities by 1.5 for 100,000 population by 2021.

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Rapid Technological Progress to Make Advanced Tires the New Normal by the End of the Decade https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/rapid-technological-progress-to-make-advanced-tires-the-new-normal-by-the-end-of-the-decade/ https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/rapid-technological-progress-to-make-advanced-tires-the-new-normal-by-the-end-of-the-decade/#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 11:51:48 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29862 The rapid pace of technological progress in the automotive industry during the past decade means that advanced tires will be the new normal by the end of the decade. The technology for electrified vehicles self-driving vehicles will no longer be a rare sight on the roads in the future and this means that the tire […]

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The rapid pace of technological progress in the automotive industry during the past decade means that advanced tires will be the new normal by the end of the decade. The technology for electrified vehicles self-driving vehicles will no longer be a rare sight on the roads in the future and this means that the tire industry will have to keep pace with these advances. Manufacturers and researchers across the globe have come to realize that this is one area that they have overlooked. They are now working on the development of advanced tires incorporating sensors and other technological features which can be used in self-driving cars, manually driven vehicles, or space exploration vehicles. Many tire manufacturers have devised and implemented smart tire management programs at the pilot level and several successful programs have been implemented in the real time. Advanced tires have been developed to improve mileage and tire lifespan.

 

Bridgestone is one of the leading tire manufacturers that has been in the news for its research activities and innovative concept tires. The company, which has been a leading tire manufacturer for the past nine decades, displayed its innovation regarding tires at the 2020 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Two products it showcased at the show were smart tires which were equipped with sensors and airless tires. Goodyear’s airless tire is a single structure that effectively combines a wheel and a tire’s tread, thus eliminating the probability of a flat tire. This is a basic concept that the company has developed which can be commercialized for use in both commercial fleets and personal vehicles. Another innovative concept is that of an airless and elastic tires that can be fitted in lunar rovers, compact vehicles used for international space exploration missions. The smart tire based on the concept of ‘sense, sync, and act’ integrates sensors that can be used in combination with an advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS). Based on the road conditions and the condition of the tire itself, the tires can send signals to drivers or the AI systems in self-driving cars.

 

According to Hans Dorfi, the Director of Digital Engineering at Bridgestone Americas, the ADAS systems that are currently do not take into account any data received from tires. The information that is obtained from tires can offer an additional layer of safety. Bridgestone has designed a new system that could be used to get information. This information derived from a sensor installed in the inner wall of the tire could be used to prevent crashes and improve safety. When the tire rotates, the sensor measures the deformation of the adhesive as some parts of the tire comes into contact with the ground. This measurement gives an idea of the strain on the tire which are then turned into wear estimates. The tires which have sensors can detect potholes and the data can be sent to the local transportation department for quicker repairs to roads thus making them safer for road users. Thus, tire technology is advancing at a pace that is just as rapid as the speed at which the automotive industry is evolving. According to the report published by Allied Market Research, the global market for advanced tires is expected to reach USD 1.34 billion by 2030.

 

Many companies have launched innovative programs to extend tire life and thus enhance the overall vehicle mileage. One such system is SAF-Holland’s SMAR-te Tire Pilot, an intelligent tire management system that can be run in integration with SAF integrated suspension systems. The electro-pneumatic controls from AKTV8 LLC are combined with SAF Tire Pilot Plus TPMS. The system alters tire pressure  based on axle load, with optimal pressure being maintained based on the tire manufacturer’s recommendations for reliability and tire life.

 

Bill Hicks, SAF product manager for SAF-Holland, said that the axle loading feature sends electronic alerts to restrict overload citations. The electro-pneumatic controls are meant to enhance the tire life as well as the fuel mileage. According to the company, SMAR-te Tire Pilot does not require maintenance or calibration. The ability to maintain the tire pressure based on manufacturer’s loading and inflation standards reduces the stress on the tire, which results in better tire tread and reduction in rolling resistance. This is the next step in revolutionizing tire pressure management portfolio.

 

Leading companies across the world have joined forces to combine their expertise and thus improve the overall efficiency of their operations. For example, Norfolk Southern Railway Company teamed up with  Goodyear for implementation of its TPMS Plus (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) technology. Norfolk plans to implement this technology soon in its trailer fleet operation across the North American region. TMPS Plus is a technology that has been designed to make it possible for fleets to save money and time by sending alerts warning about potential tire situations. As part of the collaboration, Goodyear would install on-vehicle sensors for monitoring tire conditions in the real time. This would offer information regarding low pressure, air leaks, and abnormal temperature.

 

Goodyear Fleet HQ will help drivers facing any potential issues by informing and directing them to the nearest Goodyear service location or roadside assistance. Goodyear has already started implementing the solution at the Norfolk Southern Fairburn, Ga and will shortly begin installation of the solution at other facilities in Illinois, Indiana and Florida. It is expected that this technology solution will help drivers to maintain and protect their tires more efficiently, thus preventing tire-related breakdowns thus reducing downtime.

 

This article is based on a feature written by Pratik Kirve, Sr. Specialist – Content Writer at Allied Analytics LLP.

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Research Indicates Owners of Premium Cars Drive More Aggressively https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/research-indicates-owners-of-premium-cars-drive-more-aggressively/ https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/research-indicates-owners-of-premium-cars-drive-more-aggressively/#respond Wed, 05 Feb 2020 07:12:21 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29828 Have you ever felt that owners of high-status cars drive like they own the road? Well, your feeling is right. A research team at the University of Helsinki helmed by Jan-Erik Lönnqvist, professor of social psychology, observed that Audi and BMW drivers drove more recklessly in traffic and were much more likely to ignore traffic […]

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Have you ever felt that owners of high-status cars drive like they own the road? Well, your feeling is right. A research team at the University of Helsinki helmed by Jan-Erik Lönnqvist, professor of social psychology, observed that Audi and BMW drivers drove more recklessly in traffic and were much more likely to ignore traffic regulations.

Lönnqvist who works at the University of Helsinki’s Swedish School of Social Science said that he had observed that those who drove Audi and BMW vehicles were most likely to run a red light, not give way to pedestrians and in general were too fast and  drove recklessly. Fast German cars seem to serve as a lightning rod for bad driving behavior.

Previous research has also confirmed that the drivers of expensive cars are more likely to break traffic regulations. This phenomenon has been explained with the common assumption that wealth has a corrupting effect on people, resulting, for example, in high-status consumption and unethical behaviour in various situations.

Lönnqvist approached the question from a different perspective by asking whether certain specific types of people are attracted to high-status cars irrespective of their financial assets and also have a tendency to break traffic laws.

To gain greater insight, researchers carried out a study of Finnish consumers. The study covered a total of 1,892 car owners. The participants answered not only questions about their car, consumption habits and wealth, but also questions regarding their  personality traits. The answers were analyzed using the Five‐Factor Model, which is the most widely used framework for assessing personality traits in five key domains (openness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness).

The answers were clear: self-centered men who are argumentative, stubborn, disagreeable and unempathetic are much more likely to own a high-status car such as an Audi, BMW or Mercedes.

“These personality traits explain the desire to own high-status products, and the same traits also explain why such people break traffic regulations more frequently than others,” says Lönnqvist.

The key requirement for buying such high-status products is money and this is why those who drive high-status cars are more likely to be rich.
He said that they also found that those whose personality had more disagreeable traits were more attracted to high-status cars. This referred to people who considered themselves to be superior to others and purchased high-value cars as part of their effort to display flaunt their superiority.

Conscientious people also drawn to high-status cars
One unexpected outcome of the survey was the finding that another personality type that is drawn to high-status cars are the very conscientious types. People having this personality have certain traits – they are highly organized, dependable, respectable and ambitious. They take good care of themselves and their health and usually demonstrate good performance at work.

Lönnqvist explained that the link is probably the importance such people give to high quality. Every specific brand has a certain image and when people drive a car that is known to be reliable they are trying to convey that they themselves are reliable.

The connection between conscientious personality traits and interest in high-status cars was found among both men and women. On the other hand, the connection between self-centered personality traits and high-status cars was seen only in men and not among women.

Lönnqvist does not know why this is the case. One possible reason could be that women do not consider cars as a status symbol in the manner that men do. For many men, their vehicle is an extension of their personality whereas for women, a car is a mode of transportation that takes them from point A to point B.

Few researchers have used the Five-Factor model to explore the consumption of luxury products, but Lönnqvist feels that more effort put into such research could lead to greater understanding about the reasons why people indulge in this kind of  consumption.

Lönnqvist concluded by saying that it would be great if consumers chose to use more  sustainable ways to show off their status than through superficial consumption of luxury goods as it often has negative consequences. A positive trend has begun with people now consciously opting to use electric cars to show their concern for the environment as that is now a status symbol. It is now longer cool to use an SUV as they have high emissions.

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Infiniti Survey Indicates Over Half of Parents in Kuwait Unaware of Seatbelt Norms for Children https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/infiniti-survey-indicates-over-half-of-parents-in-kuwait-unaware-of-seatbelt-norms-for-children/ https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/infiniti-survey-indicates-over-half-of-parents-in-kuwait-unaware-of-seatbelt-norms-for-children/#respond Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:03:37 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29783 A recent survey conducted by Infiniti Middle East indicated that over half of the parents (56 percent) were unaware of legal seatbelt norms for children in Kuwait. What was even more shocking was that only 78 percent of the parents who participated in the survey said that they make it mandatory for their children to […]

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A recent survey conducted by Infiniti Middle East indicated that over half of the parents (56 percent) were unaware of legal seatbelt norms for children in Kuwait.

What was even more shocking was that only 78 percent of the parents who participated in the survey said that they make it mandatory for their children to wear a seatbelt in the car. This means that the balance 22 percent of parents surveyed are not concerned about enforcing child safety measures while on the move The most common reason that parents gave for this lapse in judgement is that they felt their children were perfectly safe in the back seat without using seatbelts (54 percent), closely followed by the feeling that short trips did not call for the use of seatbelts (46 percent).

The research, which was conducted by Infiniti Middle East, also indicated that parents had conflicting opinions regarding the age when children should start using seatbelts.

About a quarter (23 percent) of those surveyed felt that children should start wearing seatbelts from the time they turn three, whilst 25 percent said the age for strapping in was six and above.

According to Kuwait law, the driver of a vehicle and all the passengers in the front seats have to wear a seat belt at all times regardless of age.

The survey was done as part of a major new road safety awareness campaign that was conducted by Infiniti Middle East to promote the safety of children in vehicles. The campaign called ‘Eyes on You’ is being held with the goal of promoting awareness regarding the behaviour of parents on the road and the impact that their driving habits have on their children.

“Correct seatbelt use is an ongoing topic of conversation in Kuwait, and this new survey shows that there is still a lot of confusion amongst parents, when it comes to safety rules,” said Markus Leithe, Managing Director, Middle East, INFINITI. “This new survey, and the ‘Eyes on You’ campaign, aims to draw attention to these crucial safety considerations, reminding parents of their responsibility and how on-road behaviour affects – and is eventually mimicked by – children.”

The ‘Eyes on You’ campaign aligns closely with Kuwait’s commitment to tighter road safety laws and seatbelt usage. Kuwait implemented a comprehensive seat belt law in 1997, that made the use of seatbelts by the driver and front seat passengers mandatory. More recently a series of stringent enforcement penalties were implemented such as the impounding of vehicles for repeat offenders.

The survey revealed that with parents not having a clear idea regarding the use of seatbelts for children, this would have a significant effect on children’s perceptions of road safety.

When asked which negative on-road behaviours they believed children were most likely to mimic as adults, over half (53%) of parents agreed it was not wearing seatbelts.

The ‘Eyes on You’ survey involved 1,869 parents across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Lebanon.

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Bespoke Rolls-Royce for Customer with Penchant for Flowers Becomes Amazing Piece of Art https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/bespoke-rolls-royce-for-customer-with-penchant-for-flowers-becomes-amazing-piece-of-art/ https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/bespoke-rolls-royce-for-customer-with-penchant-for-flowers-becomes-amazing-piece-of-art/#respond Sun, 26 Jan 2020 13:51:24 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29760 A bespoke Rolls-Royce specially designed for a customer with a penchant for flowers turned out to be a true work of art. The Rolls-Royce which proved to be an interesting challenge for the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective was commissioned by a Stockholm-based entrepreneur who wanted the vehicle to have motifs of flowers throughout the vehicle. Members […]

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A bespoke Rolls-Royce specially designed for a customer with a penchant for flowers turned out to be a true work of art. The Rolls-Royce which proved to be an interesting challenge for the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective was commissioned by a Stockholm-based entrepreneur who wanted the vehicle to have motifs of flowers throughout the vehicle. Members of his family including his wife and two of his four children have been named after flowers and the team which comprised engineers, designers and craftsmen had to come up with inventive ways in which flowers could be incorporated in the vehicle. The outcome is a truly luxurious vehicle in which a million embroidered stitches were used to create a grand vision of flowers.

Torsten Müller Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said that the Rose Phantom serves as a stunning take on a contemporary Rolls-Royce, terming the car as a sublime achievement of the craftspeople at the Home of Rolls-Royce.

He said, “The work of our Bespoke Collective is the best in the world. When I look at creations like this car, it is with a sense of pride that I know that these skills could not be replicated anywhere else in the world. This is undoubtedly one of the greatest Rolls-Royce Phantoms of its generation.”

When designing the car, the Rose Garden at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, served as the main inspiration for Ieuan Hatherall, a Bespoke Designer for Rolls-Royce. The Rose Garden is the only place in the world that is home to the Phantom Rose, a rose that was bred exclusively for Rolls-Royce by British Rose Breeder Philip Harkness of Harkness Roses. The Phantom Rose grows in the courtyard of the marque’s Global Centre of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence at Goodwood in West Sussex, England.

Ieuan Hatherall commented, “There is a transcendent beauty when a rose garden is in full bloom. The patron wanted to create that same feeling of awe; an abundance of flowers to lift the spirit and celebrate nature’s decadent beauty, in the Rose Phantom’s serene interior.”

The Rose Phantom’s Peacock Blue exterior is punctuated with a Charles Blue twinned-coachline. Both these elements combine organically in a manner similar to the stem of a rose to introduce the rose motif. The wheels replicate the same design and are embellished with a twinned pinstripe, which is also in Charles Blue.

When opening the coach doors, the embroidery on the inside of the rear doors is seen first, and embroidery in satin stitch has been used extensively throughout the rear to illustrate the Phantom Rose in varying stages of maturity, from bud to full bloom. An asymmetrical design gives the effect of the rose that seems to grow across the roof lining, from the rear of the car. Rolls-Royce’s renowned starlight headliner illuminates the scene as the roses are interspersed with individually placed fibre-optic lights.

In the rear compartment, Serenity Seating with a soft calf rest cushion adopts the inverted colour-way of the exterior as sumptuous Charles Blue leather is accented with Peacock Blue piping. From here, one can admire Phantom’s Gallery, created as a centrepiece of the interior. Stems of embroidered roses climb through the glass fronted fascia, serving as a spectacle for the occupants of the vehicle.

A touch of color was introduced into the car at the customer’s request in the form of Peacock and Adonis Blue butterflies, thus lending a semblance of movement to the motif. The customer’s family also played a role in the design of the car, with his wife designing the umbrellas and his daughter, Magnolia, handpicking the exterior hue of their custom designed Phantom.

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VW Makes Animated Short Film to Mark End of the Beetle https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/vw-makes-animated-short-film-to-mark-end-of-the-beetle/ https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/vw-makes-animated-short-film-to-mark-end-of-the-beetle/#respond Wed, 08 Jan 2020 10:00:33 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29616 Volkswagen made an animated short film to mark the fact that production of the Beetle came to an end in 2019. The film features cameos by a few celebrities and chronicled how the Beetle had played an important role in pop culture during its lifetime that spanned 80 years. The 90-second tribute from celebrities dubbed […]

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Volkswagen made an animated short film to mark the fact that production of the Beetle came to an end in 2019. The film features cameos by a few celebrities and chronicled how the Beetle had played an important role in pop culture during its lifetime that spanned 80 years.

The 90-second tribute from celebrities dubbed “The Last Mile” features cameos from Ren McCormack, Kevin Bacon, Andy Warhol, and Andy Cohen, and is set to a cover of the famous song from the Beatles’ “Let it Be” that is performed by the Pro Musica Youth Chorus of Oak Park, Illinois.

VW marketing VP Saad Chehab said that that the Beetle is one of the most recognizable cars in the history of motoring and hence a medium that matched the model in terms of versatility and universal appeal needed to be employed to bid adieu to the model

The animated short dealt mainly with the importance that the original Beetle had in history but even the reincarnated version of the Beetle gets a mention in the film.

“While we chose the classic Beetle as the star of the animation, additional campaign components in Times Square honor the latter two generations of cars and their place and presence in American culture,” Chebab said. “We are proud of our past but our eye is on the future – hence our choice of New Year’s Eve to hint at our upcoming long-range EV and the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport.”

“The Last Mile” was featured alongside other VW memorabilia at Volkswagen’s celebrations to mark the new year and the new decade in Times Square. The company had sponsored “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on ABC.

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Nissan showcases Lightweight Noise-reducing technology at CES https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/nissan-showcases-lightweight-noise-reducing-technology-at-ces/ https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/nissan-showcases-lightweight-noise-reducing-technology-at-ces/#respond Tue, 07 Jan 2020 09:55:50 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29606 Nissan used the recent CES show to highlight a new material that can be used to reduce cabin noise levels while also boosting energy efficiency. The new material is a lightweight sound insulation material which goes by the name acoustic meta-material and it has a simple composition. It uses a combination of a lattice structure […]

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Nissan used the recent CES show to highlight a new material that can be used to reduce cabin noise levels while also boosting energy efficiency.

The new material is a lightweight sound insulation material which goes by the name acoustic meta-material and it has a simple composition. It uses a combination of a lattice structure and plastic film to control air vibrations and thus limit the transmission of wide frequency band noise (500-1200 hertz) like engine noise and road noise.

Conventionally, materials like heavy rubber board are used for minimizing noise belonging to this frequency band. When compared to these materials, the new acoustic meta-material weighs only one-fourth as much without in any way comprising on the degree of sound isolation.

Thanks to its simple structure, the material is cost competitive when it comes to production on a large scale. It is just as cheap or possibly even cheaper than the materials that are currently used for sound isolation. It is quite likely that the new material can be used for sound insulation in cases where the use of conventional materials is currently limited due to cost or weight considerations.

Nissan started exploring meta-material technology around 2008. At the time, meta-material was used in high-sensitivity antennas which were used for electromagnetic wave research. Nissan’s team worked on extending the applicability of meta-material technology to include sound waves, with the outcome being the successful invention of acoustic meta-material.

Reducing the weight of vehicles can minimize their environmental impact by improving energy efficiency. It also adds to enjoyment of the driving experience, as the quiet vehicle cabin makes driving more comfortable.
Visitors to CES 2020 had a chance to see and experience the new acoustic meta-material at Nissan’s display (6306) in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Goodyear Makes Life-Sized Statues with Used Tires https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/goodyear-makes-life-sized-statues-with-used-tires/ https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/goodyear-makes-life-sized-statues-with-used-tires/#respond Mon, 06 Jan 2020 04:54:12 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29583 Goodyear used hundreds of end-of-life tires to make massive statues of mascots like the Penn State Nittany Lion and Memphis’ Tom the Tiger. The tire maker unveiled the massive mascot statues at the 84th edition of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic which was held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on December 28. The […]

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Goodyear used hundreds of end-of-life tires to make massive statues of mascots like the Penn State Nittany Lion and Memphis’ Tom the Tiger.

The tire maker unveiled the massive mascot statues at the 84th edition of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic which was held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on December 28. The company donated the statues to the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Memphis after the game. Goodyear chronicled the process of making the statues in a time-lapse video that was shared widely on social media.

Each of the statues weighed over 200 pounds and was over five feet tall. It took more than 260 tires, 450 concealed screws and 400-plus hours to makes the two statues. They were made by former minor league baseball player and artist, Blake McFarland who fashioned them by hand to highlight the outstanding performance that each Goodyear tire delivers.

Goodyear started this tradition of making such statues four years ago and previous mascots made from tires have included the Notre Dame Leprechaun, Ohio State’s Brutus the Buckeye and the USC Trojan.
“Goodyear’s annual tire art build has quickly become a beloved tradition for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic,” said Rick Baker, Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic president and CEO. “Our ongoing collaboration with Goodyear continues to enhance the Cotton Bowl Classic experience every year for players and fans alike, and we look forward to creating more memories together.”

Todd Macsuga, Goodyear’s general manager of Brand Marketing.said that Goodyear was very proud to be a part of one of college football’s most revered bowl games.

Macsuga added, “The teams who compete in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic worked hard all season long to reach this point, and these tire sculptures marry the commitment to excellence and performance that the teams exhibit and that we demonstrate in our tires.”

In 2018, Goodyear had announced that it would be renewing its title sponsorship of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic with a multiyear agreement. This extended the company’s association with college football which dates back more than 60 years, from the time the Goodyear Blimp first provided aerial coverage at the 1955 Rose Bowl game.

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame had recently inducted the Goodyear Blimp as an honorary member of the College Football Hall of Fame recently to celebrate Goodyear’s association with college football.

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XEV YOYO is First 3D Printed Car https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/xev-yoyo-is-first-3d-printed-car/ https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/xev-yoyo-is-first-3d-printed-car/#respond Sat, 04 Jan 2020 12:38:36 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29567 We have heard about 3D printing for automotive parts, but 3D printing of an entire car, and that too one to be sold through crowdfunding is an entirely new concept. Italian electric car manufacturer XEV has conceptualized what it says is the first 3D printed car and will be selling the vehicle through crowdfunding. The […]

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We have heard about 3D printing for automotive parts, but 3D printing of an entire car, and that too one to be sold through crowdfunding is an entirely new concept.

Italian electric car manufacturer XEV has conceptualized what it says is the first 3D printed car and will be selling the vehicle through crowdfunding. The company says that the vehicle which has been named XEV YOYO is the first 3D printed car in the world. XEV is making the car in collaboration with 3D printing material company Polymaker. The main advantages the vehicle offers is its light weight and low cost. Hence, it would have a high level of fuel efficiency. The company has come up with a design that has significantly reduced the number of components used from thousands to just 57 parts.

The YOYO is billed as a mini electric vehicle. It measures 2.5 meters in length, 1.5 meters in width, and has a kerb weight of 450 kg without taking the batteries into consideration. The electric motor delivers 10 horsepower and can give the car a top speed of 70 km/h (43 mph) with a cruising range of 150 Km (93 miles). The 9.2-kilowatt-hour battery pack works in tandem with the electric battery.

A number of multiple automotive-grade intelligent 3D printers are used to achieve a vehicle design that is highly efficient, environmentally-friendly, and does not cost a bomb. All the visible parts of the car are made using 3D printing except for the chassis, seats, and windows and this helps to save costs by an incredible 70 percent when compared to traditional techniques.

The tiny vehicle even offers customers features that are normally seen in luxury cars like electric mirrors, panoramic roof, keyless entry, and trunk storage space which is big enough to accommodate two ‘carry-on’ suitcases. Within the cabin, there is a large touchscreen for the infotainment and vehicle information as standard features. LED technology has been used to ensure bright, consistent performance whilst significantly reducing power consumption. Safety has been ramped up with Daytime Running Lights (DRL) to boost the vehicle’s visibility to others.

XEV has priced the YOYO at an affordable 5,999 euros (USD 6,650) a car with the first vehicles scheduled for delivery in December 2020. The target amount for the crowdfunding campaign on KickStarter is 500,000 euros.

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JD Power Survey Finds Toyota and Mercedes-Benz Rank Highest in Sales Satisfaction https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/jd-power-survey-finds-toyota-and-mercedes-benz-rank-highest-in-sales-satisfaction/ https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/blog/jd-power-survey-finds-toyota-and-mercedes-benz-rank-highest-in-sales-satisfaction/#respond Wed, 01 Jan 2020 09:53:50 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29538 A recent JD Power survey found that Toyota and Mercedes-Benz have the highest rating in their respective categories in terms of sales satisfaction. Though many more customers are now using digital platforms as part of their vehicle purchase process (57 percent in 2019 vs. 42 percent in 2018), the J.D. Power 2019 UAE Sales Satisfaction […]

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A recent JD Power survey found that Toyota and Mercedes-Benz have the highest rating in their respective categories in terms of sales satisfaction. Though many more customers are now using digital platforms as part of their vehicle purchase process (57 percent in 2019 vs. 42 percent in 2018), the J.D. Power 2019 UAE Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) Study found that digitalization cannot completely replace the personal touch that is an outcome of human interaction.

When the satisfaction of those who used the internet as part of their shopping process is compared with those who did not, it is higher (828 on a 1,000-point scale versus 781 for those who do not). Those who used the internet were also almost three times more likely to compare prices across dealerships (49 percent vs.17 percent respectively). This same trend in increased use of technology is reflected in the case of the dealer also. Sales consultants are now more likely to use devices such as tablets, touchscreen monitors and smartphones as part of the in-store shopping experience. Such devices are used for learning more about customer needs (46 percent); demonstrate vehicle features (49 percent); or to display price/payment-related information (52 percent).

Commenting on the study, Shantanu Majumdar, Region Director of the Automotive Practice at J.D. Power said that dealerships are increasingly investing in customer-focused digital technology to provide a more transparent, convenient and efficient buying experience.

He added, “While digital tools help streamline some of the day-to-day processes, dealerships need to consider that not all customers may be comfortable or can appreciate the benefits of such tools. Human interaction will continue to be critical in crafting a memorable customer experience at the dealership, which can be complemented by a judicious use of digital tools.”

The majority of customers however prefer to use a physical visit to the dealership (92 precent) or a phone call (77 percent) to engage with dealers. Recommendation from family and friends is cited as the most common reason (44 percent) that influences a customer’s decision to visit the dealership from where they purchased a vehicle.

The key findings of the 2019 study are as follows:

• Relaying the baton from sales to service: The majority of customers (85 percent) indicate that their dealer introduced them to a member of the service staff. In addition to potential revenue, this simple step of connecting new vehicle buyers to the service department also yields higher overall sales satisfaction (811 vs. 788 for customers who are not introduced).

• Female customers found the sales experience to be less smooth: Women buyers account for almost one-fourth (23 percent) of new-vehicle buyers in this year’s study. They however expressed lower satisfaction when compared to their male counterparts (797 vs. 811, respectively). Some of the challenges women face at the dealership includes attempts to change the originally promised price (18 percent vs. 12 percent for men) or having to return to the dealership to fix issues with paperwork (19 percent vs. 9 percent for men).

Study Rankings
Toyota received the highest rating in overall sales satisfaction among mass market brands, with a score of 819. Ford came second with a score of 813, while Chevrolet ranked third with a score of 807.

Mercedes-Benz had the highest rank in overall sales satisfaction among luxury brands, with a score of 826. Infiniti was second with a score of 824, while Lexus came third with a score of 823.

The 2019 UAE Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) Study measured satisfaction with the sales experience among new-vehicle buyers. The score for buyer satisfaction was based on six measures: dealer sales consultant (24 percent); dealership facility (18 percent); delivery process (17 percent); dealership website (15 percent); paperwork completion (15 percent) and working out the deal (11 percent).

The findings of the study were based on responses from 1,884 buyers who purchased or leased their new vehicle in the period from June 2018 through September 2019. The study is a comprehensive analysis of the new-vehicle purchase experience and measures customer satisfaction with the selling dealer (satisfaction among buyers). The study was fielded from June through October 2019.

The study also included the Net Promoter Score® (NPS), which measures new vehicle owners’ likelihood to recommend their vehicle brand on a 0-10 point-scale.

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