Pirelli Cyber Tire
Here's why several experts we spoke with think that a price adjustment is coming at the affordable end of the market, with a ripple to the middle. On the original-equipment (OE) side, no manufacturer currently supplies new-car tires from China (though several models of temporary spares are made there). However in the aftermarket, more than 39.5 million units in a 190+ million market are supplied by China. That's one fifth of the market. And according to data from Crain's Tire Business, a trade publication covering the tire industry, we've come to rely on China to supply the smallest sizes. As of last year, 54 percent of U.S.-market 13-inch tires and 46 percent of 14-inchers were from China. For 15-inch tires, China supplies just under a third, and for 16-inch and above the supply becomes insignificant.
So you see, while most drivers shouldn't sweat this one, small-car owners and cheapskates might want to get some new rubber before the price hike reaches your corner tire shop.
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