Uniroyal Tire Ranks Among the Top of Replacement Tire Study

22 December 2000

Uniroyal Tire Ranks Among the Top of Annual J.D. Power and Associates Replacement Tire Study
    GREENVILLE, S.C. - Uniroyal Tire celebrates the latest results of the 
J.D. Power and Associates 2000 Replacement Tire Study, which last week 
recognized the best replacement tires for passenger vehicles and light trucks.  
Uniroyal Tire came in second in passenger tires, ranking above other major 
tire brands including Bridgestone, Cooper, Dunlop, Firestone and Goodyear.  
Only Michelin scored higher in the study, which examined consumer response to 
tire quality, wearability, handling and cost.

    "This is incredibly exciting.  As a company, we've put a large investment
behind the brand to produce high quality tires at an affordable price," says
Joe Herget, Uniroyal Tire brand manager.  "It's an especially great payoff
given the value we place in consumer feedback.  We're constantly striving to
create products that meet the needs of families."

    Independently funded by J.D. Power and Associates, the study is based upon
the responses of more than 7,400 new vehicle owners in the nation who have
recently purchased replacement tires for their vehicles.  The study provides
an overall picture of customer satisfaction with replacement tires, as well as
the purchase and ownership experience.

    Uniroyal demonstrates its commitment to the needs of consumers by solving
a common driving problem -- the dreaded flat tire.  Thanks to its NailGard
technology, motorists no longer have to be concerned with pulling over on a
busy highway or deserted road to change a flat tire.  Uniroyal tires with
NailGard contain a patented rubber sealant that line the interior of the
tire's tread.  It is designed to instantly and permanently seal 90-percent of
tread punctures 3/16" or less.  And it's the only flat-resistant tire
available in 30 sizes to fit the most popular passenger cars, minivans, pickup
trucks and SUVs.

    The Uniroyal brand has a strong history in the tire business.  The brand's
history dates back to 1892 as United States Rubber Company.  That company
began manufacturing and marketing tires with the Uniroyal name in 1964. Today,
the Uniroyal brand markets a wide variety of high-quality, high mileage tires,
which are found as original equipment on many of America's most popular family
vehicles and light trucks.

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