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Yokohama Tire Corporation Opens Ride & Drive Program to Enthusiasts

September 22, 2011

FULLERTON, CA (Sept. 22, 2011) – Yokohama Tire Corporation annually offers experiential ride and drive training programs across the country for dealers. Now, the Fullerton, California-based tire manufacturer is looking at opening the event to consumers.

On September 21, Yokohama invited a group of enthusiasts from local car clubs at a special ride and drive function held at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.

“Yokohama has always believed in the importance of interacting with enthusiasts face-to-face,” said Theresa Palang, Yokohama manager of public relations and digital marketing, “and that’s why we wanted to give consumers a chance to try our tires and learn what they can do. We reached out to enthusiast forums online and received a very positive response. Having the consumers experience our ride and drive firsthand is a great way to get feedback from the public.”

The participants drove Yokohama’s ADVAN Neova® AD08 (dubbed the “fastest street tire”) on 305-horsepower 2011 Mustangs through various slalom courses. Besides “burning rubber,” they were timed on laps and vied for prizes such as Yokohama gear and exclusive pre-opening night tickets for the 2011 LA Auto Show in November.

“This was an opportunity like no other,” said enthusiast Satakal Khalsa from La Mesa, California. “Testing tires like this gives you a good feel as to how the tire will react to turns and how it grips the road. The Neova AD08s were really talking to me.”

Ferdie Ang of Irvine, California added: “This was a brilliant move by Yokohama. It’s so much better to actually drive on the tires in a controlled environment than to just read about them.”

The inaugural public event, which coincided with a Yokohama dealer training program, “was a successful precursor for bigger enthusiast events in the future,” said Palang. “We definitely want to do more of these.”

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes the dB Super E-spec™ – the world’s first tire to use orange oil to reduce petroleum – as well as tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.

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