Two years ago, the Obama administration slapped a stiff tariff on Chinese tires, a move that was viewed with some concern by the two remaining US-based tire manufacturers; one of them, Cooper, actually came out in opposition to the tariff, though you have to assume that this is because they have fresh new Chinese production facilities. (And don’t forget, China is now a bigger auto market than the US.)
The tariff is scheduled to expire in 2012, though it may be extended. Either way, I don’t expect to see any of these here at home:
In this case, I suspect, black is the new black. Though I admit I’d crack a smile if someone showed up with blue tires especially if they were whitewalls.