Accessorize with matching valve caps

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:

Rainbow Tires from China

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.


  1. Jean »

    4 December 2011 · 2:31 pm

    That just seems wrong. Looks like toy accessories.
    Or, maybe I’m just feeling old today.

  2. CGHill »

    4 December 2011 · 2:59 pm

    It occurs to me that had the photo been cropped to show only the tires, with none of the people visible, we’d have no frame of reference and we’d have to assume that those were toy accessories; why would anyone start making full-size tires in candy colors?

  3. Jean »

    4 December 2011 · 4:59 pm

    A desperate attempt to increase their market sales is all I can imagine.
    Can’t afford a new car, so dress up the old beater with pink rubber…deargawd.

  4. hatless in hattiesburg »

    5 December 2011 · 1:41 am

    i’ve heard rumors that non-black tire technology has been around since the 50’s or so, but they wear out extremely quickly because they contain little or no carbon black.

    (insert “carbon footprint” joke here)

  5. fillyjonk »

    5 December 2011 · 7:43 am

    Pink tires would be perfect for a Hello Kitty-themed car.

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