Michelin Finally Commits To Mass-Producing The 'Tweel' Airless Tire

Today Michelin dedicated a new South Carolina factory to making the Tweel; a "tire/wheel" that uses flexible spindles where a conventional tire holds air. The Tweel can never go flat and never be punctured, and after talking about it for a decade Michelin is finally going to start making it in quantities. » 11/20/14 1:17pm Thursday 1:17pm

Drive and Learn: Bridgestone Horse Track Tire Party


A late season rain storm rolled into sunny Los Angeles a few Fridays ago, just in time for us to go down to the Santa Anita race track and blow our meager earnings on the ponies slide around on wet autocross course set up in the parking lot of the San Gabriel Valley horse track. Only a few journalists were on hand… » 5/03/07 4:30pm 5/03/07 4:30pm

We Don't Come Alone; We Are Fire, We Are Stone

Firestone isn't really the Wal-Mart of tires, except that after the Explorer debacle, they sort of ended up seeming that way. We mean, even the American government seems to be willing to bet more on the French. However, there was a time when a Firestone tire at Indianapolis meant something. Ask Foyt and cohorts.… » 2/07/07 7:00am 2/07/07 7:00am

Wert's Good At Faking It: Jalopnik Editor Judges Michelin-Sponsored…

I was all set last night at the MGM Grand Casino in beautifully wet n' cold downtown Detroit — all of us auto writers were finished with our gun-slingin' and were getting hammered on Martinis and learning to play the confounding and confusing game of Bacarat, a game which I think may be akin to nuclear physics in… » 11/17/06 5:45pm 11/17/06 5:45pm

Pad Thai-ers: The Michelin Man in Thailand

Our buddy Mateo sent us this shot of Michelin's Bibendum mascot performing the "warm and charming" Thai wai greeting to customers of a local repair shop. It sure shows more cultural sensitivity than Coca-Cola telling the Chinese it brings back their dead ancestors (Coke Adds Life), or Chevrolet asking Mexicans to buy… » 7/27/06 11:31am 7/27/06 11:31am

Man, Michelin: Challenge Bibendum Takes Paris, Again

That eco-car challenge, named after the Michelin Man — aka Bibendum — carried on over the weekend in Paris, despite the recent death of its champion, Edouard Michelin. The electric rides were palpable. Take, for example, the Courreges ZOOOP (pictured), which revives the Jetsons bubble-car sensibility (also known as… » 6/12/06 9:48am 6/12/06 9:48am

Tire Companies to Consumers: Ten Years and Out

US tire makers have spoken, and they've told the country's cheapskates to upgrade their damn, crusty old, bald tires before they kill someone already. As reported in the Detroit News, Michelin USA and Continental Tire have joined Bridgestone and Firestone in the issuance of technical bulletins for dealers to replace… » 2/23/06 10:04am 2/23/06 10:04am