Goodyear Tires Case Study Essay

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Case Study: Goodyear: The Aquatred Launch Although Goodyear was the leader in U.S. passenger tire market with 15% market share, the company still had to be very careful in all things done because the competition was so intense. There were so many players in the industry, both branded and private label. Although, each of them had less than 10% of market share, the second in rank, Michelin, was growing very fast in both replacement and OEM market. Also, the private label had become the biggest threat for all branded tires since many branded tire owners intended to replace their tires with private label. • Changes in consumer preferences From Goodyear’s research, 45% of tire buyers thought that price was the most important factor…show more content…
The company could lose lots of tire customers who their preferred outlets had no Goodyear tires. Although Goodyear claimed not to want its tires sold in low-priced outlets, they sporadically obtained Goodyear tires. Therefore, Goodyear should answer itself first why it didn’t want its tires sold in low-priced outlets? Bad image? Then why Michelin, which had its tires sold in low-priced outlets, still got higher percentage from value-oriented buyers and quality buyers in the survey of ‘what brand of tires the owners intended to buy the next time’? • New product launched: Aquatred Aquatred was a new tire providing improved driving traction under wet conditions. The question was ‘was it the right product for the dealers and for the consumer, as the industry seemed to be turning toward long-life warranties and low-cost private label?’ It was also planned to launch during the Winter Olympics in January of 1992. However, the initial inventory of Aquatreds had been made to fit only domestic cars and molds to produce other sizes would not be available until several months after the Olympics. In addition, Goodyear hoped to price the Aquatred at a 10% premium over the existing most-expensive tire. However, as the company research stated that more customers were price-sensitive, the company
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