Fourth Collaboration Video “AC Milan in Japanimation” between Toyo Tires and AC Milan is live now! AC Milan vs. Gamba Osaka – A drift-off in animation by the creator of Captain Tsubasa

2017.12.7 Osaka, Japan

TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD. has unveiled “AC Milan in Japanimation”, the fourth collaboration video of its ongoing series with world-famous Italian Serie A team AC Milan. The video was released on Youtube on the 7th of December. (https://youtu.be/LbvkhNSK7BM)

Under the returning theme of “Surprising the World”, Toyo Tires (the tire brand of TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD.) has delivered another video guaranteed to entertain. This time, the end result is something truly unique, as “Captain Tsubasa” creator Yoichi Takahashi was enlisted to collaborate on the animation that is this video’s key feature. “Captain Tsubasa”, a manga (Japanese cartoon) about football, is beloved around the world, with many football players and enthusiasts counting themselves among the fans. Furthermore, the animated version was broadcast in over 50 countries.

The video is set in Osaka, Japan. AC Milan’s players appear together with the pros of a local Japanese team, Gamba Osaka (Toyo Tires is proud to also support local football in Japan through its platinum sponsorship of Gamba). On a team bus, Riccardo Montolivo is casually reading a manga – until a car suddenly jumps out of it. After a series of furious drifts, the AC Milan players exit a Mercedes G63, while the Gamba Osaka players get out of a Mercedes SL400. Both cars are equipped with Toyo Tires’ own PROXES series of tires. The football pros then face off in a thrilling drift-off, a breakneck duel that takes place alternately in the real and animated world. The stage of the battle shifts to some of Osaka’s most locations, with the chief ingredient of the city’s famous Takoyaki (octopus balls) also making a special guest appearance.

The head of Toyo Tires’ brand communication team, Yoshiyuki Morikuni, commented that “We want to go beyond the expectations of our customers in continuing to surprise people around the world, and we are undergoing a variety of activities to that end. For the fourth installment of this series, we thought we would go in a different direction from previous videos by creating a unique mash of the real world and an animated world together with the great Yoichi Takahashi. The video features a “battle” between two football teams we sponsor. The amazing pass-work from the AC Milan players, as well the car chase featuring G63 and SL400 Mercedes cars customized in each teams’ color, are a must-see.”

The previous videos of the series have been viewed by millions of fans from around the world. Check them below:

1st Video「AC Milan vs Super Car」(November 2014, 6.6 million views)

https://youtu.be/M092PBHytC8

2nd Video「Chase in Milan」(December 2015, 8.1 million views)

https://youtu.be/VMFRylJaVmY

3rd Video「AC Milan vs. Drift Cars」(December 2016, 8.2 million views)

https://youtu.be/MRBp9srnOxM

Toyo Tires aims to continue to exceed their customers’ expectations by delivering new surprises and undertaking new challenges on a global scale.

■Video Summary

Name

TOYO TIRES x AC Milan Promotion Video

『AC Milan in Japanimation』

Animation

director

Yoichi Takahashi
Starring

<AC Milan>

Riccardo Montolivo, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, André Silva, Ricardo Rodríguez

<Gamba Osaka>

Yasuhito Endo, Yasuyuki Konno, Shu Kurata, Hiroki Fujiharu

Filming location Japan (Osaka), Italy (Milan)

Distribution

channels

Main version (131 seconds): https://youtu.be/LbvkhNSK7BM

Short version (60 seconds): https://youtu.be/hED0BlXOZmI

Short version (30 seconds): https://youtu.be/IhDd_L07rOI

Aside from YouTube, the video will also be released on our website and other channels.

Campaign Website: http://toyotires-milan.com/en

Drivers

Mercedes G63:Masato Kawabata(Team TOYO TIRES DRIFT)

Mercedes SL400:Hideyuki Fujino(Team TOYO TIRES DRIFT)

Tire details

Mercedes G63:PROXES T1Sports SUV

Mercedes SL400:PROXES Sports

■ Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. develops its business activities across the globe, focusing on manufacturing and sales of its core products: tires. With operations in over 100 countries and regions, Toyo Tires deals in numerous automobile components, including tires and seat cushion parts made of urethane, which the company supplies to automotive manufacturers around the world.

■About Yoichi Takahashi

A manga artist born in Tokyo in 1960, he made his breakthrough with the manga “Captain Tsubasa” in 1980, which is said to have been instrumental in the continuing growth in popularity of football in Japan. Globally, the corresponding anime is still on air. Currently, “Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun”, is being published in the magazine “Grand Jump”. The series celebrated its overall 100th volume in June of this year.

The Ideal Cars for Transporting Many People

Do you ever find that you need to transport many people at a time but don’t have a big enough car to do it? Maybe it’s time for you to get a bigger car. Here are a 6 bigger cars to consider.

Ford Transit Connect LWB

This seven passenger car can fit two more people than the average car. The passengers also don’t feel as cramped as they would in a standard car. Not only does it have extra leg space but it also has head space for the taller people. The car also doesn’t use too much fuel considering its size and the amount of people it can carry.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Although it is considered a status brand, this might be one of the cars that could fit many people. It’s bigger than many other SUVs and it also has an impressive engine. It is powerful and comes with the option of 4matic all-wheel drive.

Honda CRV

This is an SUV that has loads of space. It has more than enough space for large items of luggage and a decent amount of space for any of your passengers. It is also a modern and affordable car that can accommodate a number of passengers.

BMW X Series

Like the Mercedes, BMW is also on top of the status list because of how amazing the engineering is. The X series might be a five seater car but it has a large amount of space in the back. Packing luggage and briefcases won’t be a problem with this car.

Kia Soul

Perhaps one of the cheapest cars for a family, it still has the quality and space that you are looking for. The Kia Soul is nicely compacted for easy driving and parking. Plus the frame of the car is quite large so you will have extra space on the inside.

Toyota Fortuner

This off-road car is one of the older models that have always been a favourite for adventure enthusiasts. Going on a camping trip with friends has never been easier and as comfortable. Not only can you enjoy the space on the inside but you also won’t have to worry about damaging the suspension and the tyres because of the way it was built.

When travelling with many people you have to make sure that you are doing it legally. By law, you are not allowed to overload a car with more than the intended amount of people.

Nexen Tire Supplies Original Equipment Tires for the Porsche Cayenne

— Nexen Tire’s N’FERA RU1 selected as original equipment tires for the Porsche Cayenne – it is the tire manufacturer’s first time supplying to Porsche

— For Nexen Tire supplying Porsche proves the tire’s superior quality and advanced-technology

— By taking this momentum as a great opportunity, the company will strengthen the brand value through various premium marketing activities

SEOUL, South Korea, Sept. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Nexen Tire, a leading global tire manufacturer, announced that it will supply the Porsche Cayenne with its N’FERA RU1 255/55R18 109Y XL as original equipment (OE) tires. This is the first time that Nexen Tire is supplying its original equipment tires to any of the Porsche car models.

In terms of the vehicle’s sports driving experience, N’FERA RU1 has unparalleled cornering stability and sports handling for high-speed driving. It received grade A in the EU Labeling for its excellent wet grip. It also obtained Noise Level 1, the lowest noise level, in the EU Labeling.

Moreover, a 3D-Nano Grip Technology that maximizes the braking capability of a sports vehicle at high speeds, is applied, along with the Fast Reversible Technology, which optimizes the steering response and durability. The tire also has aramid hybrid capply cord and special bead filler compound that enhances handling stability.

“We are thrilled to supply original equipment tires for Porsche for the first time,” said Travis Kang CEO of Nexen Tire. “As Porsche is a representative luxury carmaker with prestigious design and performance, this approval for the Porsche Cayenne proves the superior quality and advanced-technology of our products.”

Nexen Tire plans to take this momentum as a great opportunity to boost the brand value by supplying original equipment tires to the premium car manufacturer. The company will also promote corporate identity and implement premium marketing activities, as well as endeavor to expand supplies of original equipment tires to other Porsche car models.

Since 2012, Nexen Tire has been continuously expanding supplies of its original equipment tires to various types of vehicles of leading global automobile manufacturers.

Meanwhile, Nexen Tire ranked 4th out of 12 tire brands in the Passenger Car segment of the J.D. Power OE Tire Customer Satisfaction Study last March. The company currently owns four cutting-edge research facilities in Korea, China, the United States, and Germany. It has three manufacturing facilities – two in Korea and one in Qingdao, China. By 2018, a new manufacturing plant is slated to be constructed in Zatec, Czech Republic to cater increasing demands in the global market.

About Nexen Tire

Nexen Tire, established in 1942, is a global tire manufacturer headquartered in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, and in Seoul, South Korea. Nexen Tire, one of the world’s fastest growing tire manufacturers, works with 491 dealers based in 141 countries around the world (as of July 2015) and owns three manufacturing plants – two in Korea (Yangsan and Changnyeong) and one in Qingdao, China. Another plant in Zatec, Czech Republic will be operational by 2018. Nexen Tire produces tires for passenger cars, SUVs, and light trucks with advanced technology and excellence in design. The company also focuses on producing UHP tires, which are based on advanced technologies. Nexen Tire supplies OE tires to global car makers in various countries around the world. In 2014, the company achieved a grand slam of the world’s top 4 design awards for the first time amongst the various tire makers in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.nexentire.com.

Get To Know Your Car: How Often Should Wheel Alignments Be Done?

Wheel alignment is important for safety on the road. Proper wheel alignment also gives you the comfort that any driver should have whilst driving. Unaligned wheels can be caused by many factors including bumping against a curb, hitting a pothole or excess wear to the components.

Firstly, how can you tell if you have unaligned wheels? If the car drifts to one side and you have to steer the wheel in the opposite direction to keep it going in a straight line then you know that you don’t have properly aligned wheels.

There is also a high chance that the reason why your car is pulling to one side is because your tyres might have uneven wear. You might not feel it when you are driving but this could have troublesome consequences in the future.

Deflated tyres could also be a factor as to why your car might be pulling to one side. If one tyre is deflated while the others are sufficiently inflated, it could cause your car to be imbalanced. Firstly, check that all the tyres are properly inflated at the correct pressure.

There is also a possibility that both wheels are facing inwards or outwards. The correct terminology for this concept is toe-in and toe-out. This is usually caused by uneven wear on the tyres causing the tyre to move inwards or outwards.

Every time you take your car for a service, the mechanic makes sure that all four wheels are aligned by using special tools. These tools give accurate readings that allow you to see how badly you may have hit a pothole or how badly your wheel components have been worn.

Furthermore, there is a difference between wheel balancing and wheel alignment. To detect a wheel balancing issue, you will notice that your car vibrates because of the unevenness between the two sides.

Check the wheels as soon as you have hit a bad pothole or drove against a curb. As soon as you hit that pothole or curb you must take the car to a repair centre. The professionals will be able to tell you what other possible damage has been caused as a result.

The answer to the question of how often you should get your wheels aligned is completely up to your driving experience. You shouldn’t have to force the car to go in a straight line. When you notice any of these warning signs, then you should take it for a re-alignment to avoid damage to your wheels and tyres. If you are in doubt, go anyway.

Halloween Edition: What Car the Reaper Ordered

You always see the strangest cars that are associated with the Reaper in the entertainment industry. Often they are old cars, rare cars and, in some instances, sports cars that the general population cannot afford. So what are some examples that could fit the profile of a Reaper?

Talbot Lago – 1937

The Talbot Lago has so many smooth sides that it looks like the kind of car that can just glide through the streets. People will make a path on the road just to let this car pass by. With such a long front, who wouldn’t mistake this car for something that belongs to a strange entity?

Rolls Royce Phantom – 1925

The body of the car looks like it’s shaped to pass through any condition. With a shark fin on the back of the car it truly does seem like the mean machine the Reaper would want to drive. Classic cars always get chosen for the strangest of tasks.

Morgan Aero 8 – 2000

It’s strange to think that this specific car is from this era. The original styles of the popular Morgans were from the Post War era. It’s known as a sports car in some regions because of the power it has. Now a collectors’ car with a rich vibe to it, it can definitely pass off as the car of the Reaper.

Rolls Royce Ghost – 2010

This may be a modern, high status car but it can make for a great version of transportation for the strange Halloween figure. Make this a black car with silver trimmings and you have an idea for what the Reaper may drive.

To decorate any of these cars to make for a sophisticated character you could use trimmings along the edges and the tyres should be silver for a bit of a glimmer on the roads. The body of the car should be black. Matte black is also a good option as it gives the impression of wealth and elegance. The wheels should have many spokes to give a noticeable effect so that a person knows when the Reaper approaches.

In the entertainment and costume world, these cars could really complete the whole profile of the Reaper character and it could give him a distinctive personality. Although, they may seem old and worthy of being stored in a collection garage, they could definitely rock the streets on the night of a Halloween party.

The Best Tyres for Your Jeep

Jeep is known to be the king of four wheel drive vehicles. It has the capabilities of driving over the steepest rocks as well as battling the muddy and wet grounds without difficulty. This is all possible with the right tyres.

Off road tyres have specific features that make them the ultimate climbing tools. The treading is, of course, what gives the vehicle the grip to climb up on steep surfaces. The tread is also what allows liquid to pass through in case you are driving on a wet and muddy day.

The size of the tyre is everything. The bigger the tyre the more surface area it can cover and the more stable it is. Larger tyres also make driving a 4X4 vehicle much easier and more comfortable for the driver. Larger profiles are safer too. You won’t really find off road tyres with a narrow sidewall because they need to be tough and resilient. More volume within the tyre benefits the driver whilst climbing over rocks. Remember that you won’t always be facing a blunt surface but rather more protruding hills that will stab into the tyres. The air inside the tyre helps to protect the wheel which gives the car more bounce when driving over certain obstacles. It thus decreases the likelihood of a puncture due to the amount of pressure placed on them. Besides being useful to the whole outdoor experience, the large, wide, deep tread tyres also give the Jeep an aggressive modified look that is admired by many people.

So which brand of tyres will work best for a Jeep?

BF Goodrich has a reputation of being the strongest brand when it comes to outdoor or off road driving. The rubber has been specially engineered to handle water, dry surfaces and cracking stones.

Goodyear has various types of tyres that work well in any weather conditions and many types of terrain. They also have a reputation of being the highest performing tyres in different terrains and are a definite must have in terms of choosing tyres.

Toyo is known as a performance tyre for quick and speedy cars. They infused their technology with Jeep’s technology to create an amazing combination. Not only do you have a smooth driving experience that handles like a sports car but you also have that aggressive performance that takes on the rocks with all its power and might. Longevity is also a promise when it comes to Toyo tyres.

Step By Step: How to Change A Tyre

It is important to know exactly how to change a tyre in case you end up into a messy situation on the side of the highway. Some of us have people to call in these cases but there are occasions where you might be far out and help could take some time to arrive. Here is an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to change your tyres.

  1. Firstly, make sure that you stop on the side of the road where it is safe and you have enough space to change the tyre. Always be aware of the oncoming traffic where you are changing the tyre.
  2. Making sure that you have all the necessary tools to do this job is an important factor. You will need a tyre iron, a jack, a spare tyre that is properly inflated and fit for the purpose, as well as the manual for the car. This manual will give you the necessary instructions on how to change the tyre if there are specific features your car may have.
  3. Make sure that you have the handbrake activated before you start with the wheel changing process. It is also important to place an object behind the opposite wheel in case the car starts to roll backwards.
  4. On most cars, there are indentations under the car that make for a stable place to place the car jack. You can see where these indentations are by means of small markings along the side of the car. The side of the car has to be at least twenty centimetres off the ground so that you can easily change the part.
  5. You will need to remove the hubcap so that you can reach the tyre. The hubcap has been clipped on and can be removed by wedging the flat part of the tyre iron into the crevice of the cap. The hubcap is the part of the tyre that protects the lug nuts beneath.
  6. Loosen the lug nuts using the correct side of the iron. Some cars have special adaptors that fit onto the nuts. You won’t need to completely remove the lug nuts as of yet. You can remove them as soon as you have taken the tyre off of the wheel. The tyre should simply click out of place and be easy to remove.
  7. Fit the spare tyre to the wheel piece. The bolts have to line up with the holes. Place the lug nuts onto the bolts and start tightening it equally by hand. You can then use the iron to tighten the nuts properly without having wasted too much energy. Do not over fasten as it could break.
  8. You can then place the hubcap back onto the face and lower the car. The spare tyre should only be used for emergency moments. You will notice that they are narrower than a regular tyre.

Now you can drive safely to a fitment centre. As soon as you get there you should get the tyre replaced.

A New Age: Modern Wheel and Tyre Concepts

As we move into the future there are more ideas and concepts reaching the drawing board in order to improve the way we live. We are seeing interesting car designs and, with it, remarkable modern wheel and tyre concepts.

  • Modern Tyre Concepts

Have you noticed that the modern versions of tyres have more geometric patterns with a stronger and bolder appearance? We are lucky that our generation is moving to a more practical state of living and considering every aspect of comfort and design before manufacturing.We are also seeing more unusual colours coming into the picture. Why? Designers find different materials for reinforcement components. Then they use paint or resin which gives the tyre colour and a more attention-grabbing design structure.

Designers and engineers are also starting to find ways to get more air into the tyres. This might sound crazy considering how racers try to get their tyres as hot as possible. Certain tyres have not been designed to be in contact with such heat. So by adding such new features we might be saving our tyres from being replaced so often.

We are also seeing wheels are becoming wider, whether you have a high performance car or not. The first cars made had skinny little wheels that would wobble if the driver went a little too quickly along the brick road. These wider wheels give the car more stability on the road especially when taking corners.

  • Modern Wheel Concepts

Modern wheels resemble Ninja stars and mini blades. The wheels are less bulky using less alloy material. There are more spaces between the decorative spokes that add to the lightness of it.We are also starting to see more colours being painted onto the surface. Some colours are matte which is different from the standard glossy paint. Other colours are metallic which create the appearance of a shimmer of sunlight bouncing of the wheels.

Angles are popular in modern wheel designs. Certain angles can actually influence the driving ability of the car. If the angle is facing away from the front of the car, then the wheel was designed to improve your aerodynamics.

We can also see that where the spoke starts at the centre of the wheel the metal protrudes slightly making it more difficult to remove the branded disc in the middle. These are valuable on backstreet markets so thieves tend to steel them and resell them. So the metal protrusion discourages such theft.

It is a good thing that wheels and tyres designs are evolving with the times. People always want to get a fresh new look that could potentially perfect our driving.

How to Keep Your Wheel Wells Clean

Although many car parts are not seen on the surface, it’s important to keep everything as clean as possible including the wheel wells. Firstly, what is a wheel well? This is the part that surrounds the wheel and tyre from behind thus making a protective enclosure and space for the tyre to fit in.

Before starting with this particular job, remove the tyre and wheel from the axle to manage a proper and thorough clean. Many people make it a monthly task to keep this part of the car clean. The chances of grease and dust particles getting embedded are quite high; which could make for an unpleasant drive in the future. This might not cause any major damage but any dust particles in the mechanisms would be noticed.

Many people prefer to do a simple wash with a high pressure hose because it takes less time. There is no problem with this type of wash but it won’t be good enough if you are going to add a coating of paint to protect the metal.

When using industrial cleaning products, make sure that you use non-wax chemicals to avoid having an unpleasant and pointless finish. The best type of cleaner to use for this job would be a water based product to avoid corroding of the metal and unnecessary rusting.

Before fitting the wheel back in place, scrub the entire inside of the well with a brush to loosen the tougher particles. The dirt may also attach onto the enamel pieces so make sure that you do all the necessary painting before putting the wheel onto the axle again.

People who do customisations prefer to use a wheel well liner to avoid cleaning the cracks and crevices in this difficult to reach place. The liner doesn’t cover the entire well but rather the gap that needs to be kept from air exposure.

The liner is also easier to clean. With this component, give it a quick dust off and wash it with water or an aqua based cleaner. Over time it may also lose some of the paint so to keep it looking fresh and new, apply the proper paint or coating when necessary.

Cars are important machines in this day and age which need constant care, cleaning and maintenance. If you are unsure about how to do a certain car related task, it would be ideal to ask assistance from someone who is familiar with tyres or vehicle maintenance.

What Is The Difference Between A Wheel And A Tyre?

There are many interesting facts that people don’t realise. One of them would be that there really is a difference between a wheel and a tyre.

What is a wheel?

A wheel is the part of the car that is known as the part that is rounded and is attached to an axle and a hub. This does not include the tyre and the mag. The hub is the section that allows the rounded part of the wheel to be fixed to the axle, and is also known as the mounting assembly. It often has something called a hub cap to protect this piece.

Did you know that the wheel came before the tyre? The carriages, old fashioned tractors and ploughs were made with this handy invention. The whole purpose of the wheel was to assist with easy movement which made life and travelling easier as well as cheaper than riding a horse!.

What is a tyre?

The tyre is simply the part that is made out of rubber and assists the car with more practical movement. The rubber grips the road to avoid a no-friction experience. Think of roller skating and how a simple push will get you far. Before we had cars, horses and cattle would pull the transport along. However cars don’t require to be pulled, rather there are many spinning parts thus the car will need something to assist with the forward movement.

So what is a mag?

The word mag sounds unique and unexpected when mentioning it in general conversation. But did you know that its name originates from the word magnesium? The component is not made completely out of magnesium but rather partnered up with aluminium. Aluminium can be bent easily and moulded into different shapes but when combined with magnesium extra strength is added so that the mag remains light. This became a common trend in the 1960’s when they were first produced.

When we speak in normal conversation, we always refer to the mag as the wheel or the tyre and wheel component as a wheel. This has made terms easier since people who are only interested in customisations aren’t interested in the mechanical factor or the car.

When speaking to a professional, they expect to have the correct information if you arrive with a problem. A professional will be more familiar with the correct terms for tyres, wheels and mags because it is something that they work with every day.