The movement to discontinue offering spare tires as standard equipment appears to be gaining momentum, as auto makers seek ways to better utilize vehicle space and cut weight. However, the two leading options for replacing spares – run-flat tires and tire-inflation kits – continue to present their own marketing hurdles for vehicle manufacturers. Run-flats, which have been on the market for years, are on average nearly twice the price of traditional tires. They also affect vehicle ...

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