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 (October 31, 2006) – COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY (NYSE: CTB) will share the spotlight at its news conference in Las Vegas today at the 2006 SEMA Show, the biggest automotive specialty products trade event in the world. Along with announcements about company, brand and product news, Cooper and new motorsports partner the Champ Car Atlantic Series will unveil the new look and feel of the Atlantic Championship, as well as details about Cooper’s support of the series.

The news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, October 31 at 3:10 p.m. PT at the Cooper Tire SEMA display area, located at booth #40341 in the lower south hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center . The new Atlantic series logo and details of the new relationship between the Atlantic Championship series and new presenting sponsor and exclusive tire supplier Cooper Tire will be announced. Cooper Tire management will address the company’s vision for the future as well as focus on the new partnership with North America ’s premier open-wheel development series.

“The Cooper/Champ Atlantic partnership is mutually beneficial. We have conducted extensive testing with the newly-designed Swift 016.a chassis and have been able to provide a tire that allows for the best possible setup for optimal performance of both the car and tire. The Cooper Tire racing slick allows for more adjustments in the mid-range, giving teams and drivers more scope overall. We are confident that the tires will meet and exceed the teams’ expectations, resulting in high level competitive racing,” said Julian Baldwin, as Vice President, European Operations, and Managing Director, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe . 

The SEMA Show, held October 31-November 3 in Las Vegas , is the leading automotive specialty products trade event in the world. Some of the brightest minds and hottest products in the automotive community will be featured at the show that’s expected to attract over 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries across the globe. The high-profile international event is an ideal place for both Cooper Tire and Atlantic officials to discuss plans for the 2007 season. Las Vegas also serves as host of the 2007 season-opening race at the Vegas Grand Prix on April 8.

The new 2007 Atlantic racing package will also be prominently displayed in Vegas during the week of the show. The Swift 016.a Atlantic chassis, featuring the 300-horsepower Mazda-Cosworth engine and equipped with the new Cooper Atlantic racing slick tires, will be featured at the Cooper Tire booth.

About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is a global company that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of passenger car, light truck, medium truck tires and subsidiaries that specialize in motorcycle and racing tires, as well as tread rubber and related equipment for the retread industry.  With headquarters in Findlay , Ohio , Cooper Tire has 60 manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located around the world.  For more information, visit Cooper Tire’s web site at www.coopertireandrubber.com

About the Champ Car Atlantic Championship

The Champ Car Atlantic Championship continues to be the premier open-wheel development series in North America . In its 33rd season in 2006, the championship is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition and has helped produce past Champ Car champions Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve. 2006 Champ Car competitors Alex Tagliani, Andrew Ranger, Katherine Legge, Tonis Kasemets and 2005 Atlantic champion Charles Zwolsman are established Atlantic graduates along with 2004 Champ Car Rookie of the Year and 2003 Atlantic champ A.J. Allmendinger. In 2006, competitors will fight for the 12-race championship and the unique $2 million Champ Car series champion’s bonus. Beginning in 2007, all Atlantic teams will compete in Swift 016.a chassis powered by a 2.3-liter Mazda-Cosworth engine while riding on Cooper Atlantic racing tires. For more information on the series and to view this season’s races on demand, please visit www.champcaratlantic.com.


STRUT To Showcase New Wheel & Grille Collections at SEMA for the 2007 Escalade, Denali and Mercedes S550

—STRUT®, the leading designer of handcrafted, triple-chromed

grilles, wheels and accessories for the luxury automotive market, will introduce three stunning new grille collections at the SEMA 2007 Show in Las Vegas designed exclusively for the Cadillac Escalade, GM Yukon Denali, and the Mercedes S550. The company will also debut a new Icon Wheel Collection.

2007 Cadillac Escalade—Vail Collection™ has been designed for Escalade devotees who desire to customize their vehicle with a distinctive look that showcases the owners’ flair for style. Included in the collection is one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, two side vents with STRUT shield, and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail Price: $6,000.

2007 GM Yukon Denali—Mammoth Collection™ is designed to seamlessly complement the distinctive redesign of this full-sized SUV. The collection features one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached. One crimped mesh Lower Air Intake vent and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail: $6,000 2007 Mercedes S550—Munich Collection™ offers owners of this high style and performance vehicle the ultimate in personalization. Included in the Munich Collection is one woven crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, one lower air intake vent with STRUT shield attached, two crimped mesh hood vents and one STRUT trunk shield. Suggested Retail: $8500 Icon7 Collection™ is a 2-piece wheel made from forged aluminum for strength and durability.

Wheels feature 7-spokes with a STRUT shield at the center of each and prominently positioned on the center cap. Icon7 is available in 20, 22 and 24-inch sizes in chrome, satin or color matched to the vehicle. Suggested Retail: $10,000 - $12,000


About STRUT®

STRUT is located in San Clemente, California where the company recently relocated to a new expanded facility. The company is known globally for their trendsetting and distinctive collections of triple-chromed grilles, wheels, and accessories designed for luxury automobiles and SUVs preferred by discriminating driving enthusiasts.

All collections are handcrafted like fine jewelry of the finest triple-chromed 316L stainless steel, hand-polished, and signed by the artisan. STRUT products are designed and manufactured to withstand any weather condition, providing ongoing luster and a superior appearance. STRUT products are available at custom automotive installation boutiques and dealerships World wide for the BMW-6 and 7 Series, Bentley Continental GT, Bentley Flying Spur, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac XLR, Chrysler 300C, Dodge Magnum,

Hummer H2, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes CLS 500, Mercedes S 550 and Range Rover. Custom grilles are also available on 2007 Sport Chassis by Freightliner heavy-duty pickup trucks. Additional introductions will be announced shortly.


Cooper Tire Reaches Out to Auto Enthusiasts and Gamers Through Need for Speed™ Carbon Video Game

, October 31, 2006 – COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY (NYSE: CTB) today announced its partnership with Electronic Arts on the latest title in the popular Need for Speed™ video game series, Need for Speed™ Carbon

Cooper has an in-game presence in the form of car decals, 10 branded billboards and three storefronts throughout the game’s cityscape as well as a Cooper-branded race. Additionally, the Cooper Zeon 2XS, used by all Cooper-sponsored drifters in reality, will be prominently featured in the game’s only drift track. For talented gamers, a set of Cooper Zeon ultra-high performance tires can be unlocked for use during the latter stages of the game. These tires mirror the excellent performance and handling characteristics found in real-world Cooper Zeon tires.

“Our deep product integration into the best-selling racing game title to date provides us another unique touch point in which gamers can interact with the Cooper Tires brand in a positive, non-traditional manner,” said Dave S. Craig, director of North American advertising for Cooper Tire. “The Need for Speed series has a large and dedicated fan base that will be exposed to the level of quality and performance that our tires offer -- both on the screen and in real life.”

According to the Entertainment Software Association, 69 percent of American heads of households play video and computer games and 69 percent of gamers are 18 years of age or older. In addition, according to a random selection online survey conducted by the Need for Speed Formula Drift Championship Series (formulad.com), fans of drift racing love to game; nearly 90 percent of respondents said they own gaming systems.

Cooper activated its in-game integration through a 16-mall gaming tournament in association with Mazda in October in 16 of the top 17 markets in the United States. The winners of each regional event received an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Las Vegas, admission for two to the Mazda Party at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, a $500 Cooper Tire gift certificate good towards a new set of tires, a $50 GameStop Gift Card and the Need For Speed: Carbon game. The 16 regional winners flew to Las Vegas this week for the finals at the Hard Rock Café on November 2 during the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The grand prize winner will drive home a new 2007 MAZDASPEED3 Sport Model packed with a GameStop/EB Games Gift Card, Logitech Z-5500 Digital Speaker System, Logitech Harmony Advanced Universal Remote and Logitech DriveFX Wheel.

Need for Speed Carbon, which features both city street and canyon racing, is available worldwide as of November 1 for Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Wii™ as well as the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™, GameBoy® Advance, PSP™ (PlayStation Portable) handheld entertainment system, PC and mobile. More information on the game can be found at needforspeed.com.

About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is a global company that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of passenger car, light truck, medium truck tires and subsidiaries that specialize in motorcycle and racing tires, as well as tread rubber and related equipment for the retread industry. With headquarters in Findlay, Ohio, Cooper Tire has 59 manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located around the world. For more information, visit Cooper Tire's Web site at coopertire.com.                                         



CIRBIN MOTORS has launched the new web site with all the information on the new VT-ROD®.  We promised to keep you informed on changes and new information; that’s what we do with this email.  Please, do check this new web site.  We have put-in lots of information and pictures of the VT-ROD®, with pricing details and options.

I am sure you will be pleased with what you will find there.

NAVIGON Software Selected by Delphi for its New Personal Navigation Device

The automotive components leader teams up with Germany ’s premier navigation software provider for NAV200, one of the newest entrants to the personal navigation market

LAS VEGAS and CHICAGO -- October 31, 2006 – NAVIGON, Germany ’s leading navigation software maker, helped Delphi Corporation recently launch NAV200, a compelling new entrant to the personal navigation device market – one of the fastest-growing sectors in consumer electronics. 

Delphi’s NAV200 comes with clout and credibility given the company’s global leadership position in automotive technology and systems components. Delphi, with a history that spans more than 100 years, is a world leader in mobile electronics, and vehicle components and systems technology. Today, Delphi is the leading manufacturer of satellite radios and accessories with over 14 million sold to date. In fact, three out of four people listen to satellite radio on Delphi hardware. Delphi hopes to follow that success with NAV200. The product employs NAVTEQ digital maps and will launch in North America, quickly followed by Europe and South America . In the U.S. , NAV200 will sell for $399.99.

“NAVIGON played a pivotal role helping to bring this product to market. They understood the business of integration,” said Adiel Avelar, global navigation business line manager, Delphi . “They helped make the journey to market smooth and easy – just what you want from a real world navigation experience.”

Headquartered in Germany and with a growing presence in the Americas , NAVIGON creates custom navigation software solutions for the world’s best known brands in consumer electronics, as well as custom navigation software solutions for personal navigation devices and smartphones.

“Delphi’s pedigree in mobile electronics technology is unrivaled,” said Andreas Hecht, general manager of the Americas for NAVIGON. “We’re pleased to be part of what we hope and expect will be a very successful product for Delphi .”


NAVIGON creates navigation software solutions for some of the world’s best-known brands in consumer electronics. NAVIGON makes the software that drives navigation products from Sony, Delphi , Fujitsu-Siemens, and more. Founded in Germany in 1991, NAVIGON invented the world’s first mobile GPS navigation product – and today, consistently ranks as Germany ’s most trusted name in navigation. NAVIGON continues to break new ground in the sector with the recent release of onboard and off-board navigation software created specifically for smartphones. NAVIGON is headquartered in Hamburg , Germany , with offices throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia .

NAVIGON USA headquarters is in Chicago , Illinois . For more information, go to www.navigonusa.com.

About Delphi

Delphi was the first company to integrate a radio into the dashboard in 1936, the first to bring satellite radio to the vehicle in 2001 and the first to bring a portable satellite radio to the market in 2002. To date, Delphi has sold more than 14 million satellite radio receivers and accessories. In fact, three out of four satellite radio subscribers listen on Delphi hardware. Delphi continues to expand its in-vehicle and consumer electronics technologies and offers a broad portfolio of products to answer a wide variety of information and entertainment needs. For more information, visit www.delphi.com/media.



SP1500d brings maximum performance and simplicity to car audio systems in a compact, direct-bolt-in unit

Clearwater, Fl., October 30, 2006, 2006
– AAMP of America's high performance car audio accessories division, Stinger®, enthusiastically introduces the SP1500d car audio battery that promises maximum dependability and performance while being easy to install in many GM and Chrysler automobiles.

The SPD1500d is the newest addition to Stinger's POWER2 family of dry-cell car audio batteries, which also includes the popular SP800, SP1000, SP1700 and SP2150 models. The SP1500d boasts all the benefits you would expect from a Stinger car audio battery but has the added benefit of side terminals and mounting accommodations of a group 34/78 battery. This makes the SP1500d the perfect choice for numerous Chrysler and GM automobiles when a direct bolt-in replacement and maximum performance is required.

The SP1500d packs an impressive amount of power for its size (approximately 7"x11"x8"). With a 5 sec discharge of 1500 amps, 825 cold cranking amps, reserve capacity of 120 minutes and an extremely fast recharge capability, the SP1500d offers what you need whether for car audio or engine start application! This combined with a power-to-size ratio that is superior to many other batteries of its size, means the SPD1500d is sure to keep your tunes rocking and your wheels rolling!

Contact your Stinger representative today for more information on Stinger's line of Power2 batteries featuring compact, technologically advanced designs that resist leaks, vibrations and corrosion. You need not look any further than Stinger to fulfill your high performance battery needs!

About AAMP of America:
AAMP of America is a global supplier of a broad spectrum of car and home audio video accessories, installation supplies and OEM integration solutions. AAMP of America brings many new technologies to the forefront including; convergence of personal audio devices into the automotive environment, integration of mobile video into OEM systems, and storefront point of purchase profit centers.




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