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Cooper Zeon RS3-A Tire Selected as Original Equipment for 2013 Ford Focus



  Cooper Zeon RS3-A Tire Selected as Original Equipment for 2013 Ford Focus

     Fitment Marks Cooper Tire’s Entry into U.S. Passenger Car OE Market

Business Wire

FINDLAY, Ohio -- February 12, 2013

Ford Motor Company has selected the Cooper  Zeon RS3-A tire as standard
original equipment on the 2013 Ford Focus SE and Titanium models. The Cooper
Zeon RS3-A is the latest ultra high performance all-season tire in the Cooper
Tire performance line up. Size 215/50R17 (W speed rated) is the fitment
specified for the two Ford Focus models.

“The Cooper Zeon RS3-A is a Consumer Digest Best Buy and has gained a strong
consumer following for its dynamic handling and control in all seasons,” said
Cooper Tire Chairman, CEO and President Roy Armes. “We appreciate Ford’s
confidence in our products and capabilities and are excited to see our Cooper
Zeon RS3-A tires rolling on these Ford Focus models. This new relationship
with Ford marks our company’s entry into the U.S. passenger car OE tire
market, a strategic decision aligned with our goal to drive profitable sales
by diversifying product mix, expanding sales channels and leveraging
technology. Cooper Tire will remain primarily focused on the replacement tire
business where we’ve built a strong brand and enduring customer relationships.
Our partnership with Ford provides another opportunity for growth and speaks
to the increasing demand for our products as well as the value proposition we
deliver.”

“We are pleased to have Cooper join the quality manufacturers that supply
tires as original equipment on Ford vehicles,” said Burt Jordan, executive
director, Global Vehicle and Powertrain Purchasing, Ford Motor Company. “We
look forward to this new relationship with Cooper, a manufacturer that has
been crafting tires for nearly 100 years.”

About the Cooper Zeon RS3-A

The award-winning Cooper Zeon RS3-A is a performance all-season tire that
combines dynamic handling and control with a quiet, comfortable ride.
Available in 38 sizes, the RS3-A features advanced technology and lighter
weight construction providing maximum levels of traction, responsiveness and
reduced rolling resistance for improved fuel efficiency. Its specifically
formulated silica-based tread compound provides exceptional driving
performance for confidence year-round. The RS3-A’s asymmetrical tread design
allows for a quiet ride and is engineered with more tread on the outside for
increased handling. The tire’s micro-gauge sipes create more traction in wet
weather and light snow, while its progressive design delivers the ideal
balance of style and all-season performance.

About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB)  is the parent company of a global
family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing, and
sales of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper has joint ventures,
affiliates and subsidiaries that also specialize in medium truck, motorcycle
and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with
manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its
family of companies located in 11 countries around the world. For more
information on Cooper Tire, visit www.coopertire.com,
www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.

Contact:

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Anne Roman, 419-429-7189
alroman@coopertire.com
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