Tiger Wheel & Tyre Wins’ Top Tyre Supplier’ for 12th Consecutive Year in Beeld Jou Keuse Awards

Tiger Wheel & Tyre Wins’ Top Tyre Supplier’ for 12th Consecutive Year in Beeld Jou Keuse Awards


Tiger Wheel & Tyre, a leader in Southern Africa’s retail wheel and tyre industry, is thrilled to announce another landmark victory. The company has been named the Platinum winner in the Bandverskaffer (Tyre Supplier) category of the Beeld Jou Keuse (Readers’ Choice) Awards. This marks an unprecedented twelfth consecutive win, reinforcing Tiger Wheel & Tyre’s status as the top choice among South African consumers!


The Beeld Jou Keuse Awards, celebrated for echoing the voice of the people, saw Tiger Wheel & Tyre once again take the top accolade, as voted by readers of Beeld newspaper. The award is a testament to the company’s unwavering commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction.


“Receiving the Platinum Award for the twelfth year in a row is both an honour and a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our entire team,” said Chris Farrar, Managing Executive at Tiger Wheel & Tyre. “This recognition from Beeld readers motivates us to continue pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve in the automotive industry.”


Farrar says Tiger Wheel & Tyre looks forward to another year of serving its loyal customers with the same level of excellence that earned this prestigious award.


To learn more about Tiger Wheel & Tyre and its array of award-winning services and products, visit www.twt.co.za or pop into your nearest store and see firsthand what all the fuss is about.

TiAuto CEO Alex Taplin Joins LITTLE EDEN’s Wheelchair Challenge to Support Mobility Awareness

TiAuto CEO Alex Taplin Joins LITTLE EDEN’s Wheelchair Challenge to Support Mobility Awareness


On 26 March 2024, in a gesture of solidarity and commitment to community welfare, Alex Taplin, CEO of TiAuto Investments, parent company of Tiger Wheel & Tyre, spent a day in a wheelchair as part of LITTLE EDEN’s CEO Wheelchair Challenge. This initiative aims to raise awareness for individuals who rely on mobility devices and to support LITTLE EDEN’s essential services.


LITTLE EDEN, a haven for individuals with profound intellectual disabilities, offers specialized care for its 300 residents who call it home. With financial constraints affecting many organisations in recent years, LITTLE EDEN looks to partnerships and community support to maintain its high standard of care. The CEO Wheelchair Challenge encourages business leaders to experience the daily life of those who depend on mobility aids and consider supporting the organisation either financially or through product contributions.


In response to this call for support, Tiger Wheel & Tyre, in collaboration with Continental Tyres, stepped forward to ensure the safety and reliability of LITTLE EDEN’s fleet. The company fitted 18 new Continental tyres to LITTLE EDEN vehicles, including a VW Transporter, Mercedes Sprinter Bus, Fiat Doblo, and Toyota Hilux D4D. The commitment extended beyond just providing tyres, and Tiger Wheel & Tyre’s Greenstone and Bruma stores also took care of wheel balancing, alignment, and even repaired badly buckled wheels through Bruma’s in-store Xpress Wheel Straightening facility.


“This initiative resonates deeply with Tiger Wheel & Tyre’s core values,” explained Taplin. “Our brand promise, ‘Let’s go together,’ isn’t just about the road; it’s about the journey we share as a community. We’re inspired by the resilience and spirit of the LITTLE EDEN residents and were delighted to support their safety and wellbeing.”


Continental tyres, known for their high quality and reliability, were chosen to ensure that the LITTLE EDEN fleet remains road-safe and ready to transport their cherished “angels” with the utmost care. This joint effort reflects both Tiger Wheel & Tyre and Continental’s genuine commitment to keeping South African roads safe while supporting causes that contribute meaningfully to society.


If you’re inspired to find out how you can support LITTLE EDEN’s mission, visit www.littleeden.org.za.

Tiger Wheel & Tyre Celebrates 16 Years of Recognition for Excellence

Tiger Wheel & Tyre Celebrates 16 Years of Recognition for Excellence

Voted Best Tyre Fitment Centre in The Star Reader’s Choice Awards 2023/2024


In Gauteng’s competitive business scene, the companies that succeed are those that prioritise winning the trust and loyalty of their customers. For nearly six decades, Tiger Wheel & Tyre has stood out as a beacon of quality and reliability for motorists. Readers of The Star newspaper recognise this commitment and have awarded Tiger Wheel the title of Best Tyre Fitment Centre in The Star Reader’s Choice Awards 2023/2024!


“What makes this win so meaningful is that it wasn’t decided by industry insiders or a panel of judges. Instead, it reflects the experiences of customers who interact with us first-hand,” said Alex Taplin, CEO of TiAuto Investments. “Being chosen again as the best in our field by the people we serve is a genuine honour, and a testament to the professionalism, consistency and warmth of Tiger Wheel & Tyre staff.”


This is not the first time Tiger Wheel & Tyre’s dedication to excellence has resonated with the public. The company has now won this accolade 16 times. Even more noteworthy is that 13 of these wins have been consecutive. This streak highlights Tiger Wheel & Tyre’s consistent performance and underscores its enduring appeal and trustworthiness among Gauteng residents.


It’s safe to say that Tiger Wheel & Tyre’s success is not merely a reflection of the company’s expertise in wheels and tyres, but also of its deep-rooted values of integrity, reliability, and community engagement.


Taplin concluded, “From all of us at Tiger Wheel & Tyre, a big thank you to The Star readers for this singular honour. Here’s to many more years of journeying together!”

Don’t push worn tyres to the limit, cautions Tiger Wheel & Tyre

Don’t push worn tyres to the limit, cautions Tiger Wheel & Tyre


Are you tired and looking forward to the holidays? Spare a thought for your vehicle tyres which may be so tired they won’t be joining you on holiday, but heading for re-tyrement instead!


The good news is that from 13 March to 27 April 2024, Tiger Wheel & Tyre will give you up to R150 off the purchase of every premium brand tyre you purchase, when you buy two or more. Choose from these leading, premium brands: BFG, Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Hankook, Michelin, Pirelli, Yokohama.


Whether you drive long distances or short, and frequently or infrequently, it’s important to check your tyres regularly and often. Look for foreign objects, obvious damage to the tyre or sidewall and of course, check the tread depth. A word to the wise here, while 1 mm is the minimum legal tread depth, it really is advisable to replace them before you’re down to the minimum. Don’t push it to the limit!


This wisdom is borne out by recent tests conducted by Tiger Wheel & Tyre at the Gerotek Testing Facility in Pretoria. Using identical vehicles, experts tested the performance of new tyres versus worn tyres whose tread was still within the legal limit. The results were sobering.


Key findings relating to how worn tyres perform compared to new tyres, include:

  • A 10m increase in wet, straight line braking distance at 60km/h, and as much as 35m increase in braking distance at 100km/h
  • Understeer and difficulty attaining speed of 50km/h on a simulated highway offramp in the wet
  • Inability to avoid a collision by making an emergency lane change in the wet at 40km/h
  • Inability to successfully navigate a slalom course beyond just the first cone, at 40km/h in the wet


To recap then, worn tyres not only have reduced road grip, but will also increase your braking distance in both wet and dry conditions and challenge you with volatile steering. They are also subject to increased loss of tyre pressure and risk of blow-outs.


If you’re looking to re-tyre your tyres, don’t waste a minute. Get to Tiger Wheel & Tyre and have your vehicle fitted with top-performing, premium brand tyres between 13 March and 27 April 2024 and you’ll save up to R150 per tyre when you buy any two or more premium tyres. Ts & Cs apply. Learn more at www.twt.co.za

South Africans Vote Tiger Wheel & Tyre Tops in 11 Different Awards this Year

South Africans Vote Tiger Wheel & Tyre Tops in 11 Different Awards this Year


As the 2023 awards season draws to a close, the hard working people at Tiger Wheel & Tyre stores across South Africa are reflecting on the awards bestowed upon them by happy customers.


Inspired by the very people who voted for them, Tiger Wheel & Tyre has won an astonishing 11 awards this year. From regional to national, from brand new to awards it has won for the 19th time, the company could not be prouder of its trophy haul this year.


“A huge thank you to our customers for these accolades. When we say ‘Let’s go together,’ we mean it. Tiger Wheel & Tyre is on this journey for you and with you, and we’re honoured that you recognise that. We’re also immensely proud of our staff for their hard work and the pride they take in the work they do for you,” said Alex Taplin, Group CEO of TiAuto Investments, parent company of Tiger Wheel & Tyre.

Here are the awards Tiger Wheel & Tyre has added to its trophy cabinet in 2023:


  • Daily News: Best Tyre Retailer, for the 19th consecutive year
  • South Coast Herald: Best Tyre Shop, for the 7th consecutive year
  • Best of Durban: 3rd place in Best Tyre and Fitment Centre in the entire Durban area
  • Zululand Observer Best of Zululand Readers’ Choice Awards 2022/2023 – Best Tyre Store, for the 9th consecutive year


  • Pretoria News – Readers Choice Best of the Best: Best Tyre Fitment Centre, for the 18th consecutive year
  • Rekord Best of Pretoria – Best Place to buy Tyres, for the 10th consecutive year

Western Cape:

  • Die Burger: Lesers Keuse, number 1 in Tyres, Batteries and Accessories, for the 7th consecutive year


  • The Star – Readers Choice Best of the Best: Best Tyre Fitment Centre, for the 15th year and the 12th consecutive year
  • Beeld Lesers Keuse Platinum Bandverskaffer, for the 11th consecutive year
  • Rapport – Platinum Tyre Supplier, for the 3rd consecutive year
  • City Press – Platinum Tyre Supplier, for the 3rd consecutive year


TiAuto Group Marketing Executive, Farishta Singh, concluded, “We cherish each award and the sentiment behind them – the pat on the back, the high five they represent – and we promise to go the distance to earn a repeat performance next year!”

To learn more about South Africa’s most award-winning wheel and tyre retailer, visit www.twt.co.za

Prepare for Holiday Road Trips with Some Fast and Some Fun Facts from Tiger Wheel & Tyre

Prepare for Holiday Road Trips with Some Fast and Some Fun Facts from Tiger Wheel & Tyre


In a world of constant change, isn’t it nice to know that some things never change? Like the fact that when 16 December rolls around each year, literally every South African is officially in holiday mode! Are you driving to your holiday destination this year? Tiger Wheel & Tyre is ready to tackle the journey with you. Let’s start with some fast facts and some fun facts.



Fast fact: If you drive with under-inflated tyres, you’ll put extra wear into the tyres, risk tyre failure, and increase your petrol consumption! Stop at Tiger Wheel & Tyre before you hit the road, and let’s inspect and inflate your tyres properly.


Fun tyre fact: The world’s largest tyre manufacturer is… drumroll… Lego! Thanks to its popular toy sets, the Danish toy company produces more (tiny) tyres than any other manufacturer.


Wiper Blades

Fast fact: Over time, wiper blades become brittle and lose flexibility. This causes ineffective wiping, leaving behind water, dirt and debris on the windscreen. Replace worn-out wipers with brand new Bosch wipers at Tiger Wheel & Tyre, and get a clear line-of-sight while driving in the wet.


Fun fact: Windscreen wipers were invented in 1905 by a woman, Mary Anderson. How many marriages do you think ended before that, with the words: “Honey, grab that rag and give the window a wipe”?



Fast fact: Alloy wheels are so called because they are made from alloy metals – a combination of aluminium and other materials. This provides the optimal balance between strength and lightness, as well as better performance and looks!


Fun fact: Before alloy, wheels were made from steel, a much heavier, less fuel efficient and far less attractive solution than the stylish alloy wheels sold at Tiger Wheel & Tyre.



Fast fact: Car batteries typically last three to four years, but depending on the climate you live in, how often you drive, and how many accessories you plug in, yours could last as long as six or as little as one year. Need a battery? Tiger Wheel & Tyre has you covered with batteries from AtlasBX and Duracell.


Fun fact: Revving the car engine while jump-starting another car does not provide more power to the dead battery. In fact, excessive revving can damage the electrical systems in modern cars.


Are you ready to roll, South Africa? Find your nearest Tiger Wheel & Tyre at www.twt.co.za, stop in for your free vehicle safety check, then let’s journey together!

Tiger Wheel & Tyre Takes Ownership of the Brand’s Two Gaborone Stores

Tiger Wheel & Tyre Takes Ownership of the Brand’s

Two Gaborone Stores


There’s exciting news for Gaborone motorists who live or work near Old Lobatse Road or Airport Junction – it’s time to visit your local Tiger Wheel & Tyre store and see the changes that have taken place since September.


On 1 September 2023, the Old Lobatse Road and Airport Junction Tiger Wheel & Tyre stores changed ownership. Once owned by franchisees, the stores are now in the very capable hands of the company itself and are better than ever.


Take a drive and go see for yourself how thoroughly well-stocked the stores are, with top-quality products from the world’s leading brands. Highly trained, friendly staff members will be delighted to walk you through the showroom.


Once there, staff will proudly show off a wide range of tyres from brands like BFG, Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Hankook, Michelin, Velocity, Pirelli, Yokohama and more. They will also be thrilled to introduce exciting wheel styles from TSW, Black Rhino, and Racing Hart Concepts, automotive batteries from ATLASBX and Duracell, and a range of Bosch windscreen wipers.


Do you need new tyres? Don’t wait until it’s too late. You’ll never forgive yourself if a failed tyre makes you late for an exam, graduation, job interview, a wedding or worse! Plus, there’s an exciting promotion going on right now. When you buy any four Hankook or Yokohama tyres you’ll get a FREE pair of Binocle sunglasses, valued at P647! This fantastic campaign continues while stocks last or until 13 January 2024.


Don’t waste another minute, head over to 1280 Old Lobatse Road, or to Shop 401, Airport Junction Shopping Centre, Airport Road for a warm Tiger Wheel & Tyre welcome, and to see what all the fuss is about.

Shelly Beach Tiger Wheel & Tyre is South Coast Readers’ Top Choice for Tyres

Shelly Beach Tiger Wheel & Tyre is South Coast Readers’ Top Choice for Tyres


Tiger Wheel & Tyre Shelly Beach has done it again! For the seventh consecutive year, South Coast Herald readers have voted it the “Best Tyre Shop” in the newspaper’s”Best of South Coast Readers’ Choice Awards 2023”.


“A huge thank you to our loyal customers for bestowing this award on us again,” commented Louis Khan, Tiger Wheel & Tyre Shelly Beach franchisee. “I’m immensely proud of Bruce Barnes, our store manager, and the team of dedicated professionals that he leads so well. This team always goes the extra mile to keep our customers moving reliably and confidently towards the things that matter most to them. It’s wonderful to see their efforts rewarded so richly, with this resounding vote of confidence!”


If you live in or near, or are planning to visit Shelly Beach, stop by 53 Marine Drive and give Bruce and the team a high five for their efforts, and see for yourself what the fuss is all about. You’re always guaranteed of a warm welcome from the team at this high performing store.


While you’re there, check out the showroom with its impressive display of wheels, tyres, and automotive batteries from the world’s leading brands. Then stick your head in the fitment centre and watch technicians fit these products, and balance and align wheels and tyres, and more besides.


Want to learn more about South Africa’s most award-winning wheel and tyre brand? Visit www.twt.co.za today.

Premium Tyres Triumph Over Budget Tyres under Rigorous Test Conditions

Premium Tyres Triumph Over Budget Tyres under Rigorous Test Conditions

Test by professional driver reveals a clear winner


In a test conducted by professional driver Daniel Barbosa, the debate between budget and premium tyres has been settled at last, and the verdict is crystal clear – premium tyres are the optimal choice for safety, performance, and peace of mind on the road.


In September 2023, Barbosa, who has 24 years of experience in the motor industry and as an advanced driving instructor, was invited by Tiger Wheel & Tyre to conduct a test comparing budget and premium tyres. The results shed light on the many reasons you should choose premium tyres to keep you, and the people who matter most to you, moving safely towards the things that matter most in life. Let’s take a look at the results.


​​Controlled Environment and Identical Conditions

To eliminate bias from the results, the following conditions were observed:


  • To ensure that handling under the various conditions tested was due to tyre performance alone, both tests used the identical vehicle – a mid-range, premium BMW with advanced systems.
  • For consistency, Daniel Barbosa drove both vehicles.
  • New tyres were installed on both cars, with one fitted with a premium brand tyre and the other with a budget tyre.
  • The tests were conducted at Gerotek test centre – a controlled environment, free from distractions – to isolate tyre performance.
  • Each test was run multiple times, for fairness and to exclude anomalies.
  • Tyre pressures were identical and as per manufacturer recommendations for the specific vehicle.


Safety Prevails

The importance of road safety took centre stage, and the results spoke volumes. In the wet cornering test, a BMW equipped with budget tyres grappled with a long, slippery turn. Without the aid of dynamic stability control (DSC), the vehicle struggled to maintain stability, even at a modest 45 kilometres per hour, ultimately leading to a complete loss of control.


In stark contrast, the same BMW equipped with premium tyres conquered the challenge with confidence. In the absence of traction control, the premium tyres exhibited exceptional grip and control. Even as speed increased to 45 kilometres per hour, they maintained a firm grip on the road, demonstrating control that was sorely lacking with budget tyres.


Steering Precision

The next challenge involved a slalom course, emphasising the critical role of tyres in steering precision. The vehicle equipped with premium tyres handled the slalom with finesse and ease, responding accurately to steering inputs at a consistent 40 kilometres per hour.


By contrast, the same slalom test proved to be a formidable challenge for the vehicle fitted with budget tyres. The car exhibited noticeable understeer, making it difficult to navigate the cones and ultimately resulting in a loss of control.


The Braking Contest

In the dry braking in a straight line test, braking performance was put to a test that most drivers face on a routine basis. At 60 kilometres per hour, the premium tyres demonstrated impressive braking capabilities, coming to a controlled stop within a reasonable distance. This is noteworthy because 60 kilometres per hour is the maximum speed limit in urban environments. While the braking distance increased slightly at 120 kilometres per hour, it nevertheless remained impressive.


The budget tyres performed similarly well at 60 kilometres per hour, but faced a substantial challenge at 120 kilometres per hour; requiring 6–8 additional metres to stop compared to the premium tyres. These results underscore the dangers arising from subpar tyre performance during emergency braking.


Wet Conditions Magnify the Divide

To assess tyre performance in rain conditions, the braking test was repeated at 60 kilometres per hour in the wet. The vehicle with premium tyres exhibited controlled baking and a slightly extended stopping distance, a reflection of the wet surface. However, it remained in control throughout the process.


In contrast, the vehicle with budget tyres struggled under similar conditions. The stopping distance increased significantly, and the vehicle grappled with maintaining control. In an emergency situation, this difference in performance would be significant.


Conclusion: A Clear Winner Emerges

This comprehensive tyre testing by Daniel Barbosa and Tiger Wheel & Tyre conclusively proves that premium tyres outperform their budget counterparts across all critical parameters. Premium tyres deliver superior grip, handling, and braking capabilities, ensuring the safety of drivers and passengers alike.


While budget considerations undoubtedly influence our tyre purchasing decisions, the evidence presented in this test reveals that choosing premium brand tyres could save your life. If you’re determined to brake with confidence when it matters most, then premium tyres are the smart and responsible choice. Luckily, Tiger Wheel & Tyre offers flexible payment options, including PayJustNow and Xpress Credit or Mobicred for online purchases, so you can always put safety first.


South Africa’s trusted tyre partner offers a wide range of premium tyre options to choose from. For more information and to explore your options, visit www.twt.to or stop by your nearest Tiger Wheel & Tyre store today.

Daily News Readers Vote Tiger Wheel & Tyre their Top Pick for the 19th Time

Daily News Readers Vote Tiger Wheel & Tyre their Top Pick for the 19th Time


Readers of The Daily News newspaper, in KZN, have voted Tiger Wheel & Tyre the “Best Tyre Retailer” for an astonishing 19th consecutive year!


The Daily News “Your Choice Awards” is a popular annual measure of how KZN consumers feel about the retailers and companies that serve them. Readers vote based on their personal experience and for nearly two decades, Tiger Wheel & Tyre has secured their vote.


“It’s an incredible privilege to have our customers continue to demonstrate such resounding confidence in us, and in such a public manner,” said Chris Farrar, Managing Executive of Tiger Wheel & Tyre. “We will continue working hard to show we deserve their trust.”


To find your nearest Tiger Wheel & Tyre and learn more about what the Best Tyre Retailer in KZN can offer you, visit the website www.twt.to