AKRON (May 1, 2014) — Chrysler Group L.L.C. is equipping its recently launched 2014 Ram Power Wagon with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires.
Claiming it has developed “the most off-road-capable pickup on the market,” Chrysler said the Power Wagon is “built to master the most rigorous off-road trails.” The vehicle is based on the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 Crew Cab but features a number of off-road-specific engineering enhancements, including a unique suspension with more than two inches of lift, locking differentials and a 12,000-pound winch.
Goodyear said it will supply 33-inch Wrangler DuraTrac tires, size LT285/70R17, for the Power Wagon—offering “traction to face rugged off-road terrain—such as sand, mud and snow—while still offering a quiet ride on paved roads.”
The Wranglers feature self-cleaning shoulder blocks to help clear the tire’s tread of debris for enhanced dirt, gravel and mud traction, Goodyear said, while the tire’s TractiveGroove Technology offers enhanced traction in deep mud and snow. On the highway, the DuraTrac’s highly angled center tread blocks enhance traction and lateral stability while reducing road noise, according to Akron-based Goodyear.
“The superior off-road performance of the Wrangler DuraTrac is well suited for a truck like the Ram Power Wagon,” said Sara Vacha, Goodyear all-terrain brand manager. “Ram’s choice of the DuraTrac is further testament of the tire’s capability—both on and off the road.”
Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?
|I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.||
|I think it’s a bad idea that could inevitably tie the hands of domestic tire makers.||
|I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.||
|I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.||
|I don’t really care whether or not relief is granted.||
|Total votes: 78|