STUTTGART, Germany (July 22, 2014) — Daimler Benz A.G. has selected Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.’s C.drive2 high-performance eco tire as an OE fitment — in standard and run-flat versions — for its 2015 GLA-Class compact SUV sold in overseas markets.
The GLA-Class — a four-door, five-passenger hatchback — will be fitted with the C.drive2 in size 235/50R18 97V, Yokohama said, which will bear Daimler’s official stamps of approval on the sidewall: “MO” for the standard version and “MOE” for the runflat version.
The GLA is Mercedes-Benz’s first offering in the compact SUV segment and is equipped with the company’s 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system and powered by a 208-hp, turbochared 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine. It’s due in U.S. showrooms this fall, Mercedes-Benz USA said earlier this year.
Yokohama launched the C.drive2 in March 2010 as a successor to the C.drive line with improved wet grip with low rolling resistance.
Yokohama also is a designated OE supplier on numerous other Mercedes-Benz models, including the S-Class, G-Class, G 63 AMG, G 65 AMG, CL 63 AMG, ML 63 AMG, E-Class Coupe, C-Class, C 63 AMG, CLS-Class, SL-Class, SLK-Class, B-Class, and the A-Class.
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|