SAN FRANCISCO-General Tire introduced a new generation of all-weather performance radials, the XP2000-4 series, at its dealer meeting in San Francisco Jan. 12-16. The company also announced the development of a new original equipment tire line, a T-rated Hoosier-brand entry and several additions to its Continental-brand lineup.
General's new HP line-the XP2000H4, XP2000V4 and XP2000Z4-``will enhance our position in the high performance and ultra performance markets by covering sizes and applications we've never offered before,'' said Cheryl Schnuth, product manager for the passenger and light truck division. General will price the tires against middle market competitors, even though it outperforms the market leader in testing, said Walter Stashkiw, vice president, sales, of the division.
The XP2000H4 features an aggressive, asymmetrical tread design with three wide circumferential grooves, one of which has a saw-tooth configuration to improve traction in all weather conditions. The H-rated tire, which will replace the XP2000AS, also carries a 40,000-mile warranty.
The XP2000V4 and Z4, designed to replace the XP2000V and Z respectively, also feature a new all-weather tread pattern, General said. In addition, the tires have large trapezoidal tread blocks for stability during braking and cornering.
The tires will be available early in 1994.