SAN ANTONIO-Goodyear used the occasion of its annual dealer meeting Jan. 26-29 to announce the arrival of the latest tire to use aquachannel technology. The Intrepid, an all-season, wet-weather tire targeted at ``price-conscious consumers,'' will join the ranks of the 2-year-old Aquatred and the recently unveiled Eagle Aquatred when it is offered to dealers in June.
The Eagle Aquatred, a high-performance version of its predecessor, has two aquachannels and was unveiled Jan. 3. The company said it will be available to dealers in 11 H-rated sizes in April.
In contrast, the S-rated Intrepid has a deep center aquachannel and a nondirectional tread pattern with two other circumferential grooves, numerous lateral grooves and 1,024 biting edges.
The new tire will be available in 25 70-, 75- and 80-series sizes and will eventually replace the 15-year-old Tiempo, according to Eric Brown, Goodyear general manager of passenger tires.
Intrepid was designed for ``price-conscious shoppers who place equal importance on price and the reliability of a brand name, and who represent 18 percent of the total auto-tire-buying market,'' Mr. Brown said.
The new tire offers 15 percent better wet-weather handling characteristics and will cost about $5 per tire more than the Tiempo, Goodyear said.
Intrepid will cost about $30 less than Aquatred because it is non-directional and carries a 50,000-mile warranty instead of 60,000, the spokesman said.