AKRON (May 2, 2002)—Dunlop Tire North America Ltd. has introduced a new V/Z speed-rated family of tires, the SP Sport FM901. The Goodyear subsidiary debuted the tire at the SEMA International Auto Salon show, held April 19-21 in Long Beach, Calif.
The FM901 is available in 24 sizes. Aimed at the tuner market, those include 15-, 16-, 17- and 18-inch sizes. Speaking to the media at Goodyear's Akron headquarters, Fred Hassen, Dunlop product marketing manager, said seven new sizes are among the available dimensions.
Sizes range from 195/55R15 to 265/35ZR18. The tires are targeted for the likes of the Acura Integra, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cavalier, Mazda ProtÃ&Copy;gÃ&Copy; and Volkswagen Jetta, among others, according to Dunlop.
Dunlop officials said the development of the SP Sport FM901 family coincides with the boom in the tuner market. They pointed to a 48-percent growth in the V/Z high-performance segment between 1995 and 2001.
“We look for that trend to continue,” said Dennis Teed, general marketing manager for the Dunlop brand.