Cooper unveils Weather-Master
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. launched a winter tire designed for SUVs and CUVs during a winter tire ride-and-drive for dealers and the media the week of Feb. 22 in Sault Ste. Marie.
The Weather-Master WSC is a studdable tire with directional tread made with a high silica compound that Cooper said makes the tire suited for all winter driving conditions. It will be offered in 10 sizes in 17- and 18-inch rim diameters for fitment on SUVs, CUVs, smaller pickup trucks and some passenger cars
The M+S- and severe weather-rated tire features patented circumferential snow grooves to enhance snow-on-snow grip; micro-gauge sipes to stabilize the tread element; high-silica/low-modulus tread compound for wet, slush and ice gripping; high modulus base to improve tread stability and handling; eight half-worn indicators; a solid center rib design; 132 stud pin locations; and enhanced sidewall aesthetics with ventless technology for a premium tire appearance.
The WSC is an improvement over the Weather-Master S/T2 for most driving conditions, Cooper officials said, but it won't replace the S/T2. The initial size range will be 205/50R17XL to 265/60R18. Cooper is looking at adding more sizes in 2011.
The WSC has a less-aggressive, premium-looking tread design compared with typical snow tires, according to Cooper, making it a better option for metropolitan areas where traditional snow tires may not be ideally suited.
Cooper did not comment on pricing.
East Bay expands Dawg Pound line
FAIRFIELD, Calif.East Bay Tire Co. has expanded its Dawg Pound tire lineup to include a wider variety of Farm Dawg R-1 bias rear farm tires.
East Bay said its smaller farm tire size offerings will be joined by additional larger sizes, including: 9.5x18 (July), 9.5x20, 8.3x24, 9.5x24, 11.2x24, 12.4x24, 14.9x24, 16.9x24, 18.4x26, 11.2x28, 12.4x28, 14.9x28, 16.9x28 and 13.6x38.
East Bay also will release the Turf Dawg in 23.1x26 12 R-3 sizes and will inventory the tire in its Fairfield warehouse for national distribution.
Titan Tire debuts Goodyear ag tires
QUINCY, Ill.Titan Tire Corp. has introduced several farm tires, including the Goodyear Special Sure Grip TD-8 Radial R-2 480/80R50 for the rice and cane markets and an 85-inch tire with improved flotation.
Titan has made a commitment to this market and the unique crop production challenges experienced by rice and cane farmers, said Jeff Vasichek, vice president of sales and marketing for Titan. Until now, farmers used R-1W or R-2 46-inch tires, which limited their ability to plant 30-inch rows and didn't give them the clearance needed in wet fields with tall crops.
Titan said it engineered the Special Sure Grip R-2 tires while working with rice and cane farmers and Bobby Henard Tire, one of its dealers in Brinkley, Ark.
The Special Sure Grip tires allow rice and cane farmers to plant in 30-inch rows, helping to maximize crop yields, Titan said. In addition, the tires provide additional crop clearance and improved flotation in wet fields, and the extra lug bracing provides strength for the horsepower needed in rice and cane conditions.
The Goodyear DT 930TM 1100/ 45R46 is designed with a low sidewall aspect-ratio for stability in moving equipment through the field, no matter how wet the conditions, Titan said. The tire features wide, deep lugs for improved flotation in wet fields and provides high torque transmission and reduced compaction in the field, while its low sidewall design offers stability on side slopes.
Titan said the tire is agriculture's largest radialstanding at 85 inches tall and almost four feet wideand is designed to reduce vehicle bounce, loping and power hop. When the 1100 tire is mounted to a 46-inch Titan wheel, tire-to-rim slippage is minimized, the company said.
The tire has been approved by equipment maker AGCO Corp. for use on its Challenger-brand tractors.
Nexen adds sizes to Rodian HT line
DIAMOND BAR, Calif.Nexen Tire America Inc. has added six sizes to its Roadian HT light truck tire line.
The sizes are P225/75R15 102S, P225/65R17 100H, P235/65R18 104H, P255/70R18 112S; P265/65R18 112S and P275/65R18 114S.
Nexen said the tire features a twin-type block design to enhance maximum load durability and cornering, and four wide grooves.
The Roadian HT fits an extensive population of vehicles, ranging from the Chevrolet Colorado, Honda CR-V, Ford Explorer and Toyota Tundra, said John Aben, Nexen's vice president of sales and marketing.
Nexen said it plans to extend the Roadian HT's size range by year-end.
The Roadian line also includes the Roadian HP, Roadian AT, Roadian AT II and Roadian MT.
BATO to launch next-gen Blizzak
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations L.L.C. has unveiled its next generation Blizzak winter tire, the Blizzak WS70, which will be available starting in July.
The WS70 will be available in 35 T-speed-rated sizes ranging from 15 to 18 inches in diameter and 45 to 70 series.
The Nashville-based tire maker said the new Blizzakwhich it rolled out at a ride-and-drive event in late January in Steamboat Springsfeatures its proprietary NanoPro-Tech rubber compound that is more flexible to temperature changes and improved Multicell technology with bite particles to provide better traction on snow and ice.
The WS70 also offers water drainage through wider air bubble channels; four main grooves and optimized tread width with an elongated footprint to enhance snow and slush performance; 3-D sipes that improve tread block stiffness and contact area for ice and dry performance; and deeper tread depth to improve tire wear.
The company said the WS70 is its most versatile winter tire yet. The company also offers the WS60 tire, which will continue to be available in 19 R-speed-rated sizes, along with the Blizzak LM60 for high-performance vehicles and Blizzak DM-V1 for light trucks and SUVs.
Toyo introduces crossover tire
CYPRESS, Calif.Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has added to its Versado line of luxury performance tires with the Versado CUV all-season tire for crossover vehicles.
The tire features an asymmetric, non-directional tread design, multi-wave sipes and Toyo's Silent Wall technology, which the company said uses thousands of vertical serrations along the circumferential tread groove walls to reduce sound.
The Versado CUV also features a computer-optimized casing and a large block and rib design which, according to Toyo, delivers an improved distribution of tread pressure to the road surface for enhanced handling and stability. Four wide circumferential grooves and open lateral slits improve water evacuation and drainage, while multi-slant grooves enhance traction.
The tire is available in 25 sizes to fit wheel diameters ranging from 17 to 20 inches.
Run-flat gets OE fitment on Sienna
LOS ANGELESToyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. has selected the Bridgestone Turanza EL400 Run-Flat as the standard OE fitment for the all-wheel-drive versions of the 2011 Sienna minivan.
Toyota debuted the 2011 Sienna, which features five trim levels ranging from a 2.7-liter, 187-hp four-cylinder to a 266-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The AWD option is mated with the V-6 and rolls on 235/550R18 Turanzas.
Bridgestone Americas claims the Turanza EL400 offers a ride comparable with that provided by traditional touring tires while still offering a zero-pressure range of 50 miles at 50 mph.
The Turanza EL400 features Bridgestone's third-generation run-flat technology.
Toyota offers a temporary mounted spare tire as an option for the AWD model, according to the vehicle maker's spec sheet.
Bridgestone adds to Ecopia tire line
NASHVILLE, Tenn.Bridgestone Americas has expanded its fuel-efficient Ecopia tire line, adding a Dueler-designated fitment for SUVs, crossovers and light trucks.
The Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia will be offered in six 16- to 18-inch rim diameter sizes for SUVs, crossovers and light trucks.
The Dueler fitment incorporates Ecopia technology for low rolling resistance, which improves fuel economy without sacrificing wear or wet handling performance, according to the tire maker.
Bridgestone also is adding the Ecopia EP422, an all-season version of the tire designed for fuel-efficient vehicles, made with post-consumer recycled rubber and featuring Bridgestone's NanoPro-Tech Technology that contributes to fuel efficiency and CO2 reduction by controlling the interaction between polymer filler materials and other rubber materials.
Both tires are built with a Fuel Saver Sidewall compound that lowers rolling resistance by returning more energy back to the tire, compared with a conventional sidewall, according to the company.
The Ecopia EP422 offers a 36-percent improvement in rolling resistance over a conventional Bridgestone tire, and the Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia shows a 42-percent improvement over a conventional Bridgestone tire, which can result in roughly 4-percent better fuel economy, according to Bridgestone.
The Ecopia EP422 will be offered in five sizes in 15- and 16-inch rim diameters.
Both tires will be introduced in the second quarter.
Yokohama adds sizes to AVID line
FULLERTON, Calif.Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) has expanded its AVID TRZ all-season touring tire line with 10 H-rated sizes in 15- and 16-inch rim diameters.
Features of the tire include Yokohama's 3D Adaptive Sipesa patent-pending design that changes the shape of the sipes as the tire wearswhich provide traction in wet, snow and icy conditions.
Four deep circumferential grooves, including two continuous ones, help to expel water and aid in road grip. Cross-supporting tread blocks work together to provide traction during cornering, YTC said.
The new sizes are: P195/60R15 87H; 195/65R15 91H; 205/60R15 91H; P205/65R15 92H; 205/55R16 91H; P205/60R16 91H; 215/55R16 93H; P215/60R16 94H; 225/55R16 95H; and 225/60R16 98H.
Atturo expands UHP SUV tire line
LAKE VILLA, Ill.Atturo Tire Corp. has expanded its AZ800 ultra-high performance SUV tire to include sizes 255/50R19, 285/45R19 and 235/30R22.
Atturo said sizes 255/50R19 and 285/45R19 were engineered for use on vehicles such as the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5 and other performance SUVs and are offered in a 107W speed rating and a 111W speed rating, respectively. Both sizes are offered in an XL load rating.
Atturo's AZ800 in size 235/30R22, which the company said is suitable for fitment to a wide variety of small SUVs and crossover vehicles, is a 90Y XL-rated tire. In this size, the tire is molded with an 8/32-inch tread depth.
Kumho offers 'eco-friendly' tire
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. is offering its new high-mileage premium all-season eco Solus HM as the first in a series of eco-friendly tires it claims will have less impact on the environment while delivering exceptional performance.
Manufactured with Kumho's latest rubber compounding technology, the eco Solus HMthe HM stands for high mileagedelivers outstanding traction, excellent ride comfort and a 100,000-mile limited treadwear warranty, which is one of the highest available from any tire manufacturer, according to the Rancho Cucamonga-based company.
Rick Brennan, vice president of marketing, said being earth friendly no longer requires sacrifices in tire performance. Past technology required giving up traction to be less impactful to our environment.
The company said it has changed that by combining high anti-abrasion rubber technology with eco-friendly processing oils in the eco Solus HM, helping make it one of the lowest cost-per-mile tires available in the standard touring segment.
The tire is available in 23 T-speed-rated sizes, ranging from 13- to 17-inch rim diameters, for vehicles from small sedans through minivans.
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