CYPRESS, Calif. (Aug. 4, 2015) — Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has introduced a “variable conditions” tire to address the concerns of drivers who need the attributes of winter tires during occasional heavy snowfall but don't want to incur the expense of buying, installing and storing winter tires.
The new Toyo Celsius is positioned between an all-season tire and a winter tire, with a tread design that provides better ice and snow traction than a typical all-season tire and longer tread life than a winter tire, according to the Cypress-based tire maker.
Toyo said the tire is not meant to move people away from buying winter tires in areas where they are necessary. Celsius is for drivers who typically drive all winter on all-season tires but need the added safety winter tires provide in certain conditions — such as icy or slushy roads or sudden snow storms.
Third-party testing found that the new Celsius tire stops up to 31 feet shorter on snow and 8 feet shorter on ice than a typical all-season tire, Toyo said, and has enhanced performance on wet and dry roads. The tire carries a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty.