RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2015) — GITI Tire (USA) Ltd. is adding the GT Radial Maxtour All Season passenger tire to its portfolio and is backing the premium segment product with a 60,000-mile limited treadwear warranty, 24-hour roadside assistance and road-hazard coverage.
The T and H speed-rated tire launches with 44 sizes in 12- to 17-inch rim diameters and 55 to 75 aspect ratios, GITI Tire said, designed to fit many of the most popular sedans, such as the Chrysler 200, Ford Focus and Honda Civic and Accord. The tire line is new to GITI's lineup.
GITI said the tire, aided by a new tread compound and lateral grooves that pump out water and slush, offers “excellent” traction in wet or snowy conditions. Wide circumferential grooves ensure effective water drainage and variable pitch tread blocks reduce noise generation.
The casing features a nylon overlay over the twin steel belts. The size range is from 145/80R12 to 235/65R17 and likely will be expanded “as the demands of the market warrant.”
GITI declined to say where the Radial Maxtour All Season is being made, saying only: “Many tire products are now produced in multiple locations. This tire was developed specifically for North America to meet the needs of the North American consumer.”
GITI parent Giti Tire Group operates plants in China and Indonesia, the latter at its affiliate Gajah Tunggal's factory complex near Jakarta.
“The comprehensive warranty package and 24-hour roadside assistance will give our dealers strong selling points and consumers tremendous confidence to make the purchase,” said David Shelton, director of marketing for GITI Tire.
GITI's road-hazard warranty covers a tire that becomes unserviceable due to a non-repairable road hazard for 12,000 miles/20,000 kilometers or 12 months from the date of purchase. The roadside assistance package covers the first two years of ownership, GITI said.
Rancho Cucamonga-based GITI Tire (USA) is Giti Tire Group's sales, marketing, and distribution company for North America. It markets and sells GT Radial, Primewell, Dextero and Runway consumer and commercial tires through national retailers, independent retailers and distributors across the U.S. and Canada.