CYPRESS, Calif. (Aug. 1, 2016) — Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has expanded its Open Country family of tires with the Open Country Q/T premium all-season touring tire and Open Country C/T on-/off-road commercial grade tire.
Both models are available for purchase immediately, and dealers also can take advantage of product training for the new tires as of Aug. 1. The firm added that in order to support the launch it will begin shipping point-of-purchase kits — featuring counter mats, data book pages, a multi-tool pen, brochures and posters — in early August.
The Open Country Q/T is available in 35 sizes, according to Toyo, with rim diameters ranging from 16-22 inches. It is offered with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty — backed by Toyo's “No Regrets” trial offer — that allows consumers to test out the tires for 45 days or up to 500 miles before returning them.
With the Q/T, Toyo is targeting the SUV and CUV markets. During a recent presentation to tire industry media, Chris Gomez, product marketing manager for Toyo, said the Q/T's CUV fitment offerings will serve as an indirect replacement for the Toyo Versado CUV all-season touring tire, which provided similar vehicle coverage.
Todd Bergeson, senior product manager for Toyo, added that the Q/T offers 10,000 miles of durability beyond what the Versado CUV's capabilities.
Features of the Q/T include:
- Toyo's Silent Wall technology for a quiet ride;
- multi-wave sipes to minimize irregular wear, improve braking on wet and dry roads and offer light snow traction;
- four wide circumferential grooves to evacuate water; and
- open lateral slits for improved water drainage and overall wet performance.