Nokian Tyres P.L.C. developed the Rockproof light truck tire line specifically for the North American market as part of its strategy to reach a broader customer base in one of the Finnish tire maker's key growth markets.
Geared toward applications in quarries, forests and mining areas, the Rockproof launched with 13 sizes encompassing rim diameters from 16 to 20 inches.
Developed in cooperation with Nokian's Heavy Tyres division, the tires feature a cut-resistant hybrid tread compound; an aggressive tread pattern for improved resistance in rough off-road conditions; and aramid-reinforced sidewalls.
The tire combines the special durability of heavy machine tires with the comfort of passenger tires, Nokian said.
Pirelli Tire North America L.L.C., looking to grab a larger share of the light truck/SUV tire market, is developing a pair of North American-exclusive aftermarket products — including its first true all-terrain tire — for debut this year.
The new tires are the Scorpion A/T Plus and Scorpion Zero A/S Plus, which together will cover up to 95 percent of their targeted market segments, PTNA CEO and Chairman Pierluigi Dinelli told Tire Business at last year's Los Angeles Auto Show
Pirelli expects to roll out the Scorpion A/T Plus in the second half of 2017 in a range of 18- to 22-inch sizes, Mr. Dinelli said.
Meanwhile the Scorpion Zero A/S Plus should be available by the second quarter in 20 sizes.
Pirelli is targeting a larger market presence in the U.S. West/Midwest and the central part of Canada by adding an all-terrain tire, the top PTNA exec said.
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. added F-load range tires to its Open Country line of light truck products, allowing for higher carrying capacity at a higher inflation pressure compared with tires of the same size with an E-load range.
The higher carrying capacity tires were developed to meet the needs of late model truck owners and dealers, the company said, and is available in the Open Country M/T, R/T and A/T II lines in sizes that include 35x12.50R20LT, 33X12.50R18LT and 37X12.50R22LT.
Yokohama Tire Corp. added a mud-terrain version to its Geolandar light truck/SUV tire line, the Geolandar M/T G003.