AURORA, Colo. — Sixteen years after launching its original touring comfort tire, Goodyear has launched the latest iteration, the Assurance ComfortDrive, which it calls the "most comfortable" riding all-season tire in its portfolio.
The tire, which features an "innovative" tread design and sidewall features that the company said deliver "outstanding" comfort and handling in wet conditions, was one of two new products the Akron-based tire maker revealed to dealers Feb. 3 at the opening session of its 2020 Customer Conference in Aurora.
The other tire is the WinterCommand Ultra, a studless winter tire that Goodyear said is for drivers who want to maximize traction and starting and stopping power in winter driving conditions.
Around 1,400 dealers and guests are attending the four-day event, which concludes Feb. 5 at the Gaylord Rockies Convention Center.
Mike Dwyer, chief customer officer, introduced both tires during the morning session, which also featured presentations from Steve McClellan, president of Goodyear Americas; Dave Beasley, vice president, North America, commercial; Cary Budzinksi, senior director, North America, commercial sales; and Scott Rogers, president, North American consumer.
The Assurance ComfortDrive will be available in 44 sizes covering 16- to 20-inch rim diameters to fit sedans, minivans, CUVs and SUVs such as the Audi Q5, Buick Encore, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, Honda Accord, CR-V and Pilot, Kia Sorento, Lexus IS and RX, Nissan Maxima, Subaru Forester and Toyota Rav4 and Sienna.
Goodyear introduced the original comfort tire 16 years ago, then updated the line 10 years ago with the Assurance ComforTred Touring tire. The ComfrortDrive will replace the ComforTred in the tire maker's portfolio.
"We know that drivers value a premium ride," Mr. Dwyer said. "Not only does the Assurance ComfortDrive deliver on that, it also provides outstanding handling and wet performance to give consumers confidence when they drive."
Among the tire's attributes, according to Goodyear, are:
- ComfortFlex technology, designed for smoother transitions and impact absorption to deliver refined handling;
- Optimized AquaChannel grooves symmetrically balanced to help maximize water evacuation and reduce hydroplaning;
- A noise-reducing tread pattern that helps eliminate sound from the road;
- Evolving traction grooves and TredLock technology, combined with soybean oil compound, helping to maintain traction while providing control and responsiveness.
- Sustainable compounds: In addition to soybean oil, some Assurance ComfortDrive tires feature rice husk ash silica, helping to reduce waste going to landfills. The specialized tread compound handles well in wet and cold conditions without compromising fuel economy or tread life; and
- Built-in wear gauges, allowing consumers to check tread depth.
The WinterCommand Ultra, meanwhile will launch in the third quarter with 23 sizes initially, covering 15- to 18-inch rim diameters predominantly for passenger sedans and CUVs, such as the Audi A6, BMW 3 Series, Nissan Rogue, Dodge Charger, Volvo XC90 and GMC Acadia.