New Toyo 4×4 and SUV Tyres
TOYO’s approach to the still growing SUV and 4×4 market is a simple one. Maintaining the connection between tyre and driver, even when the going gets tough. This ethos can be seen across the range, from the speed capability of double World Record setting Proxes S/T to the all reaching ability of the Open Country and Tranpath ranges. And many leading manufacturers give Toyo credit when it comes to OE fitments. Both the Toyota Rav 4 and Nissan X-Trail roll out of the factory on Tranpath TAA Tyres.
With many off-roaders never straying far from the high street and more likely to be fitted with upgraded 20 or 22-inch wheels, Toyo says it recognises the demand for a high performance road tyre that could deliver at speed. The Proxes S/T is said to fulfil this demand, having broken its own SUV Land Speed Record reaching 191.65 mph fitted to a SPORTEC tuned Porsche Cayenne last year.
New for 2006 is the Open Country H/T. Arriving in April, this new Highway Terrain tyre comes in a range of sizes, which, it is hoped, will position the product as a strong OE replacement option for road-based 4x4s. This tyre will ultimately replace the popular Tranpath in this segment although Tranpath will continue to be available in most sizes in 2006.
Introduced in 2005, Toyo describes the Open Country W/T as the perfect tyre for 4×4 vehicles used on and off British winter roads. The silica based compound offers enhanced braking in cold conditions particularly on ABS equipped vehicles whilst the asymmetric tread pattern is designed to balance comfort, handling and low road noise.
The Open Country M/T is initially available in one size with the range of sizes available growing throughout 2006. It is complemented by the Tranpath M/T which is available in a further three sizes suitable for heavy duty off road use.
As with all Toyo products, engineers look to testing ‘in the field’ as the ultimate proving ground. This year’s Dakar Rally saw NASCAR racer Robbie Gordon using standard Toyo Open Country M/T to provide the grip for his Hummer H3 race car in the worst conditions on Earth. Whilst technical maladies may have robbed Gordon of victory, another competitor is said to have switched to his Toyo M/T tyres in order to complete the race!