Goodyear Introduces New US Light Commercial Tyre Range
Goodyear has introduced several commercial-duty light truck tyres featuring what the manufacture calls ‘Armor Max Technology’; the new tyres have been designed with steel-reinforced sidewalls and steel belts, providing long mileage and casings for multiple retreads, which help drive down overall life-cycle costs and deliver value to fleets. Four new load-range E tire models have been developed: Unisteel G949 RSA and G947 RSS all-position tyres and Unisteel G933 RSD and G971 drive tyres for heavy pickups, delivery vans and trucks up to 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (Class 3). A complete line of retreads also is available for use with Armor Max tyres.
Vice president of Goodyear’s Commercial Tire Systems, Steve McClellan, has commented about the new tyres in relation to the Tread Act, first enacted in 2000. “The Tread Act’s testing is intense, and by developing tyres for rugged urban and off-road applications, Goodyear’s research and development capabilities were allowed to shine.”
In enacting the Tread Act, the United States established reporting procedures on tyre performance, new testing standards, information labelling on tyres and a warning system to drivers when a tyre is significantly under- inflated. “These tyres surpassed all standards in endurance, high-speed and low-inflation-pressure testing,” McClellan said.