GT Radial to launch 4 TBR, 2 PCR tyres at Reifen 2012
GT Radial has announced that it will launch four new truck tyres and two new car tyres in Hall Three at Reifen 2012, including a flagship product for the ultra high performance sector. The company’s first retreaded truck tyre – the GT REE Tread, or GTR990 – will also be displayed at Messe Essen, making its first European appearance having been launched at The Commercial Vehicle Show 2012. The retread is a hot cure bead-to-bead retread built on GT Radial casings, available in a regional trailer pattern and in 385/65R22.5 sizing.
Other truck tyres include the GAR820 and GDR619 regional steer and drive tyres respectively, created to respond to the fast development of modern medium sized trucks increased requirements for comfort, noise, wet and dry handling and excellent wear out performances. Both initially available in size 215/75R17.5, four other main sizes in the 17.5 segment will come to market by 2013. The GAR820 and GDR619 carry M+S marking indicating good winter performances.
The GDR621 is a regional winter drive tyre in size 315/80R22.5 This new pattern has been thoroughly tested in various winter conditions in Europe over several years, and found to work excellent in both severe winter conditions as well as the mid-European combination of dry, wet, snow and ice. The size range will progressively be expanded in 2013.
GTL925 is a new long haul trailer tyre available in 435/50R19.5 size. Designed for high cube trailers mainly operating in international long haul transports, the GTL925 is the first size in a future range of upgraded trailer tyres that will enhance end users transport performance.
All new products are the result of the company’s advanced testing and evaluation programme with more than 1,000 tyres on field test across Europe. The casings of each are also designed for retreading using both cold and hot processes.
Peter Foulkes, marketing manager Europe – Truck and Bus at GT Radial, said: “Research, development and meeting the needs of the market are paramount concerns, and we have a very comprehensive new product stream to be launched between now and 2014. We are the number four player in the world in the bus and truck tyre market through our strategy of offering advanced products in a wide range of sizes at attractive price points with excellent service and technical back up.”
“The new products unveiled at Reifen 2012 underline our commitment to this approach. Products such as GAR820, GDR619, GDR621, GTL925 and GT REE TREAD offer real advantages for operators and we expect them to help us increase our penetration into the European markets.”
Champiro UHP1 leads GT Radial Reifen 2012 launches
GT Radial‘s Champiro UHP1 aims to please the most demanding drivers with good wet and dry handling, precise cornering and strong braking characteristics across a wide variety of road conditions. The Champiro VP1, a tyre designed for comfort, control, safety and mileage is the other PCR tyre to be launched. Corrado Moglia, marketing director Europe for Consumer Tires, explained that the new tyres, combined with the rest of its tyres to be displayed at Essen, followed the company’s strategy of offering an extensive range of tyre designs in a wide variety of sizes.
The modern asymmetric design of the Champiro UHP1 features oversized pattern blocks on the tyre shoulder for high levels of grip under cornering while four straight grooves ensures linear stability at high speed and good performance in aquaplaning. The tyre has a high silica compound for better wet handling, while its optimised pitch variance reduces noise levels while driving. The Champiro UHP1 is introduced in 43 sizes ranging from 195/45R15 to 255/35ZR20 with speed codes from V-W.
The Champiro VP1 includes a tread compound designed for high levels of grip in both wet and dry conditions, while reducing rolling resistance. Four deep tread grooves bring outstanding water channelling and anti-hydroplaning characteristics. An optimised tread block design with integral lateral grooves and sipes delivers quick steering response in cornering and reduces road noise. The Champiro VP1 is introduced in 28 sizes ranging from 165/80R13 to 195/50R15, with speed codes ranging from T-V.
Moglia continues: “The Champiro UHP1 is a genuine challenger in the ultra high performance tyre sector and shows what we can do as a company to deliver a product that satisfies the most demanding, sporting driver. It is a tyre of which we are very proud.
“We are additionally bringing to market some superb products for the heart of the mainstream car sector and the Champiro VP1 is an unbeatable product for the family motorist looking for a tyre that meets their needs in terms of performance, wear and value.”
GT Radial is also displaying a wide selection of other tyres in the high performance, comfort, winter, Nordic, 4×4, light truck and specialist categories. Corrado Moglia adds: “The breadth of our market coverage is exceptional and our investment in research and development means that we are, year-by-year, making better and better products that offer outstanding value to car tyre customers.”
The six new tyres will be given their debut by GT Radial at hall three, stand 115 at Reifen 2012.