Goodyear supplying OE tyres to NAIAS award winners
Goodyear is supplying some of the most vaunted vehicles at this week’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The 2013 Ram 1500 and the Tesla Model S have been honoured in two very different categories, though Goodyear supplies the standard tyres on both models.
The updated 2013 Ram 1500 pickup was selected as “North American Truck/Utility of the Year.” The award is selected annually by 49 North American automotive journalists, and the honor is announced during Press Days for the NAIAS in Detroit, which kicks off this week.
Goodyear supplies several different tyre fitments for varying Ram 1500 models – including the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor, Wrangler SR-A and Fortera SL tyres. Fitments range in wheel diameters from 17- to 22-inch sizes. The Goodyear Wrangler SR-A tyres in 17- and 20-inch sizes were especially singled out for low rolling resistance, helping Chrysler to gain a best-in-class fuel economy rating for the Ram 1500.
In addition, the NAIAS Urban Green Vehicle of the Year, the Tesla Model S, was announced at the 17th annual Urban Wheel Awards on the eve of the auto show. Standard fitment for the Tesla S are Goodyear Eagle RS-A2 tyres in a 245/45R19 size.
“Supplying the tyres for some of the most highly respected vehicles on the road is a familiar role for us, and we are proud when experts choose Goodyear tyres,” said Johann Finkelmeier, Goodyear’s vice president, original equipment. “These vehicles are winners, and we want the tyres to play an important role in that appeal.”
Goodyear tyres are original equipment on many vehicles from Acura, Audi, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, Mercury, Nissan, Ram and Toyota. The company says more new vehicles in North America are equipped with Goodyear tyres than any other brand.