GT Radial to debut first city bus tyre at CV Show
GT Radial has announced that it will debut its first all position urban city-bus tyre at its CV Show stand (A60) in Hall Five on 9-11 April at the Birmingham NEC. The GAU861 has a reinforced sidewall to improve curbing and impact damage resistance, the manufacturer says, while the new tyre will start with a 20.2mm tread depth. As well as promoting the new product, GT Radial says it will be presenting its commercial vehicle roadside service assistance programme, GT Assist, launched in December 2012.
In addition to increasing damage resistance, GT Radial says the GAU861 has been designed for comfort and reduced noise. It is also M+S marked, with improved traction in mud and snow conditions. The tyre will be available initially in size 275/70R22.5, and can be used in both steer and drive positions on both 4×2 and 6×2 configurations.
GT Assist operates throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland in collaboration with the 180 sites in the brand’s dealer network. It offers a maximum 90 minute response time, putting it on par with the best in the industry, throughout 365 days of the year.
The programme is managed by RAC Commercial Assistance (RACCA), who will take the initial breakdown call and find the nearest dealer who has both the correct product and capability to attend the scene within the strict timescale, and Infleet, who will handle all back office functions.
Tony McHugh, sales and marketing director at Giti Tire UK, manufacturer of GT Radial, said: “The new urban city-bus tyre has been designed specifically and extensively tested to ensure it meets the demanding requirements of the European market.
“The performance figures and feedback we have collated make for impressive reading and we believe this product, alongside the pre-existing range for the bus sector, makes us a very strong proposition for operators.
“GT Assist will also make its debut at the show having been launched in January. Designed specifically to create the full fleet requirement package of product, price and service from a mid-tier tyre manufacturer, we encourage fleet operators to come on stand and learn more.”
GT Radial will also show its recently launched GAR820 and GDR619 regional steer and drive tyres. The two tyres were created to respond to the fast developing medium sized truck market, which GT Radial characterises as having increased requirements for comfort, noise, wet and dry handling and better wear out performances.
Both initially available in size 215/75R17.5, four other main sizes in the 17.5 segment will come to market during 2013. The GAR820 and GDR619 carry M+S marking indicating good winter performances.
GT Radial says all of its new heavy truck products are the result of its advanced testing and evaluation programme, which it says has more than 1,000 tyres on field test across Europe at any time. The casings of each are designed for retreading using both cold and hot processes.