GT Radial's first city bus tyre makes debut
GT Radial exhibited its first city bus tyre in addition to displaying its GT Assist programme at the CV Show. The GAU861 has an extra reinforced sidewall protector to ensure maximum resistance to curbing and impact damage, while its tread pattern comes with a new depth of 20.2mm to improve mileage performance. Available initially in 275/70R22.5, the tyre can be used in both steer and drive positions on both 4×2 and 6×2 configurations and is M+S marked indicating excellent traction in mud and snow conditions.
Another feature of the company’s stand was GT Assist launched in January to create what the brand calls the first full fleet requirement package of product, price and service from a mid-tier tyre manufacturer. Operating throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and working in collaboration with the 180 sites in the dealer network, GT Assist offers continual roadside assistance within a specified response time.
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.
Also on GT Radial’s stand were the recently launched GAR820 and GDR619 regional steer and drive tyres. Both initially available in size 215/75R17.5, four other main sizes in the 17.5 segment will come to market during 2013 including 205/75R17.5 and 225/75R17.5. The GAR820 and GDR619 also carry the M+S marking.