Goodyear to launch 2 new truck tyre ranges
Goodyear has announced its plans to introduce a new generation of truck tyres, with two completely new ranges to launch onto the European market in September. Kmax and Fuelmax steer, drive and trailer tyres will focus on providing the manufacturer’s optimised longevity and fuel efficiency options respectively. Therefore the new tyres represent an interesting departure from other premium brand manufacturers’ portfolio strategies, taking the emphasis off the type of operation – long or regional haul for example – and put it on the fleet’s economic priority.
Goodyear has designed the Kmax as a new “kilometre king”, built for optimised mileage, while the Fuelmax has been designed for maximum fuel efficiency. Goodyear says the tyres are about cost optimisation and contribution to business success for the operators using them. The manufacturer argues that the new ranges will make fleets’ tyre choice easier, since operators will be able to choose tyres according to their business type and need.
Having said this, Goodyear also says the overall tyre performance of each tyre range provides the operational flexibility to perform well in long haul as well as regional haul all year round. Both sets of tyres are currently undergoing rigorous field trials, Goodyear says, with selected European truck fleets taking part in extensive testing. The results of these tests together with more details on the tyres’ attributes will be shared shortly.