Yokohama OE on Russian-made Škoda Kodiaq
Starting in April 2018, Yokohama tyres are being fitted as original equipment to Škoda Kodiaq SUVs produced and sold in Russia. The Yokohama BluEarth-A AE-50 is being supplied in two sizes, 235/55R18 100V and 215/65R17 99V.
The Kodiaq is the second Škoda model produced at the Volkswagen Rus plant in Nizhny Novgorod to roll off the line fitted with the BluEarth-A AE-50 as original equipment; the Octavia has been available with the AE-50 in sizes 205/55R16 91V and 195/65R15 91H since November 2016. The tyre is also fitted to Volkswagen Tiguan and Jetta models built in the same plant.
BluEarth-A AE-50 tyres fitted to all four vehicles are manufactured at Yokohama Rubber’s Russian tyre manufacturing and sales subsidiary, LLC Yokohama R.P.Z. The subsidiary was established in December 2008 and began production late in 2011, making Yokohama the first Japanese tyre maker to manufacture passenger car tyres in Russia. Plant capacity is now 1.6 million tyres a year, more than double the original capacity.