Indian manufacturer of tyres for two and three wheel vehicles, TVS Tyres, has launched a new puncture resistant ‘concept tyre’ it hopes will help secure a sizeable chunk of India’s fast-growing two wheeler market. The tyre’s puncture resistance quality is provided by a sealant gel. This gel coats the inner surface of the tyre and enables pressure to be maintained following a puncture without the need for further maintenance.
In a country where roads can greatly vary in surface quality, puncture resistance is a particularly strong selling point, and TVS hopes to capitalise on this. “The country’s first puncture-resistant tubeless tyres for two wheelers have been designed specially for Indian roads where punctures are common,” said S Balasubramanian, executive vice president Operations and Marketing, TVS Tyres.
Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, in cooperation with General Motors, has designed a Dueler concept tyre for the Hummer HX concept sport utility truck, introduced by GM at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.
The 35-inch tall tyres, engineered specifically for the HX, are mounted to the concept car’s 20-inch rims and feature a striking, deep-skid directional tread pattern with large, stiff lugs that provide excellent traction on a variety of driving surfaces. The tread lugs, stretching halfway down the sidewall, offer extra grip in deep sand, snow and mud and protect the tyre from punctures during off-road activities, such as rock crawling, BFNAT said.
Bridgestone Corporation has unveiled an ultra-high performance Bridgestone-brand Potenza™ concept tyre at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. Bridgestone’s concept Potenza tyres are fitted to the Lexus LF-A sports car concept on display at the Detroit show, and features 265/35R20 tyres on the front and 305/30R20 on the rear.
Detroit is not a city normally associated with high fashion, but this week designers have flocked to the city to show off their latest accessories. Cameras have greedily snapped glamorous models strutting their stuff for the first time, and no expense has been spared in making this year’s new fashions look as desirable as possible.
Auto 4 and Sice have announced the launch of the S450 Super-Automatic Tyre Changer, which they describe as “a new radical development in tyre changer design and operation”. The S450 has been designed to solve the increasingly acute and difficult problems encountered when handling the latest tyre developments in larger, low profile and run-flat tyre and rim assemblies. The tyre changer has Electro-hydraulic systems, which provides the tyre technician with powerful operating procedures together with complete control, ensuring that the most difficult tyres can be removed and fitted without damage.
A concept car fitted with a Goodyear PAX system will be one of the vehicles on show at the North American Auto Show, to be held at Detroit later this month. The tyre, resulting from the joint venture with Michelin to develop the PAX system, is one of more than two dozen concept tyres that Goodyear will be highlighting at car shows during 2003. Concept tyres are more than just a bit of fun – Goodyear’s Aquatred, which had a deep, circumferential aquachannel groove, first appeared as a concept tyre in the 1980s. It was redesigned for the road a decade later by tyre engineer Sam Landers, who now heads Goodyear’s runflat development team, which includes the PAX project.