The Lexus Group has selected Yokohama tyres as original equipment for its new crossover SUV, the Lexus NX. Exact fitments will vary according to region, however worldwide the tyre maker is supplying two models of tyre in a total of three sizes. The Yokohama tyres selected for the Lexus NX are the BluEarth E51 in size 225/60R18 100H and the Geolandar G91 in sizes 225/60R18 100H and 225/65R17 102H.
Alutec has launched a new SUV wheel design with load-bearing in mind. According to the company the Alutec W 10 aluminium alloy features a particularly high wheel load of up to 1,025 kilograms. In addition the wheels is designed to be “technically sophisticated”, featuring a 5-V right up to the 20-inch size. The appearance has reported been sculpted with the large body surfaces of SUVs such as Range Rover Evoque in mind.
Toyota GB has launched official Toyota and Lexus parts and accessories eBay stores. According to the company, the e-commerce initiative gives UK customers a new way to source the parts they need, with confidence that they are purchasing the genuine article, direct from Toyota’s central distribution centre in Lutterworth. It is also designed to reach a wider customer base, particularly among owners of older vehicles. Toyota GB is the first of Toyota’s European national marketing and sales companies to launch a full-scale e-commerce programme. It plans to further develop the online stores by introducing “click and collect” and “click and fit” services during 2014.
Yokohama Rubber reports that original equipment supply of its BluEarth E51 has begun for the latest Lexus IS sport saloon models. The latest Lexus IS is a completely new model, and a hybrid version – the IS300h – has also been added to the line-up. The BluEarth E51 is being fitted to the Lexus IS in size 225/45R17 91W.
Goodyear is supplying some of the most vaunted vehicles at this week’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The 2013 Ram 1500 and the Tesla Model S have been honoured in two very different categories, though Goodyear supplies the standard tyres on both models.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has launched a new addition to its performance winter tyre range, the WeatherMaster WSC – which stands for winter and snow confidence. The tyre’s directional tread design and high-silica polymer, low-modulus tread compound are designed to provide increased grip on icy, slushy and wet surfaces. It is launched in sizes suitable for SUVs and some passenger cars, including the BMW X3, Lexus RX350/450, Mazda 3 and 5, Toyota Rav-4 and Nissan Murano.
Johnson Controls has released a new battery aimed at the replacement market and particularly at Japanese and Korean compact cars. The Blue Dynamic has been developed specifically with models such as the Honda Jazz and Hyundai Atos in mind, according to the company. More than 20% (250,000 cars) of those model types across the EU are registered in the UK.
Autodiagnos, the manufacturer of PC Pro, the PC based diagnostic tool, has announced the addition of a range of manufacturers, applications and functions. The PC Pro is designed and manufactured in the UK by a team of dedicated engineers. The heart of the product is the communications module which feeds information through to a PC.
On 1 February Yokohama Tire Corporation released a run-flat version of its Avid ENVigor all-season range in its North American markets. Known as the Avid ENVigor ZPS (Zero Pressure System), the run-flat variant is available in five sizes for popular fitments such as the BMW 3 and 5 Series, Lexus GS and SC, and Mini Cooper.
Bridgestone has been selected as an OEM supplier for the new flagship in the Lexus F series line-up. In Japanese, European and US markets the Lexus LFA will be fitted with Bridgestone’s Potenza S001 in size 265/35ZR20 (95Y) on the front wheels and 305/30ZR20 (99Y) at the rear.
In the US, Federal has added the Couragia F/X to its Couragia SUV tyre line. The new tyre is designed to deliver steering precision, powerful controllability, long mileage and a comfortable ride, the tyremaker said. The asymmetrical Couragia F/X features a wide and stability-improved footprint; a scuff rib that strengthens the sidewall and protects the rim; and an aggressive tread pattern with stiff, interconnected blocks, Federal said.
Solomon Alsberg has launched a new range of “Eco Super Light” forged alloy wheels in the UK and says it is looking for distribution partners in the UK and other European countries. According to the company, which makes its wheels from forged blanks supplied by Alcoa, the wheels are designed to improve handling, acceleration times and emissions.
The launch follows a three-year period of testing and development that saw the premium wheel specialist optimise its design and manufacturing techniques to produce a strong, stylish and highly durable wheel that weighs up to 35 per cent less than its cast counterparts. The result is a considerable reduction in the vehicle’s unsprung weight, which is said to improve steering feel, add faster acceleration and reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by over 10 per cent in stop-go driving conditions.
Run-flat tyres have been added to the range of Yokohama tyres available in the UK following the arrival of the Advan Sport ZPS (Zero Pressure System). According to Yokohama HPT Ltd, the Japanese brand’s UK distributor, the newly arrived product is designed for fitment on vehicles such as the BMW 3, 5 and 7 series, Lexus GS and SC and the Mini Cooper, to provide drivers with Yokohama performance combined with run-flat capability. The tread pattern on the Advan Sport ZPS is the same as that of the original Advan Sport design, with four central grooves to displace water and the wide shoulder blocks intended to generate high levels of grip while cornering.
Viking International has added the new Platinum battery range, from UK Batteries, to the company’s product portfolio. The Platinum range includes Prestige and Prestige Plus. According to the company, the batteries are manufactured to OE specification and used by a number of leading manufacturers including Toyota, Volkswagen, Saab, Lexus, Honda and Ford.
The Prestige range is suitable for the majority of cars including older models dating back to the early nineties up to today’s modern engines and includes a three year guarantee. Prestige Plus is designed for modern and premium vehicles, especially for larger engines and those vehicles with higher electrical demands such as air conditioning and GPS.