The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has confirmed that it is supplying its Advan dB V551 and Aspec A349 tyres as original equipment (OE) to Honda Motor Co. Ltd. for use on the brand’s new Odyssey minivan, which is slated for December 2023 launch in Japan. Specifically, the Odyssey is being equipped with the Advan dB V551 in 225/50R18 95V and Aspec A349 in 215/60R17 96H.
Tesla’s Cybertruck is back in the headlines. Elon Musk’s decision to repeat the now infamous Cybertruck armoured glass demonstration paired with the Cybertruck’s infinitely more impressive drag race win against a Porsche 911 – while towing a 911 – has ensured that much. But which tyres are carrying all that load and handling all that torque? Back in 2019, we broke the news that Goodyear was supplying tyres for the Tesla Cybertruck, but is that still the case and if so, which factory is supplying some of the highest of high-torque-high-load tyres?
The war in Ukraine and the cost of energy plus general price inflation have replaced covid-19 as the principal threats to growth in trailer demand. Inflation rose to 10 per cent but is now moderating. Interest rates however are still relatively high but not increasing. That’s the view of analysts at Clear International who have published their first report on the Western Europe heavy trailer market since May 2022.
Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. has begun supplying Falken Ziex ZE001 A/S all-season tyres to Subaru as factory standard tyres on the Levorg Layback, which was unveiled in September 2023. The latest Levorg Layback has been developed for the Japanese market by Subaru to stand out within the brands’ SUV lineup.
The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. is supplying its BluEarth AE-01 tyres as original equipment (OE) to Honda Motor Co. Ltd. for use on the automaker’s new mini-vehicle, N-Box, which was launched in Japan in October 2023. The N-Box is being equipped with 155/65R14 75S tyres.
Recently, Bridgestone stated that it will withdraw from the Chinese truck and bus radial (TBR) on 31 December 2023. Tyrepress China has learned that the tyre manufacturer’s TBR business in China’s replacement market will operate normally.
Maserati has selected Continental tyres as original equipment on its Grecale SUV. 19-inch Continental CrossContact LX Sport tyres as well as 21-inch CrossContact RX tyres have received worldwide approval for the model. 20-inch Continental EcoContact 6 tyres have also been approved. The latter tyre is designed for energy-saving and noise-optimised driving, making it especially suitable for the hybrid version of the SUV, according to Continental.
Made from 65 per cent recycled and biomaterials, the TM1 Eco Power is described as “a testament of…on-going commitment to a more productive and sustainable future for agriculture, aiming at decreasing fossil fuel dependency and increasing product circularity, while vastly improving customer’s operational performance”. Engineered for the new generation of electric tractors, the TM1 Eco Power tyre “prioritises sustainability” and but also features ultra-low rolling resistance properties for low energy consumption.
A week before we went to press, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that the UK would no-longer be phasing out ICE vehicles by 2030. Rather, the deadline would be pushed back to 2035. Not only was that decision a u-turn, it was a policy decision explicitly designed to slow down sales of electric vehicles, as number 10’s official statement at the time testifies: “Under revised plans, the Government will move back the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by five years, so all sales of new cars from 2035 will be zero emission. This will enable families to wait to take advantage of falling prices over the coming decade if they wish to.”
Fruehauf Inc. (Fruehauf) is recalling certain 2025 Composite trailers equipped with the Tire Pilot Plus tyre pressure regulation systems (TPRS) in the USA. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documentation 786 trailers are affected and all eight tyres on affected trailers “may experience a loss of tyre pressure while driving faster than 45 mph.”
The Maxxis MaxxCross MX-ST+ motocross tyre has been selected again as original equipment for the 2024 range of GASGAS motocross bikes. Meanwhile, the 2024 enduro range including the EC450F and EC500F models will feature Maxxis MaxxEnduro tyres.
GRI has appointed Luca Pini as the company’s OEM lead in Europe. According to the company, Pini will play a pivotal role in driving GRI’s growth and expansion in the European Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) market.
Yokohama Rubber Co Ltd is supplying Geolandar X-CV tyres as original equipment (OE) for Toyota Motor Corporation’s first-ever Grand Highlander SUV, which was launched in North America in June 2023. The Grand Highlander is being fitted with 255/65R18 111H and 255/55R20 107V size tyres.
TMT Tanks & Trailers, the Italian trailer manufacturer, has selected Apollo Tyres’ EnduRace RT2 tyre as original equipment (OE) for its premium ‘moving floor’ truck trailers. TMT’s moving floor trailers feature specialised loading and unloading systems that allow the unloading of bulk material without the need for tilting mechanisms.