Large, powerful cars and SUVs with electric or hybrid drives are substantially heavier than conventional ICE-powered vehicles and thus need tyres that can handle greater loads. The solution is to fit tyres with a higher load index. The gold standard here is HL, and Continental has announced the arrival of the first passenger tyres with the new HL load index code.
A successor to the Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV has arrived. Starting in January, Goodyear is introducing the EfficientGrip 2 SUV in 52 SKUs for 16- to 22-inch rim diameters. The full range should be available by the end of February 2022.
Toyo Tire has signed a strategic partnership agreement with JAOS Corporation, the SUV automotive components manufacturer. Toyo and JAOS aim to increase the value of their brands in the SUV and four-wheel drive market around the world through mutual collaboration in marketing activities. The two companies will leverage their aggregate knowledge gained through joint participation in motorsports events and original product testing, for delivering products with enhanced appeal to the market.
The UK new car market declined for an eighth consecutive month in November, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 163,541 vehicles were registered, down -11.2 per cent year-on-year, driven by a significant fall in diesel demand.