A new passenger car touring tyre has been added to the Firestone line-up. Targeted at what the manufacturer calls ‘family drivers’ – saloon and compact vehicle drivers who enjoy a peaceful and relaxing experience behind the wheel – the new TZ300α is designed to offer robust and reliable performance, along with safety, comfort and a quiet ride. The TZ300α range is initially available in 14 sizes for 14 to 16-inch rims and will progressively replace the TZ200, which was first introduced in 2002.
Matador is releasing a new high performance segment tyre for the 2009 summer season. Intended for medium size (D-segment) and large (E-segment) cars, the Matador MP 44 Elite 3 features an asymmetrical tread pattern that the manufacturer reports delivers improved handling, comfort, tread life and wet and dry safety compared with its predecessors, the MP 42 Elite 2 and MP 43 Aquilla Evo.
The MP 44 Elite 3 will be produced in 34 sizes for 15 and 16-inch rim diameters, with T, H, V and W speed rated products on offer.
Beissbarth UK is introducing a new, easy-to-use Drester W-750 fully automatic wheel washer to its range, which cleans in approximately 30 seconds. The Drester wheel washer gives wheels a low environmental impact show-room sparkle and boosts profits with a short payback time.
When Beissbarth added the Drester Wheel Washer to its range over six years ago it found a new and diverse market – perfect for the needs of both vehicle restorers and major vehicle manufacturers, with high output for vehicle preparation of company vehicles for the dealer network.
New from the Dunlop stable is a the SP372 City, a steer and all position tyre for municipal vehicles such as city buses, garbage trucks and other vehicles operating in tough urban environments.
Kerbing, stop-start conditions and requirements for low noise and comfort were all important factors in the development of this all season municipal use tyre, says Dunlop. A high level of traction and short stopping distances on wet roads are further benefits the manufacturer wanted from the tyre. The SP372 City is designed to give exceptionally high mileage and long service life, qualities facilitated by its robust construction with reinforced sidewalls for enhanced durability. The tread pattern features specific, deep blading for improved wet braking and traction as well as all season usage capability. The compound was specifically developed for its abrasion-resistance, which combined with the other features means lower noise levels, an even wear pattern and improved comfort. The SP372 is designed for all season use and carries M+S markings. The tyre is also fully retreadable and regroovable.
Lancashire-based haulier, Smiths of Bury, has taken delivery of two new DAF XF 105 4x2s which have been specified with Michelin’s XDN2 Grip tyres as original equipment. These tyres selling point is that Michelin claims they retain their grip even when two-thirds worn, the XDN2 Grip tyres are being fitted to all new vehicles joining the fleet following an extensive in-house trial which saw a set of XDN2 Grip tyres fitted as replacements on the drive axle of one of the company’s 460 hp Volvo FH12 4×2.
“The driver of the Volvo regularly visits a customer’s premises, which are spread across three levels, with a sharp turn to negotiate at the bottom of a steep incline,” says Tim Laycock, a director of Smiths of Bury. “He was reporting traction difficulties when making the turn, and so we were keen to trial the Michelin XDN2 Grip tyres to see whether they would improve things.
Kumho’s current focus in the truck tyre segment is on the development of new products for the regional market. With this in mind, the company says that it is following closely the evolution of distribution trends. Today’s market sees the haulier faced with an increasingly complex network of routes, comprising many different road types and surfaces. As a result, the wear rates on tyres in these operations are inevitably higher than in long-haul, mainly motorway, usage. Recognising that durability and wear performance are two key factors influencing operators in their choice of tyres, Kumho is introducing new steer, drive and trailer patterns which provide a very competitive package in cost-per-mile terms.
The Longmark KRS 03 steer and KRD 02 drive axle tyres specifically address the problem of increased wear rates. Each has a wide, deep tread pattern which aims to give tyres longer life and increased driving stability in all highway applications. A newly-developed casing design reduces stress points and heat build-up, also to improve durability. The S-shaped sipes of the KRS 03 are designed to produce enhanced wet grip, stability and handling, while the KRD 02’s sturdy tread blocks result in more effective traction and braking in all weather conditions.
The Nokian Forest Rider, designed for CTL (cut-to-length) forestry machines, is said to be the first functional radial tyre for professional forestry use. The size range for the tyre, which Nokian reports has won over users with its driving comfort, durability and supreme traction, is now expanding. The newly available 24.5-inch rim size offers increased mobility and load-bearing capacity to smaller forestry machines. This larger size will also enable smaller machines to bear increasingly substantial loads and efficiently tackle demanding harvesting jobs. This latest Nokian Forest Rider rim size has a width of 650 mm.
Michelin has developed a new all-purpose drive axle tyre it claims is ideally suited for both road and motorway use in all weather conditions. Called the Michelin X MultiWay, the new tyre incorporates Michelin Durable Technologies to further enhance safety through its self-regenerating tread pattern that continues to deliver grip even when the tyre is two-thirds worn.
Specifically, this technology consists of raindrop-shaped cylindrical channels positioned in the centre of each tread block which, when the tread is two-thirds worn, gradually open to create new grooves in the middle of the tread block. A series of tests using a tyre which was two thirds worn demonstrated that the Michelin X MultiWay delivers reduced braking distances compared to a same size Michelin tyre incorporating standard technology.
Firestone has introduced what it has called “the first of a new generation of Firestone on/off highway tyres.” Called the FD385 On/Off-Highway Drive, the new tyre is designed to deliver a strong level of traction and exceptional removal mileage in severe service applications. The tyremaker reports it is ideal for logging, construction, mining refuse and oil field applications.
The FD835 has a block tread pattern that Firestone describes as ‘aggressive’, and angled sipes positioned in each block, which are intended to cut through rain for solid wet-surface handling. An extra-deep open shoulder design provides enhanced traction on soft surfaces, including mud and snow. With a tread over one inch deep, the FD835 offers good removal mileage. Ultra-tough tread compounds combat cuts, chips, chunks and tears for long tread life – even in severe service.
BFGoodrich has launched the new Long Trail T/ATOUR 4×4 tyre, which is designed for mainly road use and occasional off-road use. The new Long Trail T/ATOUR is designed to offer high levels of safety through its braking performance and road holding on dry, wet and loose surfaces. According to the company, the tyre is also one decibel quieter than its predecessor – something that is particularly important for road-going 4x4s.
The new tread pattern’s wet grip performance is provided by a combination of four longitudinal grooves to clear standing water, and heavy siping to grip wet and damp surfaces. Dry road performance is enhanced by a central rib in the tread that is made rigid by tie-bars. The combination of on and off-road performance comes thanks to staggered shoulder blocks, which are designed to give traction on loose surfaces including grass, mud and sand.
Goodyear has launched the Kelly Armorsteel KRH, a regional tyre for P&D and school bus applications. The new rib tyre was developed for uniform and long-lasting wear in regional applications, said Goodyear, and is now available in sizes 11R22.5 and 11R 24.5, both with an H load rating. Size 295.75R22.5 will be available in mid-June.
Goodyear said the Armorsteel KRH’s tread pattern was designed for “superb” traction on wet and dry roads, with circumferential grooves and lateral blading to help disperse water from under the tyre. Special tread compounding helps the tyre resist scrubbing and curbing in tight turns, the compay said. (Tire Review/Akron)
Hercules Tire International reports it is revamping is high performance line up to match the depth of its sport utility vehicle product lines. Hercules’ President, Joe Recchia, said, “our customers have spoken and we have listened. This year and next, we’ll be launching several new lines across all our main brands.”
The first line, the Hercules Raptis WR1 will be available later this year. The size range will, says Hercules, straddle “aficionado performance” and “touring performance” vehicle applications. The tyremaker is confidence that, with its sleek looks, rolling contour toroidal shape and bold asymmetric tread pattern, the Raptis WR1 will take its place among industry benchmark products in its category.
The key member of well-known US brand BFGoodrich’s performance product line-up here in the UK is the g-Force Profiler, a range available in sizes to fit rim diameters from 15 to 20-inches. According to BFGoodrich this is a tyre firmly targeted at drivers looking for ultimate control of their car, exceptional dry grip and high levels of driver feedback.
To ensure these performance qualities the g-Force Profiler features BFGoodrich’s new ICG Pack (Improved Grip Components). The ICG Pack is a combination of two essential elements: a directional tread design and a unique rubber compound. Together, says BFGoodrich, these offer excellent roadholding on all types of road surfaces, particularly in dry conditions.
The 27th running of the London Marathon on April 13 saw approximately 46,500 participants cover the 26 miles 385 yards between Blackheath and St. James’s Park – including six wearing footwear offering good rolling resistance and a speed rating way in excess of anything actually attained on the day. The six men, Maasai warriors, chose to compete in shoes made from recycled car tyres and held together with iron nails.
Goodyear has added two new tyres to its North American regional truck tyre product portfolio. The company is introducing the Unisteel G149 RSA RH tyre for on-highway regional service and the Unisteel G150 HSA for school bus and city or neighbourhood driving.
The two tyres, with their differing intended applications, replace a single tyre. Steve McClellan, vice president of Goodyear commercial tyre systems, said, “Two is better than one, particularly when customers formerly had to use one tyre to do it all. In this case, we have focused each tyre on specific applications to better serve our customers with enhanced performance and treadwear.”