Goodyear launches long haul drive tire

Goodyear launches long haul drive tire

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced what it claims is the “most fuel-efficient long haul drive tire in North America,” the Goodyear Fuel Max LHD G505D. The premium category tire will replace Goodyear’s G305 AT LHD, set to phase out by the end of 2014, and will be available in size 295/75R22.5, load range G.

“Fuel is the number-one cost for trucking fleets,” said Brian Buckham, general manager of product marketing for Goodyear’s commercial tire systems. “[The Goodyear Fuel Max LHD G505D] tire is a must-have for fleets that are serious about reducing their cost-per-mile.”

The tire, which is in the process of achieving SmartWay-verification, also features:

  • A highly siped center rib and lateral grooves to help enhance all-season traction;
  • Goodyear’s Tredlock Technology, which contains interlocking micro-grooves and a wide tread to help stabilize the tread for long life and enhanced toughness;
  • A steel-belt casing package for toughness, endurance and robust retreadability; and
  • Penetration protectors to help resist stone drilling, which also enhances casing retreadability.

“Our goal is to help fleets lower their cost-per-mile,” Buckham saild. “Helping them optimize their trucks’ fuel efficiency is a big part of this process.”

Buckham noted that the addition of this tire rounds out Goodyear’s fleet offerings. The G572A long-haul drive tire will still be sold for fleets that value long-mileage, while the G505D is available for fleets that seeking high fuel-savings.

The G505D long-haul drive tire is available now.

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