North American expansion for new Yokohama commercial tire

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A new commercial offering from Yokohama has been released in Canada, following the US launch in September. The 716U ultra-wide-base (UWB) tire is designed to decrease weight and increase profitability for fleets. Available in size 455/55R225, the 716U UWB carries a load rating M (ply-rating 22) to help boost payload by reducing unsprung weight without compromising total carrying capacity, enabling a larger payload capacity each trip.

“At Yokohama, we want to help commercial fleets reduce costs and improve productivity, in this case those in waste, recycle and on/off road severe service operations,” said Diana Colosimo, brand development manager for Yokohama Tire (Canada). “The new 716U offers reliable all-season traction and durable construction, while reducing overall vehicle weight and increasing payload.”

The 716U UWB also features a zig-zag groove to evacuate water away from the tread and enhance traction and wet-weather grip; funnel-shaped step grooves to prevent stones and other debris from reaching the bottom of the groove and damaging the casing; durable casing with an extra thick sidewall to resist damage from hitting potholes or curbs, and to increase retreadability; an advanced compound designed to resist scrubbing, cutting and chipping, thus extending tread-life; and a zero-degree belt that adds stability for a stable footprint and long, even wear.

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over 15 years and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ, Wired, Kipp Report and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire, Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and Wheel Technology International. He is also the chairman of the Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation & Excellence

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