Geneva International Motor Show: new tire roundup

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Yokohama, Apollo Vredestein and Bridgestone all unveiled new tires earlier this month at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Yokohama revealed its new Geolandar A/T G015 SUV tire in Switzerland featuring an optimized tread pattern and a new compound, which increases its wear performance and traction performance on wet and snow-covered roads. The tire is compliant with ECE Regulation No.117 Revision 2 (R117-02), and at the same time has attained the three-peaks snowflake symbol. The tire’s LT size for use in the harshest of off-road conditions is said to achieve superior cut and chip resistance.

Meanwhile, Apollo Vredestein also launched its new SUV rubber, the Vredestein Ultrac Satin. The tread of the tire features a unique, traction-enhancing resin and z-shaped grooves, which are said to provide extremely high levels of grip and handling on wet roads. The oval footprint combined with the asymmetrical tread pattern improve steering precision and control. For lower rolling resistance and increased wet grip, it features an optimized geometry and compound improvements in the following five areas: tread, tread foundation, sidewall, carcass, and the rim cushion.

Bridgestone also highlighted its new DriveGuard run-flat tire, which is designed to be fitted on all passenger cars to remove concerns relating to tire damage (including in sidewall and tread areas). The DriveGuard technology uses a proprietary high-tech cooling fin design as well as supportive and tough reinforced sidewalls, which allow drivers to maintain control and continue driving safely and comfortably for 80km at up to 80km/h after a puncture until it is safe to either repair or replace their tire.

More details on the DriveGuard in the upcoming issue of Tire Technology International.

March 17, 2016

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