Goodyear introduces fuel efficient tire line

| 8/22/2006

SAN ANGELO, TX – Goodyear announced today that the company is launching a fuel efficient truck tire line, starting with the Unisteel G395 LHS steer tire. It will be followed next month by the G305 LHD drive tire and the G316 trail tire. Goodyear uses its new Fuel Max Technology to manufacture the truck tires, featuring new compounding and new structure.

In SAE/TMC fuel economy testing, the tires demonstrated 8 percent fuel economy improvement over a comparable truck with current technology tires. Goodyear expects that to translate to 4 percent or more improved mileage in real-world operation.

Goodyear claims that nearly 62 percent of the fuel economy is due to the rubber compound of the tread.

The tire company also is offering UniCircle and precure retreading with Fuel Max Technology. The retreading will be available by the end of the year.

by Paul Abelson, senior technical editor