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Bridgestone Announces New Eco-Friendly Tire – Ecopia EP100

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Tires with low rolling resistance seem to be all the rage these days. Another major manufacturer, this time Bridgestone, has just introduced a new eco-friendly tire to their lineup: the Ecopia EP100. So what exactly does “low rolling resistance” mean? Basically it’s a fancy term for a tire that’s engineered to require less energy to start spinning and keep spinning. Low rolling resistance is accomplished with a combination of tire weight, tread compound chemistry, and tread pattern aerodynamics. Remember that most OE tires aren’t designed with gas mileage in mind, but instead, all-around performance to please the highest number of customers.

The Bridgestone Ecopia EP100 is built to provide low rolling resistance and a quiet ride without sacrificing wet road handling traction, which can sometimes be an issue when treads are designed for optimized gas mileage. For drivers concerned primarily with getting the most out of their fuel dollars, low rolling resistance tires could be a worthwhile investment. Expect to see more manufacturers hopping onto the eco-friendly tire bandwagon in the coming months.

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Goodyear Introduces New Wrangler MTR with Kevlar

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When it comes to tough materials, it doesn’t get any tougher than Kevlar. This powerful material gained fame for its use in bulletproof vests but is now being used in a variety of other applications, including the newest off-road tire from Goodyear. The Goodyear Wrangler MT/R is the company’s first tire built with Kevlar to protect from sidewall punctures on rugged terrain. When choosing a material for enhanced puncture protection, Kevlar is the obvious choice: Pound-for-pound the material is almost five times stronger than steel! The Kevlar reinforcement provides a 35 percent increase in puncture resistance compared to the original MT/R model.

“The new Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar updates the legendary off-road performing namesake, which has had a great reputation among serious off-roaders,” said Melissa Montisano, Goodyear’s general manager for light-truck tires. “This new tire will certainly get the attention of anyone who takes off-road traction seriously.”

The Wrangler MT/R is available in 30 popular sizes and will fit popular light trucks such as the Hummer H2 and H3, Nissan Xterra, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Jeep Wrangler, and more. If you’re interested in purchasing the Wrangler MT/Rs for your vehicle you can buy new tires online.

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Most popular tire sizes in 2008

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Each year the Rubber Manufacturers Association publishes its annual breakdown of the most popular tire sizes in its “Preliminary Tire Industry Factbook.” The 2009 edition has just been released and it looks as if the top four replacement tires from last year have held their ground in the top spots. Original equipment tire sizes were a different story, where there were a few noteworthy ranking changes.

The four most popular replacement tire sizes (calculated as a percentage of the total tires shipped by RMA-member companies) were:

  1. P225/60R16
  2. P235/75R15
  3. P205/65R15
  4. P215/70R15

Original equipment tire sizes ranked as follows:

  1. P215/60R16 (8% of RMA shipments)
  2. P225/55R17 (4.8%…up from #8 in last year’s report)
  3. P265/70R17
  4. P195/60R15
  5. P215/55R17

The 2009 report is valuable information for both wholesale tire distributors as well as brick-and-mortar and online tire stores who are wondering what to stock in the new year. Using this analysis is an easy way to guage which sizes are going to sell often.

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Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tire slated as OE for Chevy Volt

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One of Goodyear’s newest radials, the Assurance Fuel Max, has been designated as the original equipment tire on the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. The Chevy Vol garnered some serious attention from the media when it was unveiled as the first hi-tech vehicle to run solely on an electric motor. The Volt does feature a small gasoline engine, but the engine is primarily used to recharge the vehicles batteries or to power the electric motor.

With gas mileage and eco-friendliness the obvious centerpiece of the Volt, GM has made the obvious choice to choose OE tires that provide low rolling resistance and better gas mileage. The Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires provide a 4 percent improvement in highway fuel economy, and are starting to show up in the inventories of wholesale tire dealers around the country.

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Tire Safety Tip #2: Install tires in pairs or complete sets

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When it’s time to buy new tires, it’s highly recommended that you install the radials as a complete set, or at the very least, in pairs of two. Even if you only need to replace one tire, putting different types of tires on your car in different positions can greatly upset things like handling and anti-lock brake efficiency.

The pairs should always be installed in the front or in the back. Never put tires on just the right or just the left side of the vehicle. The tires should be the same size, make, and model, and have identical speed and load ratings. All of this informaton can beĀ  on the sidewall of the tire. If you’re having trouble determining the tire size your vehicle requires, contact a local tire shop who will be happy to pull the information from the fitment guide for you.

Regardless of whether your car is forward wheel or rear wheel drive, if you are replacing two tires they should be installed in the rear. Maximum traction in the rear wheels is very important for maintaining the overall stability of the car. Of course, new tires on the rear is no excuse for letting your front tires wear bald. Always replace your tires when the tread can no longer do the job it was designed for.

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Kumho opens new tire warehouse in New Jersey

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As part of their aggressive growth strategy to become one of the top 5 global tire manufacturers, South Korean tire maker Kumho has announced the opening of a brand new warehouse in South Brunswick, NJ. The facility has storage capacity for up to 225,000 units and will serve primarily as a support center for tire distribution to wholesale tire distributors located in eastern New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Delaware.

Kumho currently markets its line of passenger car and truck tires in over 160 countries. Those located in the northeast can expect a significant difference in stock availability and shipping times thanks to the new Kumho warehouse. Check with your local tire dealer for more information about Kumho tires or buy Kumho tires online.

Source: Official Kumho press release

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Michelin tire recall: 597 tires affected in the United States

Michelin Pilot Alpine Tire RecallIf you have purchased Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2 ZP winter tires in size 225/50 R17 94H in the United States, you may be affected by the latest recall from French tire manufacturer Michelin. Michelin is recalling 597 of their Pilot Alpin winter tires after discovering they were non-compliant with the NHTSA requirement for a marking which indicates the tire has been certified to its motor vehicle safety standard.

However, the tire meets all of its performance requirements and does not pose any safety hazards on the road. The tires are simply missing the letters “DOT” from the sidewall which is required by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

If you believe that you might be affected by the tire recall, return the tires to your local dealer for a free inspection and potential replacement. Or, call Michelin Consumer Care at 1-800-847-3435. If you buy tires online, contact your online dealer for return and replacement instructions.

Source: Official Michelin Press Release

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