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Conti HTL1 truck tire is SmartWay approved

A fourth Continental truck tire, the HTL1 wide-based trailer tire, has been approved by the EPA for inclusion in their SmartWay Transport Partnership list. SmartWay Transport is a collaboration between the EPA and the freight sector designed to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, and improve energy security. Part of this “green list” includes truck tires that meet government standards for low rolling resistance. Low rolling resistance means that less energy is used to overcome friction between the tire and road surface, resulting in less fuel consumption and better gas mileage.

Continental officials remarked: “Based upon data provided by tire manufacturers and EPA testing and research, the EPA determined that certain tire models can provide a reduction in emissions and an estimated fuel savings of 3% or greater… when used on all three axles.”

The other Continental truck tires that made the grade were the Continental HSL2 steer tire, the Continental HDL Eco Plus drive tire, and the Continental HTL Eco Plus.

For access to wholesale truck tires, contact Future Tire at 516-752-9200.

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Falken High Country A/T light truck/SUV tires

 

Falken has announced it will begin producing a new line of light truck/SUV tires: the High Country A/T.

Falken has announced it will begin producing a new line of light truck/SUV tires: the High Country A/T.

Falken Tire has introduced a brand new line of light truck and SUV tires tentatively dubbed the High Country A/T line. This new line of tires feature plenty of truck-friendly specs including a deeper tread depth, heavy siping to improve traction in wet conditions, and M+S (mud/snow) rated performance. The result is a well-rounded tire perfect for the the rugged conditions that most light truck and SUV owners subject their trucks to. If you’re not a fan of off-roading to work, the High Country A/T  still delivers stellar performance on asphalt. 

Thirty-four different sizes of these new wholesale Falken tires (metric, floatation, & LT) are schedule to be shipping to regional distributors in the near future. Rim sizes for the new line range from 15 to 20 inches in diameter to offer support for a diverse lineup of trucks and SUVs. Judging by the performance we’ve seen first-hand from Falken’s line of passenger tires, including models like the Ziex ZE-912 and the ZE-512, we’re expecting the Falken High Country A/Ts to be a top-seller in the industry.

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Continental announces 5 new truck tires

Continental announced 5 new truck tires that will be manufactured in the U.S.

Continental announced 5 new truck tires that will be manufactured in the U.S.

This year’s Mid-America Trucking show has come to an end, but not before Continental shared some encouraging news regarding the U.S.-based manufacture of 5 new wholesale truck tires. This next generation lineup includes 2 new steer tires, a trailer tire, and a drive tire, as well as a new wide-based trailer tire. The theme of the new lineup seems to be “efficiency,” as most of the new products offer improved mileage and lower overall driving costs.

The five new Continental truck tires are:

  1. HSR2 (heavy steer) regional. Replaces the 7-year old Continental HSR. New tread compound offers a 15% mileage improvement over the older version. Also includes other features such as a patented stone ejection system and a visual alignment indicator which serves as a helpful warning regarding alignment issues.
  2. HDL2 DL (heavy drive long-haul deep lug). Features an inch of tread depth and a wide tread pattern.
  3. HTL Eco-plus (heavy trailer long haul). An eco-friendlier trailer tire that improves fuel economy by 10%.
  4. H2U2 (heavy steer urban). More tread depth and volume than the earlier model, designed primarily for waste haulers and construction fleet owners.
  5. HTL1 (heavy trailer long haul). Wide-based tire designed to replace  two trailer tires.

The new Continental truck tires will be manufactured in the company’s Mount Vernon, Illinois plant – good news for U.S. tire industry workers who have seen reduced manufacturing capacity, plant closings, and layoffs in wake of the current economic crisis. Expect the truck tires to show up in the warehouses of local wholesale tire distributors in the coming months.

Filed under: Continental Tires, Tire News, Truck Tires, Uncategorized,

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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Five new truck tires from Kumho

Kumho Truck TiresWithin the year, tire dealers should expect to gain access to inventory of five new wholesale truck tires from Kumho. Since its new Chinese radial truck and bus tire factory was added to company’s manufacturing resources last December, Kumho USA has had extended access to truck tires. 5 new models are expected in 2009, including a drive, steer and trailer tire, an on/off highway steer and trailer tire, and a wide-base tire.

Here are the five new models:

1. KLS02. Linehaul steel truck tire designed to resist irregular wear. Available in 11R22.5, 11R24.5, 295/75R22.5 and 285/75R24.5

2. KLD02. The extra-deep drive tire is designed for linehaul and regional applications. A more fuel-efficient truck tire for the drive position. Available in the four most popular truck tire sizes.

3. KRT03. New all-position trailer available in size 11R22.5.

4. KMA01. The premium on/off highway steer or trailer tire. High removal mileage and retread quailty. Available in five sizes: 11R22.5, 11R24.5, 12R22.5, 225/70R19.5 and 315/80R22.5.

5. KMA02. The wide-base tire features stone ejectors and tie-bars. Available in 385/65R22.5, 425/65R22.5, and 445/65R22.5.

Check with your wholesale tire distributor to see when these new Kumho  truck tires are expected to hit warehouses in the United States.

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