Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, a business unit of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC, says operators who equip their vehicles with new Firestone-brand commercial tires can save up to $1,200 a year.
During an event kicking off its Firestone Drives America Tour in Akron, Ohio, Bridgestone officials talked about their efforts to reinvigorate Firestone as the company's mid-level truck tire brand. A key to that is its new Eco-Products line.
Previously announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show, the Eco-Products line lowers operating costs by 7%, or $1,200 a year, according to Bridgestone.
The SmartWay-verified tires provide 19% longer tread life and 1% better fuel economy compared to previous Firestone products. The company credits new applications of existing technologies for the improved wear and rolling resistance of the FS591 steer, FD691 drive and FT491 all-position trailer tires.
* The FS591 steer radial combines low rolling resistance tread and energy-saving casing design to optimize fuel efficiency, according to Bridgestone. The FS591 features a wide, deep tread and proprietary shoulder design for greater removal mileage and irregular wear resistance. The company’s patented sidewall technologies, Ulti-Rib and and Defense Side Groove, promote smooth wear. A continuous shoulder offers long, even wear and lower rolling resistance.
* The FD691 drive radial has a continuous shoulder design and high-rigidity tread pattern to promote long, even wear, helping increase tread life and lower rolling resistance. Flow-through design evacuates water to increase road grip. The tire’s optimized bead design and proprietary compound in the sidewall lowers rolling resistance and improves fuel efficiency throughout the lifecycle of the casing.
* The FT491 all-position radial uses the company’s Ulti-Rib and Defense Groove designs to combat the initiation and spread of irregular wear. Sidewall protector ribs help protect the casing from curbing damage and abrasion. The wider tread spreads load over a larger area, distributing footprint pressure to promote long, smooth wear. The wider design also takes a full-size drive cap when retreaded for extended life.
All Eco tires use Bridgestone’s patented NanoPro-Tech polymer technology that limits energy loss for improved rolling resistance and optimum fuel efficiency. In addition, an innovative sidewall design used in each tire reduces overall tire weight to improve fuel efficiency without sacrificing durability.
For more information, visit www.firestonetrucktires.com.
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.