The big news on Day Two of the 2017 Goodyear Customer Conference centered around new Goodyear-brand tires, starting with a premium all-season tire.
“The Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady helps deliver exactly what its name implies: superior confidence behind the wheel, whether the road is slick with rain or covered with ice,” said Ryan Patterson, president of Goodyear’s North American consumer tire business. “Rain, sleet or shine, this tire delivers the best all-season traction for consumers.”
Goodyear will begin rolling out sizes in August. By the end of the year, the WeatherReady will be available in 40 sizes that will cover 77% of cars, minivans and SUVs, including the Chevrolet Cruze and Equinox; Ford Edge, Escape and Explorer; Honda Accord, Civic and CR-V; and Toyota Camry, Corolla and Highlander. Here is the breakdown (with the number of sizes in parentheses).
15-inch (1): 195/65R15 91H.
16-inch (9): from 225/70R16 103T to 205/55R16 91H.
17-inch (12): from 215/65R17 99 H to 235/45R17 97V.
18-inch (11): from 235/65R18106H to 235/45R18 94V.
19-inch (4): from 255/60R19 109H to 255/50R19 107H.
20-inch (3): 235/55R20 102H, 255/55R20 110H, 245/50R20 102H.
The WeatherReady features the company’s Weather Reactive Technology, which contains:
* Evolving Traction Grooves that provide “like-new” traction as the tire wears;
* 3D TredLock Technology Blades, which provide predictable traction in turns when the weather changes;
* an asymmetric tread for traction in any weather;
* “sweeping tread grooves” that force water away for steadfast control in the rain; and
* zigzag biting edges designed to provide dependable grip on snow and ice.
“The all-season Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady is our best traction tire ever,” said Patterson. “It was developed in partnership with our customers to satisfy the needs of their consumers. Throughout its design process, we engaged with our customers, collaborating on performance requirements, product appearance and other features.”
The tire is superior to the tire it will eventually replace, the Assurance Tripletred, in wet cornering; snow and ice acceleration and deceleration; snow and ice braking (a 15% improvement on ice); and noise reduction, both new and worn. It maintained its dry traction, cornering and stopping performance versus the Tripletred, said David Reese, director of product marketing. It also has three-peak mountain snowflake certification for severe snow conditions.
The company also introduced two other tires at the conference.
The new Endurance trailer tire is “the only radial special trailer tire built in the United States,” said Patterson. The tire features Goodyear Durawall Technology, which helps it resist sidewall cuts and punctures. It will be available in a number of N-rated, D and E load range sizes, including ST 255/85R16.
The Goodyear Endurance LHD is a premium long-haul drive tire that will be available mid-year, according to Pierre Jambon, vice president of aviation, OTR and commercial tires. Tread wear in the tire will be “significantly better” than the tire it will eventually replace, the G572A, said Brian Buckham, general manager of commercial products.