The "C" in four of the six Milestar Steelpro MS597S sizes stands for "Commercial."

The "C" in four of the six Milestar Steelpro MS597S sizes stands for "Commercial."

Tireco Inc. has added six sizes to its commercial van lineup, which features the new Milestar Steelpro MS597S.

The six new metric commercial Steelpro MS597S sizes are:

15-inch: 205/65R15C and 185/60R15C.

16-inch: 195/75R16C, 235/65R16C and 215/55R16 XL.

17-inch: 215/50R17 XL.

Popular replacement fitments for the the Milestar Steelpro MS597S include the Ford Transit, Ford Transit Connect, Ram Promaster City, Nissan NV200 and Chrysler Sprinter.

The commercial van segment is one of the fastest growing segments in the automotive industry, according to Tireco. "In the past three years, the segment has seen significant growth and continues momentum that outpaces overall automotive sales projections."

Despite its aggressive highway rib design and stone ejectors within the grooves, the MS597S combines a quiet ride with great wet-weather handling. Tireco backs the tire with a 40,000-mile limited tread wear warranty.

Tireco also will soon be adding two sizes to its Steelpro MS597 tire: 8.75R16.5 and 9.50R16.5. That will increase the number of LT sizes to nine.

"The 'commercial vehicle' segment has seen double digit growth for the third straight year, while the overall industry growth is low single digit," says Andrew Hoit, vice president of sales and marketing. "The latest generation of commercial vans, commonly referred to as Sprinters, is booming!

"These smaller, more aerodynamic, and more economical vans are rapidly replacing the box vans and cargos vans of the past. In some cases, these vans are not hit with the higher commercial vehicle tax rates commonly found with the larger medium duty trucks and delivery vans of the past."

Both the Milestar Steelpro MS597S and MS597 have the same tread pattern. Competitors include the Hankook Dynapro HT RH12, and the Continental VancoFourSeasons.

Tireco, a U.S.- based private brand marketer and distribution company, exclusively owns and distributes the Milestar, Geostar, Geotrac, Nanco and Tracguard brands. The company also distributes the Nankang and WestLake brands exclusively in North America.

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