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Goodyear Dealer Conference, Day Two: From Europe with love (and plenty of biting edges)

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The new Goodyear Ultra Grip Performance winter tire will be available to North American dealers "prior to the 2007-2008 winter season," says the company.

Designed in Europe, the performance winter tire features the following:

* patented TredLock microgrooves, designed to open and close and, when necessary, lock together to adapt to changing winter conditions, including snow- and ice-covered roads;

* an asymmetric tread pattern, with deep, biting grooves for water dispersion;

* advanced silica technology, which helps create a "traction-enhanced tire surface geared to assist traction and provide balance and control in winter conditions."

Additionally, the tread pattern incorporates a dual, noise-pitching sequence to help the tire ride quietly and comfortably.

The Ultra Grip Performance tire will be available in 17 V-rated sizes. Goodyear says the size lineup is intended to fit a broad range of touring and performance vehicles.

Goodyear also introduced a dedicated winter tire for SUVs -- the Ultra Grip SUV. It, too, will be available next winter.

The size lineup will target vehicles such as the BMW X5, Range Rover and Infiniti Q45.

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