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Conti’s Untamed Innovation will roll into GATS

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Continental Tire the Americas LLC is taking its Untamed Innovation Tour to the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas on Aug. 23, 2012.

The 83-foot mobile exhibit showcases Continental tires, technologies and solutions for lowering the overall driving costs of commercial trucking operations.

Included in the pavilion will be an explanation of ContiLifeCycle – integrating the complete suite of Continental truck tires with transitions to retread products; and Continental emergency road service programs including the new TrukFix for OOIDA members.

The ContiPressureCheck tire pressure monitoring system will also be demonstrated at the event, as will the Continental Commercial Vehicles and Aftermarket Division’s new VDO RoadLog electronic on-board recorder. VDO RoadLog is designed to allow for drivers, fleets and owner operators to record and report Hours of Service (HOS) and other key compliance data quickly, easily and without monthly fees.

Also at GATS, Continental will preview its latest tire products that “drive” fuel economy and performance, starting with a first look at the ContiEcoPlus HD3, a third-generation long-haul highway drive tire product engineered for operating conditions of more than 120,000 miles per year.

“Through optimizing the tread depth and width, and the redesign of voids in the three-dimensional tread pattern, the ContiEcoPlus HD3 utilizes our design expertise to the fullest to achieve low rolling resistance without sacrificing mileage or traction,” said Clif Armstrong, director of marketing for commercial vehicle tires, the Americas. “Both of these are important to long-haul operators in today’s trucking environment, as is this tire’s advanced capability for retreading.”

Also new at GATS will be Continental’s newly launched HDR2 in an 11R22.5 size to replace the existing HDR1. Remaining sizes will be launched in early 2013. The HDR2 (Heavy Drive Regional) has been engineered to improve mileage by more than 20 percent over its predecessor.

GATS takes place at the Dallas Convention Center, August 23-25. Armstrong will also speak at the GATS Tire Manufacturers’ Information Panel on Friday at 1 p.m. Show information is available at www.gatsonline.com.

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