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Yokohama Adds an Ultra Wide Base Drive Tire to Its BluEarth Line

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Yokohama Adds an Ultra Wide Base Drive Tire to Its BluEarth Line

Yokohama Tire Corp. has introduced its first-ever BluEarth commercial tire, the 709L ultra wide base (UWB) drive tire.  The SmartWay-verified 709L is available now in size 445/50R22.5.

“The BluEarth designation reflects Yokohama’s most advanced environmental technologies, and the BluEarth 709L UWB definitely fits the bill,” says Andrew Briggs, Yokohama Tire senior director of tire business planning, product planning and sales operations.

“It’s been engineered to be our most fuel-efficient drive tire yet with exceptional performance. Along with superior tread life and a highly durable casing, the BluEarth 709L UWB will provide extraordinary service for our fleet customers and operators throughout the country.”

The  BluEarth 709L UWB has a six-year, three retread warranty.

Yokohama says outstanding fuel economy is achieved by an advanced compound that is resistant to heat build-up, and an original tread depth of 24/32-inches for excellent low rolling resistance.    

The tire’s superior traction, especially in wet or snowy conditions without sacrificing rolling resistance, is derived from a specialized directional tread pattern, according to the company. In addition, a Z-block design creates multiple biting edges for outstanding grip during acceleration. Distinctive tie-bar connectors increase block rigidity to reduce heel-toe wear, while seven circumferential grooves efficiently evacuate water from beneath the tread to maximize contact with the road.

The tire’s extended service life is due to a zero-degree belt, which the key component to a highly durable and retreadable casing and which creates a consistently stable footprint for long, even wear. The company says special funnel-shaped grooves prevent stones and other debris from reaching the bottom of the groove where casing damage can occur.

For more information on Yokohama’s commercial tires and programs, visit

Yokohama Tire Corp. is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.The company’s product line includes tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s product line, visit

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