Yokohama to be OE on Audi and Chrysler models

Oct. 24, 2007

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.'s Advan Winter (V902) tires have been approved by Audi AG as original equipment winter tires for the Audi S6 and Audi S8.

The tires are the latest additions to the company's flagship Advan Winter high-performance winter tire series.

Tire sizes are 265/35R19 98V XL (Extra Load) for the S6 and 265/35R20 99V XL for the S8. Both sizes are for front and rear. The S6 and S8 are in the Audi S-series, the top performance range of the company's lineup, and are the first Audis to come equipped with Yokohama winter tires. The approved Advan Winter tires are factory-fitted options for the German market, but can be ordered at Audi dealerships worldwide, the company says.

The company also has announced it will supply OE tires for the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, sold in North America, and the Chrysler Grand Voyager sold in markets around the world.

This will be the first time for Yokohama to supply tires to Chrysler LLC. The sizes of the tires approved for all-season use in North America will be 225/65R16 100S Avid S33B and Avid C33B. On vehicles to be exported, Aspec A349A summer tires will be fitted in sizes 225/65R16 100H and 225/65R17 102H.

Yokohama Rubber will manufacture the tires at Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. (YTPI), Yokohama's production base for exported passenger car tires, and delivered to Chrysler from Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC), Yokohama's U.S. subsidiary.