Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has expanded its Work Series line of tires with the introduction of two new tires in 19.5-inch sizes (225/70R and 245/70R) for Class 4 through Class 6 trucks and vans.
The Work Series All-Steel Drive (ASD) tire is an open shoulder steel-belted drive tire, while the Work Series All Steel All Position (ASA) tire is an all-position, steel-belted tire, with a less aggressive tread pattern.
The tires will be unveiled at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Transportation Technology Exhibition in Atlanta next week. They are targeted toward the growing final mile marketplace, where smaller vehicles -- requiring 19.5-inch size tires -- are used.
“More and more vans and delivery trucks are on the road in final mile deliveries, and those operations continue to grow exponentially,” says Gary Schroeder, executive director of Cooper’s global truck and bus tire business. “These customers are looking for highly engineered tires that can hold up for long miles to removal, while providing excellent ride characteristics. That’s where our new Cooper tires come in.”
According to Schroeder, the new Cooper Work Series ASD and ASA tires can withstand punishment from constant curbing. They are engineered with an extra strip of rubber on the sidewall – a curb bar – which helps ensure the integrity of the sidewall. The tires also will perform well for vocational trucks such as utility vehicles, bucket trucks, and ambulances. To work well with EMT and ambulance operations, the tires, in size 225/70R, have an N-speed rating – the highest in the industry.
Both tires were designed with low cost of ownership in mind. “We’re out to provide excellent performance, long-tire life, and retreadability, balanced with a very competitive price to give our customers the value they’re looking for,” says Schroeder. “What’s more, these two tires have rolling resistance numbers that will save our customers a significant amount of fuel over the life of the tires.”
This all steel-belt constructed tire features 18/32nds of tread depth in a four rib, open-shoulder design. “It’s a tough tire with shoulder tie bars for stability, and it’s designed to be very responsive, for outstanding driveability,” says Schroeder. “Often, drive tires will react slowly to turns in the road – giving a squishy and floating feel. But through advanced engineering and thorough testing, we’ve developed a tire that has crisp handling with a great connection to the road for added driving confidence.”
Special compounding allows the tire to withstand damage and tread loss from scrubbing, curbing, and rapid starts and stops. For added performance, chevron grooves provide biting edges for optimum traction, while the tire’s 3D zigzag siping interlocks to provide exceptional wet weather grip.
The Cooper Work Series ASD tire is Three Peak Mountain Snowflake certified. It was designed for long miles to removal, plus is retreadable, thanks to the highly engineered steel belt package. It also features a full replacement value warranty for the first 50% of tread wear.
The Cooper Work Series ASA tire features 17/32nds of tread depth in a five-rib pattern. Designed for the steer position, the tire can also be used as a drive tire for those running in operations where extra traction isn’t required.
Like the Work Series ASD, the Cooper Work Series ASA tire has special scrub resistant compounding and all steel casing construction for long life. A special curb bar and stone ejectors combine to resist hazards commonly found in urban deliveries, while aisle sipes, near the edge of the tire, help in controlling irregular wear.
The tire also features Cooper’s Wear Square tread wear indicators – squares on the tire’s shoulder ribs that show the tread depth through five different evolving image icons. A “square” shows full tread depth, while an “L” shape shows half the tread is left. An icon also shows when the tire should be pulled for replacement or retreading due to the remaining tread depth. Since the Wear Square tread wear indicators are placed on both sides of the tire, it’s also an alignment indicator. If the icons don’t match, the tire technician knows there is an alignment problem or uneven tire issue and can take corrective measures.
The Work Series ASA tire also offers a full replacement value warranty for the first 50% of tread wear.
The tires will be available for order beginning in June. For more information, visit www.coopertire.com.