Goodyear believes in starting the new year off right. The last week of January, more than 2,000 Goodyear dealers from Canada and the United States gathered at the Gaylord Texan Resort outside Dallas for three packed days of meetings, strategy sessions, and technology seminars, and learned more about Goodyear's latest long-haul steer tire.
Goodyear officials pulled the wraps off the Endurance LHS long-haul steer tire. First announced last summer, the tire has been performing well in fleet testing and is now officially available. Mahesh Kavaturu, director of technology for Goodyear Commercial Tires, said is the company’s best-ever long-haul steer tire for miles to removal.
“This tire, which was introduced last year, is providing extraordinary mileage in fleet evaluations – in some cases, 175,000 miles, 186,000 miles and in one fleet test, more than 210,000 miles,” said Kavaturu. He noted those tests were conducted by 13 fleets running 142 examples of the tire in a full suite of real-world weather and road conditions. To date, Kavaturu said, the new tire has logged more than 13 million combined miles.
Kavaturu said Goodyear engineers have optimized the new steer tire to help provide long miles to removal, as well as these additional features:
- A new, wear-resistant tread compound;
- A new dual-layer tread with uniform stiffness for slow, even wear;
- New rigid casing construction for a consistent footprint; and
- New casing compounds for low rolling resistance.
“Long-haul fleets are the biggest segment of the North American trucking market,” Kavaturu added. “When it comes to tires, these companies measure every mile. And they want to get as many miles as possible out of their tire investment, without sacrificing other performance benefits like fuel efficiency, even wear and traction. We are confident the new Goodyear Endurance LHS, along with the Goodyear Endurance LHD, can help fleets achieve this balance and ultimately lower their operating costs.”
The Goodyear Endurance LHS is available in the following sizes: 295/75R22.5 (Load Ranges G and H); 11R22.5 (Load Ranges G and H); 285/75R24.5 (Load Ranges G and H); and 11R24.5 (Load Ranges G and H).