Goodyear regional tires designed for different applications

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. says it has bolstered its regional truck-tire product portfolio with two tires for two very different applications. The company says its Unisteel G149 RSA RH tire is designed for on-highway regional service, while its Unisteel G150 HSA is suited for school bus and city or neighborhood driving.

“Two is better than one, particularly when customers had to use one tire to do it all,” says Steve McClellan, vice president of commercial tire systems for Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear. “In this case, we’ve focused each tire on specific applications to better serve our customers with enhanced performance and treadwear.”

For example, the tread pattern for the G149 RSA RH is “tuned” for longer wear on urban streets and highway driving, while the G150 HSA uses special compounds for high-scrub applications used on school buses and in local pickup-and-delivery service, McClellan says. The G150 HSA also features sidewall protector ribs that help resist sidewall damage from the sharp turns and curbs encountered in neighborhood driving, he says.

Bruce Woodruff, Goodyear marketing manager for regional and light-truck commercial tires, says both all-position tires, available in 11R22.5 sizes in G and H load ratings, feature circumferential grooves and lateral blades that help displace water for confident driving on rain-soaked roads. In addition, Woodruff says, the tread footprint was modified for enhanced wear evenness and to help lower overall cost-per-mile.

“The G149 RSA RH and G150 HSA tires are both important additions to our regional lineup,” Woodruff says. “The tread design and compounding are application-specific to help enhance performance and add more miles to removal.”

The Unisteel casing features four full belts to help stiffen and support the tread, further resisting irregular wear, while an enhanced belt compound helps tear resistance. “This translates into longer casing life and more retreads for the life of the tire,” Woodruff says.

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