Continental designs HSR2 Eco Plus fuel-efficient medium-duty steer

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Continental Tire the Americas’ HSR2 Eco Plus is a fuel-efficient medium-duty steer tire for hybrid highway and regional applications. The company says the HSR2 Eco Plus, when tested with typical loads for this application, showed a 15 percent improvement in rolling resistance over its HSR2 regional steer tire, translating to about 3 percent greater fuel economy. The HSR2 Eco Plus, available in size 275/80/R22.5, uses a fuel-efficient compound and has a four-rib tread design that helps improve rolling resistance.

The HSR2 Eco Plus incorporates a protective curb rib for high-scrub applications, groove geometry that helps reduce cracking and tearing, and the company’s proprietary VAI-plus system of visual alignment indicators that also demonstrate the tire’s tread depth. The tire, which has been verified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership as a low rolling-resistance truck tire, also is able to handle diverse conditions such as potholes and curbs that often can lead to tire damage.