Tire manufacturers introduce a new tire with the latest technology. The two main reasons new tire designs are introduced to the market are
- A market need dictates a new tread design
- New rubber compounds solve a problem.
Here are few new recently released tires that fit into both of these categories.
Toyo Open Country RT
The completely new Toyo Open Country R/T was launched in September of 2014. It is positioned between the Open Country AT and the Open Country MT. This tire has a tread pattern that allows it to have an aggressive look while offering a lower noise level than the Open Country MT. Toyo has traditionally designed tough all-terrain and mud-terrain tires that are smoother than the competition and the Open Country RT is no exception. This tire also carries a 45K mile (72K km) treadwear warranty.
Nitto Exo Grappler
Next, the Nitto Exo Grappler All-Weather Traction tire is a true all season tire. Built in 17”, 18” and 20” Light-Truck sizes, this tire even carries a winter tire designation and can be fitted with TSMI #15 studs for increased winter traction. It is positioned to be more aggressive than the Terra Grappler, but less aggressive than the Trail Grappler.
Michelin Premier AS
Turning to passenger tires, Michelin has cooked up a new tire that solved an age old problem; that of maintaining traction in the wet when the tires are worn. The new Premier A/S achieves almost constant wet traction due in part to a unique manufacturing process that allows the circumferential grooves that encompass the tire tread to actually get wider as the tire wears. This effectively allows very little loss of volume in the groove for evacuating water. Think of a triangular shaped groove that widens as the top is worn down. The tire carries a 65K mile (105K km) treadwear warranty and is built in 33 sizes from 15”-18” in most popular sizes and H and V Performance Ratings.
Your local Go Tire tire professional will help you find the right tire to meet your driving needs.