- Apr 16, 2009
Soft, chewy fuel mileage - Goodyear introduces Assurance FuelMax tire
Goodyear claims that the new tire's construction and proprietary compound can help drivers save 4% more fuel, equating to thousands of miles over the life of the tires. The Fuel Max tires are actually virtually the same as the original Assurance doughnuts, differing in tread compound only. Goodyear says the original Assurance's tread design is the reason for the Fuel Max performing well. Pricing is right around $100-$120 per tire in the common sizes, within range for a decent tire of any make these days. We're still waiting for a Z-Rated tire that lasts 150,000 miles and costs five bucks, but in the meantime, Goodyear's new development takes some of the sacrifice out of being more frugal. Press release posted after the jump.
GOODYEAR INTRODUCES BREAKTHROUGH
ASSURANCE FUEL MAX TIRE
State-of-the Art Science Helps Deliver Fuel-Efficiency, All-Season Traction and
65,000-Mile Tread Life Limited Warranty in a Cost-Effective Tire Choice
"Goodyear has an unparalleled track record of developing leading edge tire technologies such as AquaChannel Technology, RunFlat Technology, Carbon Fiber Technology and TripleTred Technology, and is always working to develop new and innovative products and relevant technologies for consumers," said Gary Medalis, Goodyear general manager, passenger tires. "Goodyear achieved a breakthrough in proprietary technology that has enabled us to expand performance attributes."
Many fuel-efficient tires today depend on replacing carbon black material with silica in the tread compound, either in part or in total, to minimize rolling resistance.
The tire structure and tread design, including two unique tread zones, contribute to the Assurance Fuel Max's confident traction, braking and tread life performance. The Dry Zone, with strong shoulder blocks, helps enhance handling and grip for confident maneuvering on dry pavement.
The Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max is available in 27 sizes – to fit about 80 percent of the auto tire segment. This includes automobiles such as the Pontiac Grand Prix and Chevrolet Impala, minivans such as the Chrysler Town & Country, and even hybrids such as the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Malibu. On February 10, General Motors announced that the 2011 Chevy Volt will come equipped with Assurance Fuel Max tires.