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AddA look at low-rolling resistance tires

Do they really save fuel, and at what sacrifice of other important tire attributes?

Flat-out down Mid-Ohio's long back straight – not really straight because it has a fast dog-leg kink – braking hard into the tricky right-left combination that follows, I was having a great time. For a former racer, any time spent on a wonderful road course like Mid-Ohio, even in a middling, front-drive, four-cylinder compact car, is quality time.

48Michelin demonstrates how low rolling resistance tires work

Tires get overlooked in the headlines about fuel economy and CAFE standards, which is a little odd. After all, a car's tires are the only contact it has with the road, so more efficient rubber means more efficient use of fuel, and even tiny gains spread over the huge number of road-going vehicles can translate into remarkable overall gains.

AddBridgestone adds more sizes to fuel-saving Ecopia EP422 tire lineup

Bridgestone has announced the expansion of its fuel-saving Ecopia EP422 low-rolling resistance tire lineup from five to 29 sizes, ranging from 15- to 18-inch tires sized specifically for vehicles like the Toyota Prius, Chevy Malibu, Nissan Altima and Honda Odyssey.

AddConsumer Reports: Low-rolling resistance tires fail to meet buyers' expectations

Recently, Consumer Reports conducted a survey of car tire buyers and discovered that a remarkable 95 percent of consumers were satisfied with their shopping experience. CR also found, though, that less than half of tire buyers researched before purchasing. When "so much is riding on your tires" you'd think that a few minutes devoted to investigating the proper running gear would be time well spent but, according to the Consumer Reports' survey, buyers often decided to skip the legwork and mount

Add2011 Porsche Panamera gets more efficient with brake energy regeneration

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AddConsumer Reports tests fuel-saving tires, Michelin Energy Saver comes out on top

Of all the tips and tricks that are known to save fuel on modern-day cars and trucks, one that often gets overlooked is getting the right set of tires mounted up. Of course, nobody wants to use an inferior set of tires in the hopes of saving just a wee bit of gas, so Consumer Reports decided it was high time to line two of the biggest players in the rubber industry, Cooper and Michelin, against one another to see who came out on top in the low rolling resistance category.

AddCalifornia looking to classify tires by rolling resistance?

Low rolling resistance tires have been increasingly used to help manufacturers improve EPA efficiency ratings. While the specialty rubber used to be found mostly on hybrids, it is starting to find its way onto other vehicles as well, like gas-engined Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs.

38California looking to classify tires by rolling resistance?

Low rolling resistance tires have been increasingly used to help manufacturers improve EPA efficiency ratings. While the specialty rubber used to be found mostly on hybrids, it is starting to find its way onto other vehicles as well, like gas-engined Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs.

AddTires: Low resistance keeps you rollin' rollin' rollin'

Low rolling resistance tires aren't just for hybrids anymore. In search of every improvement to fuel consumption figures they can find, FoMoCo is shoeing its entire 2009 compact SUV line up in eco-rubber. They expect the 16-inch Michelin Latitude Tour tires, like the one pictured to our right, to net an extra one mpg on its 4-cylinder Escape. While that may not sound like a lot, it should dozens of gallons of fuel over the tires'lifetime.

22Michelin creates Energy Saver gas-conserving tire

Michelin has created a new tire as part of the development of the Peugeot 308. The Energy Saver uses a specially-developed rubber composite, and Michelin claims the tire reduces rolling resistance by 20% in both 15- and 16-inch sizes. Tire testing was carried out by TÜV SÜD Automotive, which measured the Michelin's performance to that of the top six competitor tires. The Energy Saver is also said to have the same durability as Michelin's other tires.

AddNew tire promises to improve efficiency by up to 3%

Hankook Tire Co. has developed an “ultra fuel efficient tire” called the fx-Optimo. Their definition of drastically improving fuel efficiency boils down to a savings of up to 3%. As is the case with many incremental improvements, they might sound small, but when one considers the bigger picture, every little bit helps. If everyone in the US was able to save 3% of the fuel they use, we would reduce our gasoline and diesel consumption by about 6 billion gallons. The newly developed tir

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