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Toyo wins OE contract in Canada

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RICHMOND, British Columbia (July 8, 2010)—Toyo Tire Canada Inc. has secured an original equipment contract for its Proxes T1R tire on the new 2011 Mazda2 Yozora, a special limited edition sub-compact exclusive to the Canadian market.

Yozora, which means “night sky” in Japanese, is based on the entry-level Mazda2 GX model. The vehicle comes standard with the Proxes T1R in size 195/45R16 80V.

The Yozora's standard package includes a black exterior finish with a “2”-themed decal on the front driver's side bumper and fender, a raised spoiler, short stubby antenna, chrome tailpipe and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Toyo said the Proxes T1R was developed using its proprietary T-Mode simulation technology. The tire features a high-grip, silica tread compound and refined unidirectional tread design for enhanced wet and dry performance, rigid shoulder rib-bands to provide improved cornering capabilities and parallel shoulder slits to help reduce irregular wear.