SAN ANGELO, Texas (Aug. 22) — Goodyear is launching three fuel-efficient line-haul tires based on new technology that it said can deliver up to 4-percent better truck fuel economy.
The Akron tire maker debuted Fuel Max Technology and a line of steer, drive and trailer tires and retreads today at its proving grounds in San Angelo.
"With fuel prices hovering around $3 a gallon, conserving fuel is on everyone´s mind," said Steve McClellan, vice president, commercial tire systems. "We enhanced fuel economy in our industry-leading platform of line-haul tires. With Fuel Max Technology, we have blended fuel efficiency with long tread life and excellent performance."
Goodyear claimed that although its officials are citing a 4-percent improvement in fuel economy, test results by the Society of Automotive Engineers showed an 8-percent improvement in fuel economy compared with standard Goodyear over-the-road tires.
"The test showed what our tires are capable of achieving in a controlled test environment," said Jon Bellissimo, Goodyear director of technology for commercial tires.