OSAKA, Japan (May 27, 2009)—Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. has earned the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan Inc.'s award for technical development.
Toyo, in cooperation with Honda R&D Co. Ltd., won the award for developing a technology used to increase tire fuel efficiency as well as improve braking power.
Materials used on tires to minimize energy loss help to improve fuel efficiency, the Japan-based tire maker said, but they also hinder braking performance. Toyo developed a tire using materials that increase energy loss only on the outside of the tread, helping to improve fuel economy by 1.5 percent while increasing stopping power.
The technology has been applied to the Toyo Tranpath A20 tire, which is standard equipment on the Honda Crossroad crossover vehicle available in Japan since 2007.