Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. introduced a new passenger car/CUV tire that emphasizes "true year-round performance."
Boasting its Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol, Toyo claims the new Celsius II all-weather touring tire brings driving comfort, wet weather grip, traction in light snow and qualifications for severe snow conditions, according to a Feb. 1 news release.
The new tire, which comes with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty and a 45-day/500-mile trial offer, will replace the company's existing Celsius and Celsius CUV tire models.
"…(T)he Celsius II picks up where all-season tires fall short by providing better ice and snow traction than a typical all-season tire for the convenience of year-round use," Toyo.
The second-generation tire features two tread patterns, differentiated on the inside and outside.
The outer tread carries the all-season attributes for wet and dry performance. And the balance of sipe density and interlocking multi-wave sipes help the tire maintain traction.
The inside tread, featuring high sipe density and zig-zag-shaped tread blocks, holds the more "winter-focused characteristics" for ice and snow traction.
The tire features a specialized silica compound for enhanced grip for improved wet braking and handling—without sacrificing flexibility in cold climates, snow claws that dig into the snow to improve traction, and a slush groove to evacuate slush and snow.
This tire is a single-stocking solution for passenger cars and CUVs with 76 Euro-metric sizes from 15- to 22-inch rim diameters, as well as S, T, H, V and W speed ratings, Hankook said, noting the line-up includes sizes for sedans and CUVs for Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.
It said the "most popular sizes" will be available this month, and additional sizes and fitments will follow in the coming months.
"The Celsius II is an exciting step forward in our all-weather lineup," said Cameron Parsons, product engineer and field analyst for Competition & Specialty Tires at Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.
"We paid close attention to the feedback we received regarding the Celsius and Celsius CUV and made improvements in key areas of performance," he added. "Thanks to our extensive research, development and testing, the Celsius II will deliver better year-round performance and driver confidence than ever before."