Yokohama debuts new regional drive tire, announces price increases

Oct. 5, 2022
Yokohama's latest commercial tire is made for waste and on/off-road severe-service operations. And citing increased operational costs, the tire maker says it will increase the prices of all its commercial truck tires, effective Nov. 1.

Yokohama Tire Corp.’s newest commercial offering—the 716U ultra wide-base (UWB)—is a weight-saving drive tire available now in the U.S. in size 455/55R225.

“The 716U UWB is designed specifically for waste, recycle, and on/off-road severe-service operations where maximizing payload capacity really counts,” Tom Clauer, Yokohama’s senior manager of commercial product planning, said in a release. “With its reliable all-season traction and durable construction, it really is the perfect drive tire for the job.”

Benefits of the Yokohama 716U UWB tire

  • Increased payload capacity: The 716U UWB has a load range M (22 PR). The replacement of traditional duals with Yokohama’s four UWB tires reduces unsprung weight without compromising total carrying capacity, allowing for a larger payload per trip.
  • Aggressive traction: Zig-zag grooves enhance traction and wet-weather grip by efficiently evacuating water away from the tread.
  • Built to last: An advanced compound resists scrubbing, cutting, and chipping for long, original tread life. Plus, a zero-degree belt adds stability for a consistent stable footprint and long, even wear. Additionally, the funnel-shaped step grooves prevent stones and debris from reaching the bottom of the groove where casing damage occurs, and an extremely durable casing with an extra-thick sidewall resists damage from potholes and curbing, and allows for increased retreadability.

Yokohama also announced Oct. 4 that it will increase prices on all of its commercial truck tires sold in the U.S., effective Nov. 1. The increase comes with continued escalation of operational costs, according to a separate company release.

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