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Product Spotlight: Latest in truck tires for 2024

July 8, 2024
A look at the latest offerings from the tire companies that move the trucking industry forward.

Apollo Tires

Apollo Tires continues its line expansion this year, offering a full tire range to commercial fleets and independent operators. Its steer tire EnduMile LHfront, drive tire EnduMile LHD, and trailer tire EnduMile LHT are now available to customers in the U.S. and Canada. The full Apollo Tires lineup covers most commercial truck tire markets, delivering high mileage and low CPM. Every Apollo Tires truck and bus tire is produced at one of its state-of-the-art global manufacturing facilities. The company offers a complimentary road hazard warranty on all commercial vehicle tires. In addition, it offers nationwide delivery, domestic inventory, and a 72-month workmanship and material warranty. 

BFGoodrich

The BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO3 tire builds on the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tire. The company developed the KO3 tire to meet needs of off-road consumers by incorporating the latest tire technologies that deliver more performance and benefits than the KO2. The company began introducing the first of more than 100 sizes in May and will release more over 24 months. The All-Terrain T/A KO3 tire has improved wear performance, gravel road durability, and snow traction while maintaining the sidewall toughness and soft soil traction of the KO2 tire. The KO3 tire carries a 50,000-mile warranty and 60-day satisfaction guarantee.  

Bridgestone

Introduced in 2023, the Firestone FD694 is Bridgestone’s newest drive tire for long-haul and regional applications. It is designed with Firestone’s deepest on-highway tread pattern for enhanced removal mileage. The Firestone FD694 is 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake Certified with wide shoulder and center grooves, allowing it to persevere through wet and winter conditions and providing aggressive traction. With a proven tread pattern, the FD694 features enhanced longevity across a wide range of applications and a Bridgestone-engineered casing designed to maximize tire value and life through retreading. 

Continental Tire the Americas

Continental Tire added two new 19.5 tires to its General Tire product lineup. The General RA 2 and RD 2 (size 225/70R19.5) were designed with durability and improved mileage in mind. Both tires were developed to fit the needs of Class 4 and 5 vehicles and the various vocations that use these vehicles. The General RA 2 is a 19.5-inch all-position tire featuring a closed shoulder tread pattern designed to provide even wear and reduce noise for urban and regional adventures. The General RD 2 is a 19.5-inch drive tire with an aggressive tread designed to deliver traction in any weather or terrain. Each tire can be paired with one of Continental’s two digital tire monitoring sensors (valve cap or tire mounted) and the Continental ContiConnect systems, which can be tailored based on a fleet’s needs.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber

Earlier this year, Goodyear Tire & Rubber introduced the Goodyear RangeMax RSA ULT and the RangeMax RTD ULT. These “Electric Drive Ready” all-position tires balance traction, range, and mileage for regional work vehicles. Both are available in several tire sizes with 19.5-inch wheel diameters. The RangeMax RSA ULT boasts low rolling resistance and is engineered with Intellimax technology to help stiffen tread for long miles to removal. The RangeMax RTD ULT delivers traction, range efficiency, long miles to removal, and is built with sustainable soybean oil to reduce petroleum use. The RangeMax RSA ULT and  RangeMax RTD ULT are the latest tires to join Goodyear’s growing portfolio of “Electric Drive Ready” commercial trucking tires, which also includes the RangeMax RSD EV and the Endurance RSA ULT.

Meritor PSI

Meritor's TireView LIVE is a data analytics portal that delivers proactive tire management.  The platform provides the ability to see a fleet’s tires and understand root causes through the analytics of the stored data, which combines pressure, temperature, location, and other data for a more complete understanding.  Alert parameters can be set to a fleet’s specifications and sometimes warn of problems, such as brake issues. TireView LIVE simplifies pre- and post-trip inspections, ensuring equipment is ready to hit the road with fewer potential tire-related inspections. TireView LIVE is now available within the Geotab User Interface as an easy plug-n-play installation. TireView LIVE is a fleet-wide solution for tire management. 

Michelin North America

The Michelin Agilis HD Grip D tire, the latest in the Agilis family line, is engineered to provide reliable traction and handling in various weather conditions, including rain and snow, ensuring year-round driving confidence. The Agilis HD Grip D tire, which replaces the XDS2 for commercial and medium-duty vehicles, is a competitive traction-oriented drive tire for all seasons, and it meets the requirements to be marked 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake for severe snow traction. According to the company, the tire provides up to 35% better snow traction performance than that of leading competitors. The Agilis HD Grip D tire launched in the U.S. and Mexico in June and in Canada in July.

Ralson Tire North America

The RAC55 all-position TBR tire from Ralson Tire North America is built for construction and waste haul applications. An enhanced chip/cut compound provides improved durability. In addition, the open shoulder design, stone ejectors, and integrated blocks offer maximum performance for on/off-highway use. It comes in three sizes:  315/80R22.5, 11R22.5, and 11R24.5. The RAC55 is backed with a seven-year/three-retread warranty.  

Toyo Tire USA

The Toyo M156 is an urban and regional SmartWay-pending tire with a four-rib tread design and a patented sidewall design that delivers long, even wear and enhanced fuel efficiency. Specialized cap, base, and sidewall compounds combined with Toyo’s e-balance technology provide key advancements to maximize removal miles, fuel efficiency, retreadability, and casing durability for a high return on investment while providing enhanced performance and safety, according to the company. 

Yokohama Tire

Yokohama Tire’s 907W extreme traction drive tire is designed for fleets and operators looking to keep trucks rolling in snow and icy conditions. It carries the 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol and comes in three sizes: 295/75R22.5, 11R22.5, and 11R24.5. The 27/32-inch tread depth offers long tread life, providing longer-lasting snow performance and longer original tread life. According to the company, its new compound resists scrubbing, cutting, and chipping for durable service, and the combination blocks combat heel/toe wear to enhance traction. The traction comes from the power ribs with 3D sipes, which provide firm ground contact and improved ice and snow performance. The four zig-zag grooves allow for efficient water evacuation while providing radial and lateral traction in extreme weather conditions. The 907W has a seven-year unlimited retread casing warranty. 

About the Author

Jenna Hume | Digital Editor

Digital Editor Jenna Hume previously worked as a writer in the gaming industry. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree in creative writing from Truman State University and a master of fine arts degree in writing from Lindenwood University. She is currently based in Missouri. 

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