Yokohama Tire Corp. introduced the 703ZL drive tire, the first in its “Z.environment” line, at the TMC meeting in Tampa last month. According to the tire maker, the new tire line is part of an overall corporate philosophy of producing environmentally friendly products.
“The Z.environment tire line incorporates optimum tread designs, compounds and casing design to create a tire that has longer first tread life, longer casing life and low rolling resistance,” says John Cooney, Yokohama's director of commercial sales. “These features result in reduced material consumption, reduced pollution and contribute to the health of our environment.”
The 703ZL has a one-inch tread depth and more rubber on the outside rib. Other features include an optimum rubber compound for higher mileage and improved cut- and chipping-resistance; a funnel-shaped groove wall that is wide at the top for enhanced traction, yet narrows at the bottom to prevent stones and other debris from collecting; and a new base compound that reduces heat buildup and improves tread wear, Yokohama states.