Special tire technology for larger and more versatile SUVs is increasing day by day. Goodyear's “EfficientGrip 2 SUV” tire, produced to meet exactly these needs, succeeded in finishing the tests of the industry's leading magazines with the first place.
Three out of ten best-selling vehicles in Europe today are SUVs. Special tire technology for larger and more versatile SUVs is increasing day by day. Goodyear's “EfficientGrip 2 SUV” tire, produced to meet these needs, succeeded in finishing the tests of the industry's leading magazines with the first place.
One of the success stories of the automotive industry in Europe was the increase in SUV and Crossover models. Their rugged appearance, high riding position and combination of hatchbacks' practicality with all-terrain conditions made SUVs a popular vehicle type for both drivers and families.
Goodyear Technical Project Manager Thomas Gesenhoff on the subject; “The proliferation of SUVs has brought new opportunities for Goodyear to showcase its tire technology. Tires such as the Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV were developed specifically for these vehicles. We take a different approach to conventional automobile tire development. "SUV tires need to be more robust and versatile, as well as provide the dynamic feel and performance expected by drivers moving from sedans to hatchbacks," he said.
The reinforced sidewall and texture material used in the construction of the tire not only ensures the long life of the tire, but also offers precise steering and mobility. The combination of the Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV's wider structure and two-fold durable coating to cope with the excess weight of the car creates a versatile use opportunity for all terrain conditions. Goodyear's Technical Project Manager, Thomas Gesenhoff, explains how Goodyear copes with these challenges: “Goodyear's high tread elasticity and flexibility make it challenging in a large temperature range Thanks to Mileage Plus technology, which ensures less distortion of the tire surface under road conditions, the EfficientGrip 2 SUV allows 25% more mileage compared to its previous model.
Goodyear, the first of the tests
Goodyear's focus on developing distinctive designs and technologies for SUV tires is evidenced by Auto Bild Allrad Magazine taking the first place in the test comparing 10 SUV tires. Auto Bild Allrad Magazine reports on wet and dry roads and the kind of sand, gravel, mud, etc. that a typical SUV driver would encounter. At the end of its performance tests on off-road surfaces, Goodyear has chosen the EfficientGrip 2 SUV as the best tire.
The Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV was the only tire to top the Auto Bild Allrad test in each of the magazine's fifteen test categories. Test drivers focused specifically on the outstanding wet braking performance of the EfficientGrip 2 SUV. This is due to the larger number of long gripping edges combined with lower stiffness, increasing grip on wet surfaces. The large belts running through the middle of the tire also provide a larger contact area for short braking distances.