Goodyear is launching two flagship tyre ranges to cater to the evolving needs of on-road fleets. The new KMAX GEN-2 and FUELMAX GEN-2 truck tyres are the latest addition to Goodyear Total Mobility, a unique cradle-to-grave value proposition for fleets including a unique range of innovative products and solutions, supported by a professional service network.
Mileage and fuel efficiency are the key benefits of the new ranges for fleets operating in inter-regional and long-haul applications. In addition, they are especially developed to respond to the continuing demand for high mileage tyres, the need for increased levels of traction throughout the entire tyre life and in all weather conditions as well as the ability to cope with load variations. The new KMAX GEN-2 and FUELMAX GEN-2 ranges are replacing existing KMAX and FUELMAX products.
Goodyear KMAX GEN-2 steer and drive tyres deliver premium-class mileage; enabling predominately regional fleets to optimise tyre life and overcome challenging road conditions. The overall benefits of the KMAX D GEN-2 range are up to 25% better all-weather capability, 15% more damage resistance and 5% higher fuel efficiency 1 while still maintaining the high mileage performance of its predecessor KMAX.
Goodyear FUELMAX GEN-2 steer and drive tyres deliver high fuel efficiency combined with enhanced mileage, traction and reduced noise emissions for fleets engaged in inter-regional and long haul operations. FUELMAX GEN-2 tyres provide up to 10% improved mileage, 30% all-weather capability and less noise1, but with the same high level of fuel efficiency as previous FUELMAX tyres.
Increased connectivity via RFID
Goodyear being a pioneer and addressing the latest digitalization trends, all new KMAX GEN-2 and FUELMAX GEN-2 tyres include radio frequency identification (RFID). The RFID tag is embedded inside the tyre to allow simple identification and connectivity to tyre management and tracking systems. It enables the connectivity of the tyre to communicate with a cloud-system on an individual serial number level resulting in an efficient tyre flow management. Additional benefit is theft prevention as these tyres can be easily traced.
3PMSF and lower CO2 emmissions
From a regulatory point of view, all new tyres are compliant with the stricter winter tyre legislation including the Three-Peak-Mountain-Snow-Flake (3PMSF) marking. Because of their best-in-class low rolling resistance the new KMAX GEN-2 and FUELMAX GEN-2 ranges also contribute to lower truck CO2 emissions and support meeting forthcoming challenging CO2 legal requirements.
KMAX GEN-2 Range – Key features and Benefits
KMAX S GEN-2 tyres feature IntelliMax Rib Technology with Flexomatic sipes for precise handling and high mileage. Other benefits include short braking distances throughout tyre life, high mileage and fuel-saving low rolling resistance in all weather conditions. An optimised casing shape ensures regular tread wear and high mileage over full service life. The tread compound’s chemical formulation and polymer network give low rolling resistance and optimised treadwear performance, ensuring fuel efficiency and high mileage.
KMAX S GEN-2 steer tyres achieve2 EU Tyre Label Grades ‘B’ or ‘C’ for Fuel Efficiency, ‘B’ for Wet Grip and a single or twin wave for exterior noise level depending on size.
The KMAX D GEN-2 drive tyre has a dual tread compound developed for optimal mileage performance in particular. This combines two layers of specific rubber compounds - the top compound provides high abrasion resistance with the other offering low rolling resistance for high mileage combined with fuel efficiency. Improved casing protection and durability as well as dynamic stone ejection are also design benefits. The casings are further optimised for variations in payload, providing high mileage and regular wear in a wide range of applications and load conditions.
The directional tread design features sipes and large shoulder grooves to increase traction throughout the tyre life and extend the total service life of the tyre. Even at 75% worn, the new generation KMAX D GEN-2 tyres have significantly more traction potential remaining than its predecessor the KMAX D.
KMAX D GEN-2 drive tyres achieve2 EU Tyre Label Grades ‘C’ or ‘D’ for Fuel Efficiency, ‘B’ or ‘C’ for Wet Grip and a single wave for exterior noise level depending on size.
The Goodyear KMAX GEN-2 range comprises 9 sizes of the KMAX S GEN-2 steer tyre and 7 sizes of the KMAX D GEN-2 drive tyre.
FUELMAX GEN-2 Range – Key features and Benefits
The FUELMAX S GEN-2 steer tyre is developed for optimal mileage combined with enhanced traction. The Goodyear tread technology featured in this tyre is IntelliMax Rib Technology with Flexomatic sipes for precise handling, high mileage, short braking distances throughout tyre life and fuel-saving low rolling resistance in all weather conditions.
Other benefits are increased mileage through more wearable volume, better wet braking, better traction through clearly visible blading even when the tyre is 75% worn and even tread wear. The tread compound is formulated for fuel saving and high abrasion resistance.
FUELMAX S GEN-2 steer tyres achieve2 EU Tyre Label Grades ‘B’ for Fuel Efficiency, ‘B’ or ‘C’ for Wet Grip and a single wave for exterior noise level depending on size.
The FUELMAX D GEN-2 drive tyres feature more and deeper sipes providing life-long traction in all weather conditions, good wet braking performance and Three-Peak-Mountain-Snowflake compliance. The tread incorporates fuel-saving IntelliMax Groove Technology with hidden raindrop shaped grooves, which stiffen the tread as the tyre rotates. The large shoulder grooves increase traction throughout the tyre life and extend the total service life of the tyre. The new tread design remains clearly visible even when the tyre is 75% worn. The new design and casing shape remain stable avoiding irregular wear and giving high mileage potential. The tread compound is also formulated for fuel saving and high abrasion resistance, low rolling resistance and tough treadwear resistance.
FUELMAX D GEN-2 drive tyres achieve 2 EU Tyre Label Grades ‘B’ for Fuel Efficiency, ‘B’ or ‘C’ for Wet Grip and a single wave for exterior noise level depending on size.
The FUELMAX GEN-2 range comprises 9 sizes of the FUELMAX S GEN-2 steer tyre and 7 for the FUELMAX D GEN-2 drive tyre with other sizes under development.
KMAX GEN-2 and FUELMAX GEN-2 for regional and long haul are part of Goodyear’s On-Road product segment, also including the top-class fuel efficient FUELMAX PERFORMANCE Steer, Drive and Trailer tyres for long-haul applications.
Source - News.Goodyear.Eu