TÜV SÜD confirms: Less fuel and less CO2 thanks to unique 'FuelSaving Technology'
Goodyear introduces EfficientGrip: the first more environmentally friendly ultra-high performance tire for less fuel consumption and more mileage
Mireval, France, March 23, 2009 – Goodyear, one of the world's largest tire manufacturers, introduces EfficientGrip with FuelSaving Technology – a brand-new more environmentally friendly ultra-high performance summer tire that delivers important fuel savings while offering high mileage and excellent wet braking performance levels. EfficientGrip is the first ultra-high performance tire tuned to improve the fuel consumption of cars.
Independent performance tests1 run by German TÜV SÜD Automotive, one of Europe's leading testing and certification organizations, prove that the new Goodyear EfficientGrip provides:
- 13% better rolling resistance
- 2% shorter braking distance on wet and dry roads
- 1.9% better fuel consumption
Additionally, extensive long-term tread wear tests1 conducted by TÜV SÜD Automotive show very positive results for the tire's mileage potential: A car equipped with the new Goodyear EfficientGrip can drive up to 49 percent more kilometers with the EfficientGrip on the free axle and 8 percent more kilometers with the EfficientGrip on the driven axle, which is another significant benefit for consumers and more friendly towards the environment.
The Goodyear EfficientGrip's environmental friendliness has already been officially recognized: Goodyear's new tire has been granted the official 'Ecolabel' for the Nordic countries. Products that carry the Nordic Ecolabel fulfill stringent environmental criteria.
"Low rolling resistance is the key performance indicator when aiming for lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions," explained Jean-Pierre Jeusette, Goodyear's Director tire Technology Consumer tires for Europe, Middle East and Africa. "Our customer benefit goals were very ambitious and we have achieved them by using advanced materials and the latest developments in manufacturing techniques: thanks to Goodyear's new FuelSaving Technology we are now able to present an environmentally friendlier tire with very low rolling resistance levels and high mileage potential that at the same time fulfills Goodyear's strict requirements for important performance areas such as wet handling and wet braking. The excellent results are proven by an independent testing organization," said Jeusette.
With more than 30 years experience as a research and testing organization in tire and wheel technology, TÜV SÜD Automotive is an internationally recognized independent industry authority when it comes to tire testing and certification.
Revolutionary FuelSaving Technology
Goodyear EfficientGrip is the first tire that features the company's innovative FuelSaving Technology. The term ‘FuelSaving Technology' comprises several technological advances that directly affect the tire's rolling resistance: a special light-weight tire structure, a patented ‘CoolCushion Layer' and advanced compound materials and innovative manufacturing techniques. Together these various elements reduce the mount of energy required to make the tire roll, which reduces the car's fuel consumption and hence its CO2 emissions.
Light weight tire structure
Using new materials and an efficient structure, the tire's weight has been reduced by about 10%2. Less material with less heat generation leads to reduced rolling resistance levels. Compared to its predecessor, the EfficientGrip features a lower polyester ply end and a sidewall using less material, which contributes to the lower weight as well as to reduced rolling resistance.
Patented CoolCushion Layer
A new thermo-plastic ingredient used as a reinforcing agent replaces partially carbon black for less weight and less heat generation, resulting in a further decrease of the tire's rolling resistance.
Advanced compound materials
"The various compounds used in a tire significantly contribute to its performance; they are the result of intensive research and development by highly skilled compound engineers and material specialists and are probably one of the best kept secrets of each premium tire. For the EfficientGrip we not only use the latest generation of polymers: through the usage of advanced reinforcement and linking agents in the EfficientGrip's various compounds, the energy dissipation capability of the components has been greatly improved, reducing the tire's rolling resistance," explained Jeusette.
Goodyear EfficientGrip: major benefits for consumers and more friendly towards the environment
Save energy and money
Goodyear developed the revolutionary EfficientGrip tire to meet consumer's growing demand for less costly driving. A car equipped with the new Goodyear EfficientGrip will consume less fuel thanks to Goodyear's unique FuelSaving Technology.
EfficientGrip offers additional environmental improvements beyond its fuel consumption benefits and the reduced CO2 emissions. The silica tread compound uses the latest generation of polymers and, inline with the European legislation, does not contain any highly aromatic oils. The new EfficientGrip is ten percent lighter than its predecessor and due to the fact that less material is used in the tire itself, carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced during production. Less material for the tire production combined with the fact that fewer tires are needed to achieve a given mileage, ultimately leads to less material to be recycled at the end of the tire's life.
Confident driving – even on wet
Research has shown that consumers want tires that provide very high levels of safety (76%)3, especially on wet roads. While being more friendly towards the environment, the EfficientGrip does not compromise on wet performance and still delivers excellent wet braking and handling performance results.
EfficientGrip is equipped with a set of four wide circumferential grooves, whose shape and positioning have been improved to better disperse water and increase the tire's aquaplaning resistance. The rearrangement of the blades, as well as the high number of biting edges, provides more grip on wet roads for excellent braking and handling performance.
The EfficientGrip's improved tread compound microstructure further contributes to the tire's increased grip on wet and rainy roads.
The EfficientGrip's innovative silica tread compound uses the latest generation of polymers for improved mileage. The tread also features a computer-optimized tread pattern stiffness that provides a more uniform pressure distribution. This helps deliver higher mileage and a more uniform tread wear. Moreover, the tread compound features a newly introduced curing agent that also contributes to a significant reduction of tread wear.
Goodyear EfficientGrip granted with Nordic 'Ecolabel the Swan'
The new Goodyear EfficientGrip is officially 'Ecolabelled' with the prestigious 'Swan" symbol. The Nordic Ecolabel was established in 1989 by the Nordic Council of Ministers and is given to products and services that fulfill stringent environmental criteria. It is locally implemented by the governments of Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Finland. It is the official Ecolabel in these countries and commonly known as 'the Swan' because of its symbol. With over 60 product and service criteria, the Nordic Ecolabel has requirements for the entire product lifecycle from raw materials to the finished product and also investigates the quality and functionality aspects of the product.
Leading car manufacturers choose EfficientGrip as Original Equipment
The new Goodyear EfficientGrip has already been approved as Original Equipment by several car manufacturers, such as Renault for the new Megane 3 and Mercedes for the EClass. Various additional OE approval projects with leading car makers are ongoing.
Available in various sizes
With the launch of the EfficientGrip, Goodyear continues its history of introducing innovative tire technologies, delivering a tire that provides environmental benefits without compromising the safety relevant performance areas such as wet braking or handling. The new EfficientGrip will be available in various sizes covering a wide range of cars from the compact class up to the luxury class:
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Goodyear employs approximately 75,000 people and manufactures its products in more than 60 facilities in 25 countries around the world. Goodyear's innovations have set automotive standards for more than 100 years. Goodyear has been the pioneer of the innovative safety technology known as RunOnFlat, which allows a driver to continue on a journey with a punctured tire. Goodyear is the world's leading manufacturer of RunOnFlat tires, with applications on various BMWs, the award winning Mini, Mercedes-Benz high performance cars, Opel and other brands. Additional Goodyear RunOnFlat fitments are on the horizon, as the company's designers are working with multiple automobile manufacturers on more than 150 RunOnFlat projects.
Goodyear's innovations have set automotive standards for more than 100 years. Goodyear has been the pioneer of the innovative safety technology known as RunOnFlat, which allows a driver to continue on a journey with a punctured tire. Goodyear is the world's leading manufacturer of RunOnFlat tires, with applications on various BMWs, the award winning Mini, Mercedes-Benz high performance cars, Opel and other brands. Additional Goodyear RunOnFlat fitments are on the horizon, as the company's designers are working with multiple automobile manufacturers on more than 150 RunOnFlat projects.
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