Leading car maker rely on Goodyear RunOnFlat tire technology

Next Generation Goodyear RunOnFlat Hits the Road
Brussels, Belgium, June 12, 2009 – Goodyear's next generation RunOnFlat tire technology has successfully hit the road: First cars such as the new Mercedes E-class and models of other prestigious brands have left the car manufacturers' factories with the latest generation of Goodyear RunOnFlat tires.
The latest generation of Goodyear's RunOnFlat offers numerous benefits to car makers, consumers and the environment, including improved comfort, reduced mass and rolling resistance, improved fuel consumption as well as reduced CO2 emission levels.
It marks another breakthrough for RunOnFlat: the new generation of RunOnFlat tires is in terms of comfort comparable to regular tires. Therefore, car manufacturers do not need to modify the suspension or chassis of their cars to use the new RunOnFlat tires.
With the EC type approval regulation 316 passing, making a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) mandatory on every new car as of 2012, the European Commission gives a clear signal that Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems are important and necessary for consumers. In the near future, all cars will be equipped with a TPMS and can be fitted with the new generation of RunOnFlat tires.

Considerate to the environment: less fuel and CO2

Goodyear's new generation RunOnFlat tire technology provides additional comfort but also ensures less rolling resistance, which leads to lower fuel consumption and less CO2 emissions. The new generation RunOnFlat tires support automotive manufacturers to bring to market vehicles that adhere to stricter CO emission guidelines and limits set by European authorities.
With RunOnFlat tires, there is also no need for a spare wheel or a car jack. This frees up space for luggage, lowers cost and saves weight, which leads to greater fuel economy.

Over 2,5 Million RunOnFlat tires sold in 2008

Several car manufacturers have decided to complete their vehicle's safety packages with the industry's leading tire technology that protects drivers and their families in case of a sudden air loss – a seldom but risky incident. Goodyear delivers RunOnFlat tires to leading car makers such as Audi, BMW, Mini, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce and several others. In 2008 Goodyear sold over 2,5 Million tires with RunOnFlat Technology.

Leading car manufacturers equip their models with RunOnflat tires

The Original Equipment market's interest leads the demand for Goodyear's innovative technology. Goodyear today equips about 35 percent of the cars that are originally fitted with this tire technology and the interest from consumers is growing steadily.
The Original Equipment market's interest leads the demand for Goodyear's innovative technology. Goodyear today equips about 35 percent of the cars that are originally fitted with this tire technology and the interest from consumers is growing steadily.
"All top-of-the-range models of the BMW group such as the 7-series, X5, X6 and all Rolls-Royce models are delivered to their new owners on tires with run-flat technology. These cars are driven by consumers that in particular value the high comfort levels of their prestigious cars," said Jean-Pierre Jeusette, Goodyear Director Tire Technology Consumer Tires for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
In 2008, RunOnFlat tires were supplied to Audi for its A3, A5, A6 and TT models. Mercedes-Benz has equipped its A-, C-, CLS, CLK-, SLK, GL, E- and S-Class with RunOnFlat tires. Owners of a Ferrari 360 Modena, F430, a Maserati Quattroporte or Jaguar XK could drive tires with Goodyear's RunOnFlat Technology, as could owners of a Ford Galaxy, Mondeo or an Opel Astra and Corsa. "The range of models that are available with RunOnFlat tires is wide with over 100 new projects in the pipeline for the next two years," said Jeusette.
Goodyear's RunOnFlat Technology is available not only for summer tires. "We cover all applications: summer, winter, all-season, SUV – the range is complete," said Jeusette.

Safety and mobility

Goodyear RunOnFlat tires allow drivers of all these different cars to keep on driving in the event of a puncture and therefore, leaving them ample time to get home or to a nearby repair shop by providing continued mobility within a distance of at least 80km and at a maximum speed of 80km/h – even on a fully deflated tire. Goodyear's RunOnFlat effectively puts an end to the hassle of changing a tire whilst being exposed to passing traffic or unloading the boot in the pouring rain to find the spare tire.
For the past few years, Goodyear's RunOnFlat has been one of the leading active safety technologies to help drivers maintain full control over the car in the event of a puncture.

About Goodyear

Goodyear employs approximately 71,000 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 100 RunOnFlat projects.

For more information on Goodyear and its products, visit www.goodyear.com.