New Goodyear 4x4 Wrangler AT/SA tire with DuPont™ Kevlar®

SilentArmor technology
Brussels, Belgium, February 9, 2009 – The new Wrangler AT/SA from Goodyear featuring SilentArmor Technology fulfils the needs of 4x4 drivers who want to have excellent performance both on and off the road. The tire allows driving with confidence on rough roads, thanks to the durability of two layers made with DuPont™ Kevlar®, a material stronger than steel, and Durawall™ sidewall reinforcement that enhances cut resistance in the sidewalls.

Strength and Silence in Technology

Goodyear's SilentArmor Technology combines strength with silence. The Wrangler AT/SA features two high-tensile steel belts to improve the tire's strength and two layers which improve the tire's resistance to punctures in the tread. These two layers are made with DuPont™ Kevlar®, which is a material five times stronger than steel. Drivers can enjoy the added benefit of a smooth, quiet ride that comes from Kevlar®, as this material helps to absorb road noise. The Kevlar layers act as a sound barrier, reducing noise for an especially quiet ride.
SilentArmor technology
The sophisticated tread block sequence and shifting of the Wrangler AT/SA also provides a quieter and more comfortable ride. The addition of a centre-line rib on larger sizes not only helps to improve on-road handling but is another contributor to tire noise reduction.

Tires Designed for All Roads

The many features of the Wrangler AT/SA reinforce the tire's strength and handling abilities for both on and off the road.

Excellent traction and wet performance

The Wrangler delivers excellent performance in wet and slushy conditions, both on and off the road. An open tread design with a high blade density provides better aquaplaning resistance, while the open intermediate treads groove, deep shoulder notches and multiple block edges and traction ridges ensure increased mud evacuation for better off-road traction. The Durawall sidewall reinforcement also improves the tire's resistance to punctures and cuts in the sidewall.

Improved on-road handling

The Wrangler AT/SA features stiff shoulder blocks that ensure tread rigidity for improved on-road traction and handling. The addition of a centre-line rib on larger sizes also helps improve not only the on road handling but also helps reduce noise.

Reduced balancing over lifetime

The new Wrangler AT/SA features an enhanced rim lock and a new anti-slip contour. This provides a stronger, more stable bead area and reduces rim slip for reduced balancing throughout the life of the tire. On the road, additional radial and longitudinal biting edges of the high blade density tread provide better grip in the wet. Stiff shoulder elements provide the required tread rigidity for improved on road traction and handling.

Extensive Tire Tests

Extensive tire tests on the company's on and off road test facilities show that the Goodyear Wrangler AT/SA gives drivers the performance they need in on and off road conditions. The Wrangler AT/SA outperforms its major competitors and its predecessor in both wet braking and wet handling tests.

Improved Tread Design

The Wrangler's innovative tread design and compound offer many benefits in terms of on and off road performance. The new polymer blend of the Goodyear Wrangler AT/SA is good not only for the environment due to its low aromatic oil content; it also provides excellent wet grip and mileage together with good off-road performance, while the tread's high cut resistance also helps ensure good off road performance. The open intermediate tread grooves also provide increased mud evacuation for better off-road traction. The open tread design with a high blade density, on the other hand, offers better aquaplaning resistance.

Available in various sizes

Available in various sizes

The Wrangler AT/SA is available in a 4-rib design and in a 5-rib design for larger sizes. The Wrangler AT/SA 4-rib is available with 15 and 16 inch rim diameters. The Wrangler AT/SA 5-rib is available with rim diameters ranging from 15 to 17 inches.

Wrangler AT/SA 4-rib availability
LT 235/85 R 16 108/104 Q
205/75 R 15 97 T
225/75 R 15 102 T
225/75 R 16 104 T
235/75 R 15 105 T
205/70 R 15 96 T
215/70 R 16 100 T
225/70 R 16 103 T
235/70 R 16 106 T
Wrangler AT/SA 5-rib availability
215R 15C 109/107 T
245/75 R 15C 109/107 S
265/75 R 15C 113/111 T
245/70 R 16C 111/109 T
255/70 R 15C 112/100 T
265/70 R 16 112 T
235/65 R 17 XL 108 H
265/65 R 17 112 T

About Goodyear

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. Goodyear employs about 70,000 people and manufactures its products in more than 60 facilities in 26 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.
For more information on Goodyear and its products, visit www.goodyear.com.