Yokohama Tire announced its 715R open shoulder regional drive tire meets the industry’s required performance criteria for severe snow service and will now carry the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol on the sidewall.
Manufactured in the U.S. at Yokohama’s plant in West Point, Miss., all four sizes of the SmartWay-verified 715R — 11R22.5, 295/75R22.5, 285/75R24.5 and 11R24.5 — will carry the designation.
“The 715R’s deep-tread provides fleets with a tire that offers long, even wear, an open shoulder design and fuel efficiency,” says Tom Clauer, Yokohama senior manager of commercial product planning. “Add in the 715R’s confirmed capabilities in adverse weather and it definitely delivers the performance and value fleets demand.”
Yokohama says other benefits of the 715R include:
- Longer wear, which is achieved by a deep 26/32-in. tread pattern, along with an advanced tread design featuring strategically placed tie bars that control block movement and significantly minimize heel/toe wear.
- Maximum traction with sturdy, open shoulder blocks that are precisely spaced and help minimize the retention of foreign objects.
- Fuel efficiency, which is ensured by Yokohama’s exclusive compound that’s cut and chip resistant and reduces rolling resistance for a more efficient operation.
- Higher load capacity, provided by 16-ply construction and an H load-rating means carrying heavier payloads with ease.