Goodyear Launches New Light Tonnage Truck Tyres

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 11:15
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Goodyear is launching new KMAX S and KMAX D 17.5” and 19.5” steer and drive axle tyres to satisfy the customer need for robustness, versatility, good performance in all weather conditions and at low cost per kilometre. The new tyres have further been developed for new drive modes such as hybrid and electric as well as conventional diesel power. High mileage has been the specific development goal for these tyres while at the same time prioritising strong traction, precise steering and high levels of durability for vehicles operating over long distances in regional distribution and urban traffic.

The new KMAX S and KMAX D tyres will be available from April 2018 (see chart below). They will replace the Goodyear RHS II steer tyre and RHD II (+) respectively and are based on proven KMAX Technology in combination with robust carcass construction. Compared with the previous products, the advantages that help reduce operating costs include high mileage performance in all applications, functional versatility in a wide range of services, along with durability in adverse service conditions. Both steer and drive designs comply with current and future known winter tyre regulations. Low energy consumption, thanks to optimised rolling resistance, means cool running and improved fuel economy.

“The new tyres we are launching extend our successful KMAX high mileage range to meet the needs for customers operating lighter trucks with 17.5” and 19.5” rims. These are extremely robust and versatile tyres, ideal for all road conditions and vehicles. They also take into account the development of new vehicles and technology that is increasingly seeing hybrid and electric power being introduced,” said Benjamin Willot, Director Goodyear Marketing Commercial Tyres Europe.  KMAX tyres are for operators whose vehicles are predominantly involved in distribution where high mileage is the main economic requirement. In combination with the wide range of fleet support services and solutions that Goodyear offers, these products ensure peace of mind and profitable business.


The KMAX S steer tyre tread pattern features a robust 4-rib design on 245/70R17.5 and 265/70R17.5 sizes, and a 5-rib design on all others. Precise handing is a feature of these tyres thanks to a high net-to-gross ratio and inter-rib stiffeners. The multi-radius saw-tooth shoulder groove designs provide improved robustness and a life-long aggressive design ensures even wear in all working conditions throughout the tyre life. Good braking performance is maintained through all wear stages.


The directional tread pattern on the KMAX D drive tyre improves traction thanks to its directional pattern with optimised low angle V-shape. Open grooves and blades assist with traction on all surfaces and shoulder tie-bars reinforce the ribs to provide tear resistance in high torque applications. Optimised stiffness and an improved late life traction ratio come from progressive centerline humps. An aggressive pattern remains until tread life end, thus ensuring high mileage, stable handling and good traction even when worn.

Both the KMAX S and KMAX D feature premium high abrasion-resistant tread compounds for extended mileage, cool running and optimised rolling resistance. The strong belt structure of the construction resists impacts while providing comfort and durability. The robust bead area further copes with a high variability of loads, giving durability and peace of mind for the user.

All sizes within the KMAX S and the KMAX D range comply with the 3-peak-mountain-snowflake winter tyre requirements.

New Tires
17.5” sizes
Size Design LI 1S LI 2D SS1 LI 2S LI 2D SS2 Intro
205/75R17.5 KMAX S 124 122 M April
215/75R17.5 KMAX S 128 126 M April
225/75R17.5 KMAX S 129 127 M April
235/75R17.5 KMAX S 132 130 M April
245/70R17.5 KMAX S 136 134 M May
265/70R17.5 KMAX S 139 136 M Aug
205/75R17.5 KMAX D 124 122 M 126 124 G April
215/75R17.5 KMAX D 126 124 M April
225/75R17.5 KMAX D 129 127 M April
235/75R17.5 KMAX D 132 130 M April
245/70R17.5 KMAX D 136 134 M May
265/70R17.5 KMAX D 139 136 M Aug
19.5” sizes
Size Design LI 1S LI 2D SS1 LI 2S LI 2D SS2 Intro
245/70R19.5 KMAX S 136 134 M July
265/70R19.5 KMAX S 140 138 M Aug
285/70R19.5 KMAX S 146 144 L 144 142 M May
305/70R19.5 KMAX S 148 145 M Jan-19
245/70R19.5 KMAX D 136 134 M July
265/70R19.5 KMAX D 140 138 M Aug
285/70R19.5 KMAX D 146 144 L 144 142 M May
305/70R19.5 KMAX D 148 145 M Jan-19

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