Michelin upgrades most popular steer tire, promises 30% more miles
June 9, 2011
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Michelin's popular XZA3 steer tire is being retired to make room for the XZA3+ Evertread, which promises the same fuel-saving performance while providing 30% more miles than its competitors.
A dual compound tread design allows Michelin to maximize tread life and fuel efficiency.
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin’s popular XZA3 steer tire is being retired to make room for the XZA3+ Evertread, which promises the same fuel-saving performance while providing 30% more miles than its competitors.
The company is so confident in its claim, that it is guaranteeing it.
“Michelin is so confident in the XZA3+ Evertread tire that we guarantee fleet and owner/operators will get more road than competitive tires,” said Ted Becker, vice-president of marketing, Michelin Americas Truck Tires.
“We have a testing method that’s explained in great detail on our Web site,” Becker told Trucknews.com in an interview. “We’re so confident that we’ll reach that performance guarantee that there are monetary incentives should it not.”
It’s not just large fleets with the means to conduct head-to-head comparisons that will benefit from the guarantee, Michelin noted. Single-truck owner/operators will also be able to take advantage of the guarantee, as long as they have good before and after data on their tire mileage, Michelin officials told Trucknews.com.
Michelin is also promising fleets and O/Os will get at least three retreads out of the XZA3+ Evertread’s casing.
The longer life offered by the new steer tire is attributed to a new patent-pending dual compound tread. Michelin uses multiple rubber compounds at various places on the tread to address different concerns. One compound is engineered to control tread stiffness and stress to reduce irregular wear and extend life while another is designed to maximize fuel efficiency and keep operating temperatures low to protect the casing.
“By blending these two compounds, we get maximum, industry-leading tread life with the top compound and the bottom compound allows us to maintain the fuel efficiency that came with the XZA3,” Becker explained.
The benefits of the dual compound tread are lost when the casing is retreaded, at which time a conventional tread is applied.
“It would be a regular retread that is applied to it, but it’s the casing that brings the real retreadability and that’s why we’re offering a three retread guarantee,” Becker said.
The XZA3+ Evertread is intended for linehaul applications and is a good match for tractors with X-One wide-base tires on the drives, Becker said, adding the new offering is Michelin’s most fuel-efficient steer tire.
Becker also said the tire offers good traction, making it suitable for Canadian winters.
“We tested it in all markets in North America and we’re confident it will perform well in Canada, just like our XZA3 has performed well in Canada,” Becker told Trucknews.com. The XZA3 has been Michelin’s most popular steer tire in North America and has been on the market for about six years. The XZA3+ Evertread is available now through Michelin dealers. It is offered in four G-load range sizes: 11R22.5, 275/80R22.5, 11R24.5 and 275/80R24.5; as well as two H-load range sizes: 11R22.5 and 275/80R22.5.
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