Aug 27, 2007

Michelin introduces “regenerating” truck tires

Dallas, Texas – Michelin has unveiled its new XDA5 drive tire for Class 8 trucks at the Great American Truck Show in Dallas; the new tire “regenerates” itself by revealing new tread as it wears.

The patented design uses a special manufacturing technique to mould the tread of the tire in three dimensions; as the tire wears, the tread reveals new grooves and tread blocks, effectively giving the tire a second life. Michelin says the new design, which keeps the tire in service longer before retreading, creates a 30 percent improvement in tread life over other commercially-available drive tires.

The XDA5 tire will be available in four sizes, and next year will be offered in a special version created expressly to accommodate higher load-carrying demands in Mexico.

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