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Goodyear unveils first AA-grade concept truck tyre

Goodyear has unveiled its first AA-grade concept truck tyre that is being developed to meet the highest fuel efficiency and wet grip standards set out by the new EU tyrelabeling scheme

The company says that its first AA-labeled truck tyre is undergoing development and testing to ensure it meets all the ambitious goals set for it by the Goodyear engineering team.

The development of an AA tyre is a major jump in technology, delivering tyres that get an A in both wet grip and fuel efficiency as set out by the European tyrelabel regulation, which will become compulsory as of November 1.

The European tyre label looks similar to existing energy efficiency labels (such as on household appliances) with A being the highest performing tyre in its category and G the least performing. The label will inform tyre buyers of three key tyre performance attributes; fuel efficiency, wet grip performance and exterior rolling noise.

The concept tyre uses proprietary technology developed by Goodyear at its Innovations Center in Luxembourg. This includes the development of new compound technology, an improved tread structure and an adapted manufacturing technique.