Yokohoma is celebrating another feather in its OE cap after announcing its tyres will be supplied as standard equipment for the Mercedes-Benz 2015 GLA-Class compact SUV.
The compact SUV will come equipped with either a standard or run-flat version of the Yokohama C.drive2 high-performance tyres, in size 235/50R18 97V. The standard tyre will have the letters ‘MO’ printed on the sidewall while the run-flat version has the original equipment designation ‘MOE’.
According to Yokohama, both tyres offer “superior wet-grip performance and fulfill the safe-performance requirements of the European market through improved handling and stability in both dry and wet conditions.” Yokohama also emphasises the fact they are “highly fuel efficient tyre.”
Yokohama is a designated OE supplier on numerous other Mercedes-Benz models, including the S-Class, G-Class, G 63 AMG, G 65 AMG, CL 63 AMG, ML 63 AMG, E-Class Coupe, C-Class, C 63 AMG, CLS-Class, SL-Class, SLK-Class, B-Class and the A-Class.
These OE contracts are important to tyre manufacturers because they strengthen the reputation of the tyre and can also lead to repeat business in the replacement market, as many vehicle owners fit like-for-like tyres when they need replacements.
Yokohama launched the C.drive2 in March 2010 as a successor to the C.drive line with improved wet grip with low rolling resistance.
etyres supply and fit a wide range of Yokohama tyres and its Summer Sale means its highly competitive prices are currently even cheaper, with customers benefiting from a £25 discount when they order four or more new tyres or £10 off when they buy two or three new tyres.