Charles Goodyear secured the first American patent for vulcanisation. Through this process, rubber could be made into more durable materials such as tyres. 175 years later, the firm which bears his name is the world’s largest producer of tyres. It has a presence on six continents and annual sales of more than $15 billion.
The company works with many of the world’s leading car manufacturers. Its products are fitted in the factories of many of the world’s best-known marques. These include BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Volkswagen, Peugeot, Renault, Toyota, Vauxhall and more.
Goodyear’s DuraGrip range is designed for small and city cars. It has good ratings for both wet grip and fuel efficiency. It is factory-fitted to a wide range of small cars. Among these are the Fiat 500, Toyota Yaris, Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. These tyres feature high skid resistance on wet roads and provide a quiet ride and responsive handling.
The EfficientGrip range is very well-regarded and frequently earns praise in independent tests. These tyres offer particularly strong performance in wet weather conditions, as their name would suggest. They are available in special fitments for both SUVs and compact cars. Additionally, they can be fitted in run-flat formats. The EfficientGrip Performance is a recommended tyre choice, with excellent all-round capabilities. An ‘A’-rating for wet grip and a ‘B’-rating for fuel economy, combined with a competitive price, explain why this tyre is a best-seller.
Goodyear’s Excellence is described by its manufacturer as the ‘three in one’ tyre, the range is designed to offer handling, grip and comfort. It is factory-fitted to a broad range of vehicles, including the Audi A8, Volkswagen Golf, Ford Mondeo and Seat Ibiza.
For more high-performance cars, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 offers excellent cornering grip and handling capabilities. It is a popular choice for motoring in all weathers. Labelled an ultra-high-performance tyre, it offers short braking distances in wet and dry conditions. It also features with class-leading protection against aquaplaning.
It is factory-fitted original equipment for a range of performance cars. These include the Porsche 911 and Boxster, Maserati Quattroporte and Ferrari California, as well as various larger saloons from Audi and Mercedes-Benz. The SUV version of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric is very well-regarded by drivers of vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 and is available in a run-flat format.