Billed as an ‘SUV for year-round use’, Goodyear has been chosen to supply original equipment (OE) tyres for the latest top-of-the range Volkswagen Touareg. The US tyre manufacturer will supply a total of nine tyre dimensions for fitment on the SUV, including a summer, winter and all-season tyre.
VW has approved the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV as its summer tyre option to be factory fitted to the German car makers new SUV. It will be supplied in five sizes for 18 – 21-inch rim diameters.
Furthermore, the UltraGrip 8 Performance has been approved in two sizes for the 18 – 20-inch rim diameter; while the Vector 4Seasons SUV Gen-2 is again chosen in two sizes for 18 – 19-inch rim diameters.
(*For a list of Goodyear tyres fitted as OE on VW Touareg SUV see chart below).
Nick Harley, Goodyear’s Managing Director OE Consumer EMEA, said: “We are always focused on developing and delivering reliable tyres to our partners, and with the OE tyres for the new Volkswagen Touareg we provided a wide range of fitments and solutions suitable for every season, ensuring comfort and performance in all road and weather conditions throughout the year and improving the driving experience of their customers.”
Goodyear designers and engineers worked closely with Volkswagen to meet the exacting requirements they stipulated for tyres for global applications. Therefore, emphasis has been placed on good overall performance levels and excellent mechanical and acoustical comfort, combined with low rolling resistance.
Consequently, the new contract strengthens Goodyear’s reputation as a supplier of premium tyres in the high end SUV segment.
As one of the world’s largest tyre companies, Goodyear is committed to securing OE contracts. Every OE tyre developed is tuned and adapted to each vehicle model to provide the performance characteristics the manufacturer desires.
OE approved tyres are fitted to new vehicles on the assembly line. There are several reasons why this benefits vehicle owners. The obvious advantage is that because the OE tyres are designed for a specific vehicle, every requirement needed to deliver the optimum driving performance the manufacturer intended, is catered for. Think of it like a bespoke rather than one-size-fits-all solution.
First of all, vehicle owners can rest assured they are receiving a quality product. It will also have been highly engineered and vigorously tested to ensure optimal performance.
The process of designing and manufacturing an OE tyre usually takes two to three years. It begins with a comprehensive analysis and simulation programme. It progresses on to the development phase and finally into the production stage.
According to Goodyear it will typically carry out up to 400 tests in laboratories. In addition, the tyre will be put through its paces a further 200 times on roads and race tracks. In all, an OE tyre will be tested across up to 300,000 kilometres. It will also endure the most diverse weather and road conditions to ensure it meets the criteria required.
OE Contract approval
Goodyear is one of the leading brands when it comes to fulfilling OE contracts. Most noteworthy, it boasts over 600 approvals for more than 30 vehicle manufacturers worldwide. They include BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, Land Rover, Nissan, Ferrari, Maserati, Fiat, Peugeot, Ford, Renault and Skoda.
Interestingly, Goodyear’s Eagle F1 range has been previously singled out by etyres as one of the mobile tyre fitting companies best selling lines for previous Touareg models. In addition, etyres adds: “Evidence suggests that they are the best tyres for a high mileage in a Touareg, with these the best-suited tyres for the demands of this heavy car.”
Goodyear tread patterns fitted as OE on VW Touareg SUV range
|Summer||Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV||235/65R18 106W XL|
|Summer||Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV||255/60R18 108W|
|Summer||Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV||285/40 R21 109Y|
|Summer||Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 SUV||255/55R19 107W|
|Summer||Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 SUV||285/45R20 108W|
|All season||Vector 4Seasons SUV Gen-2||255/60R18 108V|
|All season||Vector 4Seasons SUV Gen-2||255/55R19 107V|
|Winter||UltraGrip 8 Performance||255/60R18 108H|
|Winter||UltraGrip 8 Performance||285/45R20 112V XL|