Goodyear will be exclusively supplying the tyres for the right hand drive versions of the GM Hummer H3. Production of the new right hand drive H3 is set to begin in mid-April at Port Elizabeth in South Africa, and all vehicles – including those intended for the UK market – will be shod with Goodyear Wrangler tyres. Production of the left-hand drive version of the Hummer H3 has been in motion since last year, for which Goodyear has also supplied the tyres. The US built Hummer is fitted with tyres manufactured by Goodyear North America.
For the South American sector of the Goodyear Company, the production contract for the right-hand drive Hummer H3 is a sign of enthusiasm for the locally produced P256/R16 Wrangler RT/S. The tyre is a new addition to the plant’s production range, and is only manufactured by one other facility in the world. Significant investment has gone into production of the Goodyear Wrangler tyre, including both equipment costs and staff training expenses.
The National Manager of Goodyear Equipment, Norman Newcombe, stated that he was “thrilled” by the decision to make the Uitenhage factory the supplier for the Hummer H3. Mr Newcombe also emphasised the all-round benefit to Goodyear South Africa in being chosen as a supplier for the Hummer, stating that: “the decision is a vote of confidence in Goodyear SA‘s capabilities and facilities”.