Toyo is very much a technology-orientated tyre company. Based in Japan, it also has operations in China, Malaysia and the USA. It makes tyres to fit an enormous number of vehicles, from trucks and bicycles to cars and vans. It’s most popular tyres are the Proxes range of high-performance tyres, Open Country tyres for 4x4s and the value-orientated Extensa range.
Proxes T1 & T1-R
A ‘B’-rating for wet grip in many sizes underpins the appeal of the Proxes T1 Sport tyre. It is suitable for a range of sports cars and saloons. This tyre offers supreme stability and comfort, even in wet conditions. Also, it comes as Original Equipment (OE) on models including the Audi TT, Audi S6 and Mazda 6. Available in a massive number of sizes, up 20-inch fittings for the largest SUVs, it features a directional tread pattern. It is an excellent high-performance tyre for demanding driving. Toyo designed it for European driving conditions and weather and to give maximum handling on both wet and dry roads.
Next is the Proxes R1R, for drivers on track days in high-performance cars. It offers enormous amounts of dry grip with a very distinctive tread pattern and casing. Furthermore, the Proxes T1-R offers high levels of stability and braking performance in a tyre more suitable for use in all weathers.
Proxes CF1 & CF2
A large number of smaller and compact cars leave Japanese factories in Toyo tyres. Among these are the Mazda 2, 3 and 5, Toyota Prius, Nissan Cube and some smaller Lexus models. Typically, this will be on Toyo Proxes CF1 and CF2 tyres. They are both known for a good all-round balance of performance, safety and economy. These tyres have been designed using the latest material, structure and tread patterns. Engineered to ensure optimum durability and comfort, they feature active compound and rigidity technology. Furthermore, this means lower rolling resistance and better grip along with reduced noise and excellent wet-weather performance. An extra feature is the enclosed shoulder block which offers even wear.
Drivers of city cars should also consider the improved Toto NanoEnergy3 range of eco-tyres. These too are ideal for smaller and compact models. Engineered for safety and fuel economy, they are built for a long life.
Nissan has called on Toyo for help in the development of different releases of its 4×4 and SUV range. This includes the Qashqai, Juke and X-Trail. As a result, many of these cars come with Proxes tyres from the factory. This research and collaboration with Nissan has extended into Toyo’s Open Country range, available to suit a range of different off-road demands. As a result, the Open Country H/T tyre is the most appropriate option for 4×4 vehicles which spend their life on-road. Most suited as a ‘highway tyre’, it offers long wear life, a quiet ride and good braking and roadholding in wet conditions.
The Open Country A/T Plus is more of an all-terrain tyre. It features rigid tread blocks and a very distinctive tread pattern. Above all, this provides optimum grip when used occasionally off-road. Finally, the Open Country M/T is specifically designed for hardworking vehicles which often need grip in deep mud or other challenging environments.