Cooper Tire unveils three new tires as part of its WORK tire line: the All-Weather Drive (AWD) tire, All-Steel Drive (ASD), and the All-Steel All Position (ASA) tire.
AWD Tire for Regional Deliveries
The WORK Series AWD Tire has an open shoulder design with tightly packed center tread blocks that are highly siped. The full-depth 3D sipes enhance traction, while interlocking to maintain tread stability while cornering.
Featuring 26/32nds of tread depth and a wide footprint for long miles to removal, the tire has wide snow groves separating the three inner tread blocks with the outside ribs. This allows snow to pack in the tire, enhancing traction. The tread blocks are staggered and zig-zag to promote optimum traction in all weather conditions, while shoulder pockets provide additional traction “bite” in tough driving conditions.
“This is a very unique tread package that was really tailored for fleets running in the worst of conditions,” said Gary Schroeder, Executive Director of Cooper’s Global Truck and Bus Tire Business. “And, it’s our first commercial tire to feature Cooper’s Snow Groove Technology. It also is Three Peak Mountain Snowflake certified, verifying outstanding all-weather performance. Extensive testing showed the combination of the tread design and snow grooves gave the performance we were after in order to be a top tire performer in this segment of the market.”
ASD Tire and ASA Tire for local and vocational trucks
The WORK Series All-Steel Drive (ASD) tire is an open shoulder steel-belted drive tire, while the WORK Series All Steel All Position (ASA) tire is an all-position, steel-belted tire, with a less aggressive tread pattern. The tires will be available for order beginning in June.
The tires are targeted toward the growing final mile marketplace, where smaller vehicles — requiring 19.5-inch size tires — are used. “More and more vans and delivery trucks are on the road in final mile deliveries, and those operations continue to grow exponentially,” said Gary Schroeder, Executive Director of Cooper’s Global Truck and Bus Tire Business. “These customers are looking for highly-engineered tires that can hold up for long miles to removal, while providing excellent ride characteristics. That’s where our new Cooper tires come in.”
According to Schroeder, the new WORK Series ASD and ASA tires can withstand punishment from constant curbing. They are engineered with an extra strip of rubber on the sidewall – a curb bar – which helps ensure the integrity of the sidewall. The tires also will perform well for vocational trucks such as utility vehicles, bucket trucks, and ambulances. To work well with EMT and ambulance operations, the tires, in size 225/70R, have an N-speed rating – the highest in the industry.
Both tires were designed with low cost of ownership in mind. “We’re out to provide excellent performance, long-tire life, and retreadability, balanced with a very competitive price to give our customers the value they’re looking for,” said Schroeder. “What’s more, these two tires have rolling resistance numbers that will save our customers a significant amount of fuel over the life of the tires.”