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Hot Concepts in Cars and Tires in Detroit

January 11, 2012
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Some Goodyear tires are making their first public appearance at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The specially designed concept tires are on two General Motors concept cars - a pair of Chevrolet products code named 130R and the Tru 140S.

The two vehicles represent the styling and functionality that next-generation buyers are considering, according to Chevrolet.

Goodyear’s Tire Design Studio in Akron developed the special tires for the Code 130R and Tru 140S, working with GM engineers, then providing the one-of-a-kind laser carved tires for the high-profile auto show fitment.

“Our aim is to support our automaker customers by providing them tire design and manufacturing know-how that fits with their requirements. While our goal is to capture tire fitment selections on the best high-image vehicles, we know that achievement is possible only through a dedication to providing innovation and quality in our products,” said Johann Finkelmeier, Goodyear’s vice president of OE tires.

The concept tires were manufactured as smooth tread tires at Goodyear’s technology center in Luxembourg, with the eventual distinctive tread designs carved by a programmed laser there. Texture in the tread surface, along with serrations in some of the tread grooves, were added.