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Geneva Debut Set for Yokohama C.drive2

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"We respect the Environment…" is a new slogan in use at Yokohama Rubber Corp., and the Japanese manufacturer will be showing this respect in tire form at the Geneva International Motor Show with the European premiere of its C.drive2 high performance eco tire.

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This new product will be presented alongside the company’s flagship eco tire, the dB super E-spec, which was released in Europe during summer 2009.

Scheduled for a March release, the C.drive2 replaces the high-performance and comfort C.drive tire in the ".drive" series – a product Yokohama states has already gained popularity in Europe. The new tire will be available in 26 sizes for 14- to 17-inch wheel diameters, with a further 11 sizes to be added in summer 2010.

According to Yokohama, the new tire delivers excellent performance on wet surfaces as well as fuel efficiency. The C.drive2 joins three other tires in the .drive range, the sports oriented S.drive, the all-round standard A.drive and the cold weather W.drive.

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The manufacturer says the C.drive2 represents a “basic change” from the original C.drive model, which has now been available for six years. While it retains the basic concept behind the previous model, which Yokohama states was grounded in the delivery of confidence in the rain and superb handling capabilities, the C.drive2 was developed to provide better wet grip while maintaining a low rolling resistance. Furthermore, Yokohama reports handling stability under both dry and wet conditions has been heightened to meet European safety requirements. (Tyres & Accessories)

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