All Goodyear Tyres Stuff

All Goodyear Tyres Stuff

Of course, they kept up the spending on new tyre development. Something that GOODYEAR TYRES  were very passionate about. The company started to bring out new products on the back of these new developments. Passionately, new tyres began to emerge. First ones been the The Goodyear Eagle GT and the Eagle GA. I remember these tyre well, they were modeled for the more luxury cars in the early nineties. These new products helped Goodyear tyres to regain the market share that they lost to t

Goodyear tyres Safety App-Available to All Motorists especially Young Drivers

Goodyear tyres Safety App

Goodyear tyres Safety App; Goodyear tyres Safety App is mainly targeted at the younger driver. The young drivers are in my opinion the least likely to take onboard safety issues when it comes to safe driving. We have all been there in our younger days and done silly things. This, unfortunately, includes drink driving and more recently driving under the influence of drugs.

Tyre safety is a major issue to me. This simply because I feel it my responsibility to inform the public about tyre safety and the risks involved. Young men, in particular, seem to be the ones that flaunt the law. They overtake in silly situations. I have also noticed that recently this has become a more common problem.

This is when accidents happen? When a car is driven too fast out of a junction or at a roundabout can be a dangerous manoeuvre. But with a set of tyres that are not

Goodyear tyres Safety App

Goodyear tyres Safety App screenshot

correctly inflated can double the chances of things going drastically wrong.

This Goodyear tyres Safety App

This app is to inform young drivers about the dangers of distraction while car driving. Goodyear has used a 360-degree gaming App called, “driving academy” and partnered up with the Driving Instructors Association to show the dangers of driver distraction. This is most relevant when driving along and using your mobile phone at the wheel.

Young drivers account for many of the near misses, with 23% of you drivers, admitting that they have used a mobile phone when driving their car.

Kate Rock, the PR manager of Goodyear Tyre UK, says that “One in five young drivers have an accident in the first six months of passing their tests. In the tyre industry, you simply lose points if you get distracted, but transfer the scenarios to a real life driving environment and distractions can end up changing lives”.

It is the target to encourage all young drivers to study such an App to improve their driving skills and have more thought for other road users. Don’t forget the tyres?

Customers can get this app, which is available at drivingacademy.goodyear.co.uk and can be accessed using Google Cardboard – or without.

Goodyear Online- Tyre giants to sell Goodyear tyres online in the USA

Goodyear Online

Goodyear online;Could it spread to Europe?

The tyre operating system in the USA has always been different to the UK tyre operations. America has always had a tyre retailer franchise system, across

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A typical Goodyear franchise in the USA will be fitting for Goodyear Online

its retail tyre market. In other words if you want to buy say a Firestone tyre then you would go to a Firestone outlet. This outlet would only sell the Firestone products.

This system has never caught on here in the UK. Tyre retail outlets, like my own here in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK have always sold multi brands. The UK system in my opinion is best way of offering the consumer a bigger and better choice of tyre brands.

The national retail outlets have always pushed their own products, but have never come close to the USA franchise way of running a tyre retail outlet. I think though that things may be changing and it is no thanks to the internet?

Goodyear Online has recently introduced an online platform, where you can buy Goodyear tyres online. This is in the USA and covers the whole country. The tyres will be fitted at more than 4000 outlets, including the Goodyear franchises 600 tyre fitting stations.

Although this does not apply in the UK, I believe that it may set a precedent for the future of the tyre industry. We all know about the recent buy outs of online tyre retailers across Europe? So is this the start of a similar thing?

Goodyear Online

Michelin and Apollo tyres have both bought online tyre companies and I wonder how long it will be before they start marketing their own products online. At the moment they sell multi brands of tyres, but will it change to a Goodyear Online type of situation, where Michelin sell only Michelin tyres and have them fitted across their ATS network of tyre retail branches.

Michelin have a massive following in the tyre world and in my opinion would be able to pull such a move off, selling the Michelin only product online across

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A Goodyear Online screenshot

the whole of Europe?

Because of the Goodyear Online move, may be just the start of things to come? Where it leaves anyone else that sells tyres, I do not know. Consequently, I could be completely wrong, but with all these moves from the tyre manufactures, then something is in the air. Watch out for Bridgestone tyres and their next move?

more information…https://www.goodyear.com/en-US/tires/auto-tires 

Goodyear Tyres build new Mexico plant-our ‘most technologically advanced’, says Goodyear | ET Auto

 

The new factory will be a zero-waste-to-landfill and zero-solvent facility, and will use natural gas, energy efficient LED lighting and state-of-the-art dust ..

Goodyear Tyres build new Mexico plant

Tyre factories are now dust-free and almost fully automated.

 

Goodyear Tyres build new Mexico plant

Goodyear Tyres build new Mexico plant; news from Goodyear tyres is no real surprise.

 

All the leading tyre companies are relocating to a cheap labour based country. Many of the large tyre companies such as Michelin tyres have located in China and others such as Apollo tyres in to Eastern Europe. This trend has been going on for years.

In times gone by the tyres that we fitted were made in the UK. Or other parts of Europe. But as living standard became higher. The population wanted a better standard of living and higher wages. As expected, the tyre industry started to move out of countries like the UK.

The Birmingham area of the UK have been devastated by the number of car related industries moving out of the area and re-locating to other countries. This included Goodyear tyres who moved out of Wolverhampton, near Birmingham, and re-located to several other countries including now Mexico.

Tyre are not hand built any more and are less labour intensive to make, but labour is still one of their biggest costs, and so they are constantly on the move, going to places with low labour rates and to the governments who will give them the biggest grants.

I can’t blame these tyre companies and they are not the only businesses that do this, but we all need industry to survive and loyalty has been thrown out of the window?

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/goodyear.htm

Goodyear tyres and Dunlop tyres are now of course the same company and their tyre products are made in several European countries as well as all over the world including the new tyre plant in Mexico. The European headquarters are in Brussels and are known as; Goodyear Dunlop Tyres Europe headquarters; Europe, Middle East & Africa headquarters.

Goodyear Tyres build new Mexico plant; only Goodyear tyres presence here in the UK,

Because Goodyear have their racing tyres division in Birmingham. Thus they still have several tyre manufacturing plants across the rest of Europe including Amiens in France. For this reason,  a recent threat to close the factory ended up in the staff rioting. Consequently,  a decision was made to keep the plant open.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

 

Race Tyre Testing-Michelin & Goodyear Out Tyre Testing In Portimao – dailysportscar.com

Race Tyre Testing

Race Tyre Testing

Following the conclusion of the 2019 European Le Mans Series season at Algarve in Portugal, both Michelin and Goodyear were present at the circuit as part of a

Source: Michelin & Goodyear Out Tyre Testing In Portimao – dailysportscar.com

Tyre Safes New Campaign

Goodyear tyres chosen as Original Equipment for new Fiat 500X – Etyres

 

Goodyear tyres have been chosen to supply the Original Equipment tyres for the two new versions of the snazzy Fiat 500X in Europe. The tyres have been carefully selected to meet the needs of the newly-revealed Fiat 500X.

Goodyear tyres

As most of my readers will know , I have a soft spot for Goodyear tyres and all that they do.

The decision by Fiat to fit Goodyear tyres to their new 500X is not ground breaking ,but any go news helps sell them tyres.

When car makers fit tyres as original equipment, they will get a certain replacement figure when the first tyres are replaced, which as i say is good news for Goodyear tyres.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1258/GOODYEAR

Goodyear tyres have been chosen for two out of the three models

Of course,  the new Fiat 500X compact X over will be available in three different models and styles. As a result, these cars will also be available in different drive options. Consequently, two off-road focused versions and also the 4 wheel drive 500X cross+ and the front wheel drive 500X cross.

Goodyear have been selected to have their tyres fitted as original equipment. So, on two of the above versions of the up market models for the European market. So a great honour for this  famous tyre company.

To the people that read my articles. Then they know that I have always been a big fan of the Goodyear tyre company. Of course, they were the ones that gave me my first managerial post, way back in the 1970’s and I have been a fan of their tyre products ever since.

Fiat have selected two different tyres from the Goodyear range

the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 tyre will be fitted to the more robust model of the new X over. So to help give the car a smooth ride. The tyre size will be 225/45R18 with the 91Y load rating. The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 assists the car with excellent braking and steering qualities.

The urban centered models will be fitted with EfficientGrip Performance tyres. As a result, the size of the tyres will be 215/55R17 94V. The Efficient grip performance tyre gives an excellent rolling resistance. Which helps with lower emissions, plus gives a superior braking performance to the new Fiat car.

The Goodyear consumer marketing director Hans Vrijsen said… “The Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance tyre provides excellent rolling resistance performance and braking performance suitable for a city car, while the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 has a large rim size, offering exceptional braking and handling .We are pleased to offer tyres that not only fit the overall polish and panache of the FIAT 500X but are also customised to fulfill the car’s different driving needs”.

Goodyear tyres

Fiat 500

The new Fiat 500X also comes with many added extras depending on the model that you buy, including, Bluetooth, aux-in and USB connections, steering wheel-mounted controls they also fit voice recognition as standard on all versions of the car, although in the past I have struggled to get them to recognise my Yorkshire accent?

The new Goodyear tyres are available online from www.pellontyres.co.uk, and can be fitted in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

 

 

New Concept Tyres;Goodyear Tyres presents battery-charging, shape-shifting tyres at Geneva show – Tyrepress.com

goodyear tyres,concept tyres

Although just concept products at this point in time, Goodyear Tyres & Rubber believes two New Concept Tyres it unveiled at this week’s Geneva Motor Show hold potential to radically change the role car tyre…

Source: www.tyrepress.com

They have always been one of the worlds innovative tyre companies. The concept of making electricity from your  wheels is nothing new.

As the tyre rotates an electric charge is generated, through the tyre flexing. The only problem in my opinion is how do you collect this generated  electricity to charge the cars battery up.

This is definitely one for the future and a challenge for the first tyre company to up with the goods. As my blog readers will know , I have always been a great fan of the Goodyear tyre company and I am convinced that inventions like these will help them through tough times ahead in the tyre industry and in connection with the link between tyres and other new innovations within the motor industry.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1258/GOODYEAR

Concept Tyres  Offer us a Glimpse of the Future; also new AA rated EfficientGrip tyres

Goodyear tyres made a splendid start to 2015 with the presentation of three products at the Geneva motor show.

The first product was a present day product, which was an “AA” rated summer tyre, known as the EfficientGrip tyre. This tyre is explained in my recent post… http://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/efficientgrip-goodyear-tyres/

This new tyre follows the modern trend of a lighter tyre with less rolling resistance that is made out of modern materials, in this case “silicon”

Two new concept tyres on display

Goodyear tyres also had two new concept tyres up its sleeve, to show the world that the Goodyear Company was still as innovative as ever. These tyres would help car developers to form the modern car of the future. The two new technologies are known as the BHO3 and the TRIPLE TUBE.

Concept tyres 1 the BHO3

This tyre looks at the technology to be able to convert the electricity that is generated by the heat that is produced during the rolling of the tyre, when projected forward. The electricity is generated by the action of the materials that the tyre is made of, usually man made textiles and steel belts. When the tyre flexes as it moves forward, then electricity is produced. The problem will be harnessing this electricity to help charge the electric cars battery.

Electricity can be produced from the action of the cars braking in the present electric cars and the addition of an extra charge coming from the car tyres, would be an added bonus.goodyear tyres new concept tyres

Triple Tube Concept tyres

This second concept tyre is a completely different animal and is very similar to a system that Goodyear brought out about three years ago, then given the name of “AMT” Air Maintenance Technology.

The tyre contains three internal tubes, although they look more like compartments to me, and not the tubes that spring to mind from years ago. These compartments are located beneath the tread area and the tyres shoulder area.

An electric pump, that I presume will be controlled by the cars computer, moves the air around the three chambers, adjusting the tyres to the different road conditions as the car drives along. This is supposed to help with tyre safety and make the tyre more environmentally friendly.

As a tyre guy for forty years, I fail to see what application this new tyre will be used on. We can all rejoice to the demise of the car tube , as they used to be, but the splitting of the tyres into compartments, does not look like a move forward to me, or perhaps I have got it all wrong.

The BHO3 looks like a good idea, but I can’t see how the electricity from a fast turning wheel could be transferred to help charge a battery, but then I am far from being a scientist, so who knows? I do know that tyres in the future will have to be able to transmit much more information and data than we can get now, so let’s hope it will upgrade our industry along with other technical aspects of the future cars.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Goodyear Car  Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

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Goodyear Tyres Test Track-Tyre Tests in Luxembourg “Scared me to Death” ??

Goodyear Tyres Test Track

Goodyear Tyres Test Track-New Goodyear tyres “Vectra” tested in Luxembourg

I remember receiving a phone call from Goodyear tyres. Thus, offering a place for Peter and I to go to the Goodyear Tyres Test Track to Luxembourg. Hence, to attend the World launching of Goodyear tyres new product the “Vectra tyre”. This was a brand new product.Hence, from Goodyear Tyres. For this reason, would fit somewhere in the centre of Goodyear tyre price range. Hence, this was not going to be in the  cheap tyre range.But was an all season tyre giving the tyre good grip in all kinds of climates.

Peter and I did not know what to expect. Therefore, we happily agreed to attend. We flew to Heathrow Airport  in London. Where we were to attend a champagne reception. We  then were to board a jumbo jet to Luxembourg. This was going to be a top class weekend. I could not wait to find out what the next day would bring. It was all kept a secret by Goodyear. Unknown to us a similar event was also taking place in Donnington park the week later. But Peter and I were asked to attend the premier event in Goodyear Tyres Test Track Luxembourg.

Goodyear Tyres Test Track; Hanna Mikkola a Goodyear tyres test driver

The following day. After a top class meal in the hotel. So, we were driven by coach to the Goodyear test track. Each party was given a number (raffle ticket style).

Goodyear Tyres Test Track

Goodyear Tyres Test Track-A typical Goodyear franchise in the USA will be fitting for Goodyear Online

Goodyear tyres had a fleet of bog standard Vauxhall Cavalier 1600cc saloon cars. Fitted with brand new sets ( of the then unknown), Goodyear Vectra all-season tyres. When our number was called out we were to proceed to the pickup area where we would be driven around the test track by a well known professional driver to test the tyres under very stressful conditions.

I do not remember all the drivers, but some were very famous and very fast. They were  Russell Brookes, Jacki Stewart, Donald Heggie and our driver first time round was no other than Hannu Mikkola. All these drivers were regular test drivers for Goodyear tyres, from rallying to F1 Grand Prix drivers, top class test drivers.

We were given crash helmets and got in the car driven by Hannu Mikkola. I made the first mistake by jumping in the front. The first part of the course was a straight ending in an 180-degree bend. Hannu revved the car to its limit and let the clutch out. My eyes nearly popped out and my stomach came up into my throat,(I think I screamed out but the engine gave off so much noise that I wasn’t sure). I was literary scared to death and I was totally pushed back in my seat with my eyes totally closed with fear. Peter was in the same bad condition sat in the rear seat.

Goodyear Tyres Test Track

Eric Roberts

At these speeds in a bog standard Vauxhall Cavalier. Frighteningly, the car and the tyres were making screams and noises that I have never heard before. I was literary frightened to death. The new Goodyear tyres did really well but were burned out after only two laps of the course. Significantly, the driving was so intense. When we stopped Pete and I shot off to the beer tent. Consequently, downing a few beers as fast as we could. Afterwards, we sat at the same table as Hannu. Importantly, who turned out to be a great guy and we had a laugh. Especially, about our extreme driving experiences ! Alter lunch we both threw our track tickets away and vowed never do this again. Goodyear tyres were great hosts and money was no object! But boy was I glad to get out of that car. 

 

Goodyear Tyres Test Track

Goodyear Tyres Test Track-Vauxhall Cavalier as used by Goodyear tyre test team

Continental tyres are experimenting by using the sap of the humble "dandelion" plants. Of course, this sap is also of the same molecular structure as latex rubber.

Goodyear Soybean Tyres-Massive compound ingredients breakthrough wins global prize

Goodyear Soybean Tyres

Goodyear Soybean Tyres

Goodyear Soybean Tyres

Of course that we now all know about the  growing awareness of the nutritional benefits of consuming foods made from soybeans. So, what are they? Soy beans, aka soya beans, are a species of legume and are often classified as an oil-seed. Naturally, soya beans are known to have been in existence in China some 5000 years ago. Having been consumed and including use, in medical preparations. Hence, for at least the last 2000 years.

It was many centuries later before soya beans are grown commercially in the western world. It took until 1906 in the USA and 1910 in Europe before there was deemed to be a sufficiently large enough market to encourage farmers to grow soya beans in significant enough quantities.

Now soya beans are used in millions of food products.

Of course Goodyear tyres like many other tyre manufacturers. have been looking for alternatives using rubber latex in their tyre products.

Soya beans have have become one of these natural ingredients that match the molecular structure of latex used in the production of rubber in tyres.

Other tyre companies that have come up with similar natural products are Continental tyres. So, Continental tyres are experimenting by using the sap of the humble “dandelion” plants. Of course, this sap is also of the same molecular structure as latex rubber.

Yokohama tyres are now using the oil extracted from orange peel skins. All these methods will give tyres a greener more sustainable tyre product in the years ahead.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including SuspensionThe Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company has won the Tyre Technology International Award for Innovation and Excellence in the category ‘Environmental Achievement of the Year’, during the 2018 Tyre Technology Expo in Hannover, Germany. The technology represents a breakthrough by Goodyear. So, in applying soybean oil in the tread compound of tyres, instead of traditional petroleum oil.

Source: Goodyear’s soybean breakthrough wins global prize

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Goodyear Eagle Efficientgrip-A look at this popular Goodyear Tyre- Car Tyre Online

Goodyear Eagle Efficientgrip

Goodyear Eagle EfficientgripCheck out GoodYear Eagle Efficientgrip Car Tyre Online at GoodYear India. See GoodYear Eagle Efficientgrip Car Tyre specifications, tyre sizes, features & benefits.

Goodyear Eagle Efficientgrip

Of course, like these other fuel efficiency tires. So the Goodyear Eagle Efficientgrip tyres use silica filler, but this is where the similarities end.

In these Goodyear tyres the silica is blended into a different compound. Compared to what is used in normal fuel efficiency tyres. Recent studies have found that the fuel savings seen over the life of a set of  Eagle Efficientgrip tyres. Naturally, off sets the Co2 produced from the manufacture of the tyres. So making them one of the most environmentally friendly tyres on our roads today.

Consequently, tyre engineers have been building tyres designed for fuel economy for quite some time. Of course, by mixing silica into the tread compound. Reducing the friction between the vehicles tyres and the road surface.

Reduced tread life a downside

Significantly, these Silica based tyres do dramatically reduced rolling resistance. Which leads to better fuel economy! Downside is they suffer from decreased tread life. So, compared to traditional carbon black tyres.

Of course, In addition to the material characteristics of the tyres. Subsequently, the Goodyear Eagle Efficientgrip tyres also use a dual tread zone design. So, improving the  tread wear. Consequently, recent studies have found that the fuel savings seen over the life of a set of Goodyear tyres off sets the Co2 produced from the manufacture of the tyres. Making them the most environmentally friendly tire on the road.

EfficientGrip

The fuel-saving tyre that keeps performing for longer.

  • Fuel-saving and environmentally friendly,
  • Long lasting better braking on wet roads,
  • Quiet, comfortable ride
naturally designed as a new environmentally friendlier tyre. So, the Goodyear EfficientGrip provides driving performance while reducing fuel consumption.
The EfficientGrip has the great handling and braking qualities you’d expect from a Goodyear tyre – with its Fuel-Saving technology and outstanding rolling resistance (13% better) the Goodyear EfficientGrip provides excellent mileage and reduced fuel consumption.

Eric Roberts

The popularity of the new Goodyear tyre, “the efficientgrip” has quickly spread around the world.

Source: Goodyear Eagle Efficientgrip Car Tyre Online | Goodyear India

Goodyear Vectra 4 Seasons-Winter tyres time is here again check out these Goodyears

Goodyear Vectra

Goodyear Vectra 4 Seasons Winter tyres fitted to Jeep Patriot This time of year we are starting to fit Winter tyres. In the month leading to winter, October/November is the time leading up to much colder weather here in the North of the UK. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer and colder.

Jeep Patriot having 4 new Goodyear Vectra 4 seasons tyres fitted

In the past three years. We have had worse weather than normal. With very heavy snow falls. Not as bad as some countries but enough to warrant drivers fitting winter and all season tyres to their cars. The trend in the past few years has been to fit winter tyres. Especially in the hillier district of Northern England. Our Scottish friends have been fitting Goodyear winter tyres for many years now, because they can be virtually certain of having some snow falls all throughout the winter months.

Here in England we have had a run of mild wet winters, I can even remember one year when roses were blooming at Christmas time. But for the time being we have been having much colder winters similar to Continental Europe when the wind has come from the East, from a very cold Russia. On the Saturday morning we had a particularly busy day fitting winter tyres to most cars that came in to my depot in Halifax UK. We also fitted a few different brands, which is always nice to see. Not all our customers go for cheap budget tyres, and some drivers prefer the leading brands.Winter Tyres Important

Saturday was a Pirelli  sales day, everything we sold seemed to be these two brands. One car that caught my eye was a Jeep Patriot, who was having an oil and filter change and four tyres fitted. The tyres were 215/60R17 Goodyear Vectra 4 seasons. These tyres are in fact what it says on the tin, they are not full blown winter tyres but are developed by Goodyear tyres as all the year round tyres.

Goodyear Vectra Winter Tyres-4 Seasons had a good write up from top German Car magazine Auto-Bild

This tyre has had good revues from the German Motor magazine Auto Bild they said that…”    “Top class all season tire. Well balanced and safe on snow, short braking distances on wet, high safety reserves on aquaplaning. Quiet and comfortable, low rolling resistance.” …http://www.autobild.de/

Checking the oil level after oil and filter change

The oil was changed and the tyres were fitted and the customer with the Jeep went on his way.

Article by Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.