Toyo® Introduces 30 New Passenger Car and Light Truck Product Sizes in Last Three Months

February 7, 2008

Toyo® Introduces 30 New Passenger Car and Light Truck Product Sizes in Last Three Months

CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announces the availability of 30 new sizes of passenger car and light truck tires, for applications ranging from racing to luxury, and from utility to value. New sizes are available in several of the Toyo® product lines including: Proxes® (high performance and racing for passenger car and light truck), Open Country® (light truck and SUV) and Versado™ (premium luxury passenger car).

These OE fitments and plus sizes for custom wheel/tire applications were introduced between Nov 1, and Jan 31. The new sizes apply to either matched-sizing or to a single end of a vehicle that requires a stagger fitment. During this rollout, several new sizes of the Proxes® R888™ D.O.T.-approved, R-compound competition tire were introduced and it was named the official tire of SPEED World Challenge for the 2008 season. In addition, eight new sizes of Toyo’s new Proxes® R1R™ extreme performance tire expand that line for avid performance enthusiasts.

“Toyo is proud to offer dealers a complete line of replacement tires that they can draw from when selling to customers whether it is a sports car, a light truck or even a commercial truck,” said Robert Waytashek, consumer products manager, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. ”Voted #1 overall brand seven out of the last eight years by independent tire dealers, Toyo has a goal of providing tires of the highest quality and value for all segments of the market.

The new sizes are listed below by product and include an example of suggested vehicle applications*.

For Passenger Cars

Proxes® 4™: An ultra-high performance radial with a W-shaped unidirectional tread design and Toyo’s “Generation S™” silica-reinforced, high grip tread compound for exceptional all-season traction and durability.

One New Size
275/25R26 - (Specialty plus size for “hi-riser” passenger cars.)

Proxes® T1R™: Toyo’s flagship ultra-high performance radial designed exclusively for high-end sport sedans and coupes. It delivers high-speed stability in both dry and wet conditions with low noise and ride comfort.

One New Size
295/25ZR22 – (Plus size for passenger cars.)

Proxes® R1R™: An extreme performance 140 UTQG treadwear tire ideal for aggressive street driving, the street touring category of SCCA® autocross and the street classes at time attacks. It is also an excellent choice for drifting, high performance driving schools and track days.

Eight New Sizes
195/50R15 – (Mazda MX-5 Miata up to 2002, OE.)
225/50R16 – (Acura RSX up to 2006, plus size; BMW Z4 up to 2006, OE; Honda Civic, plus size; Honda S2000 up to 2003, OE rear; Porsche Boxster up to 2005, OE rear; Volkswagen Jetta, plus size.)
235/40ZR17 – (Plus size for Acura RSX, BMW 3 Series, Honda Civic Si, Hyundai Tiburon and Subaru Impreza WRX.)
255/40ZR17 – (BMW 3 Series, OE rear; Porsche Boxster up to 2005, OE rear; Porsche 911 Carrera up to 2004, OE rear.)
225/40ZR18 – (BMW 3 Series, OE front; BMW Z4, OE front; Honda S2000, plus size front; Porsche Boxster, up to 2005 OE front; Subaru Impreza WRX, plus size.)
245/40ZR18 – (Ford Mustang, up to 2004 plus size; Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, up to 2006 plus size.)
255/35ZR18 – (BMW 3 Series, OE rear; BMW Z4, OE rear; Honda S2000, plus size rear.)
265/35ZR18 – (Porsche Boxster, up to 2005 OE rear.)

Proxes® R888™: An R-compound, D.O.T.-approved competition radial that was introduced in the summer of 2007. Already winning in competition, the Proxes R888 is ideal for road racing, track days and high-performance driving schools

Nine New Sizes for Racing Applications:
225/45ZR15, 195/50ZR16, 225/45ZR16, 225/45ZR17, 235/45ZR17, 255/40ZR17, 275/40ZR17, 275/40ZR18, 305/30ZR19.

Versado™ LX: Toyo’s flagship non-directional, asymmetric all-season tire for the luxury car market features the company’s innovative Silent Wall™ design for a quiet and comfortable ride.

Three New Sizes
235/50R18 – (BMW X3, OE; Jaguar XJ8, OE; Lexus LS460, OE.)
245/40R18 – (Jaguar S Type, OE; Mercedes CLS 550, OE front.)
275/35R18 – (Mercedes CLS 550, OE rear.)

For Light Trucks and SUVs

Proxes® A20™: A direct OE specification replacement for the 2008 Nissan Murano.

One New Size
P235/55R20 – (2008 Nissan Murano, OE spec.)

Open Country® H/T: An all-season highway tire for urban and highway use that delivers excellent all-around handling and stability in both dry and wet conditions. It delivers exceptional mileage along with a smooth, quiet ride throughout the wear range.
Two New Sizes
235/55R17 – (BMW X3, OE; Ford Freestar, OE)
P285/70R17 – (Nissan Pathfinder Armada w/off-road package, OE; Nissan Titan w/off-road package, OE.)

Open Country® A/T: An M & S rated all-terrain dual-purpose tire for exceptional performance both on and off the road. Offerings include OE to flotation sizes for pickups and SUVs.
Two New Sizes
LT285/50R22 (Plus size for Dodge Ram, Hummer H3, and Nissan Titan.)
LT305/50R22 (Plus size for Dodge Ram, and Hummer H3.)

Open Country M/T®: A mud terrain radial tire that features hook-shaped tread blocks, scalloped shoulder blocks and a high performance cap ply construction for excellent off-road traction. A three-ply casing delivers superior handling both on-and off-road while it is considered one of the quietest mud terrain tires on the market.

Three New Sizes
LT285/75R17 – (Plus size for Dodge Ram, Ford F250 / F350 Super Duty, Hummer H3, and Nissan Titan.)
LT285/75R18 – (Ford F250 / F350 Super Duty, plus size.)
LT275/65R20 – (Ford F250 / F350 Super Duty, OE option.)

Toyo manufactures and distributes a complete line of replacement tires for high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks, buses and off-road and construction applications.

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*The fitment information here is intended to serve as a guideline only.

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