FORT MILL, S.C., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Tire the Americas, LLC ("Continental") will supply the original equipment truck tires for Ram medium-duty Chassis Cab trucks starting in 2010 with the all-new 2011 model year trucks.
In a multi-year order, Chrysler Group LLC designated that all new Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks will be equipped with Continental's 225/70R19.5 tires, said Tom Fanning, Continental's director of original equipment sales for commercial vehicle tires – The Americas. Continental HSR® (steer) and HDR® (drive) tire products were selected for the fitment.
"Continental Tires were chosen because they give Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks a competitive advantage, offering a class-exclusive N speed rating (87 mph)," said Fanning. "Ram executives have told us this is something their customers have been asking for and is superior to the M speed rating (81 mph) of the competition's tire."
Tire speed ratings are an important consideration for fire and rescue, ambulance and other emergency service customers.
The HSR is a premium steer-position tire rated for load range G. Its 16/32" all-position tread pattern provides long mileage in regional and local service. Other features include a protective scuff rib, a closed-shoulder tread pattern to promote even wear, and an aggressive tread design that promotes stability and increases wet traction. The HDR is a multi-purpose drive tire rated for load range G with 18/32" of tread depth. It features a multi-service tread compound for local and long-haul service, and offset center tread blocks that provide excellent all-weather traction.
"Drivers of medium and heavy-duty trucks throughout North America have seen for years that the HSR and HDR tires meet their needs for reliability and fuel economy. Today we're happy to announce that we'll provide our tires to even more customers in the future, with this new fitment on the Ram Chassis Cab," Fanning said. "We look forward to working with Chrysler and to supplying their customers with high-quality truck tires."
The order is Continental's third major original equipment fitment for truck tires in less than a year.
With sales of approximately EUR 20 billion in 2009 Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs approximately 134,500 in 46 countries.
SOURCE Continental Tire the Americas, LLC