Yokohama Rubber has announced it will launch sales of a new all-season tyre for vans in Europe and Russia from spring 2021. The BluEarth-Van All Season RY61 van tyre will be available in 23 sizes, from 225/55R17C 104/102H to 195/70R15C 104/102T.
Yokohama says it sought to develop a tyre that would meet the rapidly rising demand for tyres that increase user convenience by eliminating the need to change tyres every season. The company says that the BluEarth-Van All Season RY61 provides ‘the wear resistance and durability demanded of van tyres while contributing to a powerful and comfortable driving performance in various road conditions’. The new tyres have received European certification as safe winter tyres and will bear the three peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) marking on their sidewalls.
The new tyre’s tread pattern features Yokohama’s Triple WD Groove that combines a zigzag groove in the centre to achieve a stable grip on snow with two straight grooves on each side for water drainage. ‘Snow-Biting Sipes’ have been applied to the tyre’s shoulder to enhance the edging effect. In addition, large blocks placed in the tyre’s centre and shoulders ensure a wide ground contact area. The tyre’s compound is a blend of three different polymers enhancing wear resistance and durability. In addition, Yokahama says the compound’s use of a large amount of silica contributes to an optimal balance between wet performance and fuel efficiency. The sidewall features an Anti-Cracking Serration design that prevents sidewall cracking.