Toyo Unveils Drive-Axle Longhaul Tire

Toyo Tires said it has introduced a new drive-axle tire for longhaul, highway-specific applications. 

Toyo, Cypress, Calif., said that the new M657 on-highway drive-axle position tire already has received the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay verification, a designation connoting it can help to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

“The M657 was developed using Toyo Tires’ ‘e-balance’ technology, which includes a stiffer belt package, stiffer bead construction and optimization through simulation technology,” Toyo said in a statement.

Toyo, the North American subsidiary of Japan-based Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd., said the new tire was suitable for single and twin drive-axle applications, with the tire having a 28/32-inch tread depth.

“Toyo Tires’ multi-pitch groove design enhances traction even during the latter stages of original tread life,” the statement said. “Large parallel-arranged center tread blocks provide excellent stability and traction, while stone ejectors help protect the casing against stone drilling."