Tokyo—The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced today that this spring it will expand marketing of its BluEarth-GT AE51, a grand touring tire in YOKOHAMA’s BluEarth brand of fuel-efficient tires. Launched in Japan in 2019, the tire’s marketing will be expanded to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Oceania, and Africa from this spring. The BluEarth-GT AE51 will be available in 66 sizes, ranging from 245/35R19 93W to 155/65R14 75H, with the available sizes differing in each country or region.
The BluEarth-GT AE51 was developed as a grand touring tire for mid-range sedans. It is designed to deliver excellent all-around performance, including superior maneuverability, comfort and environment-friendly features. The “GT” in the product name stands for “Grand Touring,” a term synonymous with long-distance driving. As such, the tire was designed to deliver the powerful and stable driving performance appropriate for its name. The BluEarth-GT AE51 is also designed to provide greater fuel efficiency while sustaining the excellent wet-grip performance that previous BluEarth-A tires are known for.
BluEarth-GT AE51 features a specially developed asymmetric tread pattern that delivers a comfortable ride and excellent steering stability. In addition, the tread pattern’s lightning grooves and blade-cut sipes contribute to its superior performance on wet surfaces. The tire’s high-rigidity construction and its tread profile delivering uniform surface contact also help realize a more powerful and comfortable drive. Meanwhile, fuel efficiency has been improved by the tire’s two-layer tread compound that suppresses energy loss due to heat generation, a side profile that reduces distortion, and a dimple shoulder design that facilitates heat dissipation.
BluEarth is a YOKOHAMA global tire brand based on the concept of being “environmentally, human, and socially friendly”. In addition to the BluEarth-GT AE51, the BluEarth brand includes the fuel-efficient BluEarth-XT AE61 for urban SUVs high-performance; the fuel-efficient BluEarth RV-02 for multipurpose vehicles (MPVs); and the BluEarth-Es ES32, a fuel-efficient standard tire.