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Continental Shows New Generation of General Tire Products and Air Suspension Systems at Mid-America Trucking Show

  • New in 2022: General Tire second generation tires for long haul, highway applications

  • SmartWay-verified designs do not compromise on mileage or durability

  • New look for the brand maintains familiar, bold red while focusing on simplicity

  • Continental air suspension systems for OEMs and replacement sector also on display

FORT MILL, S.C. – March 18, 2022. Continental, one of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, is displaying its air suspension systems and General Tire brand commercial tires at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in booth #18252. Robust, high-performance, and reliable – even in demanding fields of use. These are the requirements that vehicle components in trucks and buses have to fulfill. And the air springs from Continental have risen to these challenges. The air spring specialist focuses on quality in its product solutions, thereby ensuring a high degree of application safety.

The company’s tires also rise to the challenge. Launching to the market at MATS, the first products in the highly anticipated second generation of General Tire commercial tires. The General HS 2 steer tire, General HD 2 drive tire, and General HT+ trailer tire are ideal for long haul applications. The tires offer SmartWay-verified designs with enhanced mileage and durability, delivering significant improvements over the predecessor products and carry a six year, three retreads warranty.

The balanced performance of the General HS 2 long haul, highway steer tire, offers an improved footprint for 50% better mileage and improved wear versus the General HS. The technologically advanced tread compound contributes to low rolling resistance for optimum fuel efficiency, with all sizes SmartWay verified. Shoulder and decoupler groove modifications add enhanced durability for resistance to cuts & tears. The tire also features a retreadable casing. It is available in 11R22.5, 11R24.5, 295/75R22.5, and 285/75R22.5 sizes in Load Range H with 19/32” tread depth.

The General HD 2 drive tire was developed with the long-haul application in mind. The closed shoulder tread design provides even tread wear and enhanced wet traction. The advanced tread compound delivers improved mileage and durability versus the General HD, while still providing SmartWay-verified low rolling resistance for maximized fuel economy. Patented innovative groove technology leads to minimum stone retention, extending casing life and retreadability. It is available in 11R22.5 (Load Range G and H), 295/75R22.5 (G), 11R24.5 (G and H), and 285/75R22.5 sizes, with a 28/32” tread depth for extended tire life.

The fuel efficient General HT+ long haul trailer tire offers a 20% mileage improvement and 15% more resistance to cut/chip/chunk versus the General HT, due to its advanced tread compound. The ultra low rolling resistance design provides maximum fuel efficiency, and is both SmartWay verified and GHG 2 (Greenhouse Gas Phase II) compliant in the 295/75R22.5 (G) and 285/75R24.5 (G) sizes. The 11R22.5 (G) and 11R24.5 (G) are SmartWay verified. It is also available in 255/70R22.5 (H) size. The General HT+ features a self-cleaning tread design and groove geometry to prevent stone trapping for extended casing life and retreadability. The tire has a 13/32” tread depth, with the exception of the 255/70R22.5 (H) size which is 18/32”.

General Tire has also revamped its branding for the U.S. commercial vehicle market, focusing on its familiar, bold red while delivering a straightforward, simple message. Trust in General Tire is always growing, because our tires deliver Trust Built By The Mile.

With 150 years of history, Continental develops pioneering technologies to make commercial fleets safer, more efficient, and more connected. Using innovative tire technology and digital fleet solutions, Continental optimizes tire lifecycle management to deliver the Lowest Overall Driving Cost to fleets and become the preferred partner to our independent tire dealers. Continental is currently one of the five largest brands in medium/heavy truck tires in the U.S. by market share.

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Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. Continental generated sales of €37.7 billion in 2020 and currently employs around 235,000 people in 58 countries and markets. In 2021, the company celebrates its 150th anniversary.

The Tires business area has 24 production and development locations worldwide. Continental is one of the leading tire manufacturers with more than 56,000 employees and posted preliminary sales of €10.2 billion in 2020 in this business area. Continental ranks among the technology leaders in tire production and offers a broad product range for passenger cars, commercial and special-purpose vehicles as well as two-wheelers. Through continuous investment in research and development, Continental makes a major contribution to safe, cost effective and ecologically efficient mobility. The portfolio of the Tires business area includes services for the tire trade and fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for tires.

Continental develops pioneering technologies to make commercial transport safer, more efficient and more connected. The company’s products and services deliver measurable impact for commercial vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket. They benefit from a broad portfolio and from fully integrated systems. The portfolio includes tires, digital tire monitoring, fleet management, telematic solutions, Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and tachographs, hoses, air springs, Electronic Control Units (ECU), displays, drivetrain and exhaust aftertreatment systems, sensors, advanced driving assistance systems, as well as eHorizon maps and events and cloud-based services. In 2017, the share of Continental’s global sales for commercial vehicle products and systems was around €4.7 billion.