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Bridgestone Develops Eco-friendly "Large & Narrow Concept Tire"
 

Tokyo, Mar 5, 2013 (JCN) - Bridgestone Corporation has developed a new "Large & Narrow concept tire". The concept tire represents a new category of tire that is narrower and features a larger diameter than conventional tires. It was created as a new environmental technology to enable tires to help realize a sustainable society.

The Large & Narrow concept tire technology helps vehicles achieve improved fuel efficiency, thereby contributing to reductions in CO2 emissions. Moreover, the air pressure within these tires is higher than conventional tires, and the design includes new pattern technology and compounds designed specifically for use in these tires.

The new brand of innovative technology employed in the Large & Narrow concept tire enables it to realize significantly lower levels of rolling resistance and substantially higher levels of wet grip performance.

Possible applications include use of the technology in a new category of tires to be incorporated into Bridgestone's ECOPIA line of fuel-efficient tires. This new tire technology may be introduced as original equipment on next-generation automobiles or other vehicles.

The Large & Narrow concept tire will be displayed at Bridgestone's booth at the 83rd International Motor Show - Salon de l'auto de Geneve to be held in Geneva starting March 5, 2013.

The development of the Large & Narrow concept tire is one of Bridgestone's initiatives to achieve the goal of "contribute to globally agreed target (50% reduction in CO2 emissions)" defined for the Group's efforts toward "reducing CO2 emissions" in its long-term environmental vision.

By Jun Ota Staff Writer

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