Fort Mill, South Carolina — July 22, 2022. Continental, one of the largest tire and automotive technology suppliers in the world, has partnered with Navistar to design a new lineup of 19.5” tires for regional on/off-road use. Continental is the first to launch these tires in Load Range H for extra load-carrying capacity, and with the highest speed rating in the market.
The Continental HSR+ regional steer/all-position and HDR+ regional on/off-road drive tires are both available in Load Range H, delivering an extra 220 lbs of load carrying capacity per tire in single and dual applications. For a dual drive pick-up truck, or “dually,” such as the Silverado 5500, this equates to an extra 880 lbs per load of carrying capacity. For fleets paid by the pound, this means extra revenue. For utility fleets, this means the ability to carry extra or heavier equipment. The tires are also speed rated for 87 mph, the highest speed rating in the market for this type of tire. The tires will be OE standard position on all GM Silverado 5500 and 6500 vehicles and International CV™ Series vehicles from Navistar, starting June 2022.
The Continental HSR+ regional steer/all-position features a 16/32” tread depth with a closed shoulder tread design, delivering even wear and reduced road noise for driver comfort. The improved tread compound is resistant to tearing, delivering 12% more miles to removal versus the HSR in curbing tests. A scuff rib protects against curbing, cuts, and abrasions. It is versatile to be used in all axle positions when the vehicle is driven primarily on-road. The HSR+ is available in 225/70R19.5 size in Load Range G and H.
The Continental HDR+ on/off-road drive tire has an 18/32” tread depth and open shoulder tread design for added traction. It delivers an off-road advantage in mud, dirt, and gravel. The improved tread compound is resistant to tearing, delivering 12% more miles to removal versus the HDR in curbing tests. Like the HSR+, a scuff rib protects against curbing, cuts, and abrasions. The aggressive tread design provides excellent lateral stability to minimize squirm and improve handling. The HDR+ is available in 225/70R19.5 size in Load Range G and H.
The HSR+ and HDR+ from Continental will be available OE and through commercial tire dealers for replacement. Drivers should be aware that tires for the GM Silverado 5500 and 6500 and the International CV™ Series should meet or exceed these Load Range H specifications.
“Continental is proud to partner with Navistar to develop the best tire for the needs of medium-duty vehicle fleets,” said Shaun Uys, Continental’s Head of Strategic Fleets and Original Equipment for Truck Tires in the Americas region. “Our tire engineers carefully balance performance characteristics such as tear resistance, safe handling, and traction, to deliver a tire that will perform in regional and on/off-road environments.”
Continental partners with original equipment manufacturers around the world in tire development. The right set of tires ensures that a vehicle’s performance on paper is actually transferred onto the road. Worldwide, almost every third vehicle leaves the factory with tires from Continental.
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.
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. In 2022, Continental generated sales of €39.4 billion and currently employs more than 200,000 people in 57 countries and markets. On October 8, 2021, the company celebrated its 150th anniversary.
The Tires group sector has 24 production and development locations worldwide. Continental is one of the leading tire manufacturers with more than 57,000 employees and posted sales of €11.8 billion in 2021 in this group sector. 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 tire business includes services for the tire trade and fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for tires.
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