Giti Tire Ecoroad launches in Europe


Giti Tire’s European truck and bus portfolio has utilised its latest tyre launch to highlight a move to a range of tyres delivering vastly improved Rolling Resistance Coefficient (RRC) – the Giti GDL617 Ecoroad.

The new tyre, based on the popular Giti GDL617 long-haul drive pattern, features a new and innovative tread compound which significantly lowers hysteresis generation to raise the RRC up two grades to a B.

Initially available in the popular size 315/70R22.5, it is aimed at pulling units for all long-haul highway application semi-trailer operations including, but not limited to, curtainside, silo, refrigerated and walking floor trailers as well as container transportation.

Spider chart showing comparative RRC performance of the new Giti GDL617 Ecoroad and Giti GDL617:

Other major design features include one main zig-zag center groove in combination with two laterals for effective water evacuation and a high level of traction in every road condition, plus stone ejectors to prevent the bottom groove from casing damage.

Shoulder blocks are connected with robust tie-bar to enhance the pattern stiffness to result in even wear for superior mileage, while low noise and controlled abrasion result in a safe and comfortable journey. The tyre carries the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol.

Development of the Giti GDL617 Ecoroad was led by Giti Tire’s European Research & Development Centre in Hannover, Germany.

Antonio Palummo, TBR Senior Engineer – Europe for Giti Tire, said: “The new Ecoroad tyre represents the first in a series of new truck and bus products delivering energy saving solutions through lower RRC, in this instance delivering a two-step improvement to B from D.

“We are always very aware of the fine balance operators need to address between environmental impact, tyre performance and operational profit, and we can confirm R&D is already working on a complete Ecoroad portfolio including steer, drive and trailer tyres ranked A in RRC.”