Yokohama Tire Corporation launches latest tire with orange oil technology

Yokohama Tire Corporation has pushed the envelope of its breakthrough orange oil technology once again with the introduction of the AVID Ascend. The tire is the first to collectively achieve – without compromise – exceptional all-season performance, remarkable treadlife and excellent fuel efficiency. Available in 45 sizes.

The Ascend – produced at Yokohama's Salem, Virginia plant – will be available in a variety of applications ranging from crossover vehicles, to passenger cars and minivans. The T-, H- and V-speed rated Ascend will initially be offered in sizes ranging from 15" to 18".

"The Ascend's orange oil technology creates a compound resulting in a perfect balance of extended treadlife, all-season handling and great fuel economy," said Dan King, Yokohama senior vice president of sales and marketing. "All this and a quiet ride, too. Today's drivers can now expect more from a touring tire than ever before – an accomplishment made possible through Yokohama innovation."

According to King, "independent test results reveal that the Ascend can last up to 6,000 more miles than the Michelin HydroEdge®. Testing also shows the Ascend has lower rolling resistance, rolling 11% easier than the Michelin HydroEdge. For consumers, this can represent a savings of 58 gallons of gas and more than $200 over the life of the tire. Plus, the Ascend's CO2 reduction is better by over 1,000 pounds."

King said the Ascend falls under Yokohama's new 'BluEarth®' umbrella. "BluEarth is the name for our global environmental philosophy, which is aimed at creating tires that produce positive improvements socially and environmentally. The Ascend is our first replacement tire to be recognized as a BluEarth product."

The Ascend, the latest generation of Yokohama's orange oil technology, follows in the footsteps of the company's dB Super E-spec™, the world's first orange oil tire introduced in the U.S. market in 2008.

"Harnessing the technological advancements made with the Super E-spec, Yokohama has now mastered the ability to utilize our orange oil technology on a larger, mass production, scale," said King. "Tires with conventional compounds have to make trade-offs, but not the Ascend: the orange oil is the differentiator. Ascend truly is a revolutionary touring tire."

Ascend features include:

  • Yokohama's proprietary 3D Adaptive Sipes that increase block rigidity for longer, more even treadwear, while promoting wet and winter traction.
  • Cross grooves and deep circumferential grooves that expedite water evacuation for improved gripping performance Also, an interlocking tapered center rib maximizes stability while promoting even wear.
  • Optimized tread profile, which enhances rolling resistance for better fuel efficiency.