Bridgestone launches Duravis R002 tyres to help fleets cut costs

Bridgestone has launched its new ultra-durable Duravis R002 tyres, designed to help fleets lower operational costs.

The Duravis R002 tyres “significantly” reduce cost per kilometre through wear performance and optimised fuel efficiency. Designed for the versatility segment, the new tyres are available to all types of on-road fleet operation and delivers quality wet grip performance.

The new tyres offer a boosted wear life that is up to 45 per cent improved on its predecessor and a cost per kilometre that is reduced by 15 per cent vs predecessor (average steer, drive and trailer). And for savings not only in terms of cost, but also CO2 output, the new Duravis provides optimised fuel efficiency, with a B-C-B combination in steer, drive and trailer, (EU Label in sizes 315/80R22.5 steer & drive and 385/65R22.5 in trailer).

The Duravis R002 are multipurpose tyres for all types of on-road fleet vehicles operating in a wide range of applications, ranging from highway driving to regional roads. Arriving with a best-in-class ‘A’ grade on steer in wet grip – and winter ready, with 3PSFM and M+S markings on steer, drive and trailer – the Duravis R002 offers “outstanding” wet grip and a year-round performance.

Steven De Bock, Director Sales & Operations Commercial Products at Bridgestone EMEA, said: “Fleets are facing more challenges than ever before, and Bridgestone has a responsibility to help our customers overcome them. Tyre wear is one of the biggest concerns for fleets wanting to avoid additional costs. With its exceptional performance, our new Duravis R002 tyre helps them to lower their operational cost.”

As with all new Bridgestone’s truck and bus tyres, Duravis R002 tyres will be supplied with electronic tagging system RFID (radio-frequency identification). With RFID, fleet customers enhance the traceability of their tyre casings, which ultimately helps to optimise their total cost of ownership. The RFID-enabled Duravis R002 tyres are able to work seamlessly with Bridgestone’s customisable tyre management and maintenance service package, Total Tyre Care, to bring significant value to fleets.

The main four sizes of the Duravis R002 will be available as of September 2019, with six additional sizes arriving in 2020. The new Duravis R002 will also simplify Bridgestone’s line-up in the versatility segment by replacing all current products.

Developed and produced in Europe, the Duravis R002 tyres are to be fitted as OE on leading vehicle manufacturers, such as MAN, Scania, Daimler, Volvo, Renault and Iveco.