The Toyota Yaris has bulked up to meet market demand for small SUVs. Meet the Yaris Cross, a new and larger version of the popular supermini. Toyota designed this B-segment SUV specifically for the European market and has chosen Goodyear as an original equipment tyre supplier. The Toyota Yaris Cross will wear the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 in size 215/50R18 with a load/speed rating of 92V.
Toyota expects to produce more than 150,000 Yaris Cross a year at its factory in France to achieve a B-SUV segment share of more than eight per cent. The Yaris Cross combines Toyota’s heritage of hybrid technology, small car design and SUV engineering. It uses the same GA-B compact car platform that Toyota employs for the Yaris hatchback.
Goodyear has tweaked its EfficientGrip Performance 2 to suit the specific needs of Toyota and its customers. In addition to the established EfficientGrip Performance 2 strengths of high mileage potential and high performance in wet and dry braking, the Goodyear team working on the Yaris Cross project focused on delivering outstanding ride quality and low noise levels – important considerations for the target customer.
Solution without compromises
“Its high levels of grip, all-round efficiency and comfort mean EfficientGrip Performance 2 perfectly matches the needs of a hybrid SUV like the Toyota Yaris Cross. Drivers demand a high-performance tyre that gives them good fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions,” comments Goodyear.
Hans Vrijsen, managing director OE, Goodyear EMEA, adds: “The Toyota Yaris Cross aims to give drivers the benefits of a SUV in a compact package tailored to urban driving. Similarly, Goodyear’s EfficientGrip Performance 2 tyre delivers a solution without compromises for drivers who want the highest possible mileage from their tyres while maintaining a high level of performance.
“This combination makes it well-suited for the Yaris Cross. We’re excited to be chosen as OE fitment for this new car and we’re certain that consumers around Europe will find EfficientGrip Performance 2 to be the perfect match.”