The General Tire brand offers a sophisticated range of passenger car and van tyres for different requirements, emphasising the brand’s American heritage as the guarantor of reliable performance across all product lines.
With its mission statement “Anywhere is possible”, General Tire underlines the performance, handling and durability of products built for everyday adventures.
The Altimax Sport delivers a precise steering response and short braking distances, while the Altimax Comfort is designed for superior ride quality, a long service life and low rolling resistance, but without compromising its high safety standards. And for vans such as the VW Transporter and Fiat Ducato, General Tire offers the Eurovan 2, a robust transporter and van tyre that is the economical and safe option for transporting passengers or goods.
The Altimax Sport
The General Tire Altimax Sport has been designed specifically for precise handling and short braking distances on wet or dry roads. It features wide circumferential grooves and open shoulder blocks for rapid water dispersion, leading to short braking distances in the wet.
The tyre also has stiff outside shoulder blocks for a precise steering response on dry roads, while its lateral stiffness and stability deliver precision handling for safe driving at higher speeds and on winding roads.
General Tire has opted for a modern silica tread compound to bridge the gap between the conflicting targets of high grip in the wet and low rolling resistance. In addition, this asymmetrical, sporty tyre features a Visual Alignment Indicator (VAI), which helps identify uneven tread wear at an early stage, and a Replacement Tire Monitor (RTM), which informs the driver in good time when a change of tyre is due.
The Altimax Sport is available in 22 different sizes for the South African market. The range includes tyres for 15 to 18-inch rims. These sporty tyres from General Tire are approved for speeds of up to 300 km/h.
The Altimax Comfort
The Altimax Comfort from General Tire is designed for drivers seeking a particularly quiet and comfortable ride. To deliver just that, the development engineers at General Tire have designed a tread with blocks that enter the contact patch in staggered sequence, making for steady and agreeably low tyre/road noise.
At the same time they kept a clear focus on the tyre’s safety characteristics: The Altimax Comfort is based on a silica compound that offers low rolling resistance and simultaneously delivers good wet grip.
The lateral sipes in the blocks direct the water rapidly into the tread grooves for quick dispersion, providing high levels of safety on wet roads. To ensure a precise steering response, this asymmetrical tyre features stiff outside tread blocks that support the tyre during cornering.
Under braking and during straight-line driving, wide tread ribs at the centres of the tyre provide the maximum contact patch for good directional stability and short braking distances. The Altimax Comfort also features both the Visual Alignment Indicator (VAI) and the Replacement Tire Monitor (RTM).
This model is available in 29 different sizes for rims from 13-16 inches and is approved for speeds of up to 240 km/h.
The Eurovan 2
With the Eurovan 2, the General Tire range offers a robust performer for vans and transporters. In wet-weather driving, its three, wide circumferential drainage grooves take up large amounts of water and rapidly direct it away from the contact patch through broad grooves in the outer tread blocks.
The opposing grooves between the outer tread blocks are staggered, keeping tyre/road noise agreeably low by avoiding frequency spikes. The wide, sturdy tread blocks rows in the centre of the tyre ensure effective transmission of circumferential and lateral forces to the road, with precise directional stability and short braking distances the ultimate result.
A key contributor to The Eurovan 2’s extraordinary robustness is an extra layer of rubber in the sidewall, which ensures that the frequent kerb contact typical of delivery van use does not harm the tyre.
This highly durable van and transporter tyre is available for 14 to 16-inch rims. Depending on size, the tyres have a load capacity of up to 1 120 kg (LI 112).