You may already know that the 17″ rolling stock on the Chevy Cruze ECO isn’t just your average run-of-the-mill wheels and tires. In fact, the ECO’s wheels cut 20 pounds (9 kilos) from the Delta II-based compact’s curb weight when compared to the wheels on non-ECO Cruzen. Just as unique as the ECO’s wheels, however, are its tires.
The special rubber wrapping the ECO’s featherweight wheels is responsible for a 3 mile-per-gallon improvement in fuel economy compared to regular tires. What’s more, these tires have excellent braking traction, a great cornering coefficient, and are fantastic in snow — qualities that low rolling-resistance tires typically aren’t known for.
Perhaps the take-away from the video is the fact that Chuck Lantz — Tire Development Engineer at General Motors — has worked at a large tire company for 23 years and collaborated closely with major automotive manufacturers before coming to the General. According to Lantz, who has now been with GM for 3 years, his new employer knows more about tires than any other OEM…and that’s worthy of some serious bragging rights. What’s more, what other automaker do you know of that has a full-time tire engineer at their disposal? This, ladies and gents, is competitive advantage incarnate.
Be sure to watch the video of Lantz showing off this capable yet economical tire.