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ENERGY RESOURCE-13 February 2007-These Tires Aren't Lemons - They're Just Made from Citrus Juice(C)2007 JeraOne - http://www.jeraone.com

Japan's Yokohama Rubber Co. will soon be offering tires that are made almost entirely without petroleum products.

The tires are manufactured through a Yokohama-developed process that combines citrus oil with natural rubber to form a new compound called "Super Nanopower Rubber" (SNR).

SNR reduces the use of petroleum products in tires by 80 percent and is part of YRC's global EcoMotion environmental program. The first SNR product is the Decibel Super E-Spec, an all-new consumer passenger tire.

According to Jim MacMaster, executive vice president, Business Division, of Yokohama Tire Corporation, YRC's U.S. subsidiary, the fuel-saving E-Spec tire features an air permeation suppression film.

"This new polymer inner lining is designed to reduce air from seeping out from the tire, which helps maintain appropriate inflation levels. Underinflated tires consume more power, thus using more fuel," said MacMaster.

"The E-Spec is also a lot lighter and conserves gasoline by reducing rolling resistance by 18 percent. Low rolling resistance tires improve fuel efficiency by minimizing the energy wasted (as heat) as the tire rolls down the road."

The E-Spec tire featuring the SNR compound will be available in Japan later in the year.

No date has been determined for release in the U.S. market.

For more information, visit the "Taking Care of Your Tires" section at www.yokohamatire.com.

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