Firestone continues to expand and diversify its range with the brand’s first-ever tyre for city bus operations. The all-new, all-position FS492 was designed specifically with the challenges of urban transport operations in mind; with the reliability to ensure safety and comfort for passengers and the durability to ensure long-lasting performance and profitability for operators. In short, the FS492 is the robust, versatile performer that is destined to conquer the urban jungle!
Built tougher to last longer
The Firestone FS492 all-position city bus tyre comes with a built-in side guard to protect against scuffing, abrasions and other forms of curb-related damage. Sidewall wear indicators also make it easy to see when it is time to rotate the tyres. And when the time finally does come to replace, the tyre’s robust casings offer excellent retreadability, making them last even longer. The net result? Less downtime and lower running costs for operators!
Reliable grip for excellent safety performance
The innovative variable-depth sipes of the Firestone FS492 city bus tyre enable outstanding grip in wet and cold weather conditions without compromising on handling or braking in the dry. The tyre’s M+S and 3PSMF markings testify to its all-season capabilities, contribution to driving safely in the most severe winter road conditions.
The Firestone FS492 in a nutshell
- Durable construction with built-in side guard for long-lasting performance;
- Optimised grip in all conditions thanks to patented variable-depth sipes;
- M+S and 3PSMF specification, offering reliable handling and braking capabilities, also in winter conditions;
- Robust, highly retreadable casings, extending tyre life even further.
Harald Van Ooteghem, Senior Manager Truck & Bus Tyres Category Management said: “Sharp turns, high curbs, frequent braking, unpredictable traffic… not to mention the weather! At Firestone, we know that the city can be one of the most challenging environments for operations. Which is why we developed a tyre that delivers the high levels of safety and comfort passengers and drivers demand along with the high mileage, extended tyre life and excellent retreadability operators need to boost uptime and lower the total cost per km of their tyres. We believe the FS492 has what it takes to meet all these demands in a great-value package.”
The new Firestone FS492 all-position city bus will be available throughout Europe as of December 2016 in size 275/70R22.5.
About Bridgestone EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
Bridgestone EMEA, with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tyre and rubber company. Bridgestone EMEA operates in more than 60 countries and has over 18200 employees. Across the region it has 14 tyre and tyre related plants, a major R&D Centre and a proving ground. Bridgestone EMEA’s premium tyres are sold in Europe, Middle East, Africa and globally.