CYPRESS, CA - Toyo Tires received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SmartWay verification for a set of its premium commercial tire products, the M137 steer tire, M127 free-rolling tire for trailer axles, and the M657, a new drive tire that will soon be available in the U.S. The SmartWay verified technologies program identifies products and services that reduce transportation-related emissions, including low-rolling resistance tires.

Ideal for long haul, highway applications, the M137 and M657 tires are developed using Toyo Tires' e-balance technology which focuses on a stiffer belt package, stiffer bead construction and optimization through simulation technology.  Benefits include improved tire life, improved endurance, improved irregular wear resistance and improved fuel consumption.

"We are very pleased to have three of our premium products named to the EPA's SmartWay program for low-rolling resistant tires," said Ron Gilbert, director of commercial products, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  "Toyo Tires has always been known for offering high quality, technologically advanced medium truck tires.  These tires, along with our e-balance technology, demonstrate Toyo Tires' ongoing commitment both to the commercial trucking industry and to the environment."

Based on data provided by tire manufacturers and EPA testing and research, the EPA has determined that certain tire models can provide a reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions.  An additional benefit is an estimated fuel savings of three-percent or greater, relative to the "best selling" new tires for line haul trucks, when used on all five axles on long haul class 8 trucks.  As a result, verified tires are required as a component on SmartWay Certified Tractors and SmartWay Certified Trailers.

To learn more about Toyo Tires, the brand voted #1 overall by independent tire dealers across North America*, log on to  Toyo Tires manufactures and distributes a complete line of replacement tires for high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks, buses and off-road and construction applications.

* Tire Review magazine, 2009 Annual Brand Study