CYPRESS, CA - The M154 by Toyo Tires has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SmartWay verification as a steer tire when used in a set on a rig equipped with the company's M657 drive tire and M127 free-rolling tire for trailer axles.  This makes it the fourth commercial product manufactured by Toyo Tires to receive this recognition of being a low-rolling resistance tire.  Owners can now choose between two premium products for the steer position, the M154 for regional trucking and the M137 for long-haul applications.

The M154 is manufactured 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.  The five-rib M154 has a full 22/32" tread depth.

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.

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