Posted on August 23, 2012

Michelin Introduces X® LINE™ ENERGY D Tire for Highway Applications

Tire combines fuel efficiency with long tread life and outstanding traction

GREENVILLE, SC (August 23, 2012)Michelin Americas Truck Tires today announced the release of the new MICHELIN® X® LINETM ENERGY D tire, a winning combination of fuel efficiency and long tread life for  line haul applications.  The MICHELIN X LINE ENERGY D tire is a U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay®-verified fuel economy tire that also delivers exceptional tread life and outstanding traction, providing significant fleet value. 

 "The MICHELIN X Line Energy D tire breaks the paradigm of a traditional fuel efficient drive tire in line haul by featuring an aggressive tread pattern that delivers excellent fuel efficiency together with leading tread life," said Ted Becker, vice president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires. "The MICHELIN X Line Energy D gives fleets that want Smartway-verified fuel economy the added benefit of more wear and traction”.

 The MICHELIN X LINE ENERGY D tire delivers SmartWay-verified fuel economy with wear resistance by utilizing Michelin's Dual Energy Compound Tread. The top layer of tread rubber is precisely balanced to deliver fuel efficiency while exhibiting the needed wear properties to resist tread scrub. The bottom layer of tread rubber maintains cool casing temperatures for low rolling resistance and extended casing life.  The tire features a 3-retread limited casing warranty.  This warranty demonstrates Michelin’s confidence in the advantages of the Dual Energy Compound Tread and the enhanced casing for maximum retreadability. 

 The MICHELIN X Line Energy D tire employs Michelin’s proprietary MatrixTM Siping Technology, the first time it is offered in a line haul energy drive tire. Matrix Siping Technology offers the interlocking tread action for excellent traction and even wear. The zigzag, grooved walls of the siping provide biting edges for traction and excellent water and snow evacuation. The full-depth sipes deliver traction throughout the life of the tire's tread. Sipes and grooves bring wear performance and traction to a tread sculpture that fleet operators find attractive. The wider footprint reduces the need for additional tread depth, allowing for significant mileage improvements with 23/32nds of tread depth.

 The MICHELIN® X® LINE™ ENERGY D tire is currently available in two sizes 11R22.5, 275/80R22.5, and will be available in sizes 11R24.5 and 275/80R24.5 during the first quarter of 2013.       

About Michelin North America

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The Company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires.  In addition to tires, the Company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America ( employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants. Forbes magazine has ranked Michelin No. 1 on its annual survey of “Best Large Employers in America” for 2018. Learn more about purpose-driven careers with a purpose-driven company at


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