By Dale Jewett, Automotive News Europe
Peugeot will equip several models of its new 308 car line with low-rolling resistance tyres from Michelin as part of the automaker's effort to cut CO2 emissions. This introduction, to be announced at the IAA show in Frankfurt next week, is seen as the precursor to a full launch of the tyre in the European region.
Versions of the Peugeot 308 equipped with the 1.6-litre diesel engine will be fitted with Michelin's 'Energy Saver' tyre, in 15- or 16-inch wheel sizes. The tyre will also be used on the diesel hybrid version of the 308, Peugeot said.
Low-rolling resistance tyres are one of several technologies automakers are adopting as governments push for better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. A low-rolling resistance tyre creates less friction than a conventional tire, resulting in better fuel economy. Other strategies include cutting vehicle weight, using more efficient transmissions and adding hybrid powertrains
The EU is developing rules that will push automakers to cut CO2 emissions to 130 grams per kilometer by 2012. Included in the figure is a saving of 10g/km through technologies such as low rolling-resistance tyres.
Michelin said its new tyres will cut fuel consumption by nearly 0.2 litre per 100 kilometers on the combined driving cycle test, and cut CO2 emissions by nearly 4 grams per kilometer, compared with conventional tyres.
The tyre maker said it plans to make the Energy Saver line available in the replacement market in 2008.
From Automotive news Europe (A Crain publication)